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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 47

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David Michael Clifford

Republican
Small Business Owner
20,687 votes (17.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Education - Bring trades skills and vocational studies back to our education system. We need offer students careers to fill 67% of American's jobs. Mechanics, Electricians. Carpenters, Diesel Engineers, Plumbers, Builders, and Masonry.
  • Small Business - We need to make it easier for your everyday average American citizen to open a business and stay in business.
  • Help Stop Gas Tax in California and lower Federal Taxes on Fuel. Start to balance the Federal budget with new jobs to help the economy to grow.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Small Business Owner State Licensed Contractor
Owner of DC Plumbing, DC Plumbing (2006–current)
President, Long Beach Junto Club — Elected position (2015–current)

Education

4 years in the California State Plumbing Apprentice Program California State Licensed Contractor, 18 Years in the Plumbing Trade and 12 Years as the Owner of My Own Successful Plumbing Company (current)

Community Activities

Volunteer, Stanton Community Services Department (2013–current)
Volunteer, Republican Party of Orange County (2012–current)
Volunteer, Long Beach Community Services Department (2005–current)
Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity Orange County (2007–current)
Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles and Orange County (2007–current)

Biography

        VOTE for DAVID CLIFFORD

Our Congressional Representative

47th District

“A POLITICAL CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN”

As Your Representative I will:

·      REESTABLISH LOCAL CONTROL OF EDUCATION

·      DEVELOP PROGRAMS TO STOP VIOLENCE IN OUR SCHOOLS

·      REINSTATE EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR VOCATIONAL SKILLS

·      DEFEAT THE GAS TAX AND REDUCE TAXATION

·      HELP STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SOLVE  HOMELESSNESS

·      IMPROVE FEDERAL PROGRAMS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

·      KEEP THE  FEDERAL BUDGET BALANCED AND SECURE AMERICA’S FUTURE

 

David Michael Clifford

My name is David Michael Clifford and I want to serve as your Congressional Representative. I am a young family man with two awesome kids, an amazing school teacher wife and a St. Bernard named Daisy. I grew up and live in our 47th District. Being a small business owner for over ten years I know the value of hard work. Together my wife and I decided it was time for me, with your support, to make changes in the way government works. Our legislators need to do what’s best for us. Current Congressmen have voted for bills that have moved America in the wrong direction… especially for our families. Therefore, I am compelled to step forward and provide a better choice for the voters. I will protect the future of our children and improve the quality of life for all Americans. I cannot do this alone. I need your support. I am asking you to get involved in my grassroots’ campaign. Your vote will make a difference and help in winning this great challenge.

 

        “A Vote for Me is a Vote for You"

Contact Me: David@DavidCliffordforCongress.com

VIETNAMESE TRANSLATION

                     HÃY BẦU cho DAVID CLIFFORD

Ứng Cử Viên Dân Biểu Liên Bang, Địa Hạt 47

“ MỘT THAY ĐỔI CHÍNH TRỊ MÀ BẠN CÓ THỂ TIN TƯỞNG”

Là Đại Diện Của Quý Vị Tôi Sẽ:

·      Tái Thiết Lập Hệ Thống Kiểm Soát Giáo Dục Địa Phương.

·      Phát Triển Chương Trình Chống Bạo Lực Tại Các Trường Học.

·      Dẹp Bỏ Thuế Xăng Dầu và Giảm Các Loại Thuế Má.

·      Giúp Chính Quyền Tiểu Bang và Địa Phương Giải Quyết Vấn Nạn Vô Gia Cư.

·      Cải Thiện Chương Trình Chính Phủ Liên Bang Về Gia Cư Giá Phải Chăng.

·      Quân Bình Ngân Sách và Bảo Đảm An Ninh Hoa Kỳ.

