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David Kanuth
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 33
Bachelor'sHarvard College
Campaign website
David Kanuth was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 33rd Congressional District of California.[1]


Kanuth earned his B.A. in Government from Harvard College. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles and joined the firm eTeamz before developing Zaadz, an early social network. Kanuth went on to earn his law degree from The George Washington University Law School. After law school, he returned to Los Angeles to work for the Office of the Public Defender.[2]


Campaign themes


Kanuth's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Justice System: "During the nearly seven years I spent in the LA Public Defender’s office, I saw misguided laws and a dated criminal justice system overspend on prosecution and penalization, and allocate precious little to prevention."
  • Immigration Reform: "We are a nation of immigrants, settled by those who left their homes in search of freedom and built by those that followed. Sensible immigration reform is not only consistent with our values as a nation, but it is also the best choice for our economy."
  • Digital Economy: "The 33rd District has long been a leader in the creative industries and has become a leader in the digital economy. We represent the entertainment industry and the new hub for high tech jobs known as Silicon Beach. In order for these two sectors to flourish together, we need the federal government to work with the business community to incentivize growth and create a progressive legal framework for the digital landscape."
  • Civil Liberties and Privacy Protection: "I went to law school largely because of my interest in the Constitution and the framework of rights it establishes. And as someone who has spent years working in our justice system, I know that while our government can be a tremendous force for good, the rights of individuals must be vigorously preserved and protected – not just in the courtroom, but in our homes, workplaces, and communities."
  • Education System Reform: "As a public defender, I found that many of my clients took a wrong turn somewhere along the way. And a lot of those wrong turns could have been avoided if the education system had not failed them. It’s clear that stronger investment in our educational organizations will pay exponential dividends to our community, so we need to improve the system – both inside the classroom and out."


—David Kanuth's campaign website, http://www.kanuthforcongress.com/issues



See also: California's 33rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Kanuth ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 33rd District. Kanuth was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, California District 33 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngElan Carr 21.6% 23,476
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTed Lieu 18.8% 20,432
     Democratic Wendy Greuel 16.6% 17,988
     Independent Marianne Williamson 13.2% 14,335
     Democratic Matt Miller 12% 13,005
     Republican Lily Gilani 7.1% 7,673
     Democratic Kevin Mottus 2.4% 2,561
     Republican Barbara Mulvaney 2.3% 2,516
     Democratic David Kanuth 1.4% 1,554
     Democratic Kristie Holmes 0.9% 994
     Libertarian Mark Herd 0.8% 883
     Green Michael Sachs 0.7% 732
     Democratic Michael Shapiro 0.6% 650
     Independent Tom Fox 0.5% 509
     Democratic Zein Obagi 0.4% 477
     Democratic Vince Flaherty 0.3% 345
     Democratic James Graf 0.3% 327
     Independent Brent Roske 0.2% 188
Total Votes 108,645
Source: California Secretary of State

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Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kanuth's reports.

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