California Assembly District 7

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    Kevin McCarty
    (Dem)

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

Housing: Do you agree with rent control? Explain. What should government do to solve the housing shortage?

Gas tax: Do you support the gasoline tax and other transportation fee increases to fix roads? If not, how should the state pay for road repairs?

High-speed rail: What should the state do next with the program?

Climate: Explain what efforts, if any, the state should make to combat global warming.

Criminal justice: Explain why you agree or disagree with changes California has made to lower the prison population by setting different sentences for some crimes and changing parole rules.

Age 46
Birthplace (city) Washington, D.C.
Residence (city) Sacramento
Education Master's of public policy and administration, CSU Sacramento, 2011; bachelor's degree, political science, CSU Long Beach, 1995.
Experience California Assemblymember, 2014-present; member, Sacramento City Council, 2004-14.
Health care should be a right, not a privilege. A single-payer, Medicare-for-All system in California would ensure universal access to care and help us move away from a unsustainable, profit-driven health care system.
Unsustainable and soaring rent increases justify the need to set reasonable caps on rent hikes and protect tenants against unjust evictions.
There is no tooth fairy to pay the bill to fix our deteriorating roads, bridges and highways. The Senate Bill 1 plan is fair and supported by local governments, businesses and labor. Further ignoring our infrastructure needs would harm our economy.
I oppose the high-speed rail program. I would rather focus scarce transportation resources on existing passenger rail systems like the successful Capitol Corridor line between Sacramento and the Bay Area.
We need to continue to lead in efforts to fight climate change. I'm proud of California's leadership to date; however, much more work is needed. I support a path to 100% renewable energy and 100% zero-emission vehicles.
Our recent criminal justice reforms not only have broad public support from the voters, but have been successful in reducing prison costs without negatively impacting public safety.