Full Test of First Speech

  1. WHO AM I?

    Auburn Area Democratic Club 1st Speech on January 4, 2018 at the General Gomez Arts and Events Center

GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS CARLA JEAN NEAL AND I’M RUNNING FOR

THE CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY. I NEED YOUR VOTE AND ALL THE HELP I CAN GET TO GO TO WORK FOR YOU IN SACRAMENTO. SO, WHO AM I?

I BELIEVE I AM AN HONEST AND TRUSTWORTHY PERSON. CALL ME OLD FASHION, BUT I THINK IN OUR DEMOCRACY, GOVERNMENT AND POLITICIANS OUGHT TO BE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT WITH THEIR CONSTITUENTS, THE PUBLIC AND THE PRESS.

AFTER ALL, POLITICIANS WORK FOR THE CITIZENS AND OWE A DUTY OF LOYALTY. OR SO WE ALL SHOULD INSIST, RIGHT?

I HAVE DEEP ROOTS IN THIS COUNTRY GOING BACK SEVERAL GENERATIONS. I HAVE A DUTCH AND ENGLISH BLOOD LINE IN NORTH AMERICA DATING BACK TO THE PILGRIMS. THEIR OFF-SPRING FOUGHT IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION TO MAKE THE COLONISTS FREE, AND IN THE CIVIL WAR, TO MAKE ALL PEOPLE FREE.

THEY WERE PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH FARMERS AND A CHEROKEE GRANDMOTHER FROM THE EASTERN BAND IN NORTH CAROLINA. I HAVE FOREBEARS WHO WERE POLITICIANS, LIKE SHADRACH BOND, THE FIRST GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS. WHO INCIDENTALLY, TRIED TO ESTABLISH A STATE BANK OF ILLINOIS. I LIKE THE CONCEPT OF A STATE BANK -M FOR CALIFORNIA!

MARK TWAIN IS MY FIFTH COUSIN. WE BOTH SHARE A LOVE FOR THE MAGNIFICENT SIERRA NEVADAS, CALAVERAS COUNTY AND JUMPING FROGS.  I HAVE IRISH AND SCOTTISH ANCESTORS, SOME OF WHOM DROVE CATTLE FROM TEXAS TO CALIFORNIA.

I AM A DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, A GRANDCHILD OF PIONEERS, AND A WOMAN OF THE 21ST CENTURY AMERICAN REVOLUTION. MY FATHER WAS A FRUIT AND VEGETABLE GROCER AND MY MOM WAS A COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE MANAGER AND NOW IN HER 70’S, IS A RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY BROKER. I WAS TAUGHT GOOD WORK ETHICS BY TERRIFIC PARENTS. I ATTACK CHALLENGES WITH RESOLVE.

WHEN I WAS 16, OUR FAMILY MOVED WEST TO CALIFORNIA, TO SETTLE IN LIVERMORE VALLEY. MY FIRST VIEW OF THE GOLDEN STATE HAPPENED AS WE DROVE ON HIGHWAY 395 ALONG THE EASTERN SLOPE OF THE SIERRAS, PAST DEATH VALLEY AND MONO LAKE, LOOKING AT THE TOWERING MT. WHITNEY. THEN UP THROUGH TUOLUMNE MEADOWS AND YOSEMITE VALLEY ON OUR TREK TO OUR NEW HOME IN THE BAY AREA. LITTLE DID I KNOW AT THE TIME HOW OFTEN I WOULD RETURN TO THESE WONDROUS MOUNTAINS AND FORESTS SO DEAR TO MY HEART TO HIKE, BACK PACK AND CAMP?

TODAY, I OWN A SMALL BUSINESS PROVIDING MOBILE NOTARY SERVICES, AND I TEACH ADJUNCT READING INSTRUCTION AT FRESNO CITY COLLEGE. I HAVE BEEN AN EDUCATOR FOR 25 YEARS FROM KINDERGARTEN TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE, FROM CLASSES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT TO ADVANCED ARGUMENT AND CRITICAL READING IN THE LANGUAGE ARTS.

I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH STUDENTS IN THE NOBLE PROFESSION OF TEACHING. I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER WAY TO SERVE SOCIETY THAN TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE AND HELP THEM TO SUCCEED IN LIFE WITH THE FRUITS OF THEIR OWN INTELLECT. I BELIEVE THAT TEACHING DOES PAY SOCIETY BACK FOR ITS INVESTMENT IN OTHERS. OR, AS REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WOULD SAY:, “FOR MY TAX MONEY, YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO PRODUCE or “Make” SOMETHING VALUABLE!” WELL, AFTER 25 YEARS, I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT INDEED IT DOES. BUT SOME FOLKS ARE LIKE OSCAR WILDE SAID: “THEY KNOW THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING THE VALUE OF NOTHING.”

