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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 53

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Jose Caballero

Father/Business Owner
3,226 votes (1.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Medicare for All with the elimination of private health insurance as introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders.
  • Expanding and passing the Green New Deal into law.
  • A service member and veteran Bill of Rights called the Heroes' Promise.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Owner of a Progressive Political Consulting Firm
Owner, Caballero Consulting Group, LLC (2017–current)
Alternate Member, San Diego County Democratic Party — Appointed position (2018–current)
Delegate for the California Democrat Party, California Democratic Party — Appointed position (2019–current)
Delegate California Democratic Party, Assembly District 79 — Elected position (2015–2019)
National Canvass Director, Environment America and Cal PERG (2017–2017)
Campaign Manager, Vista City Council Campaign (2016–2016)
Democratic National Committee National Bernie Delegate, Congressional District 53 — Elected position (2016–2016)
Campaign Manager, San Diego School Board Campaign (2014–2014)
Nuclear Reactor Operator ET2 / E-5, US Navy (2004–2010)

Education

San Diego State University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (2014)
Naval Nuclear Power School Certified Reactor Operator, Naval Reactor Operations (2006)

Biography

I grew up in a small town in Texas to parents of Panamanian, Puerto Rican, and Mexican descent. Until the age of five, I grew up with both parents in relative luxury in Arlington, Texas. However, it was a gilded luxury that came from my father, who at the time was a drug dealer and money launderer. This would eventually lead him to prison, severely impacting our relationship and my life. My mother was forced to take me and my younger sister back home to Mineral Wells to raise us with the help of her parents. We went from wanting for nothing to three generations living in a one-bedroom apartment. My mother worked multiple jobs in order to support us and eventually found love again. Together with their strength and tireless work ethic, my mother and stepfather got us back on our feet. My stepfather is now a police detective and my mother is a lead tech for an independent school district. The undying love and dedication of my mother, stepfather, and grandparents fostered a strong sense of family values and love for my country.

I faced a great deal of discrimination attending a majority white school. As a Latino, my intelligence was often discounted or outright ignored. I was denied the opportunity to take Advanced Placement and other intellectually stimulating programs. Attending a four-year university was never offered as an option by my counselors. I faced two options after high school; join the military or stay in my hometown to attend community college. The patriotism instilled in me compelled me to enlist the military. In order to find the intellectual challenge I had craved my entire life, I pursued a career in the Navy as a nuclear reactor operator.

After two years of brutally intense schooling from the prestigious Naval Nuclear Power School, I was certified by the Department of Energy to operate nuclear reactors for the United States Navy. I served six honorable years, deploying four and a half times in the hostile waters of the Persian Gulf as part of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. It was during this time that I became intimately acquainted with the horrors of war and saw firsthand the loss of life that came as a consequence of my contributions to the war effort. I made a conscious decision then to fight for a world without wars and end the needless loss of life. This desire drives me to this very day.

While stationed on the USS Ronald Reagan as a Second-Class Petty Officer, Electronics Technician Enlisted Rank 5, I fell in love with the city of San Diego. After being honorably discharged, I chose to make San Diego my home and pursue a Political Science degree with an emphasis in American Politics and Philosophy from San Diego State University. This opened the doors to my life as an activist, where I have been focused on helping progressives get elected since my days as the President of the SDSU College Democrats. I would go on to found the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club in 2015 and in 2016 would serve as a national delegate for Bernie for District 53. I have served as a delegate to the California Democratic Party and have been a member of the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee for 5 years. Having noticed the lack of support for progressive candidates, I started a political consulting firm focused on mobilizing progressives and employing San Diegans as professional political workers knocking on doors to win campaigns. I’m proud to say that my work has helped transform the San Diego County Democratic Party. It is an honor to be a progressive leader in San Diego.

San Diego has truly become my home and is where I’ve settled down with my family. It was here that I met my fiancé Chyann through our activism, specifically through our work on the Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign. Her son Ryan coming into my life has given me a deep sense of fulfillment and motivates me to create a safe, sustainable, and peaceful world for the generations to come. We live in Mid City with our dog Annie and look forward to a lifetime of happiness together in America’s Finest City.

 

Having now lived in San Diego for 13 years, I have walked the neighborhoods of San Diego and have heard the concerns of my fellow San Diegans. As a millennial and working-class parent struggling to pay rent while suffocating from my student loans, I understand the urgency with which these systemic issues must be addressed and am ready to fight for a serious change in San Diego and around the country with meaningful policy. It would be an honor to serve as your representative in Congress.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

Infrastructure Question

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.?

No answer provided.
What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Jose Caballero:

MEDICARE FOR ALL

No one should have to choose between keeping a roof over their head and getting the medicine that they need to survive. The United States needs to step into the 21st century like other nations and offer a comprehensive single-payer healthcare system. On healthcare, we need to stop following and go back to leading.

I support Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” program. If elected, I will sign on and fight for the passage of this critical bill introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Rep. Debbie Dingell. Patients would not be responsible for any cost-sharing of medical expenses ending premiums, copays, and deductibles. Government coverage would include hospitals, doctors, preventive care, prescription medications, dental care, and vision care. This plan also stops private insurers from selling plans that compete with Medicare for All.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Jose Caballero:
 

DACA AND DAPA PROTECTION

We are prepared to fight for true immigration reform. Not a wall! Not bigotry! Not racism! We want to fix our broken immigration process, protect DACA and DAPA recipients, and end our racist immigration policy. We are a nation of immigrants. It is our countries heritage of being a melting pot that makes us strong, that makes us unique, and has helped us prosper. Let’s legalize DACA and DAPA recipients with immediate United State Citizenship.

ABOLISH ICE

Part of immigration reform is taking steps toward abolishing ICE by changing its directive. We do not need a state sponsored terrorist organization within our own borders. It is time to end ICE’s mission and pass meaningful immigration reform that stands for our values.

IN ADDITION I STAND FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE FOLLOWING POLICIES:

  • One page intake at a legal port of entry to expedite the process for immigrants to obtain legal work permits

  • Hire more immigration administrators at the border for faster and more efficient intake

  • Criminalize child separation at the border

  • Lower and/or remove the large fees from the process of becoming a citizen

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $20,774

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

1
Employees of Allan Goetz
$2,000
2
FREETHOUGHT EQUALITY FUND OF THE CENTER FOR HUMANIST ACTIVISM, THE
$500
2
Employees of Keller Williams Realty
$500
2
Employees of Sid Shapiro
$500
3
Employees of Mira Costa College
$250
3
Employees of State of Illinois
$250

More information about contributions

By State:

California 86.13%
District of Columbia 9.25%
Illinois 4.62%
86.13%9.25%

By Size:

Large contributions (42.87%)
Small contributions (57.13%)
42.87%57.13%

By Type:

From organizations (9.25%)
From individuals (90.75%)
9.25%90.75%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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