Where I Stand

I'm committed to ensuring California's best days are ahead. I will work every day to help San Diego County working families get ahead. Let's work together to create the future we want for generations to come. 

Helping Families Get Ahead. The pandemic showed us that no matter our circumstances, we may get sick. One unfortunate outcome of the pandemic is a widened gap between the ultra-wealthy and working people. I grew up without stable health care or childcare because we couldn't afford it. No family should be put in a position to make these choices. In the State Senate, I will focus on delivering on basic needs that help to lift people into the middle class such as increasing access to affordable, quality childcare and expanding paid sick leave.

Creating American Jobs. I'm the grandson of a farmworker and a factory worker -- the son of a long-haul truck driver and a grocery worker. I know how hard they worked to provide for my family's needs. Too many working people in San Diego County struggle to make ends meet with one job alone. I will focus on creating jobs that lift families into the middle class, and ensuring that everyone working full time can support themselves and their family. I'll work to bring home the resources needed to improve our community's families' economic well-being.

Housing. As I travel through San Diego County, I hear the same issue. Families are stretching their budgets to continue living in the community they love. The life that my father provided for me and my siblings on a truck driver’s salary is no longer within reach for many Southern California families. We need commonsense solutions to ensure every family can make their rent and mortgage payments. I will focus on resources that help families remain in their homes, ending discrimination in the housing process, expanding access to first-time homebuyer loans, and investing in smarter community development.

Investing in Southern California’s Future. We have an opportunity to strengthen our infrastructure and reimagine what that means for our future. The roads we drive on, the bridges we cross, the schools our kids attend, and the hospitals that provide crucial care, especially during this pandemic, should not be political battlegrounds. I will work to deliver the funding and projects that will strengthen our communities and prepare them for the future.

Veterans. After ten years on active duty, as both an enlisted Sailor and a Marine officer, I am all too familiar with the issues facing our veterans. This fight is personal. Too many of my fellow service members are not getting the support they need. We need to do our part as a state to provide transition support for those exiting the military and more access to housing so that we can ensure no veteran is sleeping on the streets.

Climate. We are all impacted by a changing climate, from the wildfires that continue to happen with increasing frequency to issues surrounding Southern California’s access to water. We owe taking climate action to our firefighters who are faced with endless deployment cycles to brutal fires, to our seniors who face increasingly deadly summer heatwaves, and to the future of our children. We can protect our environment and grow sustainably. In the State Senate, I will push to find commonsense solutions that will tackle climate change while delivering high-paying and sustainable jobs to our community.