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Chris Marquez
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 42
Military service
Service/branchMarine Corps
Campaign website
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Chris Marquez was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 42nd Congressional District of California.


Marquez joined the Marine Corps following high school and served for eight years. During that time he served as a Marine Scout Sniper and attained the rank of Sergeant. Marquez serve four combat deployments, three in Irag and one in Afghanistan. After being honorably discharged, he worked as a security consultant at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.[1]


Campaign themes


Marquez's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Affordable Care Act: "The introduction of this law has proven the ACA (aka Obamacare) cannot remain untouched, too many Americans have already lost their insurance policies because of this law and religious institutions are being force to participate in practices that are against their core beliefs. Our government needs to stop misleading Americans and start taking responsibility for this law."
  • Drug Reform: "Drug reform has always been a controversial issue in American politics and politicians have avoided the topic far too long. We need reform; millions of Americans have had their lives destroyed because of our draconian drug laws. We already have laws that regulate the safe distribution of drugs, expanding those laws will greatly benefit our country because the war on drugs has been a complete failure."
  • Economy & Jobs: "The best way to improve our economy is to get Americans back to work."
  • Energy Independence: "Our dependency on fossil fuels cannot last forever. Investing into renewable energy sources such as hydrogen fuel cell technology and taking advantage of our own natural resources will not only create new jobs in the United States, it will also strengthen our national security by eliminating our dependency on foreign oil. We owe it to ourselves, our children, and our military."
  • Immigration Reform: "Providing a clear path towards citizenship for law abiding undocumented immigrants should not be viewed as a partisan issue because the vast majority of undocumented immigrants come to our country to seek a better life and they contribute greatly to our economy. Providing them a clear path towards citizenship will only increase that contribution."


—Chris Marquez's campaign website,



See also: California's 42nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Marquez ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 42nd District. Marquez was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[4]

U.S. House, California District 42 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Calvert Incumbent 67.5% 37,506
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Sheridan 15.8% 8,788
     Democratic Chris Marquez 11% 6,118
     Democratic Kerri Condley 5.7% 3,150
Total Votes 55,562
Source: California Secretary of State

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  1. Campaign website, "Meet Chris," accessed April 25, 2014
  2. Campaign website, "Platform," accessed April 25, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," June 3, 2014