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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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District 31California State AssemblyNovember 8, 2016California General Election

November 8, 2016California General Election

California State AssemblyDistrict 31

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (295/295).

About this office

State assembly members introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, and draft the state budget. They are elected to two-year terms.
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Who’s Running?

For this office, only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary election appear in the general election. This is because of California's "top two" system. In some cases, the two candidates may be from the same political party.
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Joaquin Arambula

Democratic
Assemblymember/ER Doctor
62,404 votes (63.8%)Winning
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  • Quality Health Care: Increasing access to quality health care for all and recruiting medical professionals to our rural communities, including creating a medical school in the Central Valley.
  • A Healthy Water Supply, a Healthy Economy: Water is the lifeblood of the Valley. He will ensure the Valley receives our fair share of water to get us through the current crisis and stabilize our long-term water supply through more storage.
  • Healthy Jobs, Healthy Families: Joaquin will work to improve the economy and create well-paying jobs by bringing new industries to the Valley, cutting red tape for small businesses, investing in job training programs & increasing the minimum wage.
Profession:Emergency Room Doctor
Assemblymember, District 31, State Assembly — Elected position (2016current)
University of Minnesota Medical School M.D , Medical Doctor (2003)
Bowdoin College Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Biochemistry (1999)

Dr. Joaquin Arambula was born in Delano and has spent almost his entire life in the Central Valley.  At an early age, his parents instilled in him a commitment to hard work and public service, as well as a dedication to making the Central Valley a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

A product of Fresno public schools and former Head Start student, Joaquin attended medical school with the goal of serving the health care needs of rural communities.  After medical school, he immediately returned to the Valley and worked as an emergency room doctor at Adventist Medical Center in Selma, serving patients from many, rural farm-working communities in the San Joaquin Valley.  In 2012 he was appointed Medical Director.  Under his leadership, the Selma Emergency Department was recognized as one of the most efficient emergency departments in the state.

Joaquin is known as a team player with strong decision-making skills in the constantly fast-paced, high-stress environment of the ER.  As a physician, he has been on the frontlines of some of the Valley’s most serious problems, and he has seen the issues that impact the lives of Valley residents. He is committed to ensuring everyone gets the care they deserve, regardless of their social or economic status.

In the same way that Joaquin put the care of his patients first, he will always put the people of the Central Valley above politics.

Joaquin and his wife, Elizabeth live in Kingsburg with their three young daughters. 

 

 

  • Former Assemblymember Henry T. Perea
  • Former Assemblymember Sarah Reyes
  • Former Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante
  • Councilmember Oscar Baines, Fresno
  • Councilmember Sandie Monis, Fowler
  • Councilmember Jose Ornelas, San Joaquin
  • Councilmember Jim Simonian, Fowler
  • Councilmember Rick Rodriguez, Reedley
  • Councilmember Josie Cervantes, Orange Cove
  • Councilmember Joseph Amador, Mendota
  • Councilmember Joseph Riofrio, Mendota
  • Councilmember Sal Quintero, Fresno
  • Councilmember Daniel Tamayo, Huron
  • Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, Fresno
  