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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 33

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Sarah Sun Liew

Chief Executive Officer
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Support entrepreneurs and assist in the expansion of small businesses for Economic growth.
  • Provide better education for children and create job opportunities for youth and the homeless.
  • Protect the rights of immigrants and educate immigrants' children and provide affordable and better medical plans

Experience

Education

Harvard Business School Certified Completion Harvard Business School Online, leadership principal & entrepreneur essential (2019)
Harvard Graduate School of Education Certified Completion Harvard Graduate School of Education Online, leading change & leading school for school management leadership program (2019)
Newburgh University Second Postdoctoral Ph.D. Biblical Preaching Degree, impact for public between the Leadership of Jesus' Biblical Preaching and Leadership of Political Leaders' Speech (2019)
Newburgh University Ph.D. Sales and Marketing Degree, non-profit and profit marketing and sales (2013)
Pacific State University Graduated D.B.A (Doctor Business Administration) Degree, international trade and e-commerce information technology and finance (2006)

Biography

 

Sarah has a very distinguished educational background.  She has a Ph.D. in Sales and Marketing Degree with a Major in Study for Non-profit and Profit Marketing and Sales at Newburgh University. She also completed a Certified Harvard Business School (MBA) Online Major studied for certified completion Leadership Principal & Entrepreneur Essentials. Certified Completion Harvard Graduate School of Education (MED) Online Major studied certified of completion for certified leading change for School management. She has a D.B.A (Doctor Business Administration) Degree, major study for International trade and e-commerce information technology and finance at Pacific State University. She studied M.B.A /CPA at UC Berkeley and studied for CPA for the financial manager. She studied M.B.A, major Study for International trade and e-commerce information technology and finance at Pacific State University. She graduated with a Second Postdoctoral Ph.D. Biblical Preaching Degree, Major study for comparison of impact for public between the Leadership of Jesus' Biblical Preaching and Leadership of Political Leaders' Speech at Newburgh University. She also graduated Para Legal courses from Pacific International Graduate School of Law. She has additional certifications as a Certified Real Estate  Broker, Certified  Residential Specialist, Certified  Commercial Specialist, Certified Multi-family Apartment Specialist, Certified Real Estate -Investment Specialist, Certified Business Investment Specialist, Certified Short-Sales specialist, Certified REO specialist, Certified Foreclosure specialist, Certified Distressed Property specialist, Certified  Mortgage Broker, Certified Loan modification Specialist, Certified HAFA Specialist, Certified  Factoring Broker, Certified Business Broker, Certified Cash Flow Specialist, Certified Factoring Specialist, Certified Paralegal and Certified LDA (legal document assistant) 

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Sarah Sun Liew:

I support the President’s annual budget which calls for an $11.7 billion cut in foreign aid. The proposed 21% cut will be achieved by reducing economic aid to other countries. We can not afford to continue supporting the world while our own infrastructure is crumbling.

Construction and Clean Energy jobs are in high demand and the homeless can transition into these careers quickly. Clean energy employment added 110,000 net new jobs in 2018 and continued growing in 2019. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ #1 and #2 fastest-growing occupations are solar panel installers and wind turbine service technicians.  These are good, solid middle-class jobs that provide above-average salaries without needing a college degree. These are good, long term, sustainable jobs that increase the local tax base and make communities stronger. Our ports have security implications for the nation and we should assess the use of automation at our ports. This should be a federal issue that is not handled locally at each port. I believe all stakeholders should have a seat at the table.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Sarah Sun Liew:

Much of my experience has been in the medical field and I understand the health problems of America. The U.S. healthcare system has limited medical benefits, and I will fight for improved medical plans that will be beneficial for all Americans to make Americans more stable and strong. Healthcare has been tied to employers for far too long. Employers offer health benefits because the current federal tax code exempts employer-sponsored health plans. Employees save money by buying health insurance through an employer using pre-tax dollars. This model no longer works for the multitude of self employed people in the job market today. Additionally, Hospitals hide prices from consumers, so that the consumer doesn’t even know what they are until they receive a bill. To add even more complexity to the issue; insurance companies themselves face barriers based on individual state by state laws. US health insurance is regulated by individual state insurance Commissions. The significant variations between state regulations makes it impossible to compare policies and premiums. There is a broad variation of mandated benefits between states. We need to remove barriers to entry for providers and remove the link to employers. People can choose car insurance, homeowners insurance and life insurance on the private market. With some sensible laws that allow all people to obtain coverage, health insurance could be made more available to all people at affordable prices. Individual market plans would be required to cover pre-existing conditions. High-risk pools would be funded by the funding used for subsidies and the Medicaid expansion. Health Savings Accounts should also be made available for everyone. This account promotes savings and individual responsibility. When people are spending their own money they become better consumers which leads to more efficiencies in the marketplace. Hospitals should be required to show prices publicly so that consumers can make an informed choice both on cost and quality. Also, we need to institute a national policy so that health insurance companies can write health insurance plans that are easily compared. When we shine a light on these murky business practices, a knowledgeable consumer will be able to make smarter decisions. There are many ways we can reduce the cost of healthcare and make it more efficient which can lead to less spending at the government and individual level.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Sarah Sun Liew:

As a first-generation immigrant from Korea, I know from my own experience the obstacles many immigrants face when they arrived in America. In 2013, I became the CEO of consultation and legal firm that has helped many immigrants navigate the obstacles and succeed in accomplishing their goals. 

Employment-based immigrant visa case takes a lot longer time without any assurance of the outcome due to limited categories of Visa. The length of time depends on case to case basis hence; an individual will not be able to predict the result.

We want these people to come to our country. We need to have a process in place that shows the timeline of when they will be granted their Visa. The long process that these immigrants are facing is affecting the United States Economy. We are a nation of immigrants and that has made us strong. I love this country and we should know that those people that are coming here love it too. We should welcome many but we should also be vigilant knowing who they are. On the other hand, the surge of illegal immigrants across our borders must be stopped. 

In my opinion, this is not good law as it opposes the Federal Law and immigration is a federal matter. This law aid the local and state government to prevent the federal government to effectively deal with violent illegal immigrants coming across the borders. Moreover, the sanctuary law does not protect law-abiding citizens or even non-citizens who are legally in the country. Mostly, it protects those who are committing crimes after coming across the border without a permit.

By preventing abuses in the immigration law, our country will be able to those immigrants who truly need America’s humane open door policy.

 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $78,000

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

1
Sarah Sun Liew
$78,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)
100.00%

By Type:

From organizations (100.00%)
From individuals (0.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Every politician knows that a society is able to be changed. If only a real politician were willing to solve difficulties for their citizens instead of fighting for themselves or their party or to benefit a special or particular group. Let me begin by sharing with you some of the reasons I decided to run for Congress as well as the problems I plan to address and resolve if I am elected. I can create an opportunity in my district through my education background and experience. I will focus on Economy, Entrepreneur, Small Business, Jobs creation, Education, Homelessness, Immigration, Veterans, International Trade, Senior citizens, Health Care, and Real estate. 

I started working hard to find out who had the best leadership and who among the existing politicians could, or would address these problems. As I studied these issues, I knew that a strong policy is needed to be created in order to support the constituents affected by these issues. For the past 30 years, I have been privileged to serve in several community leadership positions through various non-profit organizations, churches, hospitals, and schools. I have also served for 24 years as an entrepreneur/ CEO of several companies and investors in promoting community development. The greatest blessing of my life is to join those who believe that public service is a spiritual, as well as a social and practical, mission. I decided to run in order to join with other council members and all of you in the 33rd District in helping make this community and America, a better place to live for all current and future generations.

Position Papers

Homeless

Summary

Homelessness is a problem that needs to be solved urgently. As a policy, the pledge is to establish a homeless prevention center to create jobs through vocational training, rehabilitation programs, policies to protect businesses that affect homelessness, various programs for cooperative homeless prevention, and to teach people who are in destitute situations to be self-reliant.