David Michael Clifford

Tôi là David Michael Clifford, tôi hy vọng phục vụ quý vị trong vai trò Dân Biểu Liên Bang. Là một thanh niên trẻ có gia đình với hai con nhỏ, hiền thê của tôi là một giáo viên tuyệt vời và một chú chó loại St. Bernard tên Daisy. Tôi lớn lên và sống tại địa hạt 47. Là một tiểu thương đã hơn 10 năm tôi hiểu giá trị của sự siêng năn cần mẫn. Cùng với nhà tôi, tôi quyết định đã đến lúc nếu có sự hỗ trợ của quý vị chúng ta có thể thay đổi những đường lối hoạt động của chính quyền liên bang. Các nhà lập pháp cần phải những gì hữu ích cho cộng đồng chúng ta. Quốc Hội hiện tại đã đưa ra những đạo luật đẩy Hoa Kỳ đến một hướng sai lầm... đặc biệt liên hệ đến gia đình chúng ta. Vì thế tôi quyết tâm tiến tới và cung ứng cho cử tri một sự lựa chọn tốt đẹp hơn. Tôi sẽ bảo vệ tương lai của con em chúng ta, cải tiến đời sống tốt đẹp hơn cho mọi công dân Hoa Kỳ. Tôi cần sự hỗ trợ của quý vị. Tôi kêu gọi ký vị hãy tham gia vào cuộc vận động của tôi. Là phiếu của quý vị sẽ làm thay đổi và giúp chúng ta vượt qua những thách đố hiện nay. “Lá Phiếu Bầu Cho Tôi Là Lá Phiếu Bảo Vệ Quyền Lợi Quý Vị”

Xin Vào Trang Mạng: www.DavidCliffordforCongress.com

 

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from David Michael Clifford:

We already are paying for road improvements, rails, ports (Especially Our Long Beach Taxpayers), the electrical grid and other infrastructures locally. Much of this is extra sales tax is paid for by residents of the 47th Congressional District in both LA County and Orange County. A prime example is Measure "M" money in Orange County where for the past 25 years we have been paying a 1/2 cent extra sales tax which was just extended through 2041 and will cost the taxpayers $15 Billion Dollars. While in the LA County portion of the 47th District a similar Measure M was approved to increase an existing 9% sales tax which is already more than Orange County to 9.5% for the next 40 years. I believe that the residents in the 47th District have done more for the infrastructure improvements in the 47th District than other parts of California. We should not be required to pay for our own improvements in LA and Orange County which are well funded by taxpayers and then have to contribute to a State and Federal infrastructure problems they themselves have created. The Federal and State Governments needs to find other sources of revenue to make up the shortfall. I would improve the economic base of our country by helping small business owners across America become more successful and this would create more jobs and more economic growth. This financial income shared with the government can be use specifically for our future infrastructure needs in the U.S. I want to emphasize that locally we are doing more than our fair share and need not take on the burden of the State and Federal Government’s lack of planning for our future needs.

 

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from David Michael Clifford:

The current health care programs are broken. If you have any program that is under Covered California or even Platinum Blue Shield it is not accepted by the majority of the Doctors and Hospitals that provide the best medical care to a patient. We must develop a program that is not only affordable but provides the opportunity for all American's to choose what is best for the individual and their families. Until we create a competitive market for medicines, physicians, and medical facilities we are not helping anyone including those who either can afford health care and those who cannot afford health care. Anytime government controls anything especially medical care we as the subscribers lose and the ability to choose and receive the best health care possible. Greater numbers of Americans will be aging in the near future and together through legislation we must provide for the elderly and disabled citizens of this great country. It can work because many other countries around the globe are providing excellent affordable health care for their citizens.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House.
Answer from David Michael Clifford:

An Immigration policy is very simple. As country we must follow the law as it is written. The Constitution of the United States clearly identifies how for generations we as a country have successfully accepted and helped millions come to this country following our laws. We have millions of individuals and families that came to the U.S. from other countries and have become citizens of the U.S. and have contributed to the growth of our great Nation. They followed the law and continue to live within the law. It is the individuals that have chosen not to follow the law and the constitution that have put the U.S. at risk and have created safety issues for all Americans. The laws must be followed and enforced to keep America safe and to protect our families.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?
Answer from David Michael Clifford:

We must continue to improve the (GWRS) Ground Water Replenishment System. All counties in California need to develop this system in order to become less dependent on imported water especially during periods when we have very little rain combined with reduced snow pack melt. This facility takes sewer water which is treated and made potable by infusing it under the natural aquifer and when it is forced back to the surface. This water  is so clean that minerals must be added to give it a taste. The existing plant generates enough water to supply 50,000 people daily. This takes the burden off our natural resources and should be developed with federal support. This will not only take care of the needs of the residents in each county but can fulfil the future water demand for agricultural, industrial and indirect potable use. Many expanded GWRS plants will provide additional water supplies for 850,000 people. The Federal Government and many States experiencing water shortages must work together to get these GWRS systems in place and provide water for future generations.

