Who We Are

Responsible. Open. Inclusive. We believe in a government that allows all Californians to achieve personal and economic success. Our policy will be defined by our growing membership.

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Our Chairs

Tom Campbell

Chair

Tom Campbell served five terms in the US Congress and two years in the California State Senate. He was finance director of California and director of the bureau of competition of the Federal Trade Commission.

He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard. He was a White House Fellow and a US Supreme Court law clerk, a tenured law professor at Stanford, dean of the Haas School of Business at Berkeley, and dean of the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University.

Currently, he is professor of law and professor of economics at Chapman. He and his wife live in Temecula.

Debbie Benrey

Vice Chair

Debbie Benrey is the Communications Director of IVC Media, a nonpartisan digital media company that has been involved in the effort to enfranchise independent voters in California.

Ms. Benrey has been active in the independent voter effort for the last three years, working to implement full voting rights for Californians who do not choose a party.

Born in Mexico City, Debbie moved to the United States after earning her bachelor’s degree to pursue a career in politics and government affairs. For two years, Debbie was the politics and press associate for the Mexican Consulate in Boston.

Ms. Benrey became a mother in February of 2018, and a US citizen in May of 2019. She and her husband and son live in San Diego.

Our Advisors

Amanda Shafer

Amanda Shafer

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It is difficult to effect change when the system is rigged against common sense solutions, as is it is in the case of the two-party duopoly, which is why I support the Common Sense party. I have grown up in a system fundamentally stacked against consensus building, which has led to politicians' failure to address impending societal afflictions such as climate change and yawning economic inequalities. I believe in a future where the government works for the people once again, and the emergence of a responsible, open, and inclusive third party such as Common Sense can put our state back on the path to renewed effectiveness of government.

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Anurag Chandra

Anurag Chandra

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One-party rule of any kind is bad. California desperately needs an honest broker to hold politicians to account and force sensible compromise. I'm excited to support the Common Sense Party.

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Ashley Bogan

Ashley Bogan

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California is a top state with plentiful assets - so why are businesses and residents alike fleeing? To ensure California's future as an ideal place to live, work and play, the state's political viewpoints have to adjust to meet the needs of its people. I feel passionately that the Common Sense Party serves in the best interest of the greatest amount of Californians, and has the ability to be a paradigm-shifting example for the rest of the nation.

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Dan Schnur

Dan Schnur

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I tell my students that the difference between politics and football is that in politics, the victories come between the forty yard lines. As the two major political parties continue to retreat further and further toward their ideological extremes, California needs a political party that can take smart ideas from both sides and forge a common sense consensus that allows our state to move forward.

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Jessica Gutierrez

Jessica Gutierrez

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The political landscape in California today is shifting as voters move away from traditional party platforms towards greater personal independence in political thought. I have high hopes that the Common Sense Party will provide a unique opportunity for these voters to challenge the status quo by reshaping politics and how we approach challenging issues within our state in a way that has never been done before.

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Jesús Arredondo

Jesús Arredondo

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Since 2003, California has promulgated laws and regulations to become more energy independent, yet the Golden State has today become immensely more "dependent." Consider that from 2000 to 2018, California’s imported oil has increased by 105%, growing from 177 million barrels to 364 million barrels annually. By comparison, California imported only 5% of its oil in 1985 and produced the rest in-state. Common sense is missing from our well-intentioned laws. Our new "dependence" cost California $32 billion in oil alone in 2018. If we really care about jobs and the environment, it makes more sense to do more domestically.

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Kristen Root

Kristen Root

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I believe the Common Sense Party provides a space to focus on crafting solutions to the myriad of challenges facing California right now. I'm looking forward to meeting people who share common ground as we grow in membership.

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Lynette Lee Eng

Lynette Lee Eng

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I came to America because my parents sought the ability to pursue their work and beliefs free from government control. I ran for local office to protect my community’s ability to determine its own land use and maintain its suburban character. Unfortunately, our state government keeps trying to fix problems with simple solutions like raising taxes and moving zoning authority to regional and state bureaucracies. Maybe our elected officials should listen to the people rather than telling them what to do.

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Michael Maxsenti

Michael Maxsenti

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As a native Californian, I am gravely concerned about the direction of our state. We must break the stranglehold of single party control, while raising the level of integrity and bringing true cognitive diversity into the leadership of our political process so we can face the significant challenges of our times.

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Mickie Winkler

Mickie Winkler

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The Common Sense Party is needed to give independent-minded California voters a choice in what has become a de-facto one-party state. With 1/3 of the state's electorate self-identifying as NPP, the opportune time to create Common Sense is now.

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Patrick Yu

Patrick Yu

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The 2016 election showed that our country is more divided than ever, and our two-party system constrains the people's will in ways both overt and subtle. I support the Common Sense Party in their mission to help weaken this duopoly and work towards a system where extremism is discouraged.

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