Candidates in 2018

Updated 3/10/18

California 45th is a nonpartisan group which does not endorse a single candidate or party. The information below is presented as a resource for you to do your own research regarding candidates for the California 45th Congressional Seat. The following information has been provided directly by the candidates, or taken from their public profiles (we have edited only for formatting and not for content). Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Only candidates who have filed the required paperwork with the Federal Election Commission are listed here.


brian forde

I was born and raised in Tustin. It’s where I built my first computer, started my first company, and took my first college course. I've spent my life using technology to help others, from the Peace Corps to the White House.

As a Senior Technology Adviser in the Obama White House, I worked to help solve some of the nation’s most critical problems. I helped to launch initiatives such as TechHire, a White House program in 72 communities across the country that trained and hired thousands of Americans for high-paying tech jobs.

I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the remote town of Jinotega, Nicaragua, where I worked as a high school teacher and taught business and IT skills to aspiring young entrepreneurs. 

Later on I co-founded a national phone company that lowered the cost of international phone calls by 90 percent, saving rural Nicaraguans millions of dollars.

Most recently I founded the research group at the world-renowned MIT Media Lab and advised world leaders on blockchain, a revolutionary technology often described as “the next internet.”

But I care a lot about my community and its role in our country.

Our values are being challenged by an Administration hell-bent on taking us back to injustices of the past

I won’t tolerate the rhetoric against the LGBTQ community, immigrants, women, and others. Republican elected officials are talking about our family and friends – the people we love most in the world. This is personal. 

Today we can profoundly change how we live, how we work, and how we connect with others.

Virtually every challenge we face today — economic growth, national security, cybersecurity, healthcare, personal privacy, climate change, and retirement security — is intertwined with technology.

And yet, very few members of Congress understand technology at a level that allows them to address these challenges.

At this unique moment in history we have a choice. We can define our future or we can be defined by it. I choose to define it, and if you’ve read this far, I hope you’ll join me in our fight for our future.


JOHN GRAHAM

Like many Americans, I had trouble sleeping on the night of November 8, 2016. I bought the domain name “untrump.org” sometime before dawn the next day. The traditional political parties had produced one bad candidate for President and one awful one. And the awful one won.

For more than thirty years I have been speaking out against the damnably partisan decision making in Washington DC, and in particular the ideas Donald Trump now promotes. I am hoping you will find some of my posts useful in removing Trump and his ilk from office in the very near future. That is, I am hoping the anti-Trump part of this website will become obsolete in a matter of months, not years. His presidency is dangerous not only for us Americans, but also for the rest of the world as well.

The national crisis that has yielded the chaos in Washington DC was easy to see coming more than two decades ago. I first wrote about the economic shock waves associated with the baby-boomer retirement back in 1996. And it’s not just our pension and healthcare systems that are collapsing under the pressure of 75 million elderly. All our institutions – education (schools), science (universities), the arts, law enforcement, our businesses and corporations, and the economy in general – are deeply suffering under the demands of that budget-busting bulge of decrepitude. By the way, I am one of those decrepit baby boomers myself.

The good news is that with crisis comes opportunity. The next decades will be difficult for us all. But, we will emerge from this crisis stronger and better off than we can now imagine. What we need to do in the short-run is keep the peace and keep from killing each other.

I am running for Congress in 2018 under this banner. I am not running under any party. Both the Republicans and Democrats in Washington DC have become the destructive, vengeful tribes George Washington warned us about in his Farewell Address. I will also accept no donations, but will depend on volunteers, discussion groups, and inexpensive social media in my campaign. The incumbent in the 45th Congressional District of California is Mimi Walters (R).

Articles on my books and other works have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Investors’ Daily, Smithsonian Magazine, BusinessWeek, the AARP Bulletin, USA Weekend, Parade Magazine, and several other magazines and newspapers. My work has garnered more than 150 million media impressions over the years. Numerous interviews have been aired on broadcast media including the BBC, Fox News, NBC Nightly News, ABC Good Morning America, and NPR and The Hugh Hewitt Show. Currently I am Professor Emeritus and Director of the Center for Global Leadership at the Paul Merage School of Business, the University of California, Irvine. During most of the 1970s I served as an officer in the US Navy UDT/SEAL Teams.

My priorities are described in the Issues sections of this website. They are roughly organized around two goals we share, security and prosperity, for our families and our country. Security issues include health care, drug policy, homeland security, climate change, national defense, and China policy. Prosperity issues include baby-boomers, empowering people, education, taxes, immigration, free trade and locally, a new airport. I emphasize evidence-based policies for all.

I look forward to conversations with the community about these and other issues. I will be happy to speak to any group of twelve or more voters in the District.

