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California State SenateCandidate for District 34

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Akash A. Hawkins

Community Activist
8,746 votes (6.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Making California affordable for all
  • Moving California towards a single payer healthcare system
  • Establish a universal childcare system



My name is Akash Hawkins. I’ve lived in the 34th Senate District in Long Beach my entire life, where I’ve had the opportunity to attend some of our states best public schools.  We live in a wonderfully diverse state. When Obama was elected in 2008, he inspired me to believe that everyone could have the same opportunities that I had, to go to great public schools and to fulfill their American Dream.


I learned the importance of a good education early on. My mother immigrated to this country when she was a child, earning her doctorate degree, and giving back to the community as an educator. I attended California State University, Long Beach where I studied Political Science and Economics. Like millions of my peers, I accumulated thousands of dollars of debt to get my education. As your State Senator, I will fight for every child to get an amazing K-12 education and fight for a higher education system where all of our children can pursue their dreams without collecting crippling debt.


Growing up as a biracial American, I have always valued our beautiful and diverse society. Our diversity makes us stronger and greater as a nation. It is imperative, now more than ever, that we fight back against the hateful rhetoric coming out of Washington and fight for an America where all of our voices are heard and represented. As your Senator, I will ensure that all of our rights are protected, regardless of our heritage or creed.


Like most of us, the Great Recession has had a major impact on how I view the world.  It reminded me that I could no longer stay on the periphery of politics, but that all of us have an important role to play in our nation's politics. We’ve seen what happens when reckless bankers are let loose without supervision. We’ve seen the countless lives that were uprooted and the generations of wealth that were destroyed.


Today, we continue to witness the dangers of massive inequality where millionaires and billionaires take home massive bonuses while everyday Californian’s struggle to afford housing and healthcare. We are witnessing the dangerous effects of Climate Change with continuous drought and fires beyond control. As your Senator, I will fight for YOU. I will fight to make affordable housing and healthcare a human right. I will fight for California to lead the nation in reducing carbon emissions and stopping Climate Change.

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and the League of Women Voters Orange Coast (5)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Answer from Akash A. Hawkins:

Housing has become too expensive in California, and the 34th district is at the epicenter of this crisis. This crisis has been caused by a shortage in new housing. The lack of affordable housing means that low income households have to forgo food and other necessities in order to pay rent. This hurts our families and our economy as we cannot attract and retain the young professionals necessary for a 21st century economy. To resolve this issue, we need to build more public transportation and more affordable housing. That’s why I support fast tracking the expansion of the Artesia line and extending it to Santa Ana and expanding the Long Beach line to Orange County. Additionally, we must incetive cities to build high density housing units next to these major transportation hubs.  This plan will make California more affordable, it will help ease traffic congestion, and help our environment as well as our economy.


Question 2

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?

No answer provided.
Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Akash A. Hawkins:

It is imperative that California takes steps towards our 100% renewable energy goal.  To do so it is important that we invest more in storage batteries.  We must build solar panels on the California Aqueduct, this will move us towards the goal and prevent water from being lost due to evaporation.  We must invest in improving and updating our current water infrastructure so as to prevent water from being wasted.  We must also require landscaping be drought tolerant.  

Question 4

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of young, low-income Californians?

No answer provided.
Question 5

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Senator to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?

No answer provided.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $16,220

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

Employees of LBUSD
Employees of brar farms
Employees of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles
Employees of Clark Seif Clark
Employees of Global Aerospace

More information about contributions

By State:

California 98.12%
New Jersey 1.23%
Utah 0.19%
Arizona 0.15%
Florida 0.15%
Wisconsin 0.15%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.88%)
Small contributions (0.12%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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