Tim Sheridan’s Statement Regarding California’s 42nd Congressional District June 6, 2016 Primary – June 7, 2016
I’m extremely pleased with the results from last night – most notably the almost ten (10) point reduction in 23-year incumbent Congressman Ken Calvert’s vote totals from the 2014 general election. While we have more work to do going forward, the November 2016 election is going to highlight the differences between me and Mr. Calvert’s on Social Security, student loan interest rates, taking care of our veterans and whether a member of the House of Representatives should be regularly available to the people in the District, among other reasons.
First, I favor expanding Social Security for seniors by changing the current Consumer Price Index to ensure that seniors regularly receive cost-of-living increases. I also strongly oppose privatization of Social Security. Mr. Calvert, on the other hand, favors privatization which would, for all intents and purposes, turn the program over to Wall Street and major banking interests.
I also strongly support reducing student loan interest rates from the current 4.29’% rate, and offering refinancing relief to students who are saddled with high interest rates on student loan debt. Despite having an opportunity to support a bill that would have accomplished such a goal in March 2015 (H.R. 1434), Mr. Calvert did not cosponsor the bill.
Third, taking care of our veterans must be priority. Unfortunately, the current Congress and Mr. Calvert have been slow to appropriately provide the resources that the Veterans Administration needs to do its job. As I have said, when I’m elected to Congress, veterans and veterans issues will be priority in my office. Indeed, a member of my staff will be assigned to work on veterans issues exclusively. Finally, as the campaign progresses, I plan on continuing to be available to the people of California’s 42nd Congressional District by attending community events on a regular basis and holding more Town Hall events as I did recently in Corona. Mr. Calvert’s failure to actively participate in the community is readily evident by his schedule which does not include any Town Hall events. In our view, Mr. Calvert is failing the people of California’s 42nd District by not actively engaging with them on a regular basis.
In the end, while the race for California’s 42nd Congressional District will be challenging, it is clear that voters have had enough of Mr. Calvert putting himself and the establishment in Washington before the people themselves. When I’m elected to serve the people of California’s 42nd Congressional District, the people will have an engaged and active representative in Congress.
California’s 42nd Congressional District, a geographical area shaped like the letter “X,” runs along the I-15 corridor from Eastvale, southeast to Temecula, and northeast along the I-215 and CA-79 corridors to Beaumont. It also includes the communities of Corona, Norco, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta, Menifee, Sun City, Winchester, Homeland and Nuevo. Mr. Sheridan lives in Lake Elsinore.