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State of CaliforniaCandidate for GovernorNewsom Replacement

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David Moore

Public School Teacher
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Contain the pandemic
  • Reduce inequality by addressing homelessness and access to health care
  • Expand education



Profession:Special Education Teacher
Resource Specialist, Oakland Unified School District (2018–2021)
Mild/Moderate SDC teacher, Oakland Unified School District (2017–2018)
Moderate/Severe SDC instructional aide, Oakland Unified School District (2016–2017)
Bicycle Courier, Postmates (2014–2016)
Mathematics tutor, Self employed (2012–2016)


St. John's College M.A., Liberal Arts (2009)
UC Santa Cruz B.A., Mathematics (2008)

Community Activities

Organizer, Socialist Equality Party (2010–current)
Writer, World Socialist Web Site (2010–current)


My family has been farming oranges in Ventura County for nearly 120 years. I grew up there and worked in the orchards throughout my childhood before studying mathematics at UC Santa Cruz. I got my master's degree in liberal arts at the end of 2009 just after the economic crisis.

Watching trillions of dollars poured into bank bailouts while ordinary people were evicted and social services like education were gutted made me start studying socialism seriously. I became a regular reader of the World Socialist Web Site ( and joined the Socialist Equality Party (SEP). After fighting in several labor struggles and covering the occupy movement, I moved to the Bay Area in 2012 where I worked odd jobs as a tutor and courier to make ends meet before becoming an elementary school special education teacher in 2016.

As a writer for the WSWS and organizer for the SEP I have fought in the BART strike, oil strike, a variety of health care strikes, and most recently the teachers strikes always trying to unite workers and push beyond the immediate wage and safety demands to a political struggle for full funding of education, health care and other social services.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (3)

How would you address California’s need for affordable housing for low- and moderate-income earners? Please include specific proposals.
Answer from David Moore:

Secure housing is a basic social right necessary for someone to fully function in society. First, we must extend the eviction moratorium until the pandemic is contained. The longer-term issue with affordable housing is that there has been a massive shift of wealth from the working class to ultra-rich in this state and nationally. Wages have not increased with productivity. During the pandemic and 2008 crisis massive bailouts were given to banks while ordinary people were evicted. This has helped reinflate the housing bubble and put rents and mortgages beyond the ability of many families to pay.

To solve the housing crisis we need to reverse the trend across the board, including higher taxes on the ultra-rich; public housing to guarantee basic accomodation and prevent homelessness and extortionate rents; and an end to sweetheart deals for developers that let them get rich by foisting the costs of traffic and increased utilities on the public.

How would you address the issue of California’s residents who are unhoused? Please include specific proposals.
Answer from David Moore:

Long-term solutions to homelessness require a housing first approach. A safe and clean home environment greatly improves anyone's ability to get a job and receive medical treatment or social services.

There are 5 vacant houses in California for every homeless person in the state. Many of those are owned by banks after foreclosures or simply for speculation. We will not be able to solve homelessness until we accept that a person's right to safe and secure housing is stronger than a corporation's right to profit. One way or another, through taxes on vacant homes, eminent domain or other expropriation, that wealth must be turned over form the banks' ledgers and put to the public's need for housing.

The savings in public expenditure from improved public health and trash management, not to mention reduced law enforcement costs could easily fund the social services to address the current homeless population's mental, physical, and professional needs.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?  Please include specific proposals.
Answer from David Moore:

Roughly 80% of the water use in the state is irrigation for agriculture, yet barely a third of farm acreage is equipped with modern micro-irrigation systems which vastly improve water use efficiency. With so much of the state's water going to irrigation every gain in this field will have a big impact. Effective use of modern technologies will require additional equipment and farm workers effectively trained to monitor soil and weather conditions to minimize wasted water. These costs will be more than made up by improving our farms' resistance to drought while simultaneously reducing overall water use. The alternative of pumping the state's aquifers dry or letting the farms wither would cost far more to society.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I'm a Trotskyist which was the Marxist opposition to Stalinism and Maoism. I fight for socialism, internationalism and the political independence of the working class.

Across the world, capitalist governments have responded to the economic crisis and pandemic by bailing out the banks, slashing social services, and preparing for war with record military spending. This has been a bonanza for the world's billionaires with soaring stock prices and a disaster for workers facing evictions and hunger. The efforts of US imperialism to maintain its globally dominant position through unending war and military aggression threaten humanity as a whole with nuclear catastrophe.

The international working class has its own political interests as we've seen from a growing global strike wave to try and force health measures to contain the pandemic and reverse the decline in wages and social services. As a Trotskyist candidate I strive to give conscious political expression to these struggles for social equality and help workers wage a unified struggle across national boundaries for social rights over private profits.

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