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Four candidates are competing for the 51st Congressional District in the June 7 primary.

Rep. Sara Jacobs, a Democrat, is being challenged by small business owner Stan Caplan, a Republican; customer service representative Jose Cortes, a Peace and Freedom Party candidate; and Barrett Holman Leak, a Democrat.

Last year, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission finalized new redistricting maps.

The new 51st District is made up of what were southern parts of the 52nd and northern 53rd Districts and now includes parts of San Diego and East County, including Normal Heights, Kensington, Talmadge, College Area, Rolando, Linda Vista, Serra Mesa, Allied Gardens, San Carlos, Grantville, Del Cerro, University City, Clairemont, Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Sorrento Valley, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Rancho Peñasquitos, Scripps Ranch, Miramar, Spring Valley, La Presa, and the cities of Lemon Grove, La Mesa and El Cajon.

The two candidates who receive the most votes will advance to the Nov. 8 election.

Rep. Sara Jacobs

Age: 33
City of residence: Bankers Hill
Occupation: Current 53rd Congressional District representative
Political affiliation: Democrat
Prior political experience: Jacobs served in policy positions at the U.S. State Department during the Obama Administration, UNICEF, and the United Nations, and as a policy advisor for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Top three issues:
Cost of living. Even prior to the pandemic, this was a problem for families in San Diego, Jacobs said.

“For many of my constituents, yes, it’s gas. Yes, it’s groceries. But those things matter so much because housing and health care are so expensive, and so there’s no slack in their budgets,” she added.

Jacobs would like to fully fund and expand Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers, a federal rental assistance program that helps very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled pay a portion of their rent.

Additionally, she says ensuring there’s an adequate supply of military housing is one way the federal government can not only support military families but also remove a lot of the burden on the rest of the housing market.

Child care. Similarly, child care has been an issue for San Diegans prior to the pandemic, with reportedly about 60 percent of families unable to find child care that met their needs, Jacobs said.

“We need to make it affordable for families, we need to make sure it’s high quality for the kids and we need to make sure that workers are paid well,” she said.

Jacobs says child care needs to have government investment in the same way it’s done for the K-12 system and would like to increase subsidized voucher programs so that no family would pay more than 7 percent of their income on child care.

Foreign policy. Jacobs says rebuilding America’s standing around the world and having a defense budget that reflects the needs of military families and the threats the U.S. is facing right now is vital. This includes looking at how the government can do a better job of using its tools to prevent conflicts.

Stan Caplan

Age: 73
City of residence: Rancho Santa Fe
Occupation: Small business owner
Political affiliation: Republican
Prior political experience: None

Top three issues:
Cost of living. Whether it’s the price of gas or groceries, Caplan says inflation has resulted in a staggering increase in the cost of living. Caplan says a solution is to eliminate federal deficit spending.

“When you throw too many dollars at the same products and services, you’re going to bid up the prices and create inflation,” he said.

Additionally, Caplan says low- and middle-income wage earners, as well as small businesses, need to have a reduction in income taxes.

Public safety. Caplan says it’s the responsibility of all governments to make sure their citizens feel safe and secure in their neighborhoods. This starts by ensuring criminals are prosecuted for their crimes, as well as supporting and improving law enforcement.

Caplan says the U.S. should prioritize supporting the rule of law and appointing federal officials who uphold and enforce the law.

Education. Caplan says the pandemic awakened parents to the shortcomings of the current education system.

“Parents should be entitled to have a say, not only in what they’re learning in the curriculum, but I think that the parents should have a choice in where their kids go to school because every child has different needs … and there are certain schools that can best suit those needs,” he said.

Barrett Holman Leak

Age: 47
City of residence: Mission Valley
Occupation: Small business owner
Political affiliation: Democrat
Prior political experience: None

Top three issues:
Health care. Holman Leak says America is facing a health care crisis and believes in implementing Medicare for all.

“Our American mindset is that good health is a privilege, not a right, and we tie it to the predatory health insurance industry,” she said.

Cost of living. Holman Leak says every American should have secure access to affordable housing and child care.

This issue was only exacerbated by the pandemic, Holman Leak said, when people lost their jobs and were unable to pay their rent or bills.

“Congress can vote to work with states and municipalities to reclaim single houses purchased for absurdly high amounts by Wall Street investment firms and foreign investment firms for the purpose of turning them into unaffordable rentals to benefit shareholders,” she said.

Holman Leak would then revert them into single-family owner-occupied homes.

Additionally, Holman Leak says child care services should be fully funded by the government.

Climate. Holman Leak says bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. is vital for the economy and climate by increasing domestic production of renewable energy technology, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, while also giving tax breaks to those who purchase those American-made vehicles.

Additionally, Holman Leak says the government should prioritize American infrastructure that creates resilient and sustainable climate results.

Jose Cortes

Age: 31
City of residence: El Cajon
Occupation: Customer service representative
Political affiliation: Peace and Freedom
Prior political experience: None

Top three issues:
Affordable housing. As a longtime East County resident, Cortes says housing is an extremely important issue in the 51st District, especially where rent prices have continued to skyrocket.

Cortes says corporate “landlordism” and for-profit housing projects need to be abolished and, instead, ensure the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development manages the distribution of dignified housing.

“Housing should be regarded as personal property and a necessity, not as a commodity for private investment, speculation and profit,” he added.

Health care. In his current job in the health care industry, Cortes says he has become intimately aware of its flaws.

He believes Medicare should be for everyone and would like to see a constitutional amendment codify health care as a guaranteed human right.

Cortes says funds to pay for such programs can be raised by taxing large for-profit corporations and redirecting funds in the war budget.

Foreign policy. Cortes says his top international priority is to withdraw U.S. troops and weapons from all countries and redirect the war budget into social programs.

Cortes says he’s opposed to any U.S. intervention in foreign governments, and would rather see those funds invested domestically in underserved communities.

Source: This post first appeared on sandiegouniontribune.com

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