Jacobs, now a father of three, began his career as a prosecutor in Brooklyn working crime-against-children cases
California congressional candidate and former prosecutor Matt Jacobs is on a mission to defend the American Dream.
Jacobs, who is running to represent California’s 26th District in Ventura County and parts of northern Los Angeles, believes the concept of the American Dream has been passed down through generations in his family, touching his father and uncle and eventually himself.
Jacobs’ grandparents, who were born in Poland, survived World War II and the Holocaust before immigrating to New York with “no money, no family” and no knowledge of the English language. His grandfather worked as a tailor for decades before eventually opening up his own tailor shop. His grandmother was a laundrywoman and a seamstress.
Jacobs, now a father of three, began his career as a prosecutor in Brooklyn working crimes-against-children and child trafficking cases. He recalled one defendant — a child trafficker — who branded 12 and 13-year-old girls with gun tattoos on their faces. He then moved to the Organized Crime Unit, where he focused on Russian organized crime, before eventually being promoted to the National Security Unit, where his job was to “investigate and prosecute high-level terrorists that our military or allied militaries captured after 2008.”
One of his most high-profile counterterrorism cases was that of Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun, an Al-Qaeda operative from Niger who killed two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and conspired to attack a U.S. embassy in Nigeria in the early 2000s.
Ventura County, home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, has been represented by Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley since 2013. But Jacobs believes it’s time for change, particularly as voters express concerns about education in the wake of COVID-19 school shutdowns; the economy and record-high prices at the gas pump and in grocery stores; and rising violent crime in traditionally safe neighborhoods.
The Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Ventura County Professional Peace Officers’ Association and National Latino Peace Officers Association have endorsed Jacobs’ candidacy. The candidate raised $850,000 in 2021, making him the Republican fundraising leader in his district.
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