Two are running for a seat in Congress representing Trinity County; one will be defending it and the other will be attempting for the third time to be voted into it.
Jared Huffman has been the congressman for the 2nd Congressional District since 2012. Dale Mensing has run against Huffman twice in 2014 and 2016 and is on the ballot for the November election.
According to Huffman’s official candidate statement, his is a fight for shared values and for those publicly opposed by President Donald Trump.
“When President Trump crosses redlines on civil rights, reproductive choice, environmental protection, affordable healthcare, and humane treatment of immigrants, I fight back,” Huffman said. “I’ll always defend core values. I’m advancing an ambitious legislative agenda, co-sponsoring numerous bills that have already passed the House – on reducing prescription drug costs, ensuring net neutrality, preventing gun violence, guaranteeing LGBTQ equality, protecting DREAMERS and more.”
Huffman said he is spearheading bipartisan legislation to increase special education funding, expand rural broadband and better staff rural VA clinics.
“As chairman of the subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife and a member of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, I’m leading the fight to protect our environment and confront climate change – including bipartisan bills to keep the United States in the Paris Climate Accord, ban new offshore drilling, and protect the Arctic Refuge,” his statement reads.
Over the past four years, Huffman has made no secret of his opposition to President Trump and his statement held nothing back.
“I’m defending our democracy and the rule of law by pushing back on Trump’s corruption, lawlessness and abuses of power,” he said. “That includes voting for impeachment, a somber but Constitutionally necessary decision. No one is above the law.”
Noting the current gridlock in the Capitol, Huffman vowed to continue seeking ways to fund wildfire recovery, disaster preparedness and transportation projects, as well as speaking to constituents.
“I’ll keep showing up and listening everywhere in this great district, including frequent town halls to foster community engagement, public accountability, and civil dialogue,” he said. “I would be honored by your vote.”
Huffman worked as a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council from 2001 to 2006 and has been a managing partner with The Legal Solutions Group, LLP, managing partner with Boyd, Huffman & Williams and associate attorney with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen. He previously represented District 6 of the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2012.
Dale K. Mensing, candidate
Mensing does not have an official candidate statement and did not return an online request for one. However, his positions are clearly voiced on his website, theflamingarrow.com and his Facebook page, Dale K Mensing for US Congress.
“I am running for Congress for the purpose of defending the integrity of the Bill of Rights,” he says on Facebook.
In a Facebook post from April 2019, Mensing said he also opposes elimination of the Electoral College.
“The power of the State is a key element of the American system that brought about Freedom in the first place. It is true that the absence of the electoral college would create a more democratic election. However, I strongly feel that our present system of election, which demonstrates our republican system of government, results in an upholding of basic freedoms,” he wrote. “Pure democracy is a bad idea. A lynching is a pure democracy. I advocate the Democratic Republic, which institutes a systematic gradation of the power of individuals. A republican government is based on law, not opinion. When the Constitution was written, the doors were kept closed because public input would have prevented anything from being accomplished. The result was a variety of cross-checks that has worked wonders in the drama of humankind.”
In running through posts on his website and social media, one will see expressed support for increasing public education funding, teacher salaries and improve facilities.
“We need an immediate answer to deal with the new realities of life-threatening violence at schools,” he wrote. “As your congressman I will work with anyone and everyone I can to get armed security officers in all public schools. Students faculty and staff need a responder in 15 seconds, not 15 minutes.”
Mensing also expressed that one’s personal choice to own a gun, or not own one, the right to keep and bear arms is indispensable.
“Your right to keep and bear arms represents the fact that the government works for you, not you for the government,” he wrote. “The fact that some of our leaders want to make laws that infringe on your right to keep and bear arms vividly demonstrates the fact that they want you to work for them.”
Mensing has also told several publications that exposing and eliminating chemtrails is one of the primary reasons for his campaign.
Another is elimination of the Federal Reserve.
“The Federal Reserve is a cartel. People often ask me questions about various economic issues -- and what I would do to resolve them,” Mensing wrote on his website. “My usual answer is that these various economic problems are really just symptoms of a disease. Rather than place our attention on masking or temporarily forestalling a symptom, we should eliminate the disease. The disease is the fact that Federal Reserve, a private organization, sets our economy’s interest rates, implements fractional reserve lending and monetizes debt.” He wrote that the U.S. economy should not be directed by “the Swiss Hub of Globalism.”
Mensing graduated from Bob Jones Academy in 1976. He later attended Bob Jones University for two years. From 1979 to 1983, he served in the Navy as a neuro-psychiatric technician in the Navy’s Hospital Corp. Mensing then became a medical courier.
He worked for 14 years at a supermarket called Shop Smart Food Warehouse. He then worked for the postal service for six years and became the postmaster of Laytonville, Calif. In 2008, he returned to the same supermarket to work as a cashier.