NEVERTHELESS, I WAS PINK-SLIPPED BY GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER IN 2007. I, AND MANY OTHER EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS, NEVER RECOVERED FROM THIS DEVASTATING THROW UNDER THE BUS. AND EVEN TODAY, PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING REMAINS MISMANAGED WITH REPUBLICAN PARTY CONTROLLED SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND OVER-COMPENSATED ARMIES OF ADMINISTRATORS, AT THE TERRIBLE EXPENSE TO THE YOUTH WHO DESERVE QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION THAT THE WORLD’S SIXTH STRONGEST ECONOMY OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD THEM. I FOUGHT BACK. I ACQUIRED A MASTER’S OF LAW DEGREE IN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW WITH THE HOPE THAT I COULD USE IT TO BENEFIT THE CITIZENS OF CALIFORNIA IF NOT THE NATION.

I FOUNDED A BIODIESEL RENEWABLE ENERGY COMPANY CALLED “GREEN

FOOT PRINT”. I DIDN’T GET THE GRANT, BUT NATURAL GAS DID. NOW CHEVRON USES OUR SCARCE WATER RESOURCES TO FRACK NATURAL GAS RATHER THAN TO RECYCLE FOOD BASED OILS INTO CLEANER BIODIESEL. MY BUSINESS CLOSED IN 2010. I RETURNED TO TEACHING PART-TIME DUE TO LIMITS ON FULL TIME TEACHING HIRING, EVENTUALLY HAVING TO FIND A SECOND JOB MARKETING SOLAR PANELS TO CALIFORNIA HOMEOWNERS. I WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL IN SALES, AND ACQUIRED SKILLS WHICH I BELIEVE WOULD SERVE ME WELL AS AN ASSEMBLY MEMBER.

I GRADUATED FROM CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. I HAVE ACQUIRED TWO MASTER’S DEGREES. ONE IN EDUCATION AND ONE IN LAW. I WAS ELECTED AS A TRUSTEE TO THE GOLDEN VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IN MADERA COUNTY IN 2014.

I AM A SINGLE MOTHER OF ONE DAUGHTER WHO CURRENTLY ATTENDS COLLEGE IN CALIFORNIA. I AM DISTRESSED AT THE ENORMOUS DEBT LOADED ON OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS, AND THE DISMAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT AWAIT THEM IN THE NEOLIBERAL AUSTERITY ECONOMY.

I LIVE WITH MY LIFE PARTNER AND LOVE, STEPHEN SMITH, WHO IS A SEMI- RETIRED ATTORNEY, IN OUR RURAL HOME IN SOUTHEASTERN MADERA COUNTY, A TEA PARTY ENCLAVE. HE IS DISABLED SO WE ARE BOTH WORRIED ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY’S TAX BILL ENLARGING THE DEFICIT BY $1.5B.

  1. WHY I RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE

I SEEK POLITICAL OFFICE BECAUSE I WANT TO HOLD THIS OFFICE AND DISTRICT IN MORE TENDER CARE AND CONCERN THAN IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE,  I CALL IT MY OWN PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION TO RESISTANCE.

  • HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW SOME REPUBLICANS NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR THEIR ABUSE AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF WOMEN? THAT’S NOT THE SORT OF “FAMILY VALUES” THAT SHOULD BE ENTRUSTED WITH THE POWERS OF GOVERNMENT.
  • HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW THEY DON’T CONCEDE DEFEAT IN ALABAMA EVEN WHEN BECAUSE OF THEIR ABERRANT PERSONAL BEHAVIORS THEY NEVER SHOULD HAVE RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE IN THE FIRST PLACE?
  • HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW THEY TWIST THE RULES OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE SO THAT THEY CAN APPOINT AN AVOWED FASCIST TO   THE UNITED
  • STATES SUPREME COURT, AND PACK THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY WITH ANTI-PROGRESSIVES? YOU REMEMBER DON’T YOU THAT WHEN FDR TRIED TO DO THAT THE REPUBLICANS WANTED TO START A REBELLION?
  • HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO TURN OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC INTO AN ANTEBELLUM OLIGARCHY?
  • HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW THE REPUBLICANS WANT 98% OF AMERICANS TO BE POOR SO THAT THEY CAN BE RICH AND OWN EVERYTHING? HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW THEY DON’T WANT US TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD HEALTHCARE?
  • HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO GIVE OUR JOBS TO ROBOTS, BUT TREAT ARTIFICIAL BUSINESS ENTITIES LIKE CORPORATIONS AS IF THEY ARE REAL’PEOPLE?
  • HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW THEY DON’T WANT US TO CLEAN THE AIR AND THE WATER SO THAT WE HAVE TO PAY NESTLES OR FIJI 2 TO 3  BUCKS FOR WATER IN A PLASTIC CONTAINER, AND PAY FOR OUR KIDS               TO GET INHALERS FOR ASTHMA.

