Birthdate: Sept. 10, 1950
Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Residence: Manhattan Beach, CA
Religion: Methodist
Gender: Male

Candidacy

Education

Bill Bloomfield was born in Los Angeles and was raised in the Santa Monica Canyon and Pacific Palisades. By the time he was 22, he had earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of California-Berkeley and a master's in business administration from Harvard University.

A wealthy Manhattan Beach businessman and real estate developer, Bloomfield began his career working for Web Service Company, an operator of commercial laundry equipment, where he eventually became president and CEO. He also founded an Internet hosting company called Web.com and is chairman of a real estate firm.

Bloomfield helped found Healing Hands of Joy, a group that focuses on maternal health in Ethiopia. He also founded Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse to fight frivolous lawsuits.

For the past 25 years, Bloomfield and his father have put up an anti-smoking billboard on Santa Monica Blvd. in Westwood that counts the number of smoking deaths each year.

Bloomfield is divorced and has three children.

Profile

Bill Bloomfield invested time and money to support and reform the Republican Party before leaving its ranks in March 2011. He says he grew tired of his party's increasing "hyper-partisanship" and conservative social agenda. Bloomfield now calls himself an independent, and won't be running under either party's banner in the race to unseat powerful incumbent Rep. Henry Waxman in the 33rd Congressional District.

Bloomfield advocates for education reform, noting that there hasn't been improvement even though funding has doubled over the past 30 years. He says teacher evaluation systems should be based primarily on student achievement.

He says the United States needs to reduce its dependency on foreign oil and that the government must help jump start alternative energy sources.

In the past, Bloomfield supported former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was endorsed by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, a Republican. But he says he's also contributed to at least 15 Democratic candidates over the years.

In explaining his reasons for becoming disenfranchised from the Republican Party, Bloomfield says he grew tired of a party that "continued to send representatives to Washington who let their social agenda and partisan politics interfere with solving our nation's problems." He said the final straw came when Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said his main priority was to unseat the incumbent Democratic president _ a comment Bloomfield found counterproductive and inappropriate.

In an essay posted to his website, Bloomfield says, "I emphatically disagreed. In fact, I called him out on it at a fundraising event he attended in Los Angeles with Senator and Cindy McCain, the same month that I re-registered as an independent (March 2011.) Attending this event gave me the opportunity to personally tell Senator McConnell that his job, as well as that of all members of Congress, is to solve our nation's problems. Period."

Bloomfield is a wealthy Manhattan Beach businessman and real estate developer who has spent more than $1 million _ mostly his own money _ on his campaign.

Source: Associated Press

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