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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 68

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David R. Sonneborn

7,695 votes (5.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Address climate change; support Green New Deal
  • Bring Medicare for All to effective fruition
  • Protect and enhance the needs/wants of the underserved



Our family moved from Baltimore to Bloomington, Indiana, when I was not yet 3. I went to the same small  school from kindergarten though 12th grade in the same building, with classmates roughly equally divided between rural, town and academic families. My father was a well known and respected geneticist; after WW2, when scientists could again travel to the US, many came to our home. At this young age I recall that many of them ostensibly came to visit my dad, but at least equally to share their lives with my mom, who became something of a universal confidant. On to Swarthmore College; Rockefeller University; Brandeis (PhD); Berkeley (Post-Doc); UW-Madison (faculty),with Sabbatical, summer and winter breaks at Cal Tech; UCI (Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology research); volunteer public advocate. During each of these eras, I have absorbed deep and lasting awareness of the life issues and challenges that people face. I have engaged in advocacy for each of the major human critical events of the day, year and beyond - often simultaneously at local, state, national, international and planetary levels.

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Political Philosophy

Inside and outside party membership, I have continued to be a very deeply committed volunteer public advocate of, by, for the people - as well as the planet and the universe. A major part of my philosophy is dedicated to the needs/wants of underserved/underrepresented people - listen first, and then advocate. Another major part, often overlapping with the first major part, is to advocate and activate for progress/solutions for "mega issues and policies" that are increasingly deep challenges to all -e.g., global warming and climate change; reliance on renewable sources of energy; hugely reduced production and consumption of pollutants;diversity and survival of life - microbes, plants, animals; health care for all; gun violence; income and wealth inequality.  

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