A New Day For A New 20th
The people of the 20th Congressional District deserve a representative who lives in the 20th – not in the Washington Beltway, understands the needs of its residents from a very personal perspective – not the moneyed positions of the wealthy elite, and who will uphold their solemn oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States – not the whims of any authoritarian wannabe.
I am an 11th generation American and a native Californian, raised in the San Joaquin Valley. I hold a Master of Science in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Davis and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from California State University, Fresno. I’ve forecasted weather as a meteorologist for the specific needs of the world’s most productive agricultural economy, offering the first privately computer accessible forecasts prior to the existence of the world wide web. I currently serve as Director on the Hearing Board of the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District, inclusive of mining interests and aerospace industries. I am also a Director with the Stallion Springs Community Service District. I am a fiscal conservative, social progressive centrist, always looking for ways to solve the unsolvable.
Paramount to any other issue at this moment in time is the future of our Democracy. The survival of our American Democracy, humanity’s first and most durable democracy and the light of the world’s oppressed, must be protected against all enemies, foreign or domestic. The right of self determination and the principle that those who lead do so only by the authority of those led must be held sacrosanct.
From the price of gas to the cost of milk and eggs, inflation is eating away at American’s incomes at a startling rate. Nobody knows this better than those of us on fixed incomes, and families. I am with you because I am one of you.
Anthropogenic (man made) climate change is settled science – as much as gravity is. What man hath wrought, man can correct. Although fossil fuels will continue to be an important resource, the continued transition to renewable alternatives must be encouraged and supported if further warming is to be avoided.
In America, unless we are Native American, we all come from somewhere else. Immigration and citizenry demands accountable and orderly policies so that both citizens and immigrants understand their responsibilities and obligations. The dignity of work and family must be upheld for those willing to come to this nation to do the jobs that Americans won’t.
America’s wildlands, the envy of the world, are our heritage. We protect them because our children have a right to see untrammeled places, a grizzly bear, a 2000 year old tree, a wild river, a glacier, or simply to hear the wind singing on a high peak.
The New 20th
As stipulated by the US Constitution a census is conducted every 10 years. The Covid delayed 2020 census required redrawing of California’s Congressional Districts. The new 20th Congressional District contains much of the previous 23rd, with some significant differences:
- The eastern boundary of the 20th now runs upward from Kern County along the crest of the Sierra Nevada. Inyo County and Owens Valley locations are no longer within the 20th.
- Two large western oriented arms have been added to the top of 20th: The southernmost arm contains parts of Tulare and Kings Counties, including Lemoore (NAS) and parts of Tulare and Visalia. The northernmost arm protruding into Fresno County is defined by the San Joaquin River, notably including much of Clovis.
- California City is excluded from the 20th (i.e., now within the new 23rd, along with Barstow).
- Los Angeles County (i.e., Lancaster) is no longer within the 20th at all. The 20th southern boundary now runs along the Kern County to Los Angeles County boundary.