Candidate Full Name: Jorge Zavala
Office: U. S. House of Representatives U. S. Congressional District 4
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: www.friendsforzavala.com
Campaign Name: Zavala4U
Campaign Office Mailing Address: 2704 N. Albany Street, Chicago, IL 60647
Twitter: @profzavala, #zavala4chgo, #zavala4u
Survey Questions (Character limit of 2,000 per response)
1. Can the budget deficit be controlled only by spending cuts or does the federal government need to raise more revenue? If you favor more revenue, should there be a general tax hike?
I believe we should have a balance of both spending cuts and the need for the federal government to raise revenue. If we were to increase revenue, we would need to hold the departments and people associated with the use of funds accountable for the allocation and spending and at the same time make sure that this money will benefit the community in general. There shouldn't be a general increase in taxes, rather those who are making more money should pay more with regards to their income bracket. Acknowledging our current economic situation, it is essential to hold those making the most money accountable for paying their share of taxes.
2. Did you favor the 2011 pullout of U.S. military forces from Iraq? Why or why not?
Yes. The young men and women serving our country should not have been there in the first place. Not only did we lose great lives in our soldiers, we also lost billions of dollars with the capacity to create jobs and build our economy.
3. Do you favor President Obama's planned 2014 military withdrawal from Afghanistan? Why or why not?
Yes, however I would prefer that President Obama make the withdrawal now versus later because we are not gaining much at this point. Essentially, we need to have our enemies come out of the shadows in order for the U.S. to capture them. In the meantime, they are hiding and not making themselves visible. Though I favor an earlier withdrawal, we should still maintain vigilance over the country to avoid further international disasters and problems at home.
4. Do you believe there is global warming? If so, is any of it man made and can we do anything about it?
Yes, most of the problems we have with global warming are man-made. My philosophy is to limit the usage of contaminants, such as aerosols, which deplete the air quality. I would suggest decentralizing the job force and allowing people the opportunity to work from home or closer to their residence in order to limit CO2 emissions from vehicles while saving energy. Additionally, it is imperative to have a public transportation system that is timely, safe, and efficient in order to encourage people to use it regularly. Using natural gas, wind power, and solar energy while depending less on petroleum are more things we can do to contaminate our environment less for future generations to enjoy.
5. How will you balance your personal views and beliefs with those of your constituents and the need to compromise for legislation to pass?
If elected, I would have an open-door policy and allow constituents to voice their opinions and concerns freely in order to make better-rounded decisions essential for the development of a successful community. My constituents have the right to be heard and treated with respect. Negotiation is imperative in order to reflect both the concerns and desires of diverse individuals with regards to legislation.