SO, YES, I ABSOLUTELY DON’T TRUST REPUBLICANS AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU. I WANT TO FIX WHAT’S WRONG WITH OUR SCHOOLS AND THERE’S LOTS FIXING TO BE DONE.  I WANT TO GET MONEY AND CORRUPTION OUT OF OUR ELECTIONS -DON’T YOU?

I WANT TO STRENGHTEN THE WALL OF SEPARATION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE. AND YOU ALL HAVE A BLESSED DAY!

I WANT TO HELP IMPROVE THE ECONOMIC SECURITY OF ALL CALIFORNIANS BUT ESPECIALLY CONSTITUENTS IN AD5.  AND BRING BACK STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTIONS ON OUR INCOME TAX RETURNS.

I WANT PUBLIC HEALTHCARE FOR ALL IN CALIFORNIA – SB 562.

I WANT TO SEE THIS AUSTERITY ECONOMY WROUGHT BY NEOLIBERALISM DISBANDED.

I WANT OUR ROADS, HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES REPAIRED AND

MAINTAINED – AND FOR THAT, 12 CENTS A GALLON IS A GOOD DEAL.

WANT PAY EQUITY IN CALIFORNIA. DID YOU KNOW THAT JOHN F. KENNEDY IN A SPEECH AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN IN MAY 1961, SAID

DEMOCRATS SHOULD FIGHT FOR EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE.

THAT WAS 56 YEARS AGO! AND OF COURSE,

I WANT TO SEE OUR REGULATORY SYSTEM RESTORED, AND IN PARTICULAR, THE EPA AND CALIFORNIA’S CALIFORNIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT ENFORCED BY OUR NEXT ATTORNEY GENERAL!

I WANT TO MAKE SURE OUR FORESTS, MOUNTAINS, LAKES, MONUMENTS AND PARKS ARE PROPERLY MANAGED AND NOT SOLD OUT TO THE OLIGARCHS OR CORPORATIONS.

III. WHAT ARE MY QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE ASSEMBLY?

IN ADDITION TO WHAT I MENTIONED IN DESCRIBING WHO I AM, LIKE MY

WORK ETHIC IN MEETING CHALLENGES HEAD-ON, AND MY SERVICE AS A SCHOOL TRUSTEE IN MADERA COUNTY, I HAVE ALSO RECEIVED TRAINING IN 2013, IN CHICAGO, AS A CLIMATE REALITY LEADER BY VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE.

I SERVED ON THE MADERA COUNTY WATER AND LAND USE STUDY GROUP WHICH SHADOWED COUNTY GOVERNMENT ACTIONS AFFECTING MADERA COUNTY’S ENVIRONMENTAL LAW COMPLIANCE, AND OPPOSITION TO DEVELOPER SPRAWL.

I SERVE ON THE MADERA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE AS A REPRESENTATIVE TO DISTRICT ONE AND AS THE SECRETARY.

IN 2016, I SERVED AS A CONVENER FOR DELEGATES FOR BERNIE SANDERS TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NATIONAL CONVENTION.

SO…

– I ASK FOR YOUR ENDORSEMENT.

– I NEED YOUR VOTE

I ASK YOU ESPECIALLY TO SUPPORT MY CANDIDACY,

– AND I AM ASKING FOR THAT YOU SIGN MY PETITION IN LIEU SO THAT

I CAN PAY FOR MY STATE FILING FEES. THE PETITIONS ARE DUE IN EACH

COUNTY NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 7TH.

– I AM ASKING YOU VOLUNTEER FOR MY CAMPAIGN, AND FOR YOUR DONATIONS TO WHAT IS AFFORDABLE IF YOU THINK I CAN DO A GOOD JOB FOR YOU IN SACRAMENTO.

– AND IN CLOSING I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I VERY MUCH WANT TO GO TO WORK FOR YOU IN THE ASSEMBLY; BE YOUR VOICE AND YOUR CHAMPION IN IN OUR STATE GOVERNMENT IN AD5.

THANK YOU AND I’LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.