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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 53

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Chris Stoddard

Pilot/Officer/Realtor
25,915 votes (13%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Border Security
  • Nationwide concealed carry permit
  • Federally legalizing marijuana

Experience

Experience

Profession:Airline Pilot, USMC Reserve Officer, Realtor
Pilot, SkyWest Airlines (2018–current)
Major, USMCR (2017–current)
Realtor, 24/7 Realty (2019–current)
Captain, USMC (2006–2017)

Education

Arizona State University Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering (2004)

Community Activities

President, The Co-Pilot Foundation (2018–current)

Biography

After earning my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Arizona State University I commissioned in the United States Marine Corps and was on active duty for 11 years, deploying to Afghanistan, Romania, and Kuwait/Iraq. In 2017 I got off active duty and joined the USMCR to continue serving my country as a Reserve Officer. I went back to college to obtain my real estate license not only to educate veterans about their home buying benefits but also to help families in Southern California realize their dream of owning a home. I also started working for SkyWest Airlines as a First Officer. I continue working these three jobs while also spending time growing my non-profit, The Co-Pilot Foundation, which I established to provide mentor-ship and support to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. I have decided to try my hand in politics because we need to make some changes and learn to work together instead of fighting against each other and wasting taxpayer dollars. I have always been a hard working military Officer and civilian, not a career politician. I think this brings a fresh perspective to the US House of Representatives. I am an American, Republican, and Hispanic. I believe in LEGAL immigration and I don’t think we should pay for healthcare for people that come here illegally. We need to build the border wall and figure out better ways to help immigrants come here the right way, legally. I believe in our second amendment rights, however I think we need a look at how to prevent mass murders from happening (with any weapon). We also need to remove suppressors from the class 3 list. I believe we need a real, long-term solution to our homeless population in California, especially for veterans. We need to have a place where they can go for shelter, food, mental health, and job opportunities. I think a woman has a right to choose in certain situations, but abortion should not be used as a form of birth control. I believe we are all given the same opportunities to succeed, no matter your sex, race, religion, or any other factor. I believe we are destroying our planet and there won’t be anything left for my grandchildren. We need to continue research into logical, long term solutions. I believe there are only two human genders. I believe we need to federally legalize marijuana, tax it, and use that money to help people with their addiction problems. Ultimately I believe in common sense and think we could use more of it in Washington.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Immigration:

I believe in LEGAL immigration.  We need to build the border wall and figure out better ways to help immigrants come here the right way, legally.  Building the wall will dramatically help Border Patrol Officers apprehend drug and human smugglers and prevent many of them from even attempting to cross.

2nd Ammendment:

I believe in our second amendment right to bear arms.  Criminals are going to continue doing criminal things, which means they do not care about the laws and are going to have guns.  If you ban firearms the criminals will prey on the law-abiding citizens knowing they have no way of defending themselves.  Some of the highest crime rates in our country come from areas with the strictest gun laws. 

However, I do think we need a look at how to prevent mass murders from happening (with any weapon).  If teachers have gone through proper training, they should be allowed to carry a weapon in a school to defend their students.  One police officer on a large campus is not enough for a quick response. 

We need to create a nationwide concealed carry permit.  There should be a standard course that citizens can take that allows them to carry in any state in the union.  We also need to remove suppressors, aka silencers, from the class 3 list. They protect shooters hearing and make it easier to teach people how to shoot a weapon properly.

Environment:

I believe we are slowly destroying our planet.  We need to continue to research logical, long term solutions to prevent global warming.  The creation of industry has provided amazing opportunities for the human race and helped spread resources to people all over the world.  But we need to continue to create better, more eco-friendly ways to produce power, cars, agriculture, etc.  The Green New Deal is unrealistic and absurd.  The Paris agreement doesn’t hold anyone accountable if they don’t meet deadlines.  But the United States needs to be at the forefront of innovation as we always are and continue to strive to a healthier plant. 

Homelessness:

Along with protecting our environment, I believe we need a real, long-term solution to our homeless population in California, especially for veterans.  We need to have a place where they can go for shelter, food, mental health, and job opportunities.  We need to make it illegal to loiter on the streets and sidewalks.  I propose we create tent cities where homeless can go for shelter and free food.  In these locations we can have mental health professionals help those that need it.  We can also have a resource to find homeless local jobs and provide transportation to and from work.  This will clean up our streets which will make our cities more appealing for tourists.  It will also eliminate the rodent problem that many of our cities have from food and waste left behind from the homeless. 

Equality:

I believe we are all given the same opportunities to succeed, no matter your sex, race, religion, or any other factor. I think we are dividing this country by using terms such as “latinos” or “blacks.”  We should not have to put a label on anyone.  We are all AMERICANS! 

I believe there are only two human genders and if you were born with the wrong one, taxpayers should not be responsible for helping you change it.

Healthcare:

I would not be opposed to a healthcare for all plan that makes sense.  The Affordable Care Act ended up hurting the people that deserve affordable health care the most, the hard working citizens that live just above the line to receive free healthcare.  The government should not run all healthcare.  People should be given the choice of what doctor they want and what type of program they want to have for themselves and their families. 

I believe we need to federally legalize marijuana, tax it, and use that money to help people with their addiction problems.  This would help curb the smuggling of marijuana across our borders, ultimately keeping our border towns and Border Patrol agents safer.  Medicinal marijuana has been an amazing drug and helped countless families, and a family should not be forced to move to a state that has legalized medical marijuana in order to provide the much needed drug to their sick or dying family members.

Veterans:

One of my top priorities for California is to eliminate the income tax on military retirement pay, and eliminate it nationwide.  A veteran that has served our country for 20 years and retires from our armed forces ends up taking home about one third of his pay from active duty.  When you add the income tax deduction to this salary their retirement pay quickly becomes inadequate.  This is a huge reason we have many of our greatest Americans leaving California after they retire.  I would also like to reform retirement for reservists and make it more equal across the board.

Government Spending:

We need to get a hold on our growing deficit.  I think it is amazing that Americans can become successful enough to make a seven figure salary and I believe the American dream is alive and well.  But we should rethink the tax code and spread out income taxes over a wider range of salaries.  Someone making $10,000,000 a year should pay a higher percentage in taxes than someone making $650,000 per year.  We need to redistribute the income tax rates over a larger scale.

No budget, no pay.  If Congress doesn’t have a budget in place in time and the government is shut down, Congress doesn’t get paid.  I have personally seen this affect the lives of first responders, government employees, our troops, and their families.  It is unacceptable for members of Congress to continue to accept pay when they can’t come to the table and ensure our Nation’s finest are taken care of.

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