Who am I?
My name is Michael Eggman. I am not a politician – I am an almond farmer, beekeeper and small business owner. I farm the same ranch I grew up on in California’s Central Valley.
My mother’s family immigrated to this country from Mexico and my father’s family came to California from Oklahoma as dustbowl refugees looking for a better life. My wife and I are working people and we know what it means to work hard for what we have. I want to make sure that my two daughters have the same opportunity that my sisters and I had. I am concerned that my children will not have the same opportunity to reach the American dream that I had, so I am committed to making sure that the next generation has a real chance to find a job, start a family and follow their dreams.
Why am I running?
As I travel with my bees up and down the state pollinating crops and producing honey, I see the conditions people are living under with no sense of relief. I see double digit unemployment and the poverty and despair it breeds; I see an education system that is failing our kids with classrooms that are overcrowded and underfunded; I see – and literally feel – crumbling infrastructure that’s in desperate need of repairs.
And when we turn to Washington, DC and this current Congress, we don’t see answers to our problems. We see a lot of political theatre, extremism and obstructionism. Instead of smart policy to create jobs and grow our economy, my opponent has voted for gridlock, government shutdowns and a politically charged vote to force our country into default.
I am running for Congress because I see the struggles of our valley and I know what it’s like to make ends meet. I I believe that I can bring new energy, a fresh perspective and some common sense to our broken Congress to get real results for real people.
1. I will work to create jobs. Projects and redevelopment should be prioritized towards the most disadvantaged areas to get people working again. And as rising energy costs hurt American families, I will work hard to bring renewable energy projects to my district so that we can create jobs, grow our economy and make our air and water cleaner at the same time.
2. Our infrastructure is outdated and in desperate need of repair. It is a priority of mine to update our nation’s roads, bridges and transportation systems to meet the needs of the 21st Century.
3. Improving education – Federal mandates without aid has left our education system in worse shape than ever before. We need to find a way to make our education system more flexible and promote innovative new ways to aid learning. We also must ensure that we do whatever we can to keep college affordable, or we will have a generation of Americans with less education than their parents.
My DFA Values
I strongly support DFA’s commitment to community, security and liberty. As a candidate for office, I speak the truth on the campaign trail and I do not shy away from addressing tough or controversial issues. We need leaders who will speak truth to power and fight to do the right thing instead of taking the easy way out.
Our campaign is fueled by grassroots energy. While my opponent has his own dedicated Super PAC chaired by a disgraced politician, I have the support of real people. I am committed to taking this seat back and proving that people are stronger than rightwing Super PACs.
My Campaign is People Powered!
Our campaign extends across the rural district I am seeking to represent. I have met with and addressed folks of all walks of life and political stripes. The vast majority of our campaign contributions are from grassroots, low dollar donors. Our campaign is committed to harnessing grassroots energy to take this seat back and we look forward to running a people powered campaign with the support of DFA and DFA members across California and the country.