David Kanuth is a different kind of candidate for Congress, a lifelong Democrat, and the passionate advocate we need in California’s 33rd District. For years, he’s been fighting persuasively on behalf of the citizens of Los Angeles. Now he’s taking that fight to Washington.
David spent his childhood in Columbus, Ohio, where he excelled as a multi-sport athlete, student government leader, and academic standout before attending Harvard College. He supplemented his course load with classes at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and earned his B.A in Government.
Shortly after graduating, David moved to Los Angeles and joined the growing nexus of business and technology that is now helping to define the 33rd district. He joined early stage technology firm eTeamz and helped build some of the first web-based tools to connect youth, sports organizations, teams and parents. After its successful acquisition, David reunited with members of the same team to develop Zaadz, an early social network for self-development and healthy living. These early forays into the business world helped shape David’s enduring respect for business owners, entrepreneurs, and the innovative power of technology.
David’s passion for civil liberties, public policy, and improving our justice system led him to The George Washington University Law School in our nation’s capital. Outside the classroom, he worked as an investigator and clerk for the D.C. Public Defender Service. After law school, he was accepted to the California Bar, and returned to the District he loves in order to serve the people of Los Angeles at the Office of the Public Defender. In the courtroom, David built an outstanding track record. He won the respect of his clients and colleagues, as well as the prosecutors he argued against and the judges presiding over the cases.
David’s dedication to community advocacy extends beyond the courtroom. He serves on the Leadership Council for The Fulfillment Fund, an organization focused on helping at-risk students in the LAUSD system graduate and move on to higher education. His one-on-one mentorship of a promising high-school student over the last three years has reinforced his unwavering commitment to education and to shaping a brighter future for our children.
When Congressman Waxman announced his intention to pass the torch to a younger generation of advocates for the 33rd, David saw a unique opportunity to give back to his District. Let’s help him bring his outsider perspective and passion to Congress. Instead of a career politician, David Kanuth is the new kind of leader we need representing us in Washington.