Eric Frame will challenge Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, in this November’s California State Senate District 6 general election.
He earned the opportunity to face Pan in the upcoming election after receiving 14 percent of the votes in this month’s “top two candidates” primary election, which had four candidates. Pan received 64 percent of the votes.
Frame, a 27-year-old independent candidate who identified himself as an activist, first became involved in politics in 2016 as a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders for President campaign. He has also been involved in various protests held at the State Capitol.
Frame said that his decision to become a Senate District 6 candidate came as a result of dealing with the illness of his mother, who died from leukemia in 2015.
“Her struggle through chemotherapy and through the health care system opened my eyes to the terrible health care system we have now,” he said. “(It) is, of course, the most expensive and the most deadly health care system in the world.”
Frame said that he is advocating for natural remedies, “medical freedom” and health care for everyone.
With his desire to have a system that provides health care for everyone, Frame supported Senate Bill 562, which aimed at guaranteeing health coverage for all Californians, including homeless people and those who illegally live in the country.
Frame mentioned his disappointment with Pan’s lack of support for that bill, “despite being a doctor.” He also expressed frustration that certain politicians, “like Richard Pan,” are suppressing the common use of natural remedies.
Frame said that he has also been advocating for solutions to the homeless issue.
“I speak (to the Sacramento) City Council all the time (regarding the homeless issue),” he said. “I feed and I clothe the homeless and bring water (to them). I clean up the river. I believe we can do a lot more than we’re doing now, and our current representation is just making things worse as the cost of living continues to rise.”
Frame said that if elected, the first thing he would do in office is attempt to have more public restrooms built in Sacramento and other California cities.
“We have urine and feces all over the streets, and it’s not good for public health and frankly, it’s pretty embarrassing,” he said. “If we’re going to be the capital of the fifth largest economy in the world, we could at least provide public bathrooms – not just for the homeless, but for all of us.”
Frame expressed further concern for elderly people who are becoming homeless.
“Part of that increased (homeless) population is actually elderly people that are being pushed out onto the streets,” he said. “The cost of living is too high, and a lot of them are on fixed incomes. So, I am trying to fight for those folks.”
Another issue that Frame feels strongly about is child trafficking.
“Sacramento has been deemed a hub of child trafficking by the FBI, so that’s something I bring up at City Council (meetings) a lot,” he said. “It’s not acceptable. One child trafficked is too many.”
Frame, who lives in Sacramento with his wife, Ashley, also mentioned his desire to remove “corrupt politicians” from their offices as another one of his issues.
“I just feel like the corruption is so indebted that we might as well run for office,” he said. “Someone that’s clearly not corrupt should win, instead of these clearly corrupt people. It shouldn’t be that hard, but we’ve got a lot of educating to do for the voters.”
In addition to being a state senate candidate, Frame operates his own business that assists families affected by divorce.