What You Should Know About Sam Farr


Written by Luke Herzog

With all the talk on the news about the upcoming presidential election (particularly about a certain egotistical fellow with a prominent combover), it can be difficult to remember the importance of regional representation. Pacific Grove and the surrounding Central Coast fall under the jurisdiction of California’s 20th District, and the congressperson from this district serves in Washington to represent us in the lawmaking process and in House proceedings. This position has been occupied by Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) for 22 years, and the 74-year-old plans to run once again in the upcoming election cycle. An informed voter is the key to a healthy democracy, and, for that reason, I thought I’d share some information about Representative Farr and whom he is running against.

Farr grew up in Carmel, where he struggled in school with dyslexia. He chose to serve in the Peace Corps for two years before moving on to work in the California State Assembly. There, he advocated for stricter “oil spill liability laws” and championed agricultural industry. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1993, he continued to emphasize marine environmental protections by introducing the “Oceans Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act” and the “Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act.” Like much of the Democratic party, he is a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, LGBT rights, gun regulation, and women’s right to choose. Farr additionally was strongly against the authorization of the Iraq War in 2002.

Watch Congressman Farr defend funding to stop ocean acidification, express his disgust with a negative, untrusting Congress during a recent debate on the Iran Nuclear Deal, and honor the 75th anniversary of Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.

Sam Farr will run for reelection on November 8, 2016 and will be facing off against Pacific Grove Councilwoman Casey Lucius, who declared her candidacy earlier this June, releasing this video. A veteran and professor, Lucius is a moderate Republican, supporting social issues like gay rights and abortion rights to a certain extent. Lucius will face a challenge in Farr, considering his advantage financially as well as politically considering our district’s strongly left-wing score on the Cook Partisan Voting Index (D+21). Whatever the results, encourage your parents (and yourself if you are 18) to inform themselves and vote in the election more than a year from now — the Presidency represents only a single branch of government, after all.