James Hinton

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James Hinton
Former candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
James Hinton was a 2014 Independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of California.[1] James Hinton lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Campaign themes


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

  • War on Drugs: "Remove cannabis from the controlled substance act. It is the most medicinal plant on earth. Promote how using organic cannabis responsibly we can begin naturally healing people who suffer not just from the biggest killer, stress, but many other common afflictions such as psoriasis, arthritis and headaches. There are all natural organic topicals that can be applied to the skin that actually work, with no harmful side effects unlike the drugs advertised by our media."
  • Pri$on$: "Ten years ago there were only five private prisons in the country, with a population of 2,000 inmates; now, there are 100, with 62,000 inmates. It is expected that by the coming decade, the number will hit 360,000, according to reports. “The private contracting of prisoners for work fosters incentives to lock people up. Prisons depend on this income. Corporate stockholders who make money off prisoners’ work lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce. The system feeds itself,” says a study by the Progressive Labor Party, which accuses the prison industry of being “an imitation of Nazi Germany with respect to forced slave labor and concentration camps.”"
  • Tax Code: "Simplify our tax code- It has grown from 400 pages at its inception to 74,000 and counting. Give me a break! This is way too complicated. No one should be burdened with so many regulations."
  • Veterans: "You fought for me, now let me fight for you. With massive up-grades to Military Hospitals and Veterans’ Administration Hospitals. No cutting benefits on our Veterans! Nearly one in five veterans suffer from substance abuse and PTSD. Veterans need access to treatment. 18 veterans commit suicide every day. On any given night, 300,000 veterans are homeless and more than 76% of these vets suffer from substance abuse or a mental health disorder. As many as 35% of wounded troops are addicted to pain medication."
  • Obama Care: "The Affordable Health Care Act is a great Idea. However this version is not affordable. Fining a person into submission because he or she doesn’t want Corporate Health Care is Unconstitutional. We need to stop fighting over the acts legality. We need health care. However 99% of us want affordable, quality health care. We want single payer health care. Get rid of third party parasites in our health care system. Money should go from the patient to the doctor/pharmacist, not to a black hole of corporate lobbyist/drug dealers."


—James Hinton's campaign website, http://www.jameshinton.org/issues.htm



See also: California's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Hinton ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 5th District. Hinton advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[4] Hinton was then defeated in the general election on November 4, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, California District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Thompson Incumbent 75.7% 129,613
     Independent James Hinton 24.3% 41,535
Total Votes 171,148
Source: California Secretary of State
U.S. House, California District 5 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Thompson Incumbent 80.4% 88,709
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngJames Hinton 11.1% 12,292
     Independent Douglas Van Raam 8.4% 9,279
Total Votes 110,280
Source: California Secretary of State

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