Lo­cal man chal­leng­ing Thomp­son

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By John Glid­den jglid­[email protected]­al­don­line.com @glid24 on Twit­ter

An Amer­i­can Canyon man of­fi­cially an­nounced re­cently that he is seek­ing to un­seat Rep. Mike Thomp­son, D-St. He­lena, to rep­re­sent the Fifth Con­gres­sional District next year.

Ja­son Kishin­eff, 50, said in a news re­lease that he rep­re­sents “the pro­gres­sive wing of the Demo­cratic Party and he is

on a mis­sion to get cor­po­rate in­flu­ences out of the United States elec­toral sys­tem.”

A fa­ther of three, Kishin­eff was one of three chal­lengers who ran against Thomp­son — pick­ing up al­most a thou­sand votes dur­ing the June 2018 pri­mary elec­tion.

“Ja­son be­lieves that our planet is at risk from cli­mate change, frack­ing, mil­i­tary pol­lu­tion and an ever-grow­ing net­work of oil pipe­lines,” ac­cord­ing to a the same re­lease from Kishin­eff’s cam­paign. “Ja­son be­lieves that health­care, col­lege ed­u­ca­tion

and hous­ing should be con­sid­ered hu­man rights. Ja­son be­lieves in de-mil­i­ta­rized polic­ing. He be­lieves that our wa­ter is con­tam­i­nated in many places and should be cleaned up.”

Kishin­eff, a for­mer phar­macy tech­ni­cian, also said he in­tends to part­ner with other pro­gres­sives “to pass a Con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment pro­hibit­ing cor­po­rate cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions, and mak­ing elec­tions pub­licly funded.”

“Ja­son is also a can­di­date who is re­fus­ing all do­na­tions from cor­po­rate su­per PACs (po­lit­i­cal ac­tion


com­mit­tees), which makes him unusual, and gives him a fi­nan­cial dis­ad­van­tage right off the bat­but its a dis­ad­van­tage that Ja­son seems to em­brace,” his cam­paign added in the same re­lease. “Ja­son’s be­lief is that if enough peo­ple rise up to­gether, no amount of money can stop them, and Ja­son is ask­ing you to rise up with him.”

Kishin­eff’s cam­paign an­nounced that it has been en­dorsed by the Cal­i­for­nia Pro­gres­sive Al­liance, Sus­col In­ter­tribal Coun­cil Di­rec­tor Char­lie Toledo, for­mer Rich­mond Mayor Gail McLaughlin, for­mer Vallejo School Board Mem­ber Rus­cal Cayangyang, for­mer Co­tati Vice Mayor Pia Jensen, for­mer Napa Val­ley Col­lege Trustee Amy Marten­son,

and for­mer Saint He­lena School Board Mem­ber Alex Shantz.

“I’ve waited and waited for elected of­fi­cials to make change, but to no avail,” he wrote on his cam­paign page. “In fact, when one man tried, they lined up to stop him. That’s why I’m run­ning. It is long past time for the peo­ple to rise up and take our govern­ment back. My op­po­nent has been in of­fice 20 years, and there is much that he hasn’t done. And if he won’t, I will.”

The Pres­i­den­tial Pri­mary elec­tion is set for March 3, 2020.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the cam­paign’s web­site at www.kishin­eff.net.

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