John Wood (California)

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John Wood
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 43
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
John Wood was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 43rd Congressional District of California.[1] Wood lost in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Wood is a writer and musician. Additionally, he has worked in marketing, the legal and medical industries and politics.[2]


Campaign themes


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

  • Transforming our Politics: "In 2008, President Barack Obama ran a political campaign that called on the better angels of our nature. He inspired us with a message of hope and change. But sadly, due to the egotism and intransigence of Democrats and Republicans alike, American politics have remained mired in division and dysfunction."
  • Transforming the American Economy: "With the national unemployment rate standing at 7.7% (that’s 12 million Americans unemployed), 9.5 % in California and 10.6% in Los Angeles with even greater joblessness in the Latino and particularly the African-American community (almost 20% last year in Los Angeles) we are seeing the great lakes of economic opportunity in this country drying up before our eyes."
  • Social Safety Net to Social Spring Board: "Of the more than $3.5 trillion the federal government will spend this year, more than 2 trillion dollars worth of that will come out of mandatory spending: these are programs designed to spent upon automatically when people become qualified to receive benefits and services through them, such as welfare, unemployment, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security."
  • Advancing Healthcare: "There is no more contentious issue in American politics today than the issue of healthcare reform, and that for a multitude of reasons. Healthcare is too expensive, both for consumers and for government. It breaks the budgets of states and families, and its expensiveness has life wrecking consequences for those who can’t afford it."
  • Streamlining Immigration: "That the United States of America reform her immigration system is of vital importance, both to the American people and to those immigrants who, often times for the most understandable of reasons, have come here illegally."


—John Wood's campaign website,



See also: California's 43rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Wood ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 43rd District. He and incumbent Maxine Waters (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, unopposed.[5] Wood was then defeated in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6]

U.S. House, California District 43 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaxine Waters Incumbent 71% 69,681
     Republican John Wood 29% 28,521
Total Votes 98,202
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 Wood's reports.


Wood and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.[2]

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