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|U.S. House, California, District 24|
|Bachelor's||University of Pennsylvania|
|Birthday||October 16, 1943|
|Place of birth||Los Angeles, CA|
Mitchum's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Excerpt: "California's agriculture industry suffers severely from excess regulation at all levels of government. For example, water is absolutely essential to grow anything, yet excessive environmental legislation combined with an activist judiciary and a non-native smelt are turning thousands upon thousands of acres of farmland in the Central Valley into a dust bowl."
- Excerpt: "Running a household, running a business or how much you have for lunch – we have all had to deal with a budget. The issue is always, “How much is there to spend?” Spending more than they have, Congress is out of control. I support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and the Mack-Penny plan, authored by Congressman Connie Mack of Florida."
- Defense & National Security
- Excerpt: "In the preamble to the Constitution, a primary reason for establishing our government is “for the common defense” of the country. It is incumbent upon government to keep our military as strong and as ready as possible."
- Excerpt: "The deterioration of the quality of education in the United States is a long-term economic problem. UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics shows the U.S. leading the world spending 5.4% of GDP on education. Yet, in 2011, the SAT scores are the worst in history. Why? I would place the majority of the blame at the feet of teacher’s unions."
- Excerpt: "We need to develop all energy sources, oil, natural gas, coal, biofuels, wind, nuclear, and hydro. The marketplace will decide which is the most effective but the exploration of all will create jobs, lower energy prices, stimulate growth, increase government revenues, strengthen the dollar and, ultimately, make our nation more secure."
According to the Washington Post, the 24th is a new battleground as Democrats and Republicans seek to gain control of the House. 23rd district incumbent Lois Capps, displaced into the 24th with redistricting, will find herself running in a district that is nearly evenly split Democratic and Republican. She formerly had a Democratic advantage in the double-digits.