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Rudy Salas Legislation A Result of Worrying Primary Election Performance

HANFORD, CA – Last night, the Senate passed AB 514. The bill will ensure that daycare providers are made aware of sexual predators moving in next door to their businesses. Unfortunately, it took Rudy Salas showing weak numbers in the primary to actually do something for at risk daycares. Pushing Salas to gut and amend AB 514…

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Justin Mendes Receives the Endorsement of Assemblyman James Gallagher

HANFORD, CA -Assemblyman James Gallagher has endorsed Hanford City Councilman Justin Mendes in his race for the California State Assembly.  “Having been in the State Assembly since 2014, I know that integrity and hard work are prerequisites if you want to truly effect change in your community,” stated Assemblyman Gallagher. “Justin Mendes has both the work…

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Hanford adopts preliminary budget

HANFORD — After several special meetings and study sessions, the Hanford City Council has approved a preliminary budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. At its meeting on June 19, Council voted 4-0, with Councilman Justin Mendes absent, to approve a preliminary budget that could possibly leave the city almost $137,000 in the black by June…

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

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…

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Dairy Farmer Beats Rudy Salas; Mendes Now Gearing Up for November (Audio)

Justin Mendes, Hanford dairy farmer and district staffer for Congressman David Valadao, garnered more votes than incumbent Assemblyman Rudy Salas. However, the two will go head to head once again in the November General ELection. Mendes talked about how he intends to beat Salas … again.

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Justin Mendes Is Top Vote Earner & Makes Runoff Just Months After Announcing Candidacy

HANFORD, CA – On Tuesday, Justin Mendes was the highest vote getter in California’s Primary Election for Assembly District 32. He released the following statement after making it into the November General Election. “Sacramento is broken and tonight is evidence of that. We started a grassroots campaign three months ago, and I am overwhelmed by the amount of…

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Salas Votes to Protect Human Traffickers from Increased Penalties

HANFORD, CA – On Thursday, May 31st, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) voted to protect human traffickers from increased criminal penalties. Salas voted NO on a bipartisan motion that would have brought AB-2356 to the floor of the Assembly for a vote. The bill would have made human trafficking a violent felony. Salas’s inaction effectively killed any chance…

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Say sayonara to Sacramento Salas

I am extremely proud of what the Kings County Republican Party is about to achieve this year. We will win all three of our highly contested, Democrat favored legislative districts. Democrat Assemblyman Rudy Salas has coasted to every election he’s ever had. This year we have a top tier candidate to replace him in Hanford…

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Valley farms, cities need Temperance Flat Dam to assure secure water future

BY BUDDY MENDES AND JUSTIN MENDES “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated” is a quote made famous by Mark Twain upon hearing rumors that he had died in 1897. This is the same thought that we had in reaction to news that the most important project for securing a long-term water supply for the…

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Justin Mendes Announces Endorsement of Kings County Superintendent of Schools Tim Bowers

HANFORD, CA– Hanford City Councilman Justin Mendes announced that he had secured the endorsement of Kings County Superintendent of Schools Tim Bowers in his campaign for the 32nd Assembly District. When asked about his endorsement, Bowers said, “California is a diverse state with many challenges. Kings County is unique, and Justin Mendes has the experience to…

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