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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 45

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Kia Hamadanchy

Democratic
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3,212 votes (1.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Kia Hamadanchy will provide a check on the reckless policies of the Trump Administration
  • Kia Hamadanchy supports Immigration Reform that provides a path to citizenship, protects Dreamers, and keeps families together.
  • Kia Hamadanchy supports a Medicare-for-All system of health care because health care is a human right.

Experience

Experience

Profession:US Senate Staffer, Public Policy Anayst
Legal Counsel to Chairman Harkin for U.S. Senate Health, Education, La, Legal Counsel to Chairman Harkin for U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee — Appointed position (2011–2015)

Education

University of Michigan Juris Doctor (2010)
University of Michigan Bachelor of Arts (2007)

Biography

Kia Hamadanchy was born and raised in Irvine, California, the son of Iranian immigrants who built a successful small business.

He was in one of the first classes to graduate from Northwood High School. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Michigan and then moved to Washington, DC, to serve as a staff member in the U.S. Senate.

As legal counsel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee under the leadership of education and disability rights champion Senator Tom Harkin, Kia worked to expose the exploitation of students by the for-profit college industry. After Senator Harkin’s retirement, Kia joined the staff of Senator Sherrod Brown, where he advocated for a higher minimum wage, equal pay for men and women, and other measures to reduce income inequality and ensure that every American is treated with the respect and dignity that he or she deserves.

Kia is running against incumbent Republican Mimi Walters in California’s 45th Congressional District, a district that Hillary Clinton won by 5.4%. Despite representing a forward-focused district, Representative Walters has voted with President Donald Trump 100 percent of the time and refuses to hold town halls with her constituents and voted in favor of a health care bill that would have led to higher costs and less coverage for the people of Orange County.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $654,823

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

1
Employees of Pars Equality Center
$5,650
1
Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans and employees
$5,650
2
Employees of Bessemer Trust
$5,400
2
Employees of Btn
$5,400
2
Employees of Edward Jones
$5,400
2
Employees of Khoshbin Company
$5,400
2
Employees of Primelending
$5,400
2
Employees of Sam Realty Group
$5,400

More information about contributions

By State:

California 60.88%
New York 8.34%
District of Columbia 6.25%
Texas 4.34%
Other 20.18%
60.88%8.34%20.18%

By Size:

Large contributions (87.33%)
Small contributions (12.67%)
87.33%12.67%

By Type:

From organizations (2.09%)
From individuals (97.91%)
97.91%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Kia Hamadanchy is a proud, progressive Democrat.  If elected to Congress Kia will fight for:

  • a "Medicare-for-All" system of healthcare,
  • debt-free college,
  • universal background checks on guns and a ban on assault weapons,
  • paid sick leave and paid family leave,
  • real solutions to combat global climate change,
  • Immigration Reform that protects Dreamers,
  • a smarter foreign policy that actually keeps us safe,
  • good jobs that pay a living wage and offer good benefits.

Position Papers

Kia Hamadanchy K-12 Education Policy

Summary

Kia Hamadanchy's K-12 Education Policy

Kia is a proud product of the Irvine public school system and knows firsthand Orange County has some of the best public schools in the country.  Kia believes that every child in America should have access to the same opportunities he had from attending high quality public schools.

To close the achievement gap, it is essential Congress increases funding for Title I to make sure schools have the resources needed to be successful.  Kia also support expanding the use of Promise Neighborhoods and Community Schools which have a comprehensive and holistic approach in helping students. These programs take into account the many things – inside and outside of the classroom – that go into a student’s success.  We need to make sure we are offering the right support outside of the classroom so that each and every student has the ability to reach their highest potential.

Congress needs to do more for teachers than just give lip service. Kia believes that we need to pay teachers a higher salary to retain the best talent and we must ensure that our public and private teachers and schools from preschool through college are provided with the resources they need so, in turn, they can provide our children with the most comprehensive learning environments. Parents deserve to know there are standards set for helping them to move their children forward so society as a whole can prosper.

