Ali Sarsak is a California native. At the age of 20, he enlisted in the Army. From 2004 - 2005, he fought in the Iraq war as an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Having seen the horrors of war, he has been an anti-war activist since he separated from the military. He met Ron Paul at a campaign fundraiser while pursuing his engineering degree at UC Irvine and never looked back.

Libertarian principles are human principles – limited government, civil rights, personal freedom, and peace. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Ali founded and led the anti-corruption group, Represent San Jose.

He met with Bay Area elected officials to discuss the influence of campaign finance. In the process of leading his group of activists, he realized the root causes of corruption are much deeper than simply campaign finance. He departed Represent San Jose in order to research core policies and ask the hard questions at federal and state town halls. He did his due diligence in calling, writing, and lobbying his elected officials to represent the best interests of the people.

Here is Ali, along with members of Represent San Jose, meeting with California Assemblyman Ash Kalra to discuss campaign finance reform at a San Jose City Town Hall event.

Who likes to be told what to do and what to think? California’s government is way too big. It has encroached on every aspect of life. As one of the most diverse places on earth, Californians overwhelmingly reject the government telling us, and our kids, what is good and what is bad. A diverse community has diverse values. And a centralized, disconnected, and ignorant government cannot meet the needs of unique California communities.

What Bay Area residents need most is protection from predatory real-estate investors driving up the cost of housing and rent. Second, it’s time for California to come to terms with environmental accountability and stop exporting our pollution. Finally, power over our schools needs to return to the schools and parents whose children attend them. Above all, Californians want to make our own decisions about how to live our lives. We want to know that we, and our kids, will have a safe, stable, and predictable future, so we can work toward goals and achieve the American Dream. Things can be a lot better. We can choose our own destiny. It’s not that complicated. Join me.