Desmond Thorsson

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Anthony John "Desmond" Thorsson
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 12
Campaign website
Anthony John "Desmond" Thorsson was a 2014 Independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of California.


Campaign themes


Thorsson's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Campaign Finance Reform
Excerpt: "Our political system is not broken; it has been bought. If we are to properly address the other issues facing our nation, we must first get money out of politics."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Our nation’s teachers are the key to preparing our children for the world that awaits them. But our nation’s priorities and policies regarding education create a top-down system that makes that job more difficult."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Quality, accessible, and affordable health care must be available to all Americans, and your ability to afford medical attention when you need it is far too important to be used as a chip in a Washington poker game."
  • Same-Sex Marriage
Excerpt: "As the child of divorced parents, and an officiant of wedding ceremonies, I firmly believe that the sanctity of marriage is in the commitment of the partners, not their genders. All Americans have equal rights and protections under our Constitution, which includes the right to marry and the protections that the institution provides."
  • Social Tolerance
Excerpt: "It is not government’s job to meddle in the strictly private behavior of its citizens. I will work to heal America’s sharp division on social issues, rather than exploiting them for political advantage, so that we may focus on not-so-divisive issues that impact us all."
  • Immigration Reform
Excerpt: "I support comprehensive immigration reform that creates a fair, efficient, and appealing legal immigration system; eliminates the incentive for businesses to hire illegal workers; and secures our nation’s borders."
  • Reproductive Rights
Excerpt: "The choice to terminate a pregnancy is a sacred trust between a woman and her doctor. The government must not be in the business of legislating the miracle of life."



See also: California's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Thorsson ran for election to the U.S. House in 2014. He was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, California District 12 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Pelosi Incumbent 73.6% 79,816
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Dennis 11.9% 12,922
     Green Barry Hermanson 5.7% 6,156
     Democratic David Peterson 3.5% 3,774
     Peace and Freedom Frank Lara 1.9% 2,107
     Democratic Michael Steger 1.4% 1,514
     Independent Desmond Thorsson 1.2% 1,270
     Independent Jim Welles 0.8% 879
Total Votes 108,438
Source: California Secretary of State

Campaign donors


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


Thorsson and his wife, Laura, have one child.[4]

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