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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 29

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Joseph "Joe" Shammas

Retired Military Officer
5,278 votes (8.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Help small businesses grow
  • Support our seniors and veterans
  • Make education accessible to all



Profession:Retired United States Naval Officer
Owner, T & J Market (2005–2014)
Owner, Super X Limousine (2003–2005)
Owner, AIC (1999–2004)


Webster College Graduate Degrees, Business (1980)
Naval Undersea Medical Institute Specialized Advanced Medical Training, Nuclear Submarine Medicine (1978)
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale B.S., Education (1977)

Community Activities

Board member, St. Ephraim Cathedral (2017–current)
Chamber of Commerce, Panorama City, Pacoima, Granada Hills and Filipino American GLA (2017–current)
Member, American Leigon (2017–current)
Lifetime Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars (1996–current)
Business Professional Group, TEAM (2017–current)


I am a first generation immigrant. I was raised in orphanges for 12 years. At age 18, I enilsted in the U.S. Navy, after almost 25 years, I retired as a Medical Service Corps Officer.


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Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

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.?
Answer from Joseph "Joe" Shammas:

These are the critical infrastrucure projects that have have had low priority compared to the Department of "Defense". We must conduct a thorough review of ALL military spending with emphasis on ALL overseas activities including military installations and logistics and make decisive and dramatic reduction of our overseas activities and redirect those saved funds to domestic projects.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from Joseph "Joe" Shammas:

Currently the system is designed for PROFIT and NOT genuine health care delivery.

During the healthy years the PRIVATE insurance companies provide coverage and as the population is older and requires more health care services, the responsibility is shifted to government programs.

The profits are secured for the insurance companies. Healthcare should not be a for profit business, rather a preventive and lifelong public service.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House.
Answer from Joseph "Joe" Shammas:

A policy that is inclussive and properly apportioned with fairness to regional countries, but one that includes avenues (of limited duration) to sustain urgent shortages of skilled professions .

Our compassion must be in the formula to include various unique and emergent needs faced by various groups.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?
Answer from Joseph "Joe" Shammas:

California's water shortage and growing needs are not new. As our population has grown the infrastructure and support services did not keep pace. Future growth must be inclussive of these issues.

As a major food producer, California faces duak challenges on this issue and Federal programs could provide relief in cooperation with neighboring states to address this and other regional challenges.

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Answer from Joseph "Joe" Shammas:

As elected officials representing our great nation, we must lead by example. 

We are "involved" in far too many overseas military adventures and regime change operations both overt and covert. It is time to rethink that policy and redirect our overseas operations to be include civil project (such as the PEACE Coprs), engineering project, humanitarian projects and so on.

As examples of good deeds we will be role models for our people.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a veteran, I take exception to the way veterans are treated after completing their service. Many face mental health challenges, others are unemplyed, and worse yet, many become homeless.

Our politicians always find money to fund endless wars, but always have excuses and do not provide for our veterans. That is a shame and we as a country are better than that.

It is time to vote all warmongers out. Vote for change, for new leadership and for the courage to say NO to more overseas military adventurisms, and YES to refocus on domestic issues.

We cannot do the same and expect different results, we must vote for new candidates who will serve the public and not the special interests that fund their campaigns.

As a U.S> Navy Officer, I swore an oath to uphold, support and defend the constitution and NOT a political party. I retired from active military service, but my oath never will.

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