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Emilio J. Huerta is a lifelong resident of the Central Valley and lives in Bakersfield, California. Emilio witnessed firsthand the organizing leadership his mother Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, while learning to appreciate the value of committing to a life of service to others. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from California State University Bakersfield and a Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. As a Civil rights attorney he has dedicated his more than 20- career to improving the lives of working men and women.

Before attending college, he served as a labor negotiator, representing farmworkers throughout California who won their right to organize and collectively bargain under the Agricultural Labor Relations Act. He served as a Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA), general counsel of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, and is a national representative for the United Farm Workers union. During his career he has helped establish primary health care clinics in low-income areas in California and develop more than $400 million in affordable housing across the United States.

His daughter, Ana, continues to carry on the family tradition of service to others as an attorney whose focus is on Native American rights and issues affecting minority communities.

In Congress, Emilio will work to ensure that the people of the Central Valley have good jobs with fair wages, access to health care services and coverage, a clean and safe environment, and educational opportunities that puts their dreams and aspirations within reach.

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Policy on Health Care

Health Care

Central Valley residents deserve access to quality healthcare. Emilio is committed to fighting any attempt to repeal or de-fund Obama’s health care improvements. Healthcare for Valley residents is one of Emilio’s top priorities.

Policy on Jobs

Jobs

We deserve incomes that enable us to raise our families with dignity. Our district faces a 15% unemployment rate. Emilio will work hard to bring and keep well-paying jobs to our communities. This is key to strengthening our communities.

Policy on Education

Education

Less than 60% of our kids graduate from high school. Republicans have cut funding for public education, including funding for Head Start and job training. This is a failure that has hurt our ability to compete for good jobs and is taking opportunities away from our children’s future.



Policy on Water

Water

Providing consistent and reliable access to water for our communities is important to preserving jobs and securing long-term success. Emilio will fight for more water and drought management solutions to reduce the impact of future water shortages.



Policy on Immigration

Immigration

Comprehensive immigration reform is long past due. Emilio will be a strong advocate for reform that provides a path to citizenship for law-abiding residents, streamlines the visa system to decrease backlogs and reunite families, and secures our borders.



Policy on Clean Air

Clean Air

Our children should be able to breathe clean air and grow up in a healthy environment. The Central Valley air quality is amongst the poorest in the entire nation – so poor that our children are xx times more likely to suffer from debilitating asthma. Emilio will fight to protect our environment and work towards improving our air quality.

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