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John ValiantiI am a husband, father and a small business owner in Massachusetts. I am also a proud Founder of the Massachusetts Independent Party.
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Bryan Van NamenStarted FunctionalFinance.org to raise awareness and promote a more balanced approach to managing money and the economy in the public interest..
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Mac VanandelUndergrad student at the University of Kansas majoring in communications. I enjoy politics, history, sailing, comics, and pizza.
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Senator Juan VargasJuan was born the third son of ten children on March 7, 1961, in National City, California. Tomas and Celina Vargas, Juan's parents, moved to the United States from Mexico in the late 1940s as part of the Bracero Program and raised their children on a chicken ranch. Taught the value of hard work by his parents, Juan attained impressive academic credentials. Juan attended the University of San Diego on scholarship, graduated Magna Cum Laude and received a B.A. in Political Science in 1983. In 1987, Juan earned a Master of Humanities from Fordham University in New York City and in 1991 earned a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, where he was classmates with President Barack Obama. As a young adult, Juan entered the Jesuits, a Catholic religious order, where he worked with disadvantaged communities, including orphaned children and internally displaced people in the jungles of El Salvador. For years, his work with the Jesuits focused on the health and welfare of children and issues of social justice. Juan left the Jesuits in order to pursue family life. Two years later, he married Adrienne D'Ascoli and they returned to San Diego where Juan worked as an associate attorney with the law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps. Although he enjoyed the practice of law, Juan decided to contribute to his community in southern San Diego as a public official. Juan was elected to the San Diego City Council on February 16, 1993. On the Council, he assumed a leadership role in planning, funding, and advocating for public safety, municipal infrastructure and schools. During his eight-year tenure on the San Diego City Council Juan helped establish community-based policing, which has become a national model, fought tobacco advertising directed at children, and helped create the City of San Diego' s 6-to-6 after-school program. He also sponsored a graffiti and home rehabilitation program, known as Operation Restore, which employed homeless individuals in an effort to improve and revitalize blighted homes and neighborhoods in San Diego's urban core. When President Bill Clinton ordered an invasion of Kosovo in 1999 to end a terrifying regime of ethnic cleansing, Juan and Adrienne answered the Presidents call to duty and took in a refugee Kosovar family into their home for nearly two years. The family is now thriving and independent, residing in the town of El Cajon. In 2000, Juan was elected by a huge margin to the State Assembly. As the State Representative to the 79th California State Assembly District, Juan represented the southern portion of San Diego, the western portion of Chula Vista, and the cities of Coronado, Imperial Beach, and National City. In his first year as a State Legislator, Juan was appointed Assistant Majority Leader. He expanded his work on children's issues beginning with his authorship of AB 188 - legislation that bans smoking in children's playgrounds and tot lot areas. He also introduced legislation aimed at protecting young children from the harmful effects of graphic sex and violence in arcade video games and co-authored legislation to expand before and after-school programs throughout the State of California. Juan also authored legislation to mandate life sentences for people who commit violent sex crimes against children, which served as a model for Chelseas Law. Following the end of his term the State Assembly in 2006, Juan went on to serve as Vice President of External Affairs for Safeco Insurance and Vice President of Corporate Legal for Liberty Mutual Group. Both are home, auto, and small business insurance companies and, under these roles, he helped bring jobs to Southern California communities. In 2010 Juan answered the call to return to public service and was elected to the California State Senate. He currently represents the 40th California State Senate District, which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, portions of Riverside County, all of Imperial County and Californias entire US/Mexico border. As a State Senator, Juan continues to work tirelessly to ensure public safety and protect services to the poor and elderly. He is Chairman of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and serves on the following committees: Education; Business, Professions and Economic Development; Public Employment and Retirement; Agriculture; the Joint Committee on Rules; and the Select Committee on Recovery, Reform and Re-Alignment. Juan and his wife, Adrienne, an executive at the San Diego Foundation, live in the community of Golden Hill. They have two daughters, Rosa (15) and Helena (7).
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Charlotte Vaughan CoyleCharlotte Vaughan Coyle blogs about intersections between faith, culture and politics at her website www.charlottevaughancoyle.com. She is an ordained minister within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry at Brite Divinity School (TCU) in Ft. Worth TX. She is a volunteer at Coffee Party USA and contributes articles regularly to the Coffee Party Facebook page.
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Jonathan VeleyJonathan Veley is an independent candidate for Ohio's 12th Congressional District. He is the managing attorney at The Law Offices of Jonathan A. Veley, LLC.
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Adrienne VerrilliAdrienne is a communications veteran and public policy expert who has worked in the non-profit community for the past twelve years. She works on a wide range of issues including women's health and rights, healthcare, affordable housing and community redevelopment, arts and education, improving the health of the oceans, and other environmental issues. She has also worked to improve access to the healthcare system for low-income people and people with special medical needs. In addition, Adrienne deals with teen pregnancy, STD and HIV prevention, as well as family planning and abortion rights. A former banker, she left a ten-year career in the financial industry to work with the progressive non-profit community. Adrienne is a Democrat who supports evidence-based policies that help to improve the lives of all people. She currently resides in San Francisco. The views of Adrienne's articles are her own and do not reflect the views or positions of Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific.
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Ryan VetterRyan graduated with a BA in History from CSU San Marcos. He is a public policy nerd who loves art and chorizo, rides his bike to work, and distances himself from all major political parties.
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Luis VieiraA regular contributor for U.S. media outlets in Brazil and frequent traveler to both Argentina and America. His work was featured at The New York Times, The Washington Times, Fox News Latino, Agriculture.com, among others. He is interested on economics, geopolitics, and cultural issues. Luis Vieira is based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, the southern-most state of Brazil, and is proudly influenced by the Chicago school of economics. Inflexible defender of liberties.
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David VincentI graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2012. During law school, I worked for local, state, and federal government entities in various areas of the law. Currently, I work as an environmental attorney in California, and write extensively about various issues in legal periodicals.
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