 


Kia Hamadanchy

Kia Hamadanchy was born and raised in Irvine, California, the son of Iranian immigrants who built a successful small business. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Michigan and then moved to Washington, DC, to serve as a staff member in the U.S. Senate. As legal counsel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee under the leadership of education and disability rights champion Senator Tom Harkin, he worked to expose the exploitation of students by the for-profit college industry. After Senator Harkin’s retirement, Kia joined the staff of Senator Sherrod Brown, where he advocated for a higher minimum wage, equal pay for men and women, and other measures to reduce income inequality and ensure that every American is treated with the respect and dignity that he or she deserves.

Kia is running against incumbent Republican Mimi Walters in California’s 45th Congressional District, a top-targeted Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “Red-to-Blue” district that Hillary Clinton won by 5.4%. Despite representing a forward-focused district, Representative Walters has voted with President Donald Trump 100 percent of the time and refuses to hold town halls with her constituents.


Dave Min

My name is Dave Min. I live and work in Irvine, and I am running for Congress because we deserve a representative who actually represents our community and our values. I want my kids to grow up in the same America that attracted my parents and so many immigrants like them to this country—where everyone has a fair shot at the American dream, where we prioritize our environment and the education of our children, and where we maintain the spirit of openness and innovation that makes America so special.

I’ve devoted my career to the goal of building an economy that works for people of all backgrounds. As a young lawyer at the SEC, as a senior Congressional advisor, as a policy director at the Center for American Progress, and as a law professor at UC Irvine, I’ve fought to protect hard-working Americans by making our economy and our markets operate better and more fairly for everyone.

I learned the importance of hard work, education and economic opportunity from my parents. They came to this country from Korea in 1972 for their graduate studies, and ended up settling down to raise my younger brother and me in California. My mom and dad grew up in the aftermath of the Korean War, and like most Koreans from that era, they had an incredibly positive view of Americans, who came from so far away to give their blood, their sweat, and even their lives to help protect and then rebuild South Korea. Like many Koreans from that era, my dad still has an occasional (OK, frequent) hankering for Spam, which was given out by American GIs to struggling Korean families in the aftermath of the war.

I met my wife Jane, who is the most amazing woman I know, while attending Harvard Law School. Jane and I are colleagues at UCI Law, where she teaches Family Law and runs our law school’s Domestic Violence Clinic. Jane is also the founder and director of UC Irvine’s Initiative to End Family Violence, a signature initiative of the university working to find better solutions to the terrible and unfortunately all too common problem of domestic abuse and violence.

We are grateful to be raising our three young children in Irvine. We love Orange County’s vibrance, diversity, and neighborliness, and of course the weather is amazing. To Jane and me, this district represents the very best of America.


Katie Porter

As a consumer advocate and public interest attorney, Katie Porter has spent nearly twenty years fighting powerful interests and Wall Street banks on behalf of consumers and families. She’s a national leader in consumer protection and has won big victories against financial institutions who cheat consumers.

Before the housing bubble burst, Katie was one of the first to sound the alarm about Wall Street’s predatory practices targeting homeowners, winning recognition from the New York Times and many others.

In 2012, then Attorney General Kamala Harris appointed Katie to be California’s watchdog against the banks. The banks had promised to pay billions to homeowners they cheated, and Harris appointed Katie to make sure the banks followed through. Katie and her team held the banks’ feet to the fire, securing billions and helping tens of thousands of families move forward with their lives.

As an advocate, Katie has sought reforms that help families get a fair shake in our economy. She has been a key player in the fight against abusive credit card fees and, in 2010, helped pass important federal credit card protections for families. Katie has collaborated extensively with Elizabeth Warren, her former law school professor, in efforts to stop powerful financial institutions from ripping off consumers. She has written three books that document how Washington special interests skew our laws and cut off the legal rights of families who play by the rules.

Katie’s most-rewarding job is being a mom to her three children. They live in Irvine, where she is a long-time den mom in her sons’ cub scout pack. Katie is a tenured law professor at University of California Irvine and teaches consumer law.


Mimi Walters

Mimi Walters was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2014. Tabbed as the “voice of the House GOP freshman” by a media outlet recently, Walters serves on the House Republican Leadership team, where she fights for:

Strong Defense and National Security

Fiscally Responsible Government

Private Property Rights

Lower taxes, Economic Growth and Job Creation

Prior to her election to the House of Representatives, Mimi represented Orange County in the State Senate and Assembly. She possesses a background in business, finance and local government. Her professional career has included serving as an investment executive for seven years at a major investment banking firm.

Walters currently serves as Maggie’s List’s Congressional Chair for the 114th Congress, an organization dedicated to electing fiscally conservative women to Congress. Recently, Mimi was named one of Orange County’s 100 Most Influential of 2014 by the Orange County Register.

A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Mimi and her husband, David, live in Orange County with their four children.