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    William “Liam” O’Mara
  • Elect William “Liam” O’Mara to push CA-42 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    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.  

    About the District

    California's 42nd Congressional District includes parts of Riverside County. While Republicans typically hold this district, demographically, it is purple. The most recent election results show 53.4 percent of AD-52 voted for Trump for president in 2016, and 58.8 percent of the district voted for Cox for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat challenger William “Liam” O’Mara trailed Republican incumbent Representative Ken Calvert by a margin of 35.3 percent. O’Mara’s campaign has pledged to refuse fossil fuel money but has yet to pledge to refuse corporate PAC and police money. O’Mara’s campaign has raised $55,686.53, and is funded by Democratic Party–aligned PACs and small amounts of corporate donations. Calvert’s campaign has not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and police money. Calvert’s campaign has raised $1,098,245.86 and is largely funded by multinational defense conglomerates like Honeywell International, L3 Harris, and Raytheon Technologies, as well as fossil fuel companies like Edison International.

    About the Candidate

    William “Liam” O'Mara resides in Lake Elsinore, CA. According to campaign materials, he is running for Congress to advocate for his community’s needs and to fight for an America that benefits all, not just those at the top.

    O’Mara is a history professor at Chapman University, where he works to spread knowledge and share his expertise, as well as learn from his students about the difficult experiences people face in today’s society. He put himself through college and pursued a PhD in history while working as a cook and a longshoreman, and in technology.

    O’Mara is committed to enacting progressive policies, such as Medicare for All, so that people have access to quality health care regardless of financial circumstances, paid sick and family leave to provide stability when people experience unexpected situations, a $15 minimum wage, and tuition-free public college so that people have access to learning the necessary skills for a job in today’s economy.

    William “Liam” O’Mara is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. Ken Calvert is endorsed by anti-choice groups. Calvert has a 27-year track record of inaction on constituents’ needs, and he is marred by a history of corruption issues, including using earmarks for personal gain and illegally purchasing land. The threat of another term with Ken Calvert, named one of the most corrupt members of Congress five times by Citizens for Ethics in Washington in their annual report, makes William “Liam” O’Mara the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    William “Liam” O’Mara

    Elect William “Liam” O’Mara to push CA-42 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

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