There is an increasing rate of homeless people yearly. Most homeless people didn’t choose to be destitute or prefer to live on the streets, but they have to depend on charitable donations to survive on a daily basis. Some suffer from mental health issues, some from addictions, some lost their homes during the financial crisis or for other economic reasons, and some have been out of work so long that they have given up on seeking employment altogether.

Foreclosure prevention is the first step. If we can save people who have lost their jobs and are unable to pay a mortgage. We can assist them in keeping their houses by making a program available to them. If homeowners are foreclosed upon and forced to live in a homeless shelter, they cannot support themselves to keep their homes by government money. Job training could be provided to keep their house as well to prevent to become homeless. Providing shelter and food may temporarily resolve the issue by merely dealing with the outcome, rather than the core of the issue itself. 

The employment rate may be at an all-time high today, but times are still tough for the homeless. Many of them don’t have the education, skills, motivation, or hopes to find a job. Billions of hard-earned tax-payers’ money have been poured into resolving problems related to homelessness, but there is no realistic solution about it, thus, the issue is still lingering. The construction field is always running short of people willing to perform work. They may be painters, plumbers, general construction workers, solar panel installers and so on. Some candidates may propose to secure additional shelters for the homeless population, but I actually have specific plans to turn them into average American citizens just like you and I. I will offer them job training and help them secure jobs through a carefully planned goal-oriented process that I have created.  

I want to create a homeless support center and youth start-up center for economic growth and job creation. I believe that the best solution is to provide vocational training and job opportunities for the homeless. It’s an example of traditional wisdom: give people a fish and they can eat for a day; teach them to fish, and they can eat for a lifetime. This has been the successful mission of my non-profit organization, and it has become a personal mission for me. I will work to end homelessness in my district through promoting and providing educational and vocational training, so all of us who care for the homeless can live in peace and prosperity.

 

 

Job Creation

Summary

As a CEO of the Meridian Legal Business Investment Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on job creation and educational entrepreneurs. My mission has always been creating jobs through supporting education for future generations, entrepreneurs, and prosperous businesses.

We need to ensure a stable workforce for the younger generation and give job training and education opportunities for all ages to make Americans more stable and strong. 

Many are underemployed who wanted to work for themselves to increase their earnings, thus, it created a widespread sense of economic insecurity.

We will create new good-paying middle-class jobs. We will use a multi-pronged approach listed in the job creation plan which includes maintaining our ports and tax credits.

A lot of unskilled people entering the workplace for the first time can only find minimum wage employment which most of the time cannot sustain a living.

We need to build the prototype jobs center in our district that can serve as a national model. This center will be a one-stop-shop for our citizens that want to find work. There are other types of various centers, but we need a fresh start from the ground up. We will invite local companies to come in to train new workers on a regular schedule. We will be able to establish and conduct a vocational training program that creates skilled workers who are not saddled with huge amounts of student loan debt.

 

Veterans

Summary

Our veterans face many issues such as unemployment or lack of entrepreneurial support. Furthermore, our health issues are also becoming a concern and the homeless are also rising in numbers.

Simultaneously, our veteran business owners are trying to do their best to apply for a loan application. However, the approval rates don't favor them at all.  In other words, we need more lender confidence for our beloved veterans. It's about time to thank our veterans for their service and give them a little favor that they truly deserve. 

Furthermore, our veterans that suffer from combat-related injuries should have easy access to quality healthcare. Above all, the high suicide rate for veterans is unacceptable. With this in mind, we need to invest in high-quality medical care as well as giving them a sustainable livelihood.

Reintegration into the business world is the least we can do. Many large companies have made commitment to employ service members but we need to enhance the program. A service member should be able to contact the veterans affairs (VA) and be working quickly if that is what they preferred to do. In addition, there should be a small business administration (SBA) representatives working through VA so veterans can have access to all resources they needed in one location. The veteran possesses many skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving skills, leadership, teamwork to endurance and resiliency. A start-up incubator with these people being together supported by VA and SBA will be a great help.

 

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