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Answer from David Michael Clifford:

Civility must begin in the homes across America with parents, families, and support organizations and within our own communities and neighborhoods. We need to educate all Americans about the need to respect each other's beliefs, cultures, and ideologies. While we may not always agree on everything it is possible to find a common thread so we can all live, work, and interact with each other. We must take a look at the cause and affect we have with each other with our daily actions and be accountable to ourselves for those actions. I believe that most of us have good intentions but when we see the violence and disrespect across the media it makes it hard not to get caught up in the negative environment many people live in. Until the government makes us feel safe by enforcing the laws and providing the comfort of feeling safe everyday it will be hard to change the way many feel about American and its civility issues. The strength in American has always been the way in which people have worked together in the past to reach common goals. We must continue to work with one another and respect each other and remember together we will be a strong America while divided we will be weak country.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $25,369

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

1
David Michael Clifford
$10,824
2
Employees of Frontier Real Estate
$800
3
Employees of Los Angeles Unified School District
$395
4
Employees of Snow, Melissa
$280
5
Employees of Iwashita, Thomas
$250

More information about contributions

By State:

California 88.19%
Florida 11.81%
88.19%11.81%

By Size:

Large contributions (83.42%)
Small contributions (16.58%)
83.42%16.58%

By Type:

From organizations (42.53%)
From individuals (57.47%)
42.53%57.47%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

CANDIDATE CAMPAIGN STATEMENT FOR DAVID MICHAEL CLIFFORD

Name: David Michael Clifford

Occupation: Small Business Owner & State of California Licensed Contractor

Age: 34

 

My name is David Michael Clifford and I want to serve as your Congressional Representative. I am a young family man with two awesome kids, an amazing school teacher wife and a St. Bernard named Daisy. I grew up and live in our 47th District. Being a small business owner for over ten years I know the value of hard work.

Together my wife and I decided it was time for me, with your support, to make changes in the way government works. Our legislators need to do what’s best for us.

Goals when elected:

1.      Defeat the Gas Tax and Reduce Taxation

2.      Enforce the Laws that Protect the People

3.      Reestablish Control of Local Education and Support Vocational School Programs

4.      Help State and Local Governments Solve Homelessness

5.      Improve Existing  Federal Programs Making Housing Affordable for Everyone

6.      Keep the Federal Budget Balanced and Secure

Current Congressmen have voted for bills that have moved America in the wrong direction… especially for our families. Therefore, I am compelled to step forward and provide a better choice for the voters. I will protect the future of our children and improve the quality of life for all Americans.

I cannot do this alone. I need your support. I am asking you to get involved in my grassroots’ campaign. Your vote will make a difference and help in winning this great challenge.

“A Vote for Me is a Vote for You”

Visit Me: www.DavidCliffordForCongress.com

Email Me:  David@DavidCliffordForCongress.com  

Position Papers

Education - Taxes - Conservation

Summary
   

 

I have chosen to address three areas I believe to be important to American families and everyone in our great Country. Each is clearly defined with a symbol. I have chosen Education, Taxes, and Conservation.

If you have any questions:

Please call me at: 562-940-7433 or Email David@DavidCliffordforCongress.com    

Please visit my website at www.DavidCliffordforCongress.com

Education

I am lucky enough to be the husband to one of this great nation’s millions of amazing teachers. My astounding wife, Stephanie, has been teaching for 11 years. Her father was also a teacher in Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) for over 40 years, as many of us know him fondly as Coach Shawver.

Unfortunately, today in America we are faced with plummeting test scores and our international educational ranking has dropped significantly since the early 80’s. We pay more than most developed nations per student, but with lower results. At the same time, we push our children into furthering their education by taking on massive debt, only to graduate with a degree and no career in sight.

At an early age, my mother knew that my brother and I were not going to be doctors – it was somewhere between taking the training wheels off my bike by myself, my older brother teaching me to ride it without her help or taking apart our multiple VCR’s to remove a jammed tape. It was when we started putting them back together that she realized our minds may not work the same way as an Ivy League graduate’s.

When I was in 7th grade at Marshall Middle School, Mr. Scarrow was my woodshop teacher. It was the first time I used heavy machinery, and I will never forget that moment. When I completed my first class project, a catapult, I instantly knew what I wanted to do in life – I was going to be a builder. Currently, most districts do not have trade classes in their curriculum. Our education system solely prepares children for college entrance exams, completely dismissing those who will never benefit from it.

