Ms. Rachel Lydia Rand

Multi-instrumentalist Jazz Musician | US Navy
Software Engineer
Curry Chef

2024 - Campaign for President of the United States of America
2020 - Campaign for US Representative
2018 - Campaign for US Representative


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Q: Is global warming / climate change real?

We've been hearing people debating this question for decades. I think we are missing the point by asking this question. Let me explain...

For the sake of argument, lets say that human civilization is 10,000 years old. We've been drilling for oil for a little over 150 years. Our society is completely dependent on oil. It is what allowed us to rapidly grow our population from 1 billion to 8 billion people. I'm typing on a plastic keyboard. I go out to eat and ask for a container and they give me a plastic clam shell etc.

The real question to ask is how many more years of oil do we have? 100? 200? 300? Whatever it is, it's a small mark in our 10,000 year history. What are we going to do then? Is it just going to be a dystopian Mad Max world? Do we have faith that a new technology is going to save the day? That instead of a Mad Max world, it will be more of a Jetsons world?

I believe that global warming / climate change is real. It makes sense that extracting all the oil that is under the ground and then burning most of it will have some consequence. People often say to me that the these weather patterns have been going on for billions of years. When I hear that, I think, yes, and extinctions happen too.

Q: What do you think about electric cars?

I first got exposed to EVs about a decade ago. I did Arduino and Android coding for a homemade 3 wheel car of a client of mine. He was also driving a Nissan Leaf.

In 2020, I bought a 2013 Fiat 500e. I bought it for $5,000 and the only thing I've done to it is put new tires on it. I drive it 2,600 miles/year. I've been working from home exclusively for 11 years. It gets me around town just fine. I can travel from Beaverton to Vancouver and still have enough of a charge to do things around my neighborhood afterward. Once or twice a year I have a desire to visit people out of town and I rent a car for that. The Fiat is excellent and from my perspective, all these Teslas around town are made to cater to the American dream of being able to go anywhere you want whenever you want.

Q: What do you think about our plans to go to the moon and Mars?

I'm a bit of a sci-fi nut (especially when I was testosterone based [giggles]). I've spent much of the last decade focusing on the idea that if we can have a sustainable outpost on Mars, if Earth got wiped out, life in our solar system would survive.

Perhaps my most favorite movie is Contact. I don't believe in the conspiracy theories that the government is holding back that we have contacted extraterrestrials. The best we can hope for from intelligent life outside of our solar system is to get a TV signal from them. As is the main plot in Contact, they could also send instructions to build things.

We have been looking for these signals and we have not found them. This leads me to believe that the reason they were not able to send a signal is because they don't have the power to do it. And that leads me to believe that fusion power will never work and our energies are going to be depleted rather quickly.

So, this year I've been saying "there is nothing out there."

Nuclear fission does work and we've been using uranium in space. If there is uranium on other planets or moons in our solar system, then we have a chance at inhabiting those planets and moons. If we can make machines and robots that can replicate themselves without any assistance from us on Earth, then they can just keep building and building stuff. Then we can send some people there to live in those "hotels". I don't think that is a recreational trip. Unfortunately, the only way to get to space is by burning fuel.

We are sending all kinds of stuff into space. We spend all kinds of time and resources to make all that stuff. I'm sure it's engaging and rewarding work for everyone involved.

Q: What do you think about AI replacing jobs?

We all need a source of income. Without it, we will eventually become homeless.

We all need a source of income. Without it, we will eventually become homeless.

Who can I vote for that will ensure that my job will continue to exist?


OK, you get the point. Jobs are a means to an end. I need a kitchen table. I need a bread machine. I like going to restaurants. One of the phrases that I like is "human activity causes climate change." Civilized humans need things. Honestly, we are all born into this world with a debt. People made the houses we live in. The electrical systems. The roads etc. We make things harder on ourselves by working more to afford expensive toys and vacations. We put money into the stock market so we can "earn" interest.

My philosophy has always been that if a job gets eliminated, then they can help someone else with their job and we can therefore all work less and have more time to spend with our family. One of the problems with it is what we do with that extra time. Since we are not at work, we have to have something to do. If we spend that time spending money on something else, then all the sudden we've actually created a greater demand on labor.

I illustrated a similar point in one of my previous bids to US Representative. Imagine two different people, driving two different cars, 20 miles a day to go to work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, at the same place. A new technology comes on the scene that makes it so they only have to work half as much. So they split the work. If one of them works the morning shift and the other works the afternoon shift, they are still driving the same amount. If they alternate days, then half the car trips are made. But if they travel to that side of town on their days off, no savings is realized.

Q: Do you believe in God?

I am agnostic. I hope that you take the time to hear my thoughts on this.

My mother was a staunch atheist. She believed that all religious people were crazy. Both my parents were staunch Democrats as well. My father was a recovering alcoholic and got sober before I was born. We went to the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino once or twice a year. When I got into playing jazz music, the vibe around me was very much like Frank Sinatra w/ Count Basie at the Sands.

I always thought that mom writing off religious people as crazy was pretty rude. I started playing some church gigs in high school and also for a couple years while I was in the Navy. I read Autobiography of a Yogi during high school and that started my lifelong love of some aspects of Indian culture. Shortly after that, I developed a concept of "faith." I felt that it could not be defined. You either have it or you don't, or rather, you choose it or you don't. I think that concept has helped me be more graceful throughout my life. Perhaps it is opposite for others.

