Pete Aguilar for Congress
CA-31 in CA http://www.peteaguilar.com
215 North D Street, Suite 200
San Bernardino, CA
Primary Election Date: 2014-06-03 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
I am a father, husband, Mayor and small business owner. I am a fourth generation resident of the Inland Empire, where I was raised in a working class family and my father was a member of the Utility Workers Union. One of my first jobs was helping my grandfather, who was legally blind, work at the San Bernardino County Courthouse cafeteria.
A combination of scholarships and part-time jobs allowed me to attend the University of Redlands, where I graduated with degrees in Government and Business Administration.
I entered public service in 2001, serving as Deputy Director and later Interim Director for the Inland Empire Regional Office of the Governor. I worked closely with labor leaders, civic organizations and citizens throughout the region to ensure that the Governor’s office was responsive to the needs and concerns of Inland Empire residents. In 2006, I became the youngest councilmember in the City of Redlands’ history and today serve as Mayor. As Redlands Mayor, I have encouraged bipartisan cooperation to create jobs, improve local streets and roads, and remove illegal guns off our streets to make our communities safer.
I have a record of solving problems and delivering results, which include improving the city’s economy, turning our multi-million dollar deficit into a surplus, and improving the city’s credit rating. I also led efforts to invest in San Bernardino County's infrastructure and strengthened the vital services on which businesses and residents rely.
I also serve as a board member to various civic organizations in the region, including the League of California Cities, the East Valley YMCA, and Redlands Community Hospital.
Why am I running?
I’m running for Congress to change business as usual in Washington and begin charting a new course for the Inland Empire. I want to take my experience as Mayor to the halls of Congress because the Inland Empire needs a leader who will work hard to create jobs, improve our schools and protecting our seniors.
San Bernardino County residents face unemployment rates that are among the highest in the nation. Forty percent of our residents have to commute out of the area every day to hold on to a job. Countless businesses have closed their doors. Our schools struggle with fewer resources to educate our kids and families have been forced to foreclose on their homes.
As we grapple with these serious issues, Congress is doing nothing to provide the help middle-class families and our economy need. Instead, members of Congress are focused on partisan bickering than getting things done. Enough is enough.
I will be a fierce and dedicated advocate for middle-class families, work to reform our immigration laws and protect Social Security and Medicare.
Economic Growth and Job Creation
I have a proven track record of making investments in infrastructure projects as a way to create jobs and boost the local economy. Not only am I a firm believer that infrastructure investments are key to short and long-term job creation, but I’ve gotten the job done in Redlands. We’ve balanced the last four city budgets and created a reserve fund, started a loan program to help small business startups and implement a plan that will upgrade or repair two-thirds of our streets and roads over the next five years.
Particularly in the Inland Empire, these types of investments are necessary to jumpstart our local economy and create good-paying jobs that provide opportunity to climb the ladder into the middle class. I will be a strong advocate to bring federal investments to improve our infrastructure, invest in our education system, and provide training for the jobs of tomorrow.
Standing up for seniors
Protecting Medicare and Social Security is one of my top priorities. I have been a strong public advocate for maintaining the integrity of these programs – and opposing the draconian proposals put forth by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan – by writing op-eds, engaging the media and sending direct mail to thousands of engaged voters on this critical issue. In Congress, I will work to protect and strengthen these programs that are so essential to health and financial security of our nation’s seniors.
In Redlands, I have been successful in protecting important city programs for seniors. We have maintained critical services and operating hours for our two senior centers despite a tough economic climate, and have preserved programming and staff support that help seniors stay active and engaged in their community.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Eleven million people live in the shadows of our society and seek to call America their home. They work in our communities, attending our schools and universities and serve in our military. Unfortunately, our immigration system has failed to bring these immigrants out of the shadows to fully integrate them into our economy.
With thousands of undocumented immigrants living in San Bernardino County, reform that includes a path to citizenship for those abiding by our nation’s laws and living up to our ideals will bring families out of the shadows and help them become full participants in the pursuit of the American Dream.
My DFA Values
The values DFA holds dear are the reason why I’m running for Congress. We don’t have the luxury of sitting on our hands with no real commitment to getting things done. Congressman Gary Miller doesn’t get it. Our community can’t afford more Washington gridlock and an unwillingness to solve problems and delivery results.
I agree with you, we’ve come a long way in the fight for equality and security but we still have a long way to go. I have a proven track record of investing in our communities and providing programs that put people back to work and provided afterschool care for kids. We’ve balanced the last four budgets in our city and created a reserve fund.
I’m a proud member Mayors Against Illegal Guns and am proud of the gun buy back program in San Bernardino County that has taken more than 300 guns off our streets, including 10 assault weapons.
Our campaign will absolutely embody the values of community, security and liberty because I have a track record of doing so and am committed to continuing this work throughout our campaign and in Congress.
My Campaign is People Powered!
I am committed to empowering the grassroots activists in our community and including all who want to be involved in our campaign’s activities. We are building a broad coalition of local progressive organizations, community leaders, Democratic Party activists and Labor Unions. We have been engaging citizens every step of the way, by attending community meetings, canvassing neighborhoods door-to-door and utilizing social media tools, Since we announced in April of last year, we have built an email list that includes thousands of supporters who are active in the campaign with their time, financial contributions and talents.
There is no larger issue than creating opportunities to climb the ladder into the middle class. I have been partnering with organized labor and our local unions in the fight to create good-paying jobs and provide opportunities for our families to thrive. I have stood up on issues such as raising the federal minimum wage and immigration reform and I will continue to be an advocate on these critical issues in the campaign.
I am working closely with the environmental community to address the need for renewable energy investments to curb the devastating consequences of global climate change. I supported efforts in Redlands to promote greater energy efficiency and conservation, including green building and climate-friendly purchasing practices. My work on these issues recently earned me the endorsement of the California League of Conservation voters, and I am excited to continue my partnership with the environmental community on the campaign trail and as a member of Congress.