If Josh is able to stay in office this year, we can start to transform the Central Valley from the top of the ballot to the bottom.
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California’s 10th District is extremely important for the Democrats to hold this coming November. Josh won his 2018 race by a few points despite being outspent 2-1 last cycle, with Republicans spending around $15 million to try and defeat him. Josh doesn’t take corporate PAC money, so the money he’s raised has been from individual donors who believe in him, rather than corporations. His race is again forecasted to be one of the closest in the country, and Republicans are zeroing in on us.
Josh’s opponent, Ted Howze, is a self-funder to the right of Trump. Howze is a climate change denier who has referred to homeless people as “vagrants and criminals” in a primary debate. His social media history is filled with many more vile and hurtful comments attacking all sorts of people. It is clear that House Republicans think that they have a path back to a majority and it runs straight through the 10th district.
It’s important to note that Trump’s popularity has actually gone up in the district, so our main focus is to make sure folks know about all of Josh’s first term accomplishments thus far (he held over 18 town halls and introduced over 16 bills). Most importantly, his amendment to the Coronavirus relief package guaranteed 2 weeks of paid sick leave for small business workers. Yet, being a top race requires the necessary funds to ensure we hire organizers to get out Josh’s positive message. In the primary election on Super Tuesday Josh won the day with 43.5% of the vote, however the Republicans still managed to take home a majority of the votes, so we still have a lot of work to do to recreate Josh’s winning coalition from 2018.
If Josh is able to stay in office this year, we can start to transform the Central Valley from the top of the ballot to the bottom. For many people, Josh is the first Democrat to ever represent them in a local office. With a strong Democrat at the top of the ticket, we can work to register the district’s large Latino population and transform the electorate forever.Harder-Oakmont-Invitation