Independent progressive Preston Picus wants to unseat Rep. Nancy Pelosi, but first he has to come in second in California’s primary on June 7th. That would qualify him for the run-off vote in November. His website argues, “Vote for small money, independent candidates, or you can expect more of the same bad business.” He will only accept donations up to $540.00, not the $2,700.00 allowed by law.
Picus’ major issues are money in politics, marriage equality, reproductive rights, immigration, education, social justice, government spying and torture, wealth inequality and “politics.” To that last issue, he writes, “Whether or not we agree on these issues, please understand: You’re not going to get anything real out of the Republican and Democrat politicians. They’ve been bribed. They want to be bribed again. Even if we disagree entirely on the well-tread national issues, I’m still your best bet as the anti-corruption candidate for California’s 12th District.”
“At the heart of his political efforts is this belief: as humans improve their technology and thus their capacity for consumption and violence, we must ensure that our systems and ideologies evolve to reflect our new capacities. To this end he lectures on the relationship between philosophy and physics, including a talk he delivered at UCLA in 2009.” His website notes, “Preston has been a public high school teacher for the last nine years, having left a successful career in marketing in 2006 to work full time as a public servant.”
In the interview above he describes what Bernie Sanders’ revolution means to him, an amendment to the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United decision, mandates on vehicle manufacturers to compel them to build vehicles that run on sustainable energy sources, increased taxes on the wealthy and his opponent. Picus “agrees with George Washington, who recognized that the principles of the Constitution are based on an attempt to avoid abuse of power.” He “has no desire to be a lifelong politician. He refuses to become a lobbyist. He just wants to see our country put back on the right path.”
Bernie Sanders’ political revolution must include representatives in Congress like Preston Picus. Revolutionaries in California’s 12th district can sign up to volunteer for his campaign here, and progressives from around the country can donate to his campaign here. “Join us in the fight against the corruption which our Congress has come to embody,” he writes; and adds, “Join the movement to take our democracy back. Send Picus to DC. He is ready to fight.”