I believe we need to bring ‘The Arts and Trades’ back to school, and treat them as equals to all other subjects. Once in high school, students who excel in these tracts can forgo unnecessary college-prep classes for more advanced trade classes in preparation for an apprenticeship after high school. We need to teach our children, not only the importance of a higher education, but the importance of skilled trades and the arts as well.

We also need to give our teachers, who are on the front lines of creating an educated populace, the tools they so desperately need to be an effective teacher. My wife only receives $200 from the school district for an entire school years’ worth of supplies. This is less than one tenth of the amount she needs for supplies, and must supplement the rest herself, as many teachers do. I compare it to being given a hammer and a Philips Head screwdriver, then being told to build a house in a school year.

 

As your congressman, and as a parent, I will work to ensure that our children and our teachers are given the proper tools to succeed in life to help build a stronger California and America.

  Taxes

WE NEED A BALANCED BUDGET!

WHEN GOVERNMENT FAILS TO ACT AS FISCAL CONSERVATIVES IT IS OUR SENIORS AND OUR CHILDREN WHO ARE AFFECTED THE MOST!

As your congressman, I will diligently work to help California residents keep as much of their hard-earned money as possible – and that’s the bottom line.

Small businesses employ a little more than 52% of the workforce. The federal government defines a small business as up to 200 employees, but 95% of all small businesses operate with 20 employees or less. This means half of the workforce in America works for a company run by someone who is, more than likely, your neighbor or even yourself. There are roughly 28 million small businesses in the United States; and although most of them do not have any employees, about 2 million have 1 or more. If we create tax breaks aimed at small businesses to incentivize them to hire at least 1 employee, we could add another 2 million NET jobs to the economy.

There is a movement in this country to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour. I understand that higher wages are better for everyone, but the unintended consequence directly affects lower skilled workers by pricing them out of the market, or forcing small businesses to let go of an extra employee.  We do not have to force every small business to pay $15/hour to incentivize them to pay $15/hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour. We can provide an additional tax credit for small businesses for every dollar over the federal minimum they pay their employees, up to $15/hour. If a company pays their employees $14.50/hour, they will be able to write off that cost, adding the difference to the federal minimum. In this case, the small business would receive $7.25 on top of the $14.50, for a total of $21.75/hour of wages. This way we won’t price out low-skilled workers from the market while simultaneously incentivizing small businesses to pay $15/hour.

 

It is very clear to me that the only way to bring Americans back to work in large numbers, and in good paying positions, is providing tax breaks for the average American citizen – to either add jobs to their existing small business or incentivize them to start a small business of their own.

 

Conservation

 

Growing up my entire life in the city of Long Beach, there is one thing we can all agree on – pollution is a problem that needs to be addressed effectively. After a refreshing rainfall, you can see clearly all the way to downtown Los Angeles from the top of Signal Hill. A week later and it is nothing but a brown haze.

One of my favorite Republicans was Teddy Roosevelt. As a child, history was one of my favorite subjects. I was in awe, learning about the Ruff Ryders, his time as an explorer and the president who took a bullet, but still finished his speech. Not only was he one of our toughest presidents ever, but he was also one of our most devout environmentalists, even to this day. He once wrote: “We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation.” 

When I was young, my older brother and I would spend our summers with my grandparents who lived in Florida. My grandmother cared deeply about the manatees, and it seemed that these endangered species were always the topic of conversation whenever we were near a body of water. To me, as a young man, it always seemed as though the entire community was behind every effort made to preserve their existence. Large groups of people would always gather around when one appeared in the canal by her house. In 2017, with the efforts of the federal government and the people of Florida, manatees were finally taken off the endangered species list. We have also made great efforts to save the American alligator, the grizzly bear, the island fox and the wood stork.

As a kid, there was never a doubt whether or not we had the moral obligation to preserve our natural environment – and there shouldn’t be today. Pollution is a multivariate issue, and to focus solely on one variable does not give justice to the obligation we all have of leaving this place better than it was when we found it. I was only in the Boy Scouts for a short period of time, but during my short stint, my troop went on a camping trip and learned the phrase, “Leave No Trace”. It was a principle that instills the duty we have to reduce our impact on the environment. One messy campfire may be trivial, but a thousand messy campfires is a huge problem.

As your congressman, I will always work for bills that promote the “Leave No Trace” approach when it comes to our environment. I believe, as I always have, from growing up with the Florida manatees to becoming a Boy Scout, that it is our moral obligation to protect our planet and leave it better than we found it.

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