Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for California’s 49th Congressional District —incumbent Mike Levin (D) and Brian Maryott (R)— completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.
The outcome of this race will affect the partisan balance of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 118th Congress. All 435 seats in the House are up for election. As of September 9th, 2022, Democrats hold a 220-210 advantage in the U.S. House with five vacant seats. California’s current congressional delegation consists of 42 Democrats and 11 Republicans.
Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?
“Before I ran for Congress, I was a longtime advocate for climate action and a passionate believer in clean energy, with over a decade of experience in the industry helping to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable power generation and transportation options.”
“We must get our nation’s financial house in order. I am eager to collaborate and lead on efforts to re-evaluate the role of federal government, and prioritize areas for reform. The CBO did a recent study and concluded that at the current rate of borrowing and spending increases – in twenty years over half of our annual tax revenues will be spent just servicing our debt.”
Click here to read their full responses to this and other questions.
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