Jess Phoenix: From Volcanoes to Congress

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California’s 25th congressional district is a top target for the Democratic Party in the 2018 midterms. Though a Democrat has not won election to the seat since 1990, the 25th swung to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and whites now comprise a minority of the population, making it ripe for a Democratic pickup.

Incumbent Republican Steve Knight votes in line with Donald Trump 98.4% of the time, making him one of the most loyal lapdogs of the illegitimate president, a truly impressive feat given just how astoundingly little the Republican Party has done to hold their president accountable.

Jess Phoenix is one of seven Democratic candidates hoping to unseat Knight in November. The 35-year-old queer volcanologist believes that her scientific background makes her a perfect challenger to climate science denier Steve Knight, who received a 0% rating from the League of Conservation Voters.

Jess joined us on the podcast to discuss environmental issues, how being married to the son of a formerly undocumented immigrant affects her views on immigration, and why it’s important for queer millennials to run for office.

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Make sure to follow Jess Phoenix on Twitter @jessphoenix2018, like her on Facebook, and check out her website.

Jordan Valerie is a cinephile, filmmaker, journalist, political activist, and proud queer woman of color currently serving as Politics Editor of Millennial Politics and Host of the Millennial Politics Podcast.

You can find her on Twitter and Medium @jordanvalallen and pay her at PayPal.Me/jordanvalallen.

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