BILL BLOOMFIELD, a Manhattan Beach businessman, has worked to reduce excessive partisanship as a co-founder of the national organization No Labels.

Bill Bloomfield is not focused on labels, a trait he believes would be an asset as a member of the House of Representatives to help reduce partisan politics and get Congress working again.
The Manhattan Beach businessman’s vision as a candidate for the House can be summed up in a logo on his campaign mailer, saying “fix it!” with an image of the Capitol spire split in two.
Bloomfield believes much of the reason why Congress is not functioning as it should is because of what he calls “hyper partisan gridlock,” and he hopes to work on changing that.
“I’ve worked hard on trying to deal with and reduce hyper partisanship,” said Bloomfield, a co-founder of No Labels, a national organization dedicated to reducing excessive partisanship in Congress. “Our country is in serious trouble and I think the path of reducing hyper partisanship and focusing on getting Congress working again is exactly the right path.”
The former president of an Internet hosting company and current chairman of a real estate firm, Bloomfield is seeking a seat in the newly formed 33rd congressional district in the Nov. 6 election. The district covers most of the Los Angeles County coast, including parts of Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey and South Bay beach cities.
His opponent for the seat is none other than Rep. Henry Waxman, a 38-year veteran of Congress who moved to the 33rd District race due to redistricting. Bloomfield criticized the longtime Democratic congressman as being one of the most partisan members of Congress and someone who has fought redistricting reform. Waxman is owed a debt of gratitude for his many years of service to the country, but changes are needed in the House to cut back on partisan policies, Bloomfield said.
“If we keep sending the same people back to Congress every two years we’re going to get the same results,” he said.
A registered Republican for most of his career, Bloomfield registered as Independent in March 2011. He said he has always been moderately liberal on the social side, supporting a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion and in favor of same sex marriage. But he said he has felt more in line with Republican views on the fiscal side.
Bloomfield, who does not support tax deductions for the wealthy, does not feel comfortable being labeled under either major party and said he reregistered long before the district lines were redrawn. “I don’t want to be labeled; give me an issue – I want to solve it,” he said.
While he notes that he has never run for political office before, Bloomfield said he has taken on special interests supporting both parties and has developed leadership skills working with non-profits, including one he founded that focuses on maternal health in Ethiopia. “I was heavily involved in the redistricting reform effort going back 10 years and it’s been a big passion of mine,” he said. “I’m not a Johnny-Come-Lately to politics.”
Among the issues that congressional representatives need to focus on are getting on a long-term path of fiscal solvency, ensuring that Iran does not obtain nuclear capability and increasing funding to schools. As a congressman, Bloomfield said he would encourage the President to make it a national policy to eliminate the dependence on foreign oil within 10 years.
One issue with national implications that has affected Westside communities is the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to relocate retail post offices in Santa Monica and Venice. Waxman has appealed to the federal agency to maintain its retail services in the Works Project Administration-era Santa Monica Post Office building, which was denied. Bloomfield said he supports keeping the historic post office open but noted that the economy must get repaired to help with postal facilities and funding for education.
“The problem is that we have a trillion-dollar budget deficit and we are so out of control on the spending and tax policy that a lot of good things are finding themselves at risk,” he said.
Another local issue impacting the 33rd District is the Santa Monica Airport, which has been the source of concerns for neighbors regarding runway safety, noise and jet pollution issues over the years. Santa Monica city officials say their lease on the property with the Federal Aviation Administration is slated to expire in 2015, opening up new possibilities for the land. Bloomfield said he has been concerned about the size of jets using the airport’s runway but believes the lease situation should be handled by the city and he would support their ultimate decision for use of the land. “I will be supportive of what the city wants,” he said.
If Congress is able to get its fiscal house in order, Bloomfield said he would like to put funding in place to renovate the Veterans Administration campus in Westwood to help honor the country’s commitment to veterans, many of whom are homeless.
Bloomfield expressed a sense of urgency to get Congress working well again and believes leadership changes need to happen in order to do so.
“Our country is running out of time. We’ve got to try something new,” he said.