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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 49

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David Medway

Physician/Business Owner
1,066 votes (0.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Excellent, Affordable Healthcare & Prevention Of Disease For Californians
  • Low Taxes & Low Fees With An Affordable Cost Of Living For Families With Decreased Government Regulation In A Clean and Inclusive Environment
  • A Strong, Well Funded Military And Excellent Care Of Our Veterans



The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Medical Doctor (M.D.) (1993)
University Of California, Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), psychology magna cum laude (1989)


I am a board certified Internal Medicine physician serving as a Medical Director of a non-profit community clinic in Vista, California where working class and underprivileged people can get high quality affordable health care from dedicated and talented professionals. I live in Carlsbad, California with my wife and two kids who attend public school.  A little about me...I am a 52 year old native Californian and my wife is a Latin American immigrant, and we are both proud Americans.  I am the youngest of five children. My dad served in the Navy in World War II which brought him to California where I was born and raised. My dad owned his own restaurant near Los Angeles for over 40 years while my mom raised us. I attended UCLA and the George Washington University Medical School in Washington D.C. I was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at U.C. Irvine. I opened my own medical practice, and I understand the struggles of small businesses. I want to protect working families from increasing taxes, healthcare bills, and gun violence (while still protecting our right to bear arms). I want to prevent national catastrophes like pandemics (which I wrote a book about) and environmental disasters (such as protecting our coastline from nuclear waste and oil spills that would devastate our shores). I support women's rights and the melting pot of cultures that make up California. I support lower taxes, less government and the best healthcare and education in the world for all Americans at reasonable prices.

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (6)

Family reunification is a process that allows immigrants already residing in the U.S. to bring in additional family members. Do you support limiting this process? Why or why not?
Answer from David Medway:

It is reasonable to allow naturalized immigrant Americans to bring additional family members as long as all of the parties are vetted for their moral character i.e. they are screened to ensure they love America and will contribute to it.

Do you support expanding the current border wall between U.S. and Mexico? Why or why not?
Answer from David Medway:

It is my opinion that the border between the United States and Mexico, just as the the border between the United States and Canada, needs to be secure in order for our country to adequately protect itself from crime, disease and terrorist acts.  Good and honorable people crossing the border in order to flee desperate circumstances must be treated with dignity, respected and be allowed to state their case for asylum.

Do you support creating additional regulations on gun ownership? Why or why not?
Answer from David Medway:

I believe that additional regulations on gun ownership need to be balanced with our 2nd Amendment rights.  Volunteer programs which utilize retired veterans to keep an eye on our schools would be one reasonable solution to protect our children from gun violence without changing our Constitutional rights.

Should the U.S. remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Why or why not?
Answer from David Medway:

At this time, I believe it is reasonable to give our President the latitude to negotiate trade agreements with our neighbors, Mexico and Canada in a manner that decreases our growing deficit and continues the creation of good American jobs and economic growth.

Do you support raising the federal gas tax to improve the national transportation infrastructure (for example roads, train tracks, and bridges)? Why or why not?
Answer from David Medway:

I support finding ways to pay for our crumbling transportation infrastructure of our Nation that do not unfairly burden the American family.  The players that use and damage the roads the most that benefit financially such as the heavy trucking industry should pay their fair share. 

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

I support having reasonably priced excellent health care insurance options so the People of California do not have to worry that should they have a serious medical problem, they will become destitute.  

I support the expansion of competition among the private as well as government insurance programs to decrease costs and to optimize care.

Innovative ways to make health care more affordable should be explored.  Serious programs focused on reducing obesity would be helpful in decreasing the approximately 200 billion dollars per year or 21% of our annual medical spending.  The time is now to stop kicking the soda pop can down the road.

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Political Beliefs

Position Papers

David Medway, M.D.'s positions on specific issues.


David Medway, M.D.'s positions on specific issues.

