Bill Hedrick for Congress, 44th District, California

Who am I?

I am a real grassroots progressive who can win in November. In 2008, I received 49% of the vote against a 16-year entrenched incumbent, Americas most corrupt member of Congress, Ken Calvert. This was after being outspent 6-to-1, with no support beyond DFA and a other progressive groups, and running in a district that had never elected a Democrat for anything.

This November, we will finish the job!

I am endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America (and after the primary in California, I am the only nationally endorsed PDA candidate in the western US remaining), Progressive Change Campaign Committee, the Sierra Club, and Peace Action.

We are gearing up our hundreds of volunteers to reach out to thousands of voters this summer, and we are working hard every day to secure the resources we will need to get our message out to voters.

I hope to earn DFA's endorsement again this year, and with your help, we will fight corruption and bring leadership we can trust to Washington.

Thank you,

Bill

From my website:

Bill Hedrick has dedicated 35 years to teaching our children and advocating for teachers in our public schools. He is serving his 5th term as president of the Corona-Norco Board of Education - the 8th largest school district in California serving 53,000 children. Bill is the board's longest serving member at 22 years.

Bill is a native of Los Angeles, the son of a teamster and a teacher, and is proud to have followed the family tradition of public service and education. Bill and his wife Beth - also a teacher - have been married for 30 years. They have five children, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren. Adam and his wife Natalie are in the Army and are currently serving their third deployments in Iraq. Jesse is an Iraq veteran now in the National Guard reserves and currently working in Corona. His wife Evelyn has served two deployments as a convoy driver in Baghdad. Sarah and Zach attend Riverside Community College, and Rebekkah is attending UC Riverside.

Bill Hedrick is running for Congress to get our economy back on track and create good-paying jobs so all our children will have unlimited opportunities to succeed. Together we can fight wasteful spending and corruption, and bring leadership we can trust to Washington!

Why am I running?

I am running for Congress to fight waste and corruption.

And to prove that even in a so-called Republican district progressive values can win.

Like you, I am tired of Washington politicians who claim to represent our interests, but instead only seek to further their own. My opponent, Ken Calvert, has continually abused his power to line his own pockets and to help his Big Oil, Big Business buddies at the expense of people like you and me.

In my 22 years on the School Board I have fought corruption, demanded accountability, and put the needs of students and families first. And thats just what Ill do in Congress demand accountability, fight DC complacency, and work to ensure that government works for the people it is supposed to serve.

It is long past time for our district to have a representative who will fight to save and create jobs, cut government waste, invest in our infrastructure, and ensure our children have opportunities to succeed.

There are many issues affecting Americans right now that need real solutions no more empty rhetoric. We need action!

To get us back on the right track we need serious job growth, real reform of the banking and credit systems, and to stop bleeding jobs from the American economy.
The Health Insurance Reform bill was a step in the right direction, but now we need to redouble our efforts to cover all Americans.
We need to quickly (and safely) end the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is time to get serious about a new energy policy that focuses on 21st century technology. And way past time to admit that oil drilling is not the solution. We need to find a new, better way.
I will work to scrap NCLB and create an education policy that doesnt treat all school, teachers, and children like they are the same.

Ken Calvert has been in Washington 18 years and hes part of the problem. It is time for him to be held accountable.

We need new leadership in Washington. Leadership we can trust.

My Goals

Economy

The economic agenda for 2010 must be recovery and reinvestment in America. To accomplish this, I propose serious job growth through:

Tax credits for private sector job creation
Tax credits for companies that maintain an American workforce
Focus on small business incubation and lending
Reconstruction of the US infrastructure, including roads, bridges, water and sewer systems
Public/private partnerships to vastly expand and improve efficiency of wind and solar micro systems
Further, stop bleeding jobs from the American economy through:
Renegotiation of trade agreements (NAFTA, WTO, etc.) that favor wealthy and corporate interests at the expense of the middle class and working families
Fair trade agreements with partners who support appropriate labor and environmental standards
Rebuild important manufacturing sectors in Americaoffshored manufacturing undermines our national security

Real Health Care Reform

President Obama and Congress passed the Health Insurance Reform Bill earlier this year. The passage of this bill was a step in the right direction - millions of people across the country and hundreds of thousands right here at home benefited from the bill.

However, there is still a lot of work left to do toward covering all Americans. It is a scandal that tens of millions of Americans remain uninsured, and that millions of American families are quite literally one major illness away from bankruptcy.

When I am in Congress, I will fight for cost containment and for an insurance plan that will benefit families and taxpayers, rather than more giveaways to the insurance companies.

Further, I support refining the recently adopted health insurance reform by:
Establishing the right of states to adopt single payer systems if they choose to do so
Creating a true public option to improve competition
Permitting the federal government to bargain for the lowest price for pharmaceuticals
Lowering the age of eligibility for Medicare

Out of Iraq & Afghanistan

Every one of the billions of dollars spent occupying Iraq & Afghanistan is one less dollar spent here at home creating jobs, investing in alternative energy, fixing our infrastructure, or repairing a crumbling school.

We went to Iraq for oil, now it appears we may still be in Afghanistan for lithium and other minerals. My sons and daughters-in-law signed up for the Army to defend the Constitution, not to make the Middle East safe for strip mining!

We must develop a clear strategy for bringing our young men and women home, while continuing to support Afghanistan and its people through diplomatic and humanitarian support. We need to set a clear exit strategy, benchmarks, and timeline for drawdown of troops so we can take care of our own, and allow Afghanistan to do the same.

Please view my video on Afghanistan and Iraq (below) for more on my stance in regards to our involvement there.

My DFA Values

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My Campaign is People Powered!

Our strength has always been our grassroots its how we got 49% in 2008.

One example of our grassroots power is what one reporter called "Bill Hedrick's volunteer army." Our district will not be won by just throwing a bunch of money into it we need to talk to voters, person to person. To that end, we have over 900 volunteers from 2008 and that weve gained over the last 18 months that have been put out in the district registering voters, knocking on doors, making phone calls, etc Calvert may out-raise us, but he will not out-organize us!

A second example of our grassroots power is our fundraising effort. Over 90% of our contributors are small dollar meaning regular people like you and me giving what they can give, when they can afford it. Unlike Calvert, we are not wining and dining Wall Street CEOs and Big Oil for campaign for the resources we need to win we are truly a race of the people!

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Lori Vandermeir, CA
  • Michael Fox, CA
  • Susan Kopicki, CA
  • Deb Mckenzie, CA
  • Brenda Bell, CA
  • Michelle Deanovich, CA
  • Aleita Huguenin, CA
  • Joe Shaw, CA
  • Melissa Fox, CA
  • Susan Kopicki, CA
...and 31 more.


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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