Jonathan Turner Smith

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Jonathan Turner Smith
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 34
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBaylor University
Master'sTexas Tech University
OtherThe California State University
Campaign website
Jonathan Turner Smith was a 2014 Independent write-in candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 34th Congressional District of California.[1]


Smith is a longtime Los Angeles, California, resident. He currently works as a high school English teacher at a school located in the infamous "skid row."[2]


  • Baylor University, B.S. Secondary Education and Teaching, 1975
  • Texas Tech University, M.A. Theater and Education, 2000
  • California State University, Los Angeles, California Language Acquisition and Development Certificate, 2002
  • National Board Certified Teacher
    • 2004: Childhood Generalist
    • 2008: Literacy: Reading Language Arts[3]


Campaign themes


Smith supports the following issues:

  • Congressional pay: "The first action of the 2015 Congressional Session should be to pass a Law/Act that stipulates that no Congressperson receive pay during a government shutdown nor receive reimbursement after said shutdown."[4]
  • Immigration: "I strongly believe that there should be a pathway to citizenship...However, any undocumented immigrant who commits a felony or is affiliated with any gang should be immediately sent home to their country of origin. I also believe that our borders must not only be enforced, but reinforced as well. In these times of world-wide terrorism, our borders must serve as a barrier to stop those who would do our nation great harm."[4]
  • Veterans: "Congress recently cut benefits to veteran pensions – the very men and women who have put their lives on the line in the battlefield for you and me. This is disgraceful. Our brave veterans are treated as second class citizens in this country and that must change. This is not a party issue, but a humane one."[5]
  • Congressional Term Limits: "It is time for us to pass a constitutional amendment stating that anyone who wishes to represent a congressional district must also live in that district. I also believe it is time we put an end to career politicians."
  • Education Reform: "Real education reform has to start with a realistic look at the consequences of a 'one-size fits all' standardized testing system. We must also realize that one test, no matter how comprehensive, cannot accurately measure a student’s overall success."[4]



See also: California's 34th Congressional District elections, 2014

Smith ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 34th District. Smith is running as an Independent write-in candidate. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, California District 34 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngXavier Becerra Incumbent 73.9% 22,878
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdrienne Edwards 14.5% 4,474
     Peace and Freedom Howard Johnson 11.6% 3,587
Total Votes 30,939
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 Smith's reports.

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Smith's committee owed $16,350 in outstanding loans to Jonathan Turner Smith.

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