49th Congressional District Candidate Forum Video


California’s 49th Congressional District is a district in the State of California. This district, since 2003, has been represented by Republican Darrell Issa. Congressman Issa has announced that he will not seek re-election. This district is considered to be a major battleground that could determine control of the United States House of Representatives.

The district covers the northern coastal areas of San Diego County, the cities include Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, and Encinitas, as well as a small portion of Southern Orange County. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is also in this district.

Last Friday evening, March 9, 2018, at the Vista Civic Center, eight candidates campaigning to fill the seat, vacated by Darrell Issa, participated in a forum to express their views to the public. Over 400 North County residents attended.

The forum was co-hosted by the Vista Chamber of Commerce, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego North Economic Development Council and the League of Women Voters. All ten Democrat and Republican and independent candidates were invited to attend.

Joshua Schoonover


I want to restore the people’s confidence in their congressional representative. Congress is broken! President Trump’s promise to “Drain the Swamp” strongly resonated with many Americans in the prior election, including myself. We need to rid Congress of career politicians and the excessive influence and control exercised by special interests. The 49th District needs a representative that is smart, energetic …

Diane Harkey


I’m running for Congress because I’ve seen firsthand the need to reform the way government works and more important, the way it thinks. As your elected member of the State Board of Equalization, I’ve worked with Taxpayers from all walks of life and I’m dedicated to making sure every citizen is treated fairly by government.

Rocky Chavez

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Rocky was elected to the California State Assembly in 2012, where he has been a fearless advocate for families, veterans and public safety — the fighting spirit he’ll bring to Congress to help rebuild our economy, military and national defense.

The Candidate Forum was videotaped by Ryan Video Productions, www.RyanVideoProductions.com

Sara Jacobs


I never thought I would run for elected office, but this moment is too important to sit on the sidelines – we need new leaders to step up and serve. That’s why I’m running, and that’s why I’m asking for your support.

Mike Levin


We must create jobs for the future in growing industries like clean energy and advanced technology. We must ensure that our schools provide the foundation to succeed in a new economy. We must protect the quality of our air and water, while continuing to reduce emissions. We must treat each other with equality and respect. And we must demand ethical and transparent leadership from a government that is accountable to all of us, not just the elite.

Brian Maryott


We know the division of parties and politicians has become a profitable business being instigated by opinionated TV and radio personalities. More and more it seems people are taking sides. Enough already. We already have unity in our primary goals; we need some sense of reasonable decorum as we strive to achieve them. Let’s all sit down and get to work on what ails us. We are far and away the most successful, admired, and giving country in the world, and that’s a pretty good starting point…

Josh Hancock


Many politicians running for office in the US today hold a position based on what is politically convenient at the time. I do not. As a Libertarian, I hold to a specific political, social, and economic ideology. You will know what I believe at the beginning, middle, and end of any political career you may entrust me with.

Jordan Mills


Jordan Mills is the Peace and Freedom Party 2018 candidate for California’s 49th district, the only socialist in the race. Jordan Mills believes the 16 years of Darrell Issa in Congress is more than enough. The working people of the 49th district need a change from oligarchs and austerity. Vote Jordan in 2018!

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  1. I would have appreciated more in-depth discussion of health care .. especially with the 2 Democrats and the Peace and Freedom candidate. Maybe they could have another debate just on that subject – and just the three of them – so we can get a better idea as to where they converge or split apart. Plus, get more into the subject of campaign financing and who or what funds each of them, on top of that (which is important particularly with the Democratic Party candidates – and how far committed action will indeed follow from words). Although this is a congressional seat, I think more discussion of state single payer/sb562 would also be appropriate, given the extreme circumstances in California regarding health care.

    Out of the 2 Democrats on healthcare, I got the impression that Mike Levin was the better choice. He came right out there – upfront, without hesitation – on single payer Medicare For All, and throughout the debate, I appreciated his stance as a fighter .. whereas I was skeptical of Sara Jacobs’ suggestion that she was good at bringing people to the table for compromise .. meaning, to me and many other voters experienced with weak-kneed Dems .. caving in to the status quo. A lovely person, no doubt, but I know that we need people who will go in and fight for our interests. We’re dying out here – we’re not interested in watching all of you reaching across aisles and making nice, scratching corporate backs. We want people who know first-hand that this is a fight for our lives and that we have to fight for this. So, to me, he seemed more effective.

    Of course, the Peace and Freedom candidate – Jordan Mills – barely has to explain his position on health care because it’s a an asserted matter of platform and policy for their group. (Whereas the Democrats have become a corporate owned, bought mess – and you have to decipher person by person.)

    Based on this debate, and some review of their website material, I’d go with Mike Levin or the Peace and Freedom Party candidate, Jordan Mills. I’d look into the details of their health proposals, their campaign financing and their history of real commitment on these issues.


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