As far as what happens after I die? I like the movie Interstellar for that. I call it the 5th dimension. When I was young, I thought that this life may be some sort of "spirit factory." What is heaven? Is it a place where I can play cards with friends long gone and pet my old dog? A place where I don't have to wake up to an alarm at 4am to go to work so I can afford to take a plane trip to the tropics next month?

Q: What do you think about renewable energies?

People are working on this and generally, I support them. I call this the "lithium economy". The only paper I could find on how much lithium there is on Earth hinted at the lithium economy only lasting 50 years, perhaps even less. That may not be true, but until I see something different, I'm rolling with that number.

There is a place down the road from where I live where I interviewed for a software job that makes utility grade iron flow batteries. I hope that I will soon garner enough respect to be able to talk with the leaders in these industries.

I personally think that the only way to make our civilization "sustainable" is with fusion reactors and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. As I stated previously, I don't have a huge amount of faith that fusion is feasible.

Q: What do you think about the border wall with Mexico and immigration?

I call this OOP (Object Oriented Programming). Everything with a name has borders. You hold an orange in your hand. It's an orange. You peel it. There is orange peal and there is orange fruit. You know where the skin ends and the fruit begins.

The bottom line is that every country has borders and needs to enforce them. If all the Mexicans decided to come up here at once, it would be complete chaos! Beyond stopping complete chaos, the border is pretty stupid in my opinion. We are a nation of immigrants after all.

Q: What gender are you and what is your sexuality?

Since I'm a public figure, I'm happy to answer these questions.

I'm AMAB (a male at birth). I've been working on feminizing for several years. I started taking estrogen in September 2022. I sent an email to everyone I know, including my work the week before Halloween 2022 saying that I'm transitioning and that I would like to be called Rachel Lydia Rand and be addressed with she/her pronouns. When asked if I am a woman or a man, I say "woman" because I am not testosterone based. I rather like being a transwoman. I don't have any special desire to be called a woman instead of a transwoman. It always feels great to be treated like a lady though and to be addressed as Ms. Rand.

Sexually, I've been asking myself "Am I gay? I'm not gay, am I?" all my life. I've had several sexual encounters with gay men. Nothing much happened. They realized that I'm simply not into them. But those experiences definitely had me puzzled for decades.

The bottom line is that I'm attracted to women. When my last partner Cynthia died in 2019, the lack of femininity was devastating for me, so I began internalizing it. I absolutely love the way I am now. The process of coming out was incredibly scary and it was healing to pass through that threshold.

Q: What do you think about population growth?

It's a numbers game.

China put the one child per woman law into place and apparently it created a bad labor problem years later.

It's a Ponzi scheme. I'm 52 years old and have not had children. It wasn't exactly my choice not to have children. I could have chosen a partner to start a family with while I was in the Navy. My goal was to be a famous musician outside of the Navy though. (fame = fans = ability to make more music) I won't get into my full story here, but if I had been successful musically after the Navy, I likely would have started a family. I've had many delusional moments where there was fear about my genes stopping with me. I think that those feelings were irrational now.

I think that reducing our population is the most important way to fight climate change. There are simply way too many of us using too many resources. If we suddenly stopped having children, then we will encounter this problem down the road of having no one to pay into the Social Security system (and other related problems). To this I say that Social Security is a fake system that we built. I'm not saying money is just a piece of paper. It is a representation of energy certainly. But ultimately, it's a system. A carrot that keeps the bunny running.

I'm certainly not proposing any laws to do this. The idea came up last week that if people want to experience the transgender thing, then you know, killing your "seed" might actually help this cause. I do think that switching genders is incredibly interesting. Anyway. I'm looking forward to what others have to say about population growth problems.


I believe that Elizabeth Warren outlined a lot of our problems with her Two Income Trap book. I believe that Mr. Money Mustache has many of the answers to our over consumption lifestyles. Vaclov Smil's Energy and Civilization is an amazing book that has everything there is about energy in it.

There is nothing out there...

Even if there are beings on some distant world, what does it matter? I traveled all over the world playing trombone in the 90's (everywhere but Asia). Everywhere I went I saw people, animals, cars, houses, electricity, cell phones. Sure, some places have better land than others. Tropical water is about the best thing there is in the world. So, as far as I'm concerned, "there is nothing out there" even applies to this planet. We work so hard so that we can have dinner next to the Eiffel Tower.

Perhaps I'm boring, but I like cooking vegetarian curries for my lover and playing music in my living room. Going on walks in the neighborhood. Listening to a few music recordings. Doing some writing and coding on the computer. Having friends over for couples nights.

I'm running for the highest office in this country. My hopes are to inspire people to do better. To inspire like that, I need to be visible. I came up with the plan to run for this office 20 years ago when I was on the streets. I believed that I could do it and I got to work. If people don't support me, then I'll happily go back to my software engineering job with a sense of pride that I did everything I could to develop and carry this message.

With love and respect,
Ms. Rachel Lydia Rand


From my physical copy of the Oregon 2018 Primary Voter's Pamphlet.


This is from my 2020 campaign. I mailed 10,000 of these out in the fall of 2019. The publish date on this image is 2019-10-24.