Ryan Detert, a programmer, is running for Congress, in California’s third congressional district primary election. His opponent, John Garamendi, is one of the most well-known, insider, powerful pols in the state. One of Ryan’s main issues is the H-1B work visa, which he believes badly needs scaling back.
As I mentioned recently, I don’t endorse candidates for office in this blog. I will say, though, that Garamendi refused to meet with me when he represented my district. I usually don’t contact officeholders, but I did feel a responsibility to discuss H-1B with my own congressperson. Sadly, this didn’t happen, nor did it with Ellen Tauscher, who preceded Garamendi; her husband was a tech executive. I did meet with my current congressman, Mark DeSaulnier, who showed a good grasp of the issues (if not a willingness to vote against expansion of the program).