Jordan Mills of Oceanside has entered the campaign for the seat in California’s 49th Congressional District being vacated by Darrell Issa. Mills is the endorsed candidate of the socialist Peace and Freedom Party.
Mills is running on a platform that calls for housing, healthcare, education and a job or living income to be made constitutional rights for every person, an end to racist police brutality and mass incarceration, amnesty and full rights for immigrants, stopping discrimination against LGBTQ people, ending women’s oppression, and shutting down U.S. military bases around the world and converting the obscene military budget to peaceful uses.
Mills commented on the news of Issa’s departure: “I am proud to be the polar opposite of Darrell Issa. As the wealthiest member of Congress, Issa spent his career serving his ultra-rich friends and he spent much of the last year scapegoating immigrants and DACA recipients for the problems produced by capitalism. I’d undoubtedly be the poorest member of Congress, and my campaign will give voice to the interest of workers, poor people and immigrants together in California’s 49th District. The working class of this area is happy to see Issa go, and now it’s time to replace his arch-capitalist program with a socialist alternative.”
Mills is an educator and union organizer from Oceanside. He has spent 25 years fighting for the rights of oppressed people in California. Since 2000, he’s been a professor and debate coach at Southwestern College in San Diego County. The Mills campaign and volunteers began collecting signatures in December to be placed on the ballot. His campaign has also been endorsed by the Party for Socialism and Liberation.