Election ’18: Cressman to Challenge Pan in state Senate Race, Elk Grove Citizen, Feb 8, 2018
Derek Cressman, a Democrat who ran for secretary of state in 2014, plans to challenge California Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, in the 2018 Senate District 6 election. The winner will represent the Elk Grove, Sacramento, and West Sacramento communities. Cressman, 50, said the top issue he will be campaigning on is single-payer health care.
“That’s an issue that polling showed has a strong majority support across the entire political spectrum in California,” he said. “A majority of Republicans support it; a majority of Democrats support it. “I think people just don’t see much value being added to our health care system by profiteering, private health insurance agencies that pay their executives billions of dollars.”
Cressman is concerned about Pan’s views on a single-payer health care system. “Sen. Dr. Richard Pan has not been on board with that (system), I think in part, because he was elected with millions of dollars from the health care industry,” he said. “So, I think it’s important for voters to have an alternative, at least for those voters who support that idea. So, that was the reason that I jumped into this particular race.” (read more)
Democrats Must Stand Up for Single Payer Healthcare, Sacramento Bee, January 25, 2018
If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that too many voters have lost faith in key civic institutions such as the news media and political parties. If we are going to rebuild public trust, legislators need to become more partisan. You might be surprised to hear someone like me, who has spent most of his career with nonpartisan good government groups, advocating for more partisanship. But that’s precisely what America needs right now. Done correctly, political parties can serve as vehicles for volunteers and small donors to band together around a set of ideas – a platform. Party endorsements inexpensively inform voters of candidates’ positions on the issues, but only if endorsements go to the candidate who most closely sticks to the platform. (read more)