These candidates hope to replace Jackie Speier in Congress – Palo Alto Daily Post

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The odds of an incumbent member of Congress being re-elected are over 90%, so few candidates register to run most years. But Rep. Jackie Speier’s decision to retire, D-San Mateo, has drawn an array of candidates in the June 7 primary, including an Assemblyman, a councilwoman from Burlingame, a county supervisor from San Mateo and a Republican businessman.

San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa ran a campaign saying he would overthrow the establishment and shake things up, saying the race was ‘not a coronation’, referring to his opponent, Kevin Mullin, son of the late mayor and member of the South San Francisco Assembly. Mullin gene.

Assemblyman Kevin Mullin has served in the state legislature since 2012 and was previously an alderman and mayor of South San Francisco. It was endorsed by Speier, along with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto and former state senator Jerry Hill.

Mullin, in an interview with the Post, said he was best suited for the job because he had the most experience, getting 60 bills signed, including the possibility of Caltrain imposing sales tax. on the 2020 ballot, being able to text 911 if in an emergency and move the election from polls to mail.

Canepa is not necessarily an outsider or a novice in politics. He served on the Daly City Council from 2008 to 2016 and has the support of various county officials in San Mateo and San Francisco.

PPE incident

Additionally, Canepa was chairman of the board of supervisors when $10 million worth of county-owned PPE was left outside in the rain. Since the issue came to light this year, after Canepa passed the torch as chairman of the board, Canepa has tried to pivot the spotlight on County Manager Mike Callagy, grilling him with questions during meetings. of supervisor.

In an interview with the Post, Canepa said yes, the county screwed up, calling the incident “a confluence of chaos.”

Burlingame Councilwoman Emily Beach regularly works just below the sound of Canepa and Mullin’s crossfire.

Beach is the only woman running, which could get her some extra attention after the Supreme Court leaked earlier this week that the High Court will overturn Roe v. Wade. Beach has made reproductive rights a campaign issue early on in her campaign, pointing out that she is the only candidate with “skin in the game” when it comes to the issue.

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Only one Republican is running — El Granada resident Gus Mattammal — who says he wants to use conservative approaches to achieve goals that might be favored by liberals.

One example he provided to the Post is that of universal health care. Mattammal pointed to Singapore’s healthcare system as a way forward. In this country, there are three levels of care. Most residents contribute for themselves to a health care fund which covers routine care. There is also catastrophic care, where if your fund has dried up or you suffer from a serious illness, you are covered by a national account. The final level of care is a government investment that pays the medical bills of the indigent.


All four agree that there is more the area representative in Congress can do for housing.

Beach said changes to federal tax credits could make it more beneficial for developers to build affordable housing projects.

Canepa wants to inject federal funds into states and counties for housing. He wants to see mixed-income developments funded with federal funds, acknowledging that developers will walk away if a project doesn’t pan out.

Mattammal said he would use his visibility as a congressman to help sell certain projects to the public. He also suggested that more nonprofits such as HIP Housing in San Mateo should get more government funding.

Mullin said he would like to see the federal government disburse funds for housing programs it has not funded. He said he thinks the federal government can play a bigger role in helping chart developments, including funding mixed-income developments.

Mullin, 51, lives in south San Francisco with his wife and their twins. He is a lifetime county resident. He worked for Speier and his father when they worked in Sacramento. He has a small business called KM2 Communications, a video and multimedia production company.

Beach, 47, resigned from a job at an educational nonprofit to run for Speier’s seat. She has worked both for non-profit organizations and as a business executive. She has served on the Burlingame City Council for approximately seven years. She has two teenagers aged 17 and 14 with her husband. Beach served as a captain in the military, stationed in Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Texas.

Mattammal, 49, was never elected. He holds an MBA from Yale and a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Pomona College. He is the director of Advantage Testing, a tutoring company with an outpost in Palo Alto that offers help to students of all ages. Mattammal, a resident of El Granada, lives five kilometers from the neighborhood with his wife. When asked if he would move to the district if elected, he told the Post that he asked voters if living outside the district was a big deal and they didn’t think so. not.

Canepa, 46, lives in south San Francisco with his wife and their son. A graduate of Skyline Community College and the University of San Francisco, he was the first in his family to graduate from college.

Redwood City attorney Andrew Watters’ name will appear on the ballot, but he dropped out.

The top two voters in this race will advance to the November elections hoping to represent the district that stretches from southern San Francisco to East Palo Alto.