Mendoza, Jesus

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
U.S. House of Representatives
District:
3
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Age:
29
Occupation:
Software Engineer
Education:
B.A. Political Science & Human Rights; Masters in International Business
Family:
Single, and no children.
Religion:
Christian
Biographical Info:

I was born in Cali, Colombia – a city known as the capital of salsa dancing. Although things in Colombia were not all fun and games, it was also known for being one of the most dangerous countries in the world – primarily due to partisan-based ideological violence spurred on by economic inequality, corruption, and lack of both infrastructure and education.

Due to the then ongoing violence, and a fortunate US immigration policy for my parents and I, we thankfully legally immigrated to the US when I was only two years old. Admittedly, I did not grow up in Arizona, instead I grew up mostly a “Connecticut Yankee” – where my family moved homes constantly, but thankfully I managed to graduate in 2012 from a high school in a historically important small town in CT.

Then in 2016, I gradated with a double major from UCONN in Political Science and Human Rights, I then attempted some international entrepreneurial/volunteer work, when that didn’t work out as I expected I decided to earn a Masters in International Business, and me being an avid snowboarder I picked a top French business school in the Alps. After this, I came back to the States in hopes of finding a career – I took a loan from a friend to travel the country in search of a job, after 6 months of grueling travel and ups and downs, I thankfully found both a training and a career opportunity in software. So I came to Arizona about 6 years ago for a job in the IT dept of a large health insurance company, and since then I’ve worked in public schools and public university systems along with some work in international logistics.

Overall, this state has become my favorite in the Union, and going from couch-surfing to renting my own one-bedroom apt in AZ has been a 6 year journey, and I still have much more to go; but I believe despite what we’re told, we can in-fact get ahead. I don’t have any family here in AZ, but I’ve managed because I always recall all the early American pioneers who bravely made their way out west. I also recall my family making their own brave journey to this country, I recall all the stories my family has shared overcoming their own adversity; like the Finnish word sisu: variously translated as stoic determination, tenacity of purpose, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness. Thinking this way I find encouragement to keep going, and the evidence working hard, studying, and obeying the law is the narrow path to success. If those in worse situations than my own found a way to make it in this country, then so can I – for where there is a way there is a will.

And now, I find myself running for office as a young, well-educated, immigrant with plenty of sisu myself; and I hope you reading this encourages you to rekindle your dreams, believe in them, and pursue them. We must believe we in-fact can succeed, and we must believe if walk the narrow path to success then we will be successful. May we all find encouragement, hope and everything we need to dream again as a nation, and to believe – God bless.

Statement:

I was two, when we immigrated to the US from Colombia. Due to ideological violence spurred on by economic inequality, corruption, and a lack of both infrastructure and education. Now 27 years later, the same ideological extremism is brewing in America, and for similar reasons. I’m running because I find few people in today’s political arena making a true effort in addressing the partisanship, rather I see the stoking of flames and the creating of more division. I can promise, I am only here because I have witnessed what happens when a country fails to ensure good infrastructure and education; or when leaders fear, provoke, and attack each other; or when a country allows foreign, wealthy, or powerful interests to dictate its legislation.

Survey

Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Securing the border by preventing all illegal crossings. S* I empathize with anyone who either wants to or feels the need to immigrate, but I also know the only sustainable path is via legal immigration.
2. Amending the Arizona State Constitution to grant a fundamental right to every individual to an abortion. O* Late-term abortion for non-medical reasons is wrong, but surgical removal of pregnancy tissue from a 6-month miscarriage should not be considered an abortion.
3. Appointing federal judges who will interpret the U.S. Constitution according to the framers’ original intent or text, rather than by evolving standards. S* Originalism is effective in common law but I appreciate pragmatism and other approaches for Constitutional interpretation, staying open-minded to diverse perspectives.
4. Adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," and "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. S* Discrimination based on non-merit qualities opposes American values, irrespective of my personal beliefs in morals or science.
5. Allowing all parents to use tax credits and taxpayer funded empowerment scholarship accounts to enable their children to attend any private school, homeschool, or online academy of their choice. S* American schooling is outdated; diverse education options are essential to unlock our potential because high-quality education is crucial for progress and maximizing our opportunities.
6. Amending the U.S. Constitution to require Congress to balance the federal budget every year. O* Deficits were rare, occurring mainly during wars, but became common post-1970s after abandoning the gold standard. The budget isn't necessarily a Constitutional issue.
7. Using taxpayer funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion. −* Question lacks nuance. Tax-funded abortions are contentious; but, funding clinics for STD testing should be generally accepted for public health benefits.
8. Interpreting the 2nd Amendment as protecting an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. S* I lived close to Sandy Hook, so I empathize with the gun-control argument, but the right to bear arms is essential to preserving national security.
9. Allowing individuals and businesses to not provide services or promote ideas that violate their moral or religious beliefs. −* Question lacks nuance. The Supreme Court ruled creative expression cannot be compelled since it would violate 1st/5th amendments. Discrimination is illegal and must be prohibited for fairness and constitutional rights.
10. Federalizing election law by removing state authority over elections. O* Federalizing elections risks undermining the electoral college's purpose, potentially favoring big cities over rural areas and small towns, leading to unfair representation.
11. Eliminating the filibuster rule requiring 60 votes in the U.S. Senate to move most legislation. O* The filibuster promotes bipartisan cooperation and ensures minority voices are heard, fostering deliberation and compromise, which is vital for stable, inclusive governance.
12. Regulating or banning social media platforms that are owned or controlled by certain foreign governments. −* Question lacks nuance. Regulation can be pursued, without violating the 1st/4th Amendments, only to protect consumer data from foreign governments, balancing privacy and free speech.