A South Lake Tahoe man who says he is concerned about technology, including robots, usurping people in the workplace said Monday that he intends to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock in the June primary.
Jason Mallory, 32, has taken out signatures-in-lieu petition papers in advance of officially filing as a candidate for the District 4 congressional seat now held by McClintock, R-Elk Grove. Auburn is part of District 4. Candidate filing starts Feb. 10 and closes March 7 for the June 3 primary.
In the District 4 congressional election, Mallory said he’ll be emphasizing what he considers a relatively new issue in politics.
“It’s about technology replacing people in the workplace and sustaining levels of high unemployment,” Mallory said. “It’s about everything from self-checkout machines to robots building cars in Detroit. I’m breaking new ground on this issue and suggesting a new right: Every citizen would have the right to vote on what technology is allowed to perform in our society.”
Mallory, who describes himself as “self-employed, running for Congress,” wrote and self-published a novel on the robot-technology subject in 2012 called “Proxy.”
If Mallory moves ahead with his candidacy, he’ll be taking on an incumbent who has more than 30 years experience in state and federal government. McClintock will be seeking his fourth two-year term. In 2012, he garnered 61 percent of the vote against Democratic Party challenger Jack Uppal.
McClintock campaign manager John Huey said Monday that the congressman was intending to run and has $363,070 collected in donations for the June and November elections. The top two candidates from the primary move on to the November 4 general election.
“Tom’s not taking anything for granted and is looking forward to the campaign,’ Huey said.
Mallory said he has registered as a Republican and voted for Democrats but is currently an independent politically.
Mallory said he holds a bachelor’s degree in business and administration management from San Diego State University and a certificate degree in computer science/web development from Lake Tahoe Community College.
This election would be his first seeking political office, he said.
“I’m a new breed, who feels partisanship is not functioning well,” Mallory said.
Mallory added that economic issues are also important to him, including moving the country away from indebtedness.
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Election hopefuls take out signature in-lieu papers
By Dawn Hodson
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The election season is already underway as a handful of candidates visited the El Dorado County Elections Department on Dec. 27 to pick up paperwork and take the first steps in launching their campaigns.
A large number of national and state positions will be up for grabs in the 2014 election including U.S. Representative in the 4th Congressional District, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Controller, State Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Board of Equalization — District 2, and Assembly representatives in the 5th and 6th Districts.
Locally El Dorado County residents will elect an Assessor, Auditor-Controller, District Attorney, Recorder-Clerk, Sheriff, Surveyor, Superintendent of Schools, Treasurer-Tax Collector, and Superior Court Judges in Offices 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Residents will also elect two new members to the Board of Supervisors as Ron Briggs in District 4 and Norma Santiago in District 5 are termed out, with the county Charter allowing only two consecutive terms.
As of Friday a number of candidates had dropped by the Elections Office to pick up petitions so they can start collecting signatures in lieu of paying all or part of their filing fee. Filing fees vary by office, with each qualifying signature counting as 25 cents toward the fee.
Walking new candidates through the process were Linda Webster, the assistant registrar of voters, and Kim Smith, who is in charge of candidate services.
Already signaling their intention to run are “Bo” Bogdan Ambrozewicz of Auburn for Lieutenant Governor; Jason Mallory of Stateline, Nev. for U.S. Representative in the 4th District; Tim Palmer, Lori Parlin, Michael Jon Pettibone and Michael Ranalli for county supervisor in the 4th District; Joe Harn for Auditor-Controller; Bill Schultz for Recorder-Clerk and C.L. Raffety for Treasurer-Tax Collector.
Candidates have from Feb. 10 to March 7 to officially declare as a candidate and file nomination papers. Judicial candidates have an earlier deadline for declaring their interest in running. The deadline for turning in signatures is in February and varies by office.
So far the election has attracted an eclectic group of people who are campaigning for the first time including Tim Palmer of Cool who has taught at the elementary, high school and college level along with Shingle Springs activist Lori Parlin. Palmer said he’s running because he enjoys helping people. Parlin said she was encouraged to run by those who want to keep the county rural and maintain its quality of life.
Joining them is another first time candidate Jason Mallory who is running for Congress in the 4th Congressional District. A self-described author, entrepreneur, journalist, and teacher, Mallory said he has an idea for a better future by “responsibly assimilating technology into the workforce.”
The primary election is scheduled for June 3.
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December 27th I am able to get the petition signature forms to then get signatures up until February 20th. I need 3,000 signatures, or it will cost additional money to become a regular candidate for Congress. I will also need to be one of the top two candidates voted for in the primary election to be included in the final election next November. I can use all of the help and votes that I can get. Please reach out using the contact form if you have any questions, or can contribute to my campaign.