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Josh Bocanegra

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US House of Representatives


30, CA



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Addressing AI and Automation

We stand on the precipice of a technological revolution that will usher in a new era of unprecedented opportunities and daunting challenges. The rise of AI and automation promises transformative innovations, yet also harbors the potential for widespread job displacement, economic instability, and deepening social disparities. To address this, I will advocate for a universal basic income starting at $1,000 per month for every adult over the age of 18.

Rethinking Education

The United States stands on the brink of a second technological revolution, faced with intense global competition. To keep pace, we must enhance our educational system and elevate students' skills. American students are currently lagging behind their international peers in key areas like reading, math, and science. Moreover, a significant number of Americans lack essential economic and financial literacy, leading to crippling debt and poor financial decisions. Add to this a burgeoning mental health crisis among our youth, and it's clear that now, more than ever, comprehensive education and accessible mental health services are critical. ​ As your representative, I will support: ​​ Curriculum Reform: I will plush for curriculum reform with new federal standards that include STEM, financial literacy, and personal development as graduation requirements. This will equip students with the skills they need to succeed in modern society and ensure that they are prepared for the workforce.

Protecting Our Democracy

In an era of growing challenges to our democratic values, it is essential to protect and uphold the principles that constitute the backbone of our democracy. This is a critical juncture, a time when our commitment to transparency, inclusivity, and fairness is tested like never before. Our democracy, the cornerstone of our great nation, is only as robust as our collective willingness to advocate for and enact necessary reforms.

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About me

Josh Bocanegra, the Founder/CEO of Persona, is a passionate individual who is dedicated to innovation and creating positive change. In his free time, he immerses himself in the world of music production, pushing the boundaries of music theory and crafting unique sounds. Additionally, Josh's passion for software development is evident as he creates experimental tools aimed at improving everyday life, such as a mental health coach and a beauty safety analyzer. Combining his entrepreneurial spirit with a commitment to social progress, Josh aims to establish ethical and responsible technology policies, modernize essential systems, and advocate for economic justice, educational opportunities, affordable housing, and robust small business support. With a focus on the next generation's potential, Josh has mentored high school and college kids for the past 10 years and is now ready to take his dedication to Congress, standing against partisan politics and striving to create a more efficient government.
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Why I'm Running

Why I'm Running

My name is Josh Bocanegra, and I am running for the office of US House of Representatives in 2024 as an Independent. As the Founder / CEO of Persona and with a wealth of experience in software development, I am passionate about combining technology, wellness, and creativity to create innovative solutions that improve everyday life.

I am driven by my commitment to social progress and the belief that AI expertise can be harnessed to establish ethical and responsible technology policies. I aim to bring about modernization in crucial areas such as education, healthcare, housing, and immigration to create a more efficient government.

As a dedicated father and mentor, I have invested my time in nurturing the potential of the next generation. Over the past 10 years, I have mentored high school and college students, guiding them towards success. Now, I am ready to take this dedication to Congress, where I will tirelessly advocate for economic justice, educational opportunities, affordable housing, and robust support for small businesses.

Partisan politics have hindered progress for far too long. It is time to rise above this divisive tide and work towards a better future. With my experience, passion, and determination, I am confident in my ability to make a meaningful impact in Congress and drive positive change.

Join me in this journey, and together, let us shape a brighter and more prosperous future for all.

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Current Occupation

Founder / CEO of Persona
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Past Experience

I combine my entrepreneurial spirit with a deep commitment to social progress. My focus is on using my AI expertise to establish ethical and responsible technology policies. My aim is to modernize essential systems such as education, healthcare, housing, and immigration to create a more efficient government. As a father and a mentor, I've invested in the next generation's potential, mentoring kids in high school and college over the last 10 years. Now, I'm ready to take that dedication to Congress, advocating for economic justice, educational opportunities, affordable housing, and robust small business support, all while standing firmly against the tide of partisan politics.
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Fun Fact

In my free time, I'm immersed in the world of music production. I push the boundaries of music theory, crafting unique sounds that resonate beyond conventional melodies. Software development is another passion. I create apps designed to address specific needs. From a mental health coach that employs cognitive behavioral therapy to assist users in overcoming negative thoughts, to a beauty safety analyzer that identifies toxic chemicals in products, I develop experimental tools aimed at improving everyday life. This intersection of technology, wellness, and creativity fuels my dedication to innovation in every project I undertake.
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