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State of CaliforniaCandidate for GovernorNewsom Replacement

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James G. Hanink

Retired Educator
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Foster policies that promote a consistent respect for the dignity of human life
  • Foster policies that promote a fair distribution of wealth
  • Foster policies that help safeguard California against the ravages of climate change



Profession:Educator and writer
Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University (1976–2016)


Michigan State University PhD, philosophy (1975)

Community Activities

member of California State Committee, American Solidarity Party (2019–current)


I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From 1968-1970 I served as a conscientious objector, working with the Michigan Migrant Ministry. My wife Elizabeth and I recently celebrated our 53rd wedding annniversary. Our family--six children and five grandchildren--is racially mixed, as is our neighborhood.  For many years I have been a member of St. John Chrysostom Parish in Inglewood, California.              

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 James G. Hanink:
I support YIMBY legislation.
How would you address the issue of California’s residents who are unhoused? Please include specific proposals.
Answer from James G. Hanink:

I would (1) provide immediate housing for the unhoused, (2) increase funding for mental health services, and (3) increase funding for treating drug addiction.

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

I would (1) increase funding for water storage infrastructure, (2) give priority to the water needs of agriculture, and (3) mandate water rationing in a timely manner.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $4,895

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

American Solidarity Party
Fieldstead & Company
Employees of NECC
Employees of Google
Employees of Mountain CE LLC

More information about contributions

By State:

California 59.68%
Pennsylvania 37.18%
Utah 3.14%

By Size:

Large contributions (65.04%)
Small contributions (34.96%)

By Type:

From organizations (68.59%)
From individuals (31.41%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy centers on the primacy of the common good. To advance the common good, I look to the principles of solidarity, subsidiarity, and economic democracy. The common good includes the good of all. In this respect it is unlike the utilitarian aggregate of personal preferences. Human beings have an inviolable dignity. For this reason, I am committed to a consistent ethics of life. 

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