27-year-old Filipino Green Party candidate Kenneth Mejia looks to make election history
LOS ANGELES — 27-year old accountant Kenneth Mejia is out to make history.
Inspired by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Mejia, who was born and raised in Southern California, left a six-figure job as an auditor to make a change.
He’s hoping to win a U.S. congressional seat in California’s 34th district, which represents a large section of Los Angeles, covering Historic Filipinotown, Eagle Rock, Koreatown, and Downtown LA.
“I felt they need more people, not just only for the presidency but also people in Congress to pass, and create legislation. So that’s also why I got involved — at 25 — because Isaw someone that cared, and I thought this was a shift in the way Americans’ attitude were towards politics; a more emphatic attitude.”
Mejia’s was raised by his single mother who hails from Pangasinan. He traces his his dad’s roots to Baguio.
Mejia unsuccessfully ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2016, but he eventually switched to the Green Party.
He secured his spot against Jimmy Gomez in the November ballot, by getting some 5500 votes last June — edging out libertarian Angela McArdle’s 3900 votes.
“Shortly after the 2016 election, I saw between Bernie and Hillary, I felt that the Democratic party was trying so hard not to fight for working-class issues. It was evident based on what they were doing against Bernie — he was fighting for singer payer healthcare, which he will most likely be running on less funds, as Gomez has raised over $1.2 million for his campaign.”
With a stance against corporate contributions, Mejia has managed to raise $90,000, from small donor donations.
Election Day is on November 6. The deadline to register to vote is October 22nd.
Mejia knows the odds are stacked against him — while there was no Republican candidate, Democratic incumbent Jimmy Gomez won nearly 80 percent of the votes.
Historically, no Green Party candidate has been elected into major offices, while a few greens have found their way into local governments.