My name is Jim Cunningham. I want to tell you about my background, and how it led to me supporting Ro for Congress.
I worked for almost 30 years in high tech. Then eight years ago, I was lucky enough to retire early. At the time, my son was in third grade at an alternative school in Cupertino. The school required a lot of parent participation, so I started volunteering as an aide in the classroom, and going on field trips. Then when my son started middle school and high school, I got more involved in the leadership of parent groups, and it has made me keenly focused on education issues.
Recently, I volunteered for Ro Khanna. I knocked on doors in a neighborhood in Milpitas, giving voters more information about the choices they’ll have when they vote in the June 3rd primary. I think lots of people are intimidated by the thought of getting involved in politics, or think knocking on doors will be harder than it is. That’s why I want to tell you about my experience, and how easy it really is to be an important part of this campaign.
The National Journal published a deep dive on the complex network of special interests and Washington lobbyists that are sending Members of Congress on trips around the globe. What’s really shocking is that all the perks and benefits constantly thrown at Congress are totally legal.
Have you gotten involved with this grassroots campaign? We hope you'll sign up for a door knocking or phonebanking shift. Volunteering for Ro is meaningful -- and it's fun and easy! It only takes a few minutes to learn everything you'll need to know to be a superstar volunteer.
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Last year, Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom endorsed Ro for Congress. He did so just a few weeks after Ro announced his candidacy in the 17th District, becoming one of Ro's first outspoken supporters.
Today, Lt. Governor Newsom sent an email to voters in the 17th District, explaining why Ro is the right choice for Silicon Valley. Read the email, and be sure to share it with your friends.
I endorsed Ro Khanna to represent California’s 17th District when he first threw his hat in the ring, because the issues at stake will determine the future of Silicon Valley.
June 3rd will be one of the most important elections I’ve seen in a long time.
Today, I want to introduce myself personally, not just as the Lieutenant Governor of California, but also as a voter in this state who cares deeply about our future.
Today is Ro for Congress's 1-year anniversary! On April 2, 2013, Ro announced he was running for Congress to represent #CA17.
Later that month, things got even more real: we opened our campaign headquarters in Fremont. Supporters packed our new office to its brim, and we all celebrated the prospect of a new kind of representation in Washington. It's time for some fresh energy: Congress shouldn't be stuck in the old way of doing things, bickering and letting progress grind to a standstill.
We were thrilled to learn last night that the Santa Clara City Council unanimously voted to let the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and friends move forward on opening the Northside Library.
This is an issue Ro and the team have been taking an active role in since August, when we learned that even though the new, beautiful library building in the Rivermark neighborhood was nearly complete, it was not going to open due to budget disagreements between the State of California and Santa Clara County. Team Ro participated in rallies and demonstrations outside City Hall and the library itself. We also helped gather petitions signatures from residents to be delivered to local elected officials, demanding sufficient funding for the library to open its doors.
That's the sort of grassroots action this campaign is all about, and it was inspiring to see community members display their passion for seeing that the new library be opened.
Our names are Pam and Bill Milam, and we want to tell you a little bit about why we strongly support Ro for Congress.
This week, Ro Khanna accepted an invitation to participate in a candidate debate hosted by the San Francisco Chronicle, KPIX-TV and KCBS radio. He proposed a series of local media hosted debates at the beginning of the year and the calls for Congressman Honda to debate have intensified over the last month. In February, the San Jose Mercury News editorialized that: “Mike Honda should debate Ro Khanna…declining to debate is wrong. It shows a fundamental disrespect for the democratic system and ultimately for voters.”
On the same day, Congressman Honda announced he will not participate in the pre-primary debate organized by the three local media outlets. Will you tweet at him, and remind him that voters in the 17th District want a debate?