Press Release

Democrat Incumbent Comes In Behind Challenger and Receives Funding For Vulnerable Part of District As Protection

June 11, 2018
Contact: Justin Mendes
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HANFORD, CA -Local Assemblyman Rudy Salas came in last place in Tuesday’s Primary Election. He received 48% of the vote behind challenger and Hanford City Councilman Justin Mendes, who received a plurality of the vote.

Democrats, fearing loss of a coveted seat, protected the 6-year incumbent by giving away $8.7 million to the part of the district, where he performed the worst.

“Rudy Salas is clearly trying to buy votes in Kings County while ignoring his constituents in Kern County who get $0 for infrastructure. The voters of the 32nd District have had their fill of these kinds of politics,” said Mendes ahead of the full floor vote on the budget.

Justin Mendes is a Hanford City Councilman, a husband and a father. On the Hanford Council, Justin delivered clean water to his constituents and put his residents above political agendas. He has continually fought to create new jobs that will benefit the community for the long term.

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