Who am I?
My name is John Hernandez, and I am a Democrat running for the U.S. House of Representatives in California's 21st Congressional District. I am currently the CEO of the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (no relation to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is not union-friendly), and it is part of my job to travel throughout the region and to help small businesses grow. I have the experience needed to bring jobs to Central California. I have a firm grasp on the issues that effect this region and I am the only candidate in the race who is taking a stand on all the issues,. I am not afraid to wear my Democratic values on my sleeve.
I am a progressive Democrat and I have been a lifelong Democrat. I think it is important to take this opportunity to tell the DFA community about my stances on the issues. I am running because California needs a leader who will stand up and fight for the middle class. I am a supporter of the Affordable Care Act because healthcare should be affordable and accessible to everyone. I also believe that we can strengthen the ACA by making sure that preventative medicine and mental health treatment is included in all plans. I will stand up for our seniors and I will protect our federal funding for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. I will support our unions and work to protect their right to collectively bargain. I am Pro-Choice and I will fight the war against women. I am a strong supporter of equal rights for all, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. I also support same-sex marriage and I will be an advocate for the LGBT community. I will work to protect the environment and fight climate change. I will work to promote alternative energy and work to sponsor legislation that will create tax incentives for homeowners and businesses who install wind turbines or solar panels on their property. I will support more federal funding to our K-12 public school systems and be an advocate for preserving physical education and arts education. I will also work to make college more affordable, and work to wean young people off of their student loans. Finally, something that is of a very personal nature, I am a strong supporter of immigration reform. As a member of the Hispanic community, I am a strong supporter of the Dream Act, and will do everything in my power to make it a reality. In order to get through my June 5th Primary, I need DFAs help.
Why am I running?
Im running for this seat because the residents of the Central Valley need a leader who will fight for them in Congress. Ive been a lifelong Democrat, and I will stand my ground when it comes to protecting working families, seniors, veterans, unions, womens rights and our environment. I will draw the line on the Tea Party Republicans radical demands and stop the aggressive attacks on our middle class families. This district needs someone who understands the Central Valley and someone who has the experience needed to create jobs and stimulate the economy. I have the experience that it is going to take to bring much needed change to the district. I have been endorsed by the Bakersfield Californian, Peace Action, and by many local elected officials across the region. I am running to be a progressive voice in Washington.
I plan on bringing additional federal funding to the Central Valley to aid the High Speed Rail project. I am the only vocal supporter of this project, and for it to succeed, it will need an advocate in Washington D.C. I promise to work hard and attain the federal funding that this project requires. This project will brink working class jobs to the district, I think that jobs will be the number one priority.
I would like to be held accountable for my campaign promises. That means all my progressive promises: protecting the Affordable Care Act, supporting legislation that helps not huts the environment, supporting the Dream Act, protecting our unions, protecting our seniors and veterans, and pressuring complete troop withdraw in Afghanistan.
I also want to run an exemplary constituent services program that makes me accessible to all residents in the 21st Congressional District regardless of political ideology. I want complete transparency, and I want my administration to be timely, organized, and efficient.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
My campaign is being managed by Cristobal Slobodzian, a veteran political strategist who started his career with the Obama campaign. Both he and I believe that any campaign should be people-powered. We have two campaign offices located in the district, one in Fresno and another in Bakersfield. We have an daily average of 10 volunteers participating in phone banking, per office. That means that we are making at least 2,000 calls per day. It is essential for our success to contact every Democratic voter who has voted in three of the last four elections and spread my campaign's message. Without all of my volunteers, this campaign would not be possible. Our grassroots campaign is what is putting me in a position to win.
Another way we are running a people-powered campaign is by starting a grassroots movement in the Hispanic community in the district. We have organized and executed numerous voter registration drives across the district and have put heavy emphasis into reinvigorating the Hispanic electorate. We are executing a Hispanic Early Vote campaign, and we have already have 500 votes in a 65%+ Hispanic city of around 14,000. Our campaign in the Hispanic community is working, and it is because of our messaging and because my volunteers were gutsy enough to travel to precincts where it is hard to canvass and where the voter turnout is historically below 30%.