Jim DeBello is running for Congress in California’s 52nd District located in San Diego, California. Jim makes his debut into politics after a distinguished career as a technology entrepreneur and as a CEO of global technology companies with locations across the world. A Harvard graduate (B.A. and M.B.A.), he never lost sight of how important the role of the government played in the daily operations of his company and the lives of his employees. After seeing a lack of leadership in Congress, he was compelled to stepped down as CEO of Mitek Systems and fight to bring Congress back to serving the people.
During his accomplished career, Jim lived in the Asia-Pacific region with his family. This experience gave him exposure to the Chinese technology markets and greater understating of the Chinese Communist Party. In addition to his Harvard education, he was a Rotary Scholar at the University of Singapore, specializing in foreign trade between China and the U.S. This has prepared him to deal with the aggressive and authoritarian regime of the Chinese Communist Party.
“The Chinese respond to strength and assertiveness. When they sense weakness in their opponent, they will try to exploit it. Whenever I met with Chinese businesspeople, I always made sure to be prepared and stand resolute in our dealings” DeBello said. “This is the approach we must take as a country as well.”
Right now the U.S. is in a trade deficit with China. United States trade with China totaled an estimated $737 billion in 2018. Exports were $179 billion; imports were $557 billion. The U.S. goods and services trade deficit with China was $378 billion in 2018. As a result of the trade deficit an estimated 3.7 million jobs American jobs have been lost to China over the last two decades and this reverberation can be felt across the entire country.
The Chinese Communist Party is aiming to propel China to be the Global Hegemon of the world to leapfrog America and reign supreme. “America is at a pivotal time in her history, to stand up to China and deter them from becoming a superpower” DeBello said, “We can fight to bring jobs back to America and reorient the global supply chain to American shores.”
In addition, China’s quest for economic supremacy, they are also a major abuser of civil liberties and human rights. This will only be exacerbated with the expansion of 5G Network with China having more access to its citizen’s personal information. As China gains more access to international markets, American citizens’ personal information is being threatened. Earlier this year the Justice Department charged four Chinese military members of stealing the personal information of 145 million Americans.
Jim has experience with cybersecurity and protecting sensitive data. During his time as CEO of Mitek Systems, the company dealt with identity verification and Artificial Intelligence capabilities to determine user access. The company dealt with people’s personal identity including passports, ID cards, and driver’s licenses. As China attempts to hack personal information, DeBello is well equipped to understand the threat and pass legislation that will protect Americans from their sensitive data getting stolen.
Throughout his career, Jim DeBello has displayed leadership and tenacity of being a successful entrepreneur and CEO. The right man for the right time, he aims to enter Congress as a China Hawk and fight back against the evils of the Chinese Communist Party. Jim DeBello is the type of leader that will bring the efficiency of a CEO to fight back against the threat of the Chinese Communist Party.