Local man challenging Thompson
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.