Jason Kishineff has run for Congress three times to oust Representative Mike Thompson, who has been in office since 1999.
The district boundaries may have changed, but his message has not: to give voters an alternative to the two main political parties, which he considers “corrupt”.
“I’ve spoken to people in Davis and Vacaville, and I think people are mostly quite aware that our government is really corrupt and both sides need to go,” he said. “More and more I see the left and the right on the same side of so many issues…not necessarily the elected officials, but the voters, we all agree on more and more things these days, and we are not going to see substantial changes until we remove and remove the two corrupt political parties.
Kishineff, an American Canyon resident and former pharmacy technician, is a Green Party member who was previously a lifelong Democrat until he decided the party was no better than the Republicans.
“I’ve always expected Democrats to faithfully represent the left and I’m increasingly disappointed with that,” he said.
Hope came for Kishineff when Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders ran for president in 2016, a campaign he said made him “aware of how corporate money has influenced not only the Democratic Party, but also the Republican Party”.
Sanders didn’t get the nomination, but Kishineff was still inspired to get involved in politics. He made his first congressional run two years later and his second in 2020, both of which he placed fourth in the primaries. He also ran twice for the American Canyon City Council, was an activist on police justice issues in Vallejo and deforestation issues in Napa, and founded the anti-war organization Napa Institute for Peace.
While the last election allowed Kishineff to run in the 5th District, the new boundaries will have him running in the 4th District, which includes all of Lake and Napa counties as well as parts of Sonoma, Yolo and Solano counties. , including Vacaville, Dixon and Rio Vista.
Kinisheff said he enjoyed canvassing some of the new towns in the new district.
“I’m looking forward to the new district lines and representing the different farming culture of the Solano area and Yolo County, as opposed to Napa County, which is more of a monoculture,” he said.
In his discussions with voters in different cities, Kishineff said one issue that came up frequently was economic inequality, which he planned to address if elected.
“People need to have enough money to feed their families, put a roof over their heads, send their kids to college, maybe take vacations every two years and save for the future,” did he declare. “We see the opposite. We see more and more people in the middle of the street who have to ask for money just to survive.
Kishineff wants Congress to pass policies that would allow Americans to live without worrying about money, such as Medicare for All, a national health care system, a federal jobs guarantee, a universal basic income, spending cuts military and an increase in the minimum wage to be indexed to the cost of living.
“I think the government needs to help people thrive and not just sit on the sidelines while business leaders exploit us,” he said.
Other Kishineff priorities include opposing wars, legalizing cannabis, banning big money in politics, dismantling big media corporations, and reforming police departments “in a way that makes the safer system for everyone, including the police”.
Kishineff is also opposed to censorship on social media, citing how several politicians have tried to threaten or pressure social media.
“It’s a violation of the First Amendment,” he said. “I think the answer to if you don’t like what someone is saying, the answer to bad speech is good speech (and) good education. I think we’re going in a very scary direction.
Above all, Kishineff considers himself “an angry voter” and knows that many voters feel the same way. He hopes to bring the perspective of someone who is not a politician to Congress.
“I have never held political office, which for me means that I have not been corrupted by the corporate political machine,” he said.
For more information on Kishineff’s campaign, go to Kishineff.com.
Other candidates include Thompson, water services supervisor Matt Brock, community organizer and business leader Andrew Engdahl, information services technician Scott Giblin and parts consultant Jimih Jones.
The primary election will take place on June 7. Ballots will be mailed out starting May 9. The top two voters will qualify for the November 8 general election.
For more information, visit Solanocounty.com/depts/rov/.