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About Our Candidates:
Kamala Harris, running for U.S. Senate, California
Kamala Harris is running to become California’s next U.S. Senator, filling the seat vacated with Barbara Boxer’s retirement.
She grew up in Oakland, with a family committed to justice and to learning - her mother Syamala, who moved from India to California to study endocrinology, and her father Donald, an accomplished economics scholar from Jamaica gave her what she called a “stroller’s eye view of the civil rights movement”.
Throughout her life, she’s consistently taken on the toughest fights and won - as San Francisco’s District Attorney , where she led groundbreaking initiatives to combat domestic violence, prosecute gun crimes, and reduce recidivism, and California’s 32nd Attorney General, as she took on and beat a very popular Republican District Attorney from Los Angeles.
In both roles, she became first woman, the first African American, and the first South Asian ever to hold the office. She led the fight against big banks during the foreclosure crisis and secured from them more than $20 billion for struggling California homeowners, going on to craft the country’s most comprehensive package of foreclosure reforms, the California Homeowner Bill of Rights.
As she says, “from my first job until now, whenever I’ve prosecuted a criminal, protected a child, or stood up for a Californian, my work has been about fighting for the vulnerable and voiceless, and making our state a safe, equitable place for all families to live and thrive.”
Emilio Huerta, running for U.S. House, California 21st District
Looking to bring his lifelong passion for defending workers’ rights and his community to Washington, Emilio Huerta will fight for economic and social justice as the U.S. Representative for California’s 21st District. A lifelong resident of Kern County in the San Joaquin Valley, Emilio witnessed the successful work of his mother, Dolores Huerta, and Cesar E. Chavez, learning about the importance of workers’ voice and developing key skills for grassroots leadership. Prior to earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from California State University Bakersfield and his Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, Emilio began his advocacy work as a labor negotiator, fighting for farmworkers throughout California after they won their right to organize and collectively bargain under the Agricultural Labor Relations Act. He has continued to fight for farmworkers and other marginalized communities across the state through his work as a civil rights attorney and leader, a career that has spanned over 20 years. As a lawyer, he has consistently fought for working class families and for the expansion of public services. His extensive knowledge of real estate, nonprofit law, and public financing has resulted in success across the state, including the development and construction of primary health clinics in Kern County, Los Angeles, and San Diego, California. He has also used his skills as a lawyer to support strong nonprofit organizations, including Omni Family Health, a health organization serving low-income farmworker families throughout Kern County, the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Radio Campesina, and the Dolores Huerta Foundation. His work as general counsel for the Cesar Chavez Foundation included the development of more than $400 million in low-income affordable housing in California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. He has also served as a Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA), and also works as a national representative for the United Farm Workers union. Along with his counsel work, he has also 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.
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