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This Queer Veteran Is Running For Congress In California



by Janessa Goldbeck

WASHINGTON — Two weeks after Democratic Rep. Susan Davis announced her retirement, five candidates have announced a congressional bid for the California congressional seat. Janessa Goldbeck, a military veteran who identifies as queer, is the sixth.

Goldbeck, 34, is a first-time candidate and announced her candidacy officially Wednesday, she told BuzzFeed News. She plans to run a campaign focused on infrastructure, affordable housing, addressing the rising cost of living, and the wage gap. And she’s interested in gun control, pitching herself as a pro–Second Amendment Democrat, but also arguing that the average American should not have access to some of the weapons she used in the military.

“I’m a gun owner. I support the Second Amendment and I know that guns are critical tools of our military,” Goldbeck said in an interview Wednesday. “I carried an M16 and an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in training, but I don’t believe they belong in the homes of the civilians.”

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