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October 9, 2012 > Candidate Congressman Mike Honda (Democrat)

Candidate Congressman Mike Honda (Democrat)

For Congressional District 17

Facing huge economic challenges, we stand at a defining time in history, nationally and locally. Inspired by the imagination and industry of Silicon Valley, I seek the honor of representing the hardworking and diverse constituency of California's new 17th Congressional District, encompassing Milpitas, Newark and most of Fremont.

Since 2001, I've represented in Congress an increasingly engaged and innovative constituency. However, I've also seen America become increasingly polarized and divided, hampering our collective ability to maximize economic recovery, meet each child's educational needs and reinvest in our infrastructure and safety net. Along with a deep knowledge of and commitment to my District, I've brought an ability to bridge the divide to address these challenges.

Right now, there's an unemployed line worker in Newark striving to get back to work. We need his skill and energy to put America back on top. I'm running for Congress to fight for him - to continue fighting for legislation I've introduced to rebuild and expand American manufacturing jobs, increasing access to the American Dream.

Today, there's an Irvington High School freshman whose imagination is fueled by a love for math and science. She dreams of being the next Sally Ride or Steve Jobs. I'm running for Congress to continue fighting for legislation I've introduced to help her realize that dream - by ensuring our schools are the finest in the world and each student in America is equipped and empowered to succeed.

As a teacher and principal years ago, I tried to meet with every parent of every child in my care; I was guided by the needs of each child. In Congress, I've been guided by the needs of each constituent.

As a senior Representative on the House Budget and Appropriations Committees, it's been my duty and honor to bring back to our neighborhoods hundreds of millions of our own hard-earned taxpayer dollars. I'll continue fighting for the resources to tackle our region's needs, like BART, social services and high-tech research and innovation.

As Budget Task Force Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, I've authored the groundbreaking Budget for All, which preserves Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, while putting Americans back to work, charting a path to responsible deficit reduction and middle-class tax relief.

As Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I'll continue fighting for the civil rights of all and for reform of a dysfunctional immigration system.

As an educator of 30 years, a parent and grandparent, a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, a local, state and federal legislator and an internee during World War II, I know that while government can make mistakes, it can also work to ensure access to the American promise for all. I pledge to work everyday to reinvigorate our economy nationally and locally, so we can all reach and expand the American Dream.

Please keep in touch with me at, at and at various events throughout your communities. I would be honored to earn your support in 2012 and beyond - thank you!

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