Max Semenenko is a Ukrainian-born civic leader and entrepreneur running for the California’s 7th Congressional District. He is a successful business owner, father, and husband with a track record of success in both the private and public sector.
Immigrating from the Ukraine roughly 25 years ago with his family with little resources, Max worked hard to help secure his family by taking on various jobs. Today, Max is a known land development expert and investor with an impressive historyof community and public service in the Greater Sacramento Area. Max believes in the principles of limited government and that financial and healthcare decisions should be made locally by individuals in the free market, not by bureaucrats and special interests in Washington.
You have raised a beautiful family and built a successful business. What made you run for a public office?
As an experienced business leader and elected official, I’ve worked with many community members of to promote jobs, keep our communities safe, and support our families. When I see the current challenges with our economy and public safety, I felt compelled to do something at the federal level. We need representatives with real-life experience who don’t see things through the lens of the government. I want to secure the next generation for our youth and that means getting involved right now.
Your election campaign launched a few days before the world was shocked by the terrifying news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. How did this devastating war affect your campaign and you personally?
First, my thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian people. This is a tragic turn of events and my heart goes out to all those who have been impacted. Being from the Ukraine, I know that Ukrainians are a strong but peaceful people. I’ve received calls non-stop and am doing my best to connect those impacted to resources. It’s been a very difficult time.
Being an immigrant yourself, what is your stand on immigration reform?
It’s been talked about for over a decade now and it’s desperately needed. I’m a supporter of the “taller gates, wider doors” philosophy. We need to secure and strengthen our border while being compassionate and supportive of those who want a better life and can make positive contributions to our country.
There are millions of Russian-speaking people in the US, including immigrants from Russia, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, LIthuania, Bulgaria, and other Slavic nations. In lieu of the latest developments between Russian and Ukraine, do you still resonate with the Russian-speaking community or do you affiliate them with Russia and Putin’s aggression?
The Russian-speaking community is my community. If you look at the protests across Russia right now against this unjust war, I think that tells you everything you need to know about the Russian people. They don’t agree with Putin and they are putting themselves at great risk to oppose what he is doing in the Ukraine—there’s nothing more American than that. The Russian-speaking community here has been supportive of the Ukrainian people and it gives me strength and hope.
As a candidate for the US Congress, do you agree with the way the current US administration is handling the crisis in Ukraine?
It’s obviously a delicate situation, but the sanctions haven’t gone far enough. There is bi-partisan support for sanctioning Russian oil imports and that needs to be signed by President Biden. Also, I think we do need to arm the Ukrainian people with the latest technology and arms to better defend themselves. As the Ukrainian President said, they need bullets, not a ride.
You immigrated to the US several decades ago. How does your past experience of the overreaching power of a socialist-controlled government shape your vision for public service in the US?
I’ve seen the dark side of socialism and it is quite oppressive. Unfortunately, I am watching Americans lose their freedoms on a daily basis. I want America to remain a free country where arbitrary limits aren’t placed on people and we can freely exercise our constitutional rights. Our current representatives sometimes forget they are there on behalf of the people. I want to fix this culture of government overreach.
You are running for the US Congress as the world is bracing for the aftermath of the global pandemic. Do you see a way to revive the US economy crippled by COVID-19?
First, it’s time to treat Covid-19 as an endemic disease. We do have to resume our normal lives.
We have seen the devastating effects of the lockdown, ranging from the learning disruption that’s harmed underserved communities, to the number of small businesses that unfortunately shutdown—this has a generational impact that many politicians don’t seem to care about.
From a policy standpoint, I think businesses and families truly impacted by the pandemic should receive a tax holiday. Next, I would work with the Small Business Administration to come up with a series of proposals to restore our economy and tackle this out-of-control inflation. It’s time to restore our economy.
Your campaign is based on a promise of a fresh perspective and innovation necessary to propel California forward. What do you consider a fresh perspective?
One that hasn’t spent a lifetime in government.
You are advocating for loosening the big pharmaceutical grip on the healthcare system. What is your drive for such a bold claim?
Our healthcare system is completely hi-jacked and prices for even the most basic treatments are sky high. It’s time to get this under control.
California primary election is June 7, 2022. The last day to register to vote for the June 7, 2022, Primary Election is May 23, 2022. All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the Primary Election. Your primary Election ballot will include Max Semenenko as a candidate for U.S. Senate.