Christopher Kent Chiang

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Christopher Chiang
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Candidate for
California State Senate District 13
Bachelor'sUC Irvine, 2002
Master'sColumbia University/Stanford University, 2010/2004
ProfessionSocial science teacher
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Christopher Chiang was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 13 of the California State Senate.


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Chris stated the following about why he is running in a biographical submission to Ballotpedia:[1]

"When I worked in New York City, I taught at Seward Park High School in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The school was a gateway for immigrants in the early 20th century. Prominent graduates included Nobel laureate biochemist Julius Axelrod. Axelrod was the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland, and Seward Park High School set him on a path towards realizing his full talents. Many of us have similar experiences with our own schooling.

Currently however, due to shortsighted state policies, a new immigrant that does succeed likely does so in spite of his or her schooling, rather than because of the quality of his or her public education. I am running because someone has to fight to bring our state’s focus back to the primary mission expressed in its first Constitution in 1849: quality public education.

The vitality of California’s economy and democracy depends on this singular focus. Every other public problem we care about stems from our neglect of our children. It will take courage to say “no” to the many other progressive causes that our state government is involved in and that Californians have grown accustomed to having. I would not be running if I felt others were truly committed to prioritizing children first. I ask for your vote to bring California back to its former greatness."



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Chiang ran in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 13. He was eliminated in the blanket primary on June 5, 2012.[2][3]

California State Senate, District 13 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGerald Hill 51.1% 76,033
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSally Lieber 22.5% 33,566
     Democratic Christopher Kent Chiang 11% 16,317
     Libertarian John H. Webster 15.4% 23,003
Total Votes 148,919

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