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Tuesday November 8, 2022 — California General Election
United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 3

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Kermit Jones

Veteran's Doctor/Businessman
156,761 votes (46.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Common sense legislation like the Chips and Science Act to bring supply chains and jobs back to the United States and bring prices back down to Earth.
  • A federal fire insurance plan to help our communities recover from the devastating fires in our community.
  • Lower healthcare costs by increasing home-based care and funding innovations that can catch cancer and other devastating illnesses earlier through preventive care. Require Medicare to cover hearing aids and dental.

Experience

Education

Columbia University MPA, Health Policy (2012)
Duke University JD/MD (2005)
Clark Atlanta University B.S., Chemistry (1998)
Clark Atlanta University B.S., Chemistry (1998)
Georgia Institute of Technology BS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering (1997)

Biography

I'm a doctor and Navy veteran.

I learned the value of hard work and personal responsibility on my family’s farm. Those same values led me to join the U.S. Navy after 9/11 and I deployed to Iraq as a combat surgeon with the Marines. When I came home, I served as a White House fellow working to improve healthcare for our veterans, before I returned to California to work as a doctor.

For me, it’s never been about politics, it’s about keeping the oaths I made to my patients and our country. But I have watched the rising cost of living and devastating forest fires make life unaffordable and uncertain for too many Californians, all while career politicians in Washington and Sacramento play politics and put themselves and their party first.

In Congress, I will take a new oath – to bring service-oriented leadership to Washington. It will be my priority to tackle inflation and the rising cost of living. As a doctor who has treated over 20,000 patients, I will protect every woman’s right to her own medical decisions, work every day to lower the cost of healthcare, and protect Medicare and social security for all Americans.

I am ready to stand up to both parties when they are wrong, whether it’s Democrats who want to defund the police, or Republicans who would criminalize abortions nationwide and defend those who attacked our country on January 6th. Visit kermitjonesforcongress.com for more.

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $1,633,106

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Kaiser Permanente
$160,120
2
Kermit Jones
$22,613
3
314 Action
$10,000
3
American Academy of Ophthalmology
$10,000
3
American College of Emergency Physicians
$10,000
3
American Medical Association
$10,000
3
Employees of mickles enterprises
$10,000
3
VoteVets
$10,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 57.41%
District of Columbia 8.59%
New York 6.81%
Illinois 3.23%
Other 23.96%
57.41%8.59%23.96%

By Size:

Large contributions (86.75%)
Small contributions (13.25%)
86.75%13.25%

By Type:

From organizations (12.39%)
From individuals (87.61%)
12.39%87.61%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

A Blueprint To Accelerate Improvement and Enhancement of the U.S. Health Care System

Summary

My health care plan sets a goal of decreasing overall health care costs by 20% over a decade—at least $800 billion. My plan will achieve these cost reductions, increase access to care, and improve the quality of care as described below.

Federal Fire Insurance Plan

Summary

With the drought and fires getting worse every year, we see the devastating impacts of climate change every day in California. In order to better protect those who live in fire risk areas, I’ll sponsor legislation in Congress that would enact a federal fire insurance program for existing structures.

In my first term in office, I will sponsor legislation for a federal fire insurance plan, patterned after the federal flood insurance plan administered by FEMA. The plan will be available to residents in high and medium fire risk areas of the country, specifically Western U.S. states with higher fire risk, e.g., California, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.  The plan will have the following framework: 

  • Insured will be able to insure their homes at current local rates of fire insurance but will be able to lower premiums by taking advantage of federal economic incentives to lower their individual and community fire risk. Signing up for these incentives and performing the duties tied to them, along with proper U.S. government forest management of federal lands may reduce fire insurance premiums by up to 40%.
  • Insured will be allowed to use tax breaks and incentives of up to $10,000 in one year (or broken up over three years) to put toward creating 100 feet of defensible space around their homes and other measures to lower their risk of fire.
  • Federal government will work with state governments to ensure that local companies that work in defensive space creation will not be able to raise rates for fuel reduction more than the average of the last three years of cost to as to mitigate the risk of price gouging after program creation.
  • When more than 30% of residents in a community are insured under the plan and take advantage of the home hardening / defensible space tax break, the community insurance rate will decrease by an additional 10%-15%
  • Congressional funding for the federal insurance plan will also include 3 to 1 increased funding for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management fuel reduction programs to hire more staff help lower fire risk through prescribed burns, mechanical thinning and biomass production.
  • Training programs and MOUs between U.S. Forest Service and Calfire to create collaborative programs to better identify and assess risk of fires on federal lands

 

The Citizen Scholar Program: Preparing Citizens for Success in an Evolving Economy

Summary

The Citizen Scholar Program will also operate, like several other government initiatives, to increase manufacturing and technological development in the United States. Every company that allows CSP participants to volunteer at least at a year in their organization and purchases at least 25% of its supplies from American manufacturers will receive a federal corporate tax break.

With the Citizen Scholar Program, we will help our fellow Americans build the financial foundation they need to secure the rest of their life while bringing our country together through service.

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