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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 12

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Agatha Bacelar

Documentary Filmmaker
3,890 votes (1.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Get money out of politics.
  • Take immediate, urgent climate action.
  • Fight for racial and immigrant justice.



Agatha Bacelar is an engineer and documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco. She earned her experience in filmmaking and political advocacy during her tenure at the social justice advocacy organization Emerson Collective.  She has built her platform on enhancing representative democracy, reducing mass gun violence, addressing climate change, the provision of a Universal Basic Income and universal healthcare and eliminating dark money from politics.

Ms. Bacelar was born in Brazil and moved to the United States as a child. She speaks four languages and brings a diverse, globally-oriented mindset in her service to California’s 12th Congressional District. Agatha is the first Latina Democrat to run for this seat. If she were to advance to the general election via California’s jungle primary process, she will come to the job ready to embrace the realities of a rapidly-shifting,  globalizing and connected world.

Agatha has lived and worked on four different continents in some of the most relevant centers of global geopolitical affairs: Brazil in South America, the U.K. and Germany in Europe, Kenya in Africa, China and India in Asia, and, of course, the United States and Mexico here in North America. She is a founding member of Democracy Earth, a non-profit focused on using technology to increase political participation and representation and a graduate of Stanford University, where she received a degree in Engineering with minors in anthropology and social justice. With less than ten percent of Congressional  representatives with a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) training, Agatha brings a critical science-based understanding to the crises we currently face regarding climate, and the  impact of technology on our democracy and our lives.

In San Francisco, 41% of the registered voters are millennials. That’s a plurality of voters who are sick of unaffordable housing, drowning in student debt, unaffordable healthcare, and living with the daily realities of climate change and mass gun violence. Our city is the emblem of both technological innovation and the wealth disparity capital of the world.  These problems are all problems of representation. A millennial herself, Agatha is the ideal choice to represent the constituents of this district - people whose voices have been underrepresented and ignored for years in favor of the corporate interests. It’s a new era we’re living in, and it’s time for new leadership.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

Infrastructure Question

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

No answer provided.
Health Care Question

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?

No answer provided.
Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Agatha Bacelar:

We must welcome refugees and immigrants of all kinds, while also addressing the root causes of migration from Central America through regional investments that tackle violence and economic instability. We must also reform our immigration courts to create a right to counsel and ensure we have enough immigration lawyers and judges to meet demand.

Immigrant detention is by far the most profitable sector of the private prison business. Each year more than 300,000 people are put into immigration detention centers, with three-fourths incarcerated by privately run for-profit companies. Agatha has personally worked inside five immigrant detention centers and many migrant shelters in California, Florida, Texas, and Mexico. She has witnessed the devastating conditions first-hand and will fight to abolish inhumane and ineffective policies of "deterrence" such as the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act” (IIRIRA).

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $81,653

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

Agatha Bacelar
Clarke Foundation
Employees of 415 Investments
Employees of Blockchain Capital
Employees of Decibel 18 Llc
Employees of Segovia Technology Co.
Employees of Timcast

More information about contributions

By State:

California 64.03%
New York 9.98%
New Jersey 6.64%
ZZ 5.52%
Other 13.84%

By Size:

Large contributions (65.59%)
Small contributions (34.41%)

By Type:

From organizations (10.47%)
From individuals (89.53%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Our planet is dying from climate change. Each year brings a new record for debt and wealth inequality. More of us are dying from suicide and overdoses than ever before. And we can’t do anything about it because most of our political leaders are ruled by corporate money. I've spent my career working with the people and in the places where justice is most urgently needed. From locked facilities like juvenile camps and immigrant detention, in classrooms, and with our unbanked and undocumented communities.  I'm running because I am haunted by what I've seen. We’ve been in a long slumber of indifference to the poor and vulnerable. I’m running because challenging the democratic party and the status quo is a survival imperative for this city, for all  humanity, and for our ailing planet. 

I am dedicated to the vital issues of climate change and the environment, housing and homelessness, economic disparity, and ensuring the protection of human rights here and globally. Attention to these issues also means a foreign policy ending the United States’ involvement in endless wars and shattering denial that global stability, climate change, and human rights issues do not have inevitable consequences back here. Our global system of economic extraction, fear, violence, and suffering must end. That means confronting political corruption and inaction, and turning over a leaf to new political leaders that adequately represent their constituents. It will take new leadership - leadership that includes the voices of the historically underrepresented, especially the young -  to transform our paralyzed political system into a more vibrant, participatory, and representative democracy.

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