Steve Isakson

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Steve Isakson
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 24
Bachelor'sCal Poly SLO
Master'sCal Poly SLO
Ph.D.University of California, Santa Barbara
Date of birthMarch 10, 1951
Campaign website
Steve Isakson (b. March 10, 1951) was a 2014 Independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 24th Congressional District of California.[1]


Isakson holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UCSB, an M.S. in Computer Science from Cal Poly SLO and a B.S. in Physics from Cal Poly SLO. He is currently the Chief Engineer at Rantec Power Systems.[2]


Campaign themes


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

  • Climate Change: "However, in many respects it does not matter if the cause is man or not. The fact that the climate is changing is something we must recognize and learn to either reverse or learn to live with."
  • Congress must work for the People: "Well, I am not quite as young anymore, but I guess I am still naive, because I think that helping the people, particularly the people in your district (all of them without regard to their political affiliation) is the job of the Congress. If you do not happen to get re-elected, it should be because you are not doing a good job for your electorate."
  • The Affordable Care Act: "My biggest concern is that the Act might be being undermined with all of the delays in implementation. The insurance companies have a captive audience, lessening the need to keep prices low, and employers, a major negotiator, are being excused from participation. To be successful, it must be fully implemented. I will not allow these delays to become a permanent situation or for increased insurance company profits to be shouldered by individuals."
  • Diablo Canyon: "Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant provides a baseline source of power that is free from green house gases and is an essential backbone of California’s electric power grid. It is also the direct source of 1400 jobs."
  • Dysfunctional Congress: "As an independent I would be able to reason with the individual Congressmen. If I held get-togethers with both sides, at least they would talk to one another after hours as they did a few decades ago. Working with both sides could greatly reduce dysfunction."


—Steve Isakson's campaign website,



See also: California's 24th Congressional District elections, 2014

Isakson ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 24th District. Isakson was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, California District 24 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLois Capps Incumbent 43.7% 58,198
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Mitchum 15.8% 21,059
     Republican Justin Fareed 15.3% 20,445
     Republican Dale Francisco 11.7% 15,575
     Republican Bradley Allen 7% 9,269
     Democratic Sandra Marshall 3.5% 4,646
     Democratic Paul Coyne 1.6% 2,144
     Independent Steve Isakson 0.9% 1,249
     Republican Alexis Stuart 0.5% 678
Total Votes 133,263
Source: California Secretary of State


Isakson is married to his wife, Judy.[2]

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