Meet the Candidate: Brynne Kennedy (California)

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Candidate Name: Brynne Kennedy

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What office are you running for?
US Congress, California Fourth District

With which party are you running for office?
Democratic Party

Election Date
November 3rd, 2020

Why are you running for office?
As the founder and CEO of a software company, I had done some economic advising work in Sacramento and DC, and I was shocked by ways partisan bickering and ideological warfare was holding our government back from working for the people. Our current representative, Tom McClintock, is the embodiment of these problems: he has the most partisan voting record of any member of the CA GOP delegation, and has consistently voted against the interests of the district. He voted against wildfire disaster relief–in a district severely affected by wildfires–and voted to cap the state and local tax deduction, raising taxes for hundreds of thousands of people in our district.

I want to bring real representation to our district, and fight to lower healthcare costs, invest in our infrastructure, and work with everyone to make our district a better place to start a small business.

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
Wildfire preparedness and the home insurance crisis. Wildfires have gotten worse and worse in recent history, and it’s having a devastating impact on our community. Beyond the homes destroyed and the lives lost, it’s made it nearly impossible to acquire affordable home insurance in many parts of our district. The economic impacts are huge: if you can’t insure your home, it’s nearly impossible to sell your home, and it leaves residents without a fallback in case of disaster.

There’s no one silver bullet, but I commit to working to create tax credits for home hardening and creating defensible spaces, to upgrading our power grid for greater safety and efficiency, to working with state leaders to expand the state insurance program of last resort, and providing more resources for forest management in our federal lands.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
As a country, we’ve lost our way. I spent years as the founder and CEO of a talent mobility software company, and if I did my job like many current members of congress do their job, I would have been fired instantly. Congress’s inability to get things done, and willingness to absolve themselves of responsibility by blaming the other party would never fly in any other industry. In what other field could you spend the year getting nothing done, and simply say that you couldn’t get along with your coworkers?

On a practical level, I’m committed to showing up and working with everyone. Our current representative hasn’t done a town hall in years, and doesn’t even live in our district. He makes no serious efforts to reach out to those outside of his base. If elected, I commit to holding regular town halls, to meeting with local elected officials regardless of their party, and to being present in the community. There’s no easy solution to fixing the partisan divide, and it’s bigger than any one election. But I think the above are a good set of first steps that I hope any congressional candidate would be willing to commit to.

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
My beautiful puppy Archie: follow me on instagram @brynnekenn to see him!

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