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Our District

We are in 4 Counties

Our Promise

Serve my community & country

Our Reach

700,000+ Residents

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Emilio J. Huerta is a lifelong resident of Kern County in the central San Joaquin Valley of California, and lives in Bakersfield, California. He possesses 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 the son of Dolores Huerta who witnessed firsthand the organizing leadership of Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores, Emilio learned to appreciate the value of committing to a life of service to others. As a public-interest attorney, Emilio has dedicated his career of more than 20 years to improving the lives of working men and women. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance (board chair), Self Help Federal Credit Union (board chair), The Bakersfield Aids Project, Kern Central Credit Union, the Betty Ann Ong Foundation, the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs, and the California State University Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund.

Prior to attending California State University Bakersfield, Emilio served as a labor negotiator, representing farmworkers throughout California who won their right to organize and collectively bargain under the Agricultural Labor Relations Act. Emilio has always believed that successful nonprofit organizations can improve the lives of low-income families. Accordingly, Emilio has served as corporate counsel for Omni Family Health (a Kern County based FQHC community based health organization serving low-income farmworker families throughout Kern County), the Cesar Chavez Foundation (formerly the National Farm Workers Service Center, Inc.), Radio Campesina, and the Dolores Huerta Foundation. He served as a Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA), and is a national representative for the United Farm Workers union. As general counsel for the Cesar Chavez Foundation, he helped develop more than $400 million in low-income affordable housing in California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. His knowledge of real estate, nonprofit law, and public financing has resulted in the development and construction of primary health clinics in Kern County, Los Angeles, and San Diego, California.

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Policy and Positions

Education

California’s 21st Congressional District is one of the poorest congressional districts in the nation and less than 60 percent of the population graduates from high school. Furthermore, less than 10 percent of the population graduates from college. Simply put, we suffer from an educational attainment gap. When in congress, I will dedicate myself to closing this gap and ensure that the educational needs of all my constituents are met.

Jobs

The Central Valley is a prime location for immense economic growth and development, yet the 21st District suffers from drastically high unemployment: 15 percent of the population is without a job. In conjunction with community businesses and local governments, I will work hard to create an infrastructure for sustainable economic growth.



Water

Water is the lifeline of the Central Valley. The current drought has been detrimental to our families and farmers. I will fight hard to ensure we protect and conserve our most valuable natural resource.






Our Endorsements

Representative Mark Takano, CA-41
Representative Nancy Pelosi, CA-1
Representative Zoe Lofgren, CA-19
Representative Steny Hoyer, MD-5
Representative Mike Honda, CA-17
Representative Raúl Grijalva, AZ-3
Representative Ruben Gallego, AZ-7
Senator Barbara Boxer, CA
People For the American Way Voter Alliance PAC
Feminist Majority
Equality California
Sanger Democratic Club
Progressive Democrats of America, Fresno
Kings County Latino Roundtable
Fresno Stonewall Democrats
Central Valley Young Democrats
California Young Democrats
Bakersfield Young Democrats

Contact Us

P.O. Box 2327, Bakersfield, CA 93303

(661) 979-4205