The United States has always been at the forefront of creativity and innovation, but globally we’re beginning to lag behind. As a nation, we must renew our commitment to STEM fields. Kia believes this starts with providing educational environments at an early age to our children to ensure their thinking and learning abilities are nurtured and fostered.  We must continue to invest strongly in early childhood education that emphasizes technology and science. The future of the world economy will revolve around these fields and our children must be fully prepared so they can compete.

We must also help to ensure high school students are prepared to flourish whether they choose to pursue a traditional four-year degree, vocational training, or something else entirely. Congress must support high schools in their efforts to expand access to vocational training and employment services. Doing so will let students understand the wide variety of options available and encourage them to pursue the fields best suited to their passions, needs, and abilities.

As a staff member on the US Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and in the office of Senator Sherrod Brown Kia worked to ensure our schools are properly funded and he led the effort to crack down on fraudulent corporate Charter school organizations which were fleecing taxpayers and hurting students. For our public schools to thrive, and for our teachers and students to succeed, they must be provided a level playing field and Congress must work in their favor.

It’s clear as day: students and teachers need better representation. Kia Hamadanchy wants to be their champion in Congress.

Kia Hamadanchy Immigration Policy

Summary

Kia Hamadanchy Immigration Policy

As the son of immigrants who fled the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Kia Hamadanchy believes that every single person in this country deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. Immigration has been the source of strength for our country since its founding and we must not turn our back on the ideals upon which this nation is built. It is critical that we finally reform our nation’s broken immigration system. The status quo is clearly not working, but the answer is not the forcible deportation of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. Building a wall on our southern border would be nothing more than a colossal waste of money.

We need comprehensive immigration reform that includes a full and equal path to citizenship, which would bring millions of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows. It would also mean the creation of a guest worker program that would create a path for immigrants to come to this country temporarily when there is a demonstrated economic need. Kia strongly supports the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and opposes all efforts to put an end to the program. He support protecting families with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) by ensuring them a path to citizenship and he will work to end family detention and the use of private immigration detention facilities.

The Trump Administration has routinely targeted California’s immigrant communities and has unfairly labeled them as criminals and freeloaders. This blatant xenophobia is un-American. In Congress, Kia will be a voice for our immigrant neighbors, he will oppose the addition of a citizenship question on the census, and work to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement known as ICE. This organization, founded only in 2003, is unnecessary for border protection and routinely abuses its power by detaining law-abiding Americans and ripping California families apart in the process.

Furthermore, Kia oppose efforts in Orange County to eliminate sanctuary policies for local families. We need to focus on protecting families, respecting each other regardless of our country of origin, and standing up to far-right extremists like Donald Trump.

Kia Hamadanchy Campaign Finance Reform Policy

Summary

Kia Hamadanchy Campaign Finance Reform Policy

Kia Hamadanchy believes campaign finance reform is needed to promote a truly democratic political system in which everyone’s voice is heard. Government is supposed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people. Unfortunately, our political system has been hijacked by those who advocate for policies that serve their own gains, rather than the public good. Corporations and lobbyists should not have a greater say in our political process than everyday working families. We must work to return power to the people and increase the voice of individual citizens. Kia supports:

  • A constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United and allowing Congress to set reasonable regulations on political donations.
  • Requiring all “dark money” groups to disclose both their donors and their spending when engaged in activity meant to influence a federal election.
  • Requiring all publicly traded companies to disclose their campaign spending to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Reforming the Federal Election Commission so that it is empowered to actually enforce our campaign finance laws.
  • Establishing a small donor public matching system for all federal elections.
  • Strengthening the rules that prohibit coordination between candidates and Super PACs.

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— April 23, 2018 Kia Hamadanchy for Orange County

Kia has faced bullies like Donald Trump before and he's not afraid to rise to the challenge.

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