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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 49

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Rocky J. Chávez

13,739 votes (7.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I firmly believe that prioritizing education is the key to improving our economy and creating more jobs. We need to bridge the gap of higher education and CTE, which creates more qualified employees and expands the job market.
  • I will always take care of our veterans. I have worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund our veteran resource centers. These centers will allow veterans more resources to transition into the working world.
  • I also proud to have worked with Governor Brown and my fellow Republicans on a regionalization of the grid- which will help keep a diverse energy portfolio, save taxpayers money, and help offset peak hours to be more energy efficient.



Profession:Retired United States Marine Colonel; CA State Asm
Assemblymember, CA State Assembly — Elected position (2012–current)
City Council Member, Oceanside City Council — Elected position (2002–2012)
Colonel, Retired, United States Marine Corps (1974–2002)


Chico State Bachelor of Arts, English (1973)
Chico State Bachelor of Arts, English (1973)

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (6)

Family reunification is a process that allows immigrants already residing in the U.S. to bring in additional family members. Do you support limiting this process? Why or why not?
Answer from Rocky J. Chávez:
I support family reunification because families are a core component of the Republican Party.
Do you support expanding the current border wall between U.S. and Mexico? Why or why not?
Answer from Rocky J. Chávez:
No, Borders need to be secured by the best technologies available, in certain areas a wall may be appropriate but in other areas, we should look to new technologies being used and developed by the military. Our economy is intrinsically tied to  Mexico and the symbolism of the border wall undermines that partnership.
Do you support creating additional regulations on gun ownership? Why or why not?
Answer from Rocky J. Chávez:
No, I do not. California has the strictest gun laws in the nation.
Should the U.S. remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Why or why not?
Answer from Rocky J. Chávez:
From NAFTA, we have seen an economic boom in Canada, Mexico, and America. I do believe there are certain areas that need to be tweaked and negotiated such as fair trade practices for our agricultural industry, but as a whole, I would not leave NAFTA.
Do you support raising the federal gas tax to improve the national transportation infrastructure (for example roads, train tracks, and bridges)? Why or why not?
Answer from Rocky J. Chávez:
No, Americans are taxed enough as it is. I would look to change the culture of wasteful spending and make sure our current federal gas taxes are going 100% to fund our roads. 
What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from Rocky J. Chávez:
There are two main components when it comes to Healthcare, the cost of services and ensuring access. I would support loosening scope of practice so highly qualified healthcare workers could offer more services, I would work to make pharmaceuticals more affordable by easing the process for companies and in turn lowering their overhead to offer affordable medication. I would strengthen the partnerships with our local clinics and our hospitals. All of these things are steps to improve our healthcare system. 

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $413,153

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

Rocky J. Chávez
National Electrical Contractors Association and employees
Employees of Grand Pacific Resorts
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
California Citrus Mutual

More information about contributions

By State:

California 93.59%
Virginia 1.89%
Maryland 1.26%
Texas 0.88%
Other 2.39%

By Size:

Large contributions (96.73%)
Small contributions (3.27%)

By Type:

From organizations (5.03%)
From individuals (94.97%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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