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California State SenateCandidate for District 17

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Palmer Kain

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84,142 votes (31.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Complete education reform, from K-12 and the UC/CSU system. I have an 8 point education plan, that includes individualized curriculums, and more control for teachers in the classroom
  • Bringing back the high paying jobs that have fled our state, so that people can afford to comfortably raise a family.
  • Another priority of mine is encouraging local communities to create long term, sustainable plans to bring their infrastructure into the 21st century.



Profession:U.S. Army Veteran
New Business Development Manager, Golden State-Interwest (2002–2003)
Mechanic-Infantry Soldier, U.S. Army (1997–2001)


Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy Bachelors in Government, International affairs, Conflict resolution (2013)
Cabrillo College Associates, Political Science (2009)
Cabrillo College EMT Academy, Emergency Medicine (2008)
Cabrillo College Community Service Officer Acadamy, Criminal Justice P.O.S.T. (1998)

Community Activities

Budget Committee, San Benito Lodge 211-Hollister (2015–current)
Charity Committee, San Benito Lodge 211-Hollister (2015–current)
Veterans Affairs Committee, California Republican Party (2015–current)
Political Affairs Commentator, Veterans Take Charge Radio (2014–current)


My name is Palmer Kain. I have been a proud member of the Monterey Bay community since I was 3 years old when my parents moved me to Santa Cruz. As a young student at Monte Vista Christian School, I spent my free-time working to improve our community, and throughout my life that has not changed. After high school, I joined the U.S. Army, where I was deployed overseas. After returning from the Army, I got my first job in local politics, as a policy maker for Mayor Rodkin (spelling), with some of my policy ideas continuing to benefit our community to this day.
I hold an AA from Cabrillo College, but due to the high cost of college in our nation, I was forced to continue my education at a leading university overseas, where I attained my BA in Government. It's due to this experience, that I have created an 8-point education plan, that includes making the UC/CSU system affordable for all Californians.

During my studies, I was able to pick the brains of world leaders, and even participate in active peace talks during real time. Since returning from school, I have taken my experiences and used them to build a coalition of citizens focused on bringing back the community model. Through the community model, where neighbor looks out for their neighbor, we can solve some of our most pressing issues, including the lack of a quality education for California's youth.


As someone who has dedicated his life to improving our community, I look forward to continuing that work as your next state Senator for the 17th district. Together we can rebuild our communities and create a brighter future for all Californians.

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Palmer Kain:

We need long-term sustainable action plans that have permanent funding. 9/10 of the problem in California is misallocated resources. We need to meet the water needs of all in our community, including residential, commercial, agriculture, and secondary use. While in Sacramento, I would push for a desalination plant, owned by the public, that has proper levels of necessary minerals, such as magnesium. Would it not be better to refill our aquifers with good clean water, and not the chemically treated grey water with no knowledge of how it affects our land or our soil.

In my mind environmental concerns are at the heart of who we are as Californians, which is why it is important that we need to create solutions focused on long-term sustainability, and a balance between us and our environment.

Money in Politics

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?

No answer provided.
There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 
Answer from Palmer Kain:


In this district, but especially in Santa Cruz County, we have a lack of high quality, good paying jobs. In Santa Cruz we have moved from a manufacturing based economy to a service based economy, which does not allow for a high standard of living. People do not own their homes, can not afford to send their kids to college, and young adults graduating from college can not find gainful employment.  In the last 10 years 5 million citizens and 9,000 businesses have left our state, never to return. While I am not opposed to workers making more money, we must be realistic. Business in our community already have a tough time contorting from the regulations imposed by Sacramento. I am in favor of a two prong approach. One where the workers make more money but combined with freeing business from heavy regulation so they can pay their employees better, and sustains our local economy and community.

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending? 
Answer from Palmer Kain:



Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $39,803

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Santa Clara County Republican Party
Employees of Moffett Data
Employees of Locatelli Properties
Employees of Kain, Jim
Lincoln Club Of San Luis Obispo County

More information about contributions

By State:

California 98.60%
District of Columbia 1.40%

By Size:

Large contributions (89.86%)
Small contributions (10.14%)

By Type:

From organizations (26.52%)
From individuals (73.48%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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