California Senate candidate does some last minute campaigning


Phillip Kim campaigning at the Chico Certified Farmers Market Photo credit: Justin Jackson

Democratic candidate, Phillip Kim, was finishing up last minute campaigning, on Saturday, at Chico Certified Farmers Market.

Kim is running for the California State Senate for District 4 against incumbent, Jim Nielsen.

A small table of Literature from Phillip Kim campaign Photo credit: Justin Jackson

On the last weekend before the midterms, he wanted to talk to voters about Medicare for all, banning fracking and the fight for free college tuition.

One of the most important issues to Kim is how expensive housing is in California. It’s part of the reason he’s such a strong advocate of Proposition 10.

“The rent throughout California, not just big cities, is too damn high,” Kim said. “So we have to have a variety of tools to be able to have affordable housing, and rent control is one of those tools.”

Critics of rent control say that, in the long run, it makes housing more expensive and harder for new housing to be built. Kim wants people to look at who’s funding the No side of the Prop 10 campaign.

Phillip Kim campaign literature Photo credit: Justin Jackson

“It’s largely a group of Wall Street real estate investment companies…,” Kim said. “But I think a lot of what they’re saying doesn’t make sense, because if we give cities the tools for rent control, it prevents rent from being unfairly increased every year.”

One of the common issues of California candidates, and citizens, is the homeless problem. California has the third highest per capita homeless rate, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: The 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress.

“I think the number one cause of homelessness is expensive rent,” Kim said. “So if we can make sure there’s more affordable housing via rent control and also by building more publicly owned housing, then that’s the way to go.”

Voters in California are concerned about the rising health insurance cost. Kim believes this is because the current system is fragmented and profit-driven. He believes by switching to a Medicare for All system, California will be able to guarantee high-quality care and save money. However, according to an analysis done by the Los Angeles Times, this system would cost $400 billion, but Kim has a plan to pay for it.

“Studies have shown Medicare for All would actually save us money,” Kim said. “The taxes we would pay into the system would replace all of our premiums, copays and deductibles, which currently are very expensive.”

If you want to find out more about Phillip Kim, you visit his Facebook page or website.

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