I have lived in this district for 38 years and have dedicated my career to making our community a better place to live. I moved to this district to work as a lawyer for farmworkers. I started a non-profit “Partners for Peace” to develop strategies to reduce youth violence. We focused on early childhood education, literacy, afterschool programs, youth employment and strengthening family communication. I have also fought to maintain agriculture as a vibrant economic force in California, helping the industry secure the resources that it needs, including access to water, to fuel our rural economies.
Throughout my public service career, I have represented rural agricultural communities. I have served as a City Councilmember, Mayor, and State Assemblymember. In each of these positions, I have been elected by and have represented rural, agricultural communities. In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown asked me to serve in his Cabinet to help him reduce California’s $26 billion dollar budget deficit. I worked with the Governor to make the state more efficient, customer service oriented, and fiscally accountable. I loved working with the Governor and helped resolve issues that threatened our community, such as getting state approval for local public school construction projects and improvements, working with local leaders to resolve disability access issues, and helping federal and local authorities make sure contracts were in order for a new Veterans Cemetery at the former Fort Ord.
We need someone who knows how to get things done and who will fight for rural California and for agricultural communities. I am that person. I would be honored to have your vote. You can count on me.