California Congressional District 9

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    Marla Livengood
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    Jerry McNerney
    (Dem)

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Guns: Describe federal gun restrictions or policies you would change.

Health care: Do you support a ““single-payer” health care system? Explain.

Immigration: How should California work with the Trump administration on immigration?

Taxes: Explain why the federal income tax overhaul enacted by Congress is a good thing or bad thing for Californians.

Marijuana: Do you favor decriminalizing marijuana under federal law? Explain.

Entitlement programs: What changes are needed to Medicare and Social Security?

Age 41
Birthplace (city) Stockton
Residence (city) Lodi
Campaign telephone (209) 269-0331
Education Bachelor's degree, agricultural economics, CSU Fresno, 1999.
Experience Regulatory affairs manager, California Strawberry Commission, 2015-present; member, SJC Aviation Advisory Committee, 2012-present; member, Junior League of SJC, 2012-present; director, Jordan & Associates, 2008-15.
We protect airports, banks and government employees from violent threats. As a wife and mother of three, I will fight to defend our God-given right, recognized by the Second Amendment, to protect ourselves and our families. I support correction of policies which infringe on the Second Amendment – including elimination of the “sporting purpose” test (to determine legality of firearms and ammunition) and support concealed-carry reciprocity. I also support programs which teach gun safety, respect and responsibility.
Americans work harder and longer each year to keep up with skyrocketing health care costs. We need quality health care at an affordable cost. “Single-payer” does nothing to move us toward these ends, nor does it recognize the reasons we lack quality and affordability. Instead, “single-payer” turns over an already broken system to a government monopoly, eliminates personal choice and competition, and bills taxpayers for the costs. Americans have been forced to take part in the failed ACA experiment for long enough; it is time for Congress to move away from prescribing misguided policies and instead enact real solutions. I support reform to reduce the rapidly rising costs of health care and favor policies which are patient-focused and market-based. Veterans should also be afforded health care options, outside the VA network, that are both patient-focused and market-based.
As Californians, we all know at least one of the millions of undocumented immigrants who call California home. Not a single Californian, myself included, is not touched by immigration. Under current law, millions are subject to deportation. Unfortunately, California has prioritized the protection of criminals over real solutions. Ignoring the law does nothing to improve it. The time has come to mend our broken immigration system once and for all. We need comprehensive reform to secure our border, ensure interior enforcement, and provide a solution to those already living in, working in and contributing to our communities.
Californians are overtaxed - it is plain and simple. Enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has allowed 90 percent of wage earners to keep more of their pay. Let me say it again - you get to keep more of YOUR hard-earned pay. Benefits do not end there - cuts have enabled companies of all sizes the ability to give employees bonuses and raises, and the ability to expand the scope of their operations.
As a mother of three children, I am deeply concerned with the cavalier attitude about marijuana by elected officials in this state. Marijuana-friendly municipalities nationally, and here in California, have seen increased crime, health care costs, social welfare payments and homelessness. While I appreciate the arguments in support of marijuana decriminalization, they are far outweighed by the negative impact. The use of any drug, especially one portrayed as being relatively harmless, can destroy lives. Often politicians will say, “if we can save one life, it’s worth it.” In this situation, there are literally thousands of lives to be saved by a compassionate yet strong position on this issue.
Safeguards are needed to ensure Medicare and Social Security are sustainable - this means ensuring benefits are available for current and future retirees who have paid into the programs.
Age 67
Birthplace (city) Albuquerque, NM
Residence (city) Stockton
Campaign telephone (209) 910-5721
Campaign email info@jerrymcnerney.org
Education Ph.D., mathematics, University of New Mexico, 1981; master's degree, mathematics, University of New Mexico 1975; bachelor’s degree, mathematics, University of New Mexico, 1973.
Experience Engineer consultant, 1994-2005; senior engineer, Kenetech, 1985-94; contractor, Sandia Labs, 1979-84.
Supports mandatory background checks, federal ban on assault weapons and ban on high-capacity magazines.
Yes, I support moving toward a single-payer health care system. While the Affordable Care Act has provided millions of Americans with health insurance, too many remain uninsured. Unfortunately, there are some who are trying to roll back this progress instead of working to ensure all Americans have access to health care coverage. We must continue to fight to preserve the Affordable Care Act and work to expand coverage for all Americans. A potential first step could be introducing a public option to the exchange.
Supports comprehensive immigration reform. Supports securing the border. Supports a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and others who are already here with no prior criminal history.
Countless experts have stated that this new tax structure will have a negative impact on the American economy, and will have particularly negative effect for Californians. The state and local tax deduction (SALT) – which greatly benefits Californians – is now capped at $10,000. To put that into perspective, more than 6 million Californians claim an average of $18,438 in SALT deductions each year. Additionally, it eliminates the deduction for interest on home equity loans, medical expense deductions and employee business expenses.
Yes. Both the human and economic costs of criminalizing marijuana far outweigh the costs of decriminalization.
Supports lowering age for Medicare eligibility. Opposes raising the age to collect Social Security benefits.