Terry Phillips

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Terry Phillips
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 23
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Terry Phillips was a 2012 Independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 23rd Congressional District of California. He lost in the general election.[1]


Campaign themes


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

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Although there have been some gains in the past three years, Congress is doing everything in its power to block serious progress. Despite assurances from the incumbent and his fellow politicians, we cannot cut our way out of this period of economic difficulties. Reducing taxes will not create jobs."
  • Foreign policy
Excerpt: "The United States is the only nation on earth capable of defending itself and its allies against major military threats. Maintaining strong armed forces remains absolutely necessary in today’s dangerous world. Nevertheless, we must choose their missions carefully and define them clearly."
  • Health care
Excerpt: "I believe health care is a benefit we should all enjoy. It is as essential to our quality of life as police and firefighting services. Promoting wellness is in our national interest. The Affordable Care Act or ACA was a bad compromise."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "We lack an effective, long-term energy policy. Energy is not only an important domestic concern, it is also central to America’s foreign policy. Being subject to the globalized oil market makes us vulnerable to price manipulations and political instabilities around the world. At the same time, climate change threatens the very existence of our species."
  • High-speed rail
Excerpt: "California in general and the Central Valley in particular MUST find a way to improve our transportation infrastructure. High speed rail is one way. So far, the plans have been badly conceived and badly presented. But I am convinced that we can find a way to implement this idea."



See also: California's 23rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Phillips ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 23rd District. He and Kevin McCarthy (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Eric Parker (R). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election and McCarthy won.[1][3][4]

U.S. House, California District 23 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin McCarthy Incumbent 73.2% 158,161
     Independent Terry Phillips 26.8% 57,842
Total Votes 216,003
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


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

Phillips did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Phillips's campaign committee raised a total of $49,558 and spent $48,521.[5]

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