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Shastina Sandman: California 48th

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In another example of average Americans coming out and running for office in the wake of Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential election, I spoke with Shastina Sandman, a California entrepreneur, wife, and mother. Ms. Sandman has made it her mission to unseat incumbent Dana Rohrabacher, who has held the California 48th for 30 years. Her support for President Trump and his policies was palpable, and she certainly seems to have the energy to make a good run at the seat.

BW: What made you decide to run for Congress?

SS: My husband is my number 1 fan. He has been urging me to run. Would really need to be a grassroots effort. Have to get on the ground and run. Just because Trump is in office doesn’t mean we can be complacent. We’d be a red state without SF and LA. I am pro-Trump, pro-Constitution, and pro-life. We have to get people in Congress who will support the President’s “America First” agenda and I am one of those.

BW: What qualifications do you feel you have to represent the California 48th?

SS: As a mother, an entrepreneur, and middle class American, I know what Americans struggle with. I can find middle-ground on a variety of issues so we can come together. I’m going to lead with love and not sling dirt. I don’t sling mud even when I see it. I think I can connect with average Americans.

BW: What issues do you feel are most important right now?

SS: Orange County has a big drug problem and a big homelessness problem. We have 3 miles of homeless living on the beach. I’ve found hypodermic needles on my front porch. When everyone thinks of Orange County they think of Newport Beach and largely wealthy and middle-class Americans. The fact is we need to address some of these problems.

I want to improve school safety and legal immigration while enforcing our current immigration laws. We also need reform in our education system. Instead of teaching kids there are 63 genders, we need to teach actual science. Public schools have become liberal indoctrination centers.

BW: What do you think about President Trump’s recent comments about Republicans “being afraid of the NRA” and wanting to impose new restrictions on the 2nd Amendment?

SS: I have no problem with standing up to the NRA. So, if we need to change some things like banning bump stocks we can look at that.

I don’t know why Trump said that but he did. I don’t think the Florida shooter (name redacted) should have been able to get a gun, but that is a failure of government. The local authorities and the FBI failed to use existing legal methods to make certain that the shooter was not able to buy a gun legally.

BW: What do you feel are your opponent’s failings?

SS: Dana Rohrabacher IS the swamp. He’s been in office for 30 years and it was never the intention of the founders for Congress to be a lifelong career.  He even joined the Democrats in voting against the tax cuts that are spurring economic growth and putting more money back in the pockets of average Americans.

BW: What do you want the people of the California 48th to know about you?

SS: I want them to know that I really care and I want to do better for them. It may sound cliché but I want to make a difference. I’m not the swamp. I support Trump, but I can stand up to Trump when I feel he’s wrong too. An example of that is when he advocated allowing hunting for ivory again. I fully oppose this.

You can learn more about Shastina Sandman by going to her website here.

 

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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