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    Jay Chen

  • Elect Jay Chen to push CD-45 in the right direction.



    The Position

    Congressmembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the United States Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.





    The District

    California’s 45th Congressional District includes parts of Orange County. Republicans held this district until 2018, when Katie Porter won and flipped CD-45 from red to blue. Of the registered voters in this district, 38% are Republican and 33% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 23% Latino, 37% Asian, and 3% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-45 is 10% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-45 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 1 point and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 1 point.





    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Jay Chen and Republican Incumbent Michelle Park Steel. Chen’s campaign has raised over $1 million and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel money. Steel’s campaign has raised over $2 million and is funded by fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate money. Incumbent Steel has repeatedly criticized California’s Sanctuary State Law, she has opposed Affirmative Action, and she has consistently supported corporations’ efforts to avoid paying taxes. In 2018, she and her husband, chair of the California Republican Party, greeted then President Trump when he visited California to view border wall prototypes.





    The Recommendation

    Chen, president of the Board of Trustees for Mt. San Antonio Community College and a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, is a 20-year resident of Hacienda Heights. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to restore integrity and accountability in Washington D.C., to support small businesses, and make health care more affordable. Chen has not run for office previously.

    As president of the school board, Chen has created innovative programs, including free SAT tutoring to students. He has also used his experience in Harvard admissions to provide free college application workshops for students to improve their higher-education chances. Chen understands the challenges in the global economy and has dedicated himself to ensuring that others have the opportunities that school and service in the Navy Reserve provided him.

    Chen has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including Women for American Values and Ethics (WAVE), Planned Parenthood, Equality California, and numerous labor unions, as well as many state and local officials. He is also endorsed by Democratic Congressmembers Nanette Barragan, Mark Takano, and Mike Levin. Based on our analysis, Chen’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-45 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.



    Last updated: 2022-05-11

    Jay Chen

    Elect Jay Chen to push CD-45 in the right direction.



    Jay Chen

    Elect Jay Chen to push CD-45 in the right direction.



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