"I would like to have the wisdom to guide California and the United States into a better future and an understanding heart to leave no one behind."
-David Medway M.D. paraphrased from King Solomon

I am Dr. David Medway, a Board-certified Internal Medicine physician, medical site director, small business owner, husband and father.  My career is devoted to making good decisions to solve complex life and death problems for everyday people - regardless of their personal background - so that they can be healthy and strong.   I am not a career politician. My interest in politics is spurred by a desire to bring a better quality of life to Southern California than has ever been seen before. I work with a talented team of nurses, staff and care-givers to save lives and get the job done right everyday.

I will bring the same passion that I have in medicine to working hard in Congress to make our country strong and you proud.  Here are some of the issues that your neighbors are talking about and what I want to do to help resolve these issues.


Pro Health and Affordable Healthcare:   Americans should not die from lack of health insurance and Medicare should not be dismantled.  Government and private insurers should compete to keep costs down.

Pro Senior Citizens:

I will work hard to protect our vulnerable seniors.  The way we treat our elderly population is a reflection of the identity of our Nation.

Pro Education:  Every American deserves a top quality education.  Our universities are more competitive than ever for admission but high quality education is becoming out of reach for our hard-working families.  We need a fair and transparent process to give our local kids the best education in the world without burdening families and young people with huge bills.

Pro Veterans and Innovative Solutions to Gun Violence:  Schools need to be safe and protected using innovative volunteer programs where our distinguished veterans keep a watchful eye on our schools.

Preparedness for Disasters:  Strict vigilance must be maintained to prevent contagious disease outbreaks from hepatitis, flu and other pathogens as well as prevention of sewage spills from Mexico on to our shores.  Earthquake and fire preparedness and terror attack prevention need to be constantly addressed.

Pro Environment:

We must remove and clean the San Onofre nuclear waste as quickly as possible.  We must not allow countries or companies to pollute our water. If our oceans are polluted by sewage spills from Mexico, we should consider closing the Mexican border until Mexico can keep our neighboring border area clean and safe.

Pro Military:

We must support our active military and veterans and treat them with dignity and the respect that they have earned in their call to duty.  Having worked in VA hospitals, I know that we can do better.


Pro Women:

I will always stand up to protect women's rights.  Women should feel safe and empowered and be able to access reproductive choices in their healthcare.  I am a pro-choice candidate.

Pro fiscal responsibility:

Our Nation's debt is set to have interest costs alone that will triple over the next decade as it approaches one trillion dollars with no end in sight unless we are fiscally responsible.  We need to pay down our debt so future generations are not burdened by it.


Pro Net Neutrality:

The information superhighway should leave no one behind no matter the level of economic or social status.


Pro inclusiveness:

I stand for listening to your problems and ideas and trying to make good things happen for you and our beautiful Coastal Southern California community.


There are no do-overs when ill people cannot afford high quality healthcare.

There are no do-overs when gun violence comes to our communities.

There are no do-overs when families are torn apart because of jail terms that limit non-violent offenders' chances at working and being rehabilitated.

There are no do-overs when outbreaks of epidemic disease come to our shores.

There are no do-overs when nuclear material or oil spills on our beautiful beaches.

There are no do-overs when our borders are not protected and our military is not adequately funded or supported.

There are no do-overs when women are afraid to speak about injustice or not able to get excellent healthcare.

There are no do-overs when our elderly population is not protected from financial hardship and their hard-earned Social Security benefits are taken away

There are no do-overs when good jobs go away, taxes spiral out of control and the high cost of living diminishes our quality of life.

There are no do-overs when political divisiveness turns neighbors against each other.

You deserve a government that is responsive to problems, finds solutions and uses good judgment.  I have demonstrated my commitment to fighting for the lives of Californians and getting excellent results.  I humbly ask for your vote so that I can stand up for Southern California because there are no do-overs for the critical issues we face.   Please vote for a better for Dr. David Medway.

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