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Jeff Esmus Candidate for Congress California District 8 on the Issues

A Future for Families

Today’s families in America face ever shifting challenges in our changing world. Americans are having children younger and getting married older. Illicit drugs are easily accessible and many would be first generation college students lack the resources to transition from high school to college. As Americans, it is crucial that we help American families stay cohesive in 21st century America. Join Jeff in the fight to keep American families together.

My central policy proposal for helping growing families to pass paid family leave nationally, which has failed to pass despite widespread bipartisan support. The United States is one of the only countries that doesn't guarantee paid family leave, which is something that I aim to change. Paid family leave has been proven to:

  • give children a better start in life

  • close the gender wage gap

  • improve family cohesiveness 

  • improve family earnings over a lifetime.

My son was born while I was working and attending college to advance my career so I could provide for my family. Many families struggle with these same issues. Raising a family has its own share of challenges, many families simply don’t have an option to send a parent to college. In most of the country childcare is both inaccessible and unaffordable. We need to make education and job opportunities more equitable to families by expanding pre-k and childcare access.

My Dream for every young family in our district is the opportunity to thrive, with a positive educational experience for young children, and job opportunities for parents to provide. With the trend of mixed family continuing, the need to unite families is ever pressing. 

Building Blocks for California District 8

Infrastructure

Our water systems, sewers, bridges and roads are literally crumbling under our feet, yet our sitting president and congress have failed to deliver a solution. Currently, our laws favor foreign corporations over our own citizens. Our district’s own city of Apple Valley has paid inflated water prices for decades, padding the pockets of Canadian corporations. As congressman I will work to end this perversion of the American dream and return ownership of our own water to our own people.

Education

Faith in our public education has decreased in recent years, leading for calls to cut and divert funding from our schools that are already under-funded. Jeff recognizes that investing in our children’s education needs to be our top priority. It is crucial that every child in this country has access to a quality education. Having taught career technical education, Jeff sees the necessity to give our kids the skills they need to compete in our increasingly competitive economy. We need to invest in public and higher education right here in our district by offering greater access to community college, adult school, and technical school opportunities.

Enhancing the Job Market

The unemployment rate of our district is 16%, 7 points higher than the national average during the great recession of 2008. This cannot continue. It is the duty of our elected representatives to represent the interests of the citizens who elect them, yet our current elected officials have only ignored issues like these in our district.  As a blue collar worker of this district and single father, Jeff knows first hand the scarcity of opportunity in our district. Jeff will work tirelessly to bring jobs back to our district.

Building Blocks for A Better America

Equal Rights

Women need to be guaranteed equal rights under the Constitution of the United States, period! It is a travesty that women are not listed in the Constitution. The Equal Rights Amendment failed to be ratified by the states in the 1970s, despite being passed by both chambers of Congress. Jeff Esmus pledges to bring the equal rights amendment back to the floor of the House for debate and to fight to have the ERA ratified to guarantee equal rights for women under the Constitution.

Criminal Justice

Our criminal justice system has been outdated for so long that we now have the highest incarceration rate in the developed world. African Americans are incarcerated at a far higher rate.  We need to recognize the system is severely broken, unfair, and in desperate need of reform. We must end the failed war on drugs, regulate, tax, and decriminalize marijuana on the federal level and expunge the records of citizens with minor marijuana convictions on their record.

Peace Through Diplomacy

For most of our relatively short existence as a free society, the United States has been at war. Our longest war, we are still fighting today, in spite of the Earth-shattering Afghanistan Papers that revealed to us that our government lied publicly about the need for that war. We owe it to our veterans and our young people to rediscover how to achieve peace and security through diplomatic means in the 21st century.

How can we make the district better for you?

Building Blocks for A Better America

Equal Rights

Women need to be guaranteed equal rights under the Constitution of the United States, period! It is a travesty that women are not listed in the Constitution. The Equal Rights Amendment failed to be ratified by the states in the 1970s, despite being passed by both chambers of Congress. Jeff Esmus pledges to bring the equal rights amendment back to the floor of the House for debate and to fight to have the ERA ratified to guarantee equal rights for women under the Constitution.

Criminal Justice

Our criminal justice system has been outdated for so long that we now have the highest incarceration rate in the developed world. African Americans are incarcerated at a far higher rate.  We need to recognize the system is severely broken, unfair, and in desperate need of reform. We must end the failed war on drugs, regulate, tax, and decriminalize marijuana on the federal level and expunge the records of citizens with minor marijuana convictions on their record.

Peace Through Diplomacy

For most of our relatively short existence as a free society, the United States has been at war. Our longest war, we are still fighting today, in spite of the Earth-shattering Afghanistan Papers that revealed to us that our government lied publicly about the need for that war. We owe it to our veterans and our young people to rediscover how to achieve peace and security through diplomatic means in the 21st century.