Jay Chen

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Jay Chen
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 39
ProfessionIntelligence Officer, United States Naval Reserve
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Jay Chen was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 39th Congressional District of California. He lost in the general election.[1]


Campaign themes


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

  • Work with all parties to solve problems
Excerpt: "and get the results we need from Washington to restore America back to its place in the world. We need to adhere to no ideology other than a commitment to move America forward and establish a more prosperous and exceptional country for our next generation."
  • Create jobs now
Excerpt: "by giving tax credits to companies that bring jobs and earnings back to the United States. As a congressman, I would support our main drivers of economic growth and employment, small businesses, by providing tax credits to encourage the hiring of more workers."
  • Prepare our children to compete in the global economy
Excerpt: "by incorporating computer science and foreign language classes into the standard curriculum. We need to upgrade our education system so that it meets the demands of an era defined by technology and globalization, and that means treating coding as reverentially as arithmetic, and expecting that all of our students can converse in a critical foreign language."
  • Make higher education more accessible
Excerpt: "by reinvesting in our universities and by allowing students to reduce educational debt through service-oriented careers after graduation. U.S. universities are becoming too expensive for our own students to attend, and more and more admissions are being given to foreign students."
  • Honor the courage and sacrifice of our veterans
Excerpt: "by providing them the job opportunities and health care they deserve when they return home, and by reallocating defense spending from costly, ineffective, and outdated weapons programs back to training and developing our service members."



See also: California's 39th Congressional District elections, 2012

Chen ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 39th District. He and district 40 incumbent Edward R. Royce (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating D'Marie Mulattieri (Ind). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election and Royce won.[1][3][4]

U.S. House, California District 39 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Royce Incumbent 57.8% 145,607
     Democratic Jay Chen 42.2% 106,360
Total Votes 251,967
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Chen's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Chen did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Chen's campaign committee raised a total of $793,549 and spent $714,594.[5]

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