The Los Angeles Times covered Rachel Payne's campaign announcement saying, "Rachel Payne, a former Google executive who now heads up two Southern California-based technology firms, announced Monday that she’s running against the 15-term Republican from Costa Mesa...Payne focused on job security and stagnant wages, saying it was important to ensure 'everyone has an opportunity to play the game' in a rapidly changing economy."
"We need to think about where are those jobs coming from in the future and how we’re arming people in America for them,” Payne said in an interview. She said if elected, she would fight for policies that would incentivize corporations to invest more in training American workers for skills that will still be relevant as automation and artificial intelligence begin to play a larger role in business.
Payne, 42, was born in San Bernardino, grew up Southern California and Las Vegas, and has a master’s of business administration from Stanford University. She spent several years as an executive for Google, living and working in Uganda for a time before moving to Aliso Viejo eight years ago to be closer to family.
She is now CEO of FEM Inc., a media research firm, and Prizma, a video platform that uses artificial intelligence to serve up content recommendations on the web.
Payne said she isn’t fazed by the crowded field in the 48th Congressional District and that her success as a female entrepreneur in the male-dominated world of technology has given her the tools to succeed.
“Regardless of who wins in any district, I am delighted that we have a competitive bench. This is what democracy should look like,” she said. “I think people want sanity, they want common ground, they want someone who knows how to execute and to be able to believe in their leaders again.”
Rohrabacher is considered one of the most vulnerable congressional incumbents, and the race for his seat has been rated a “toss-up” by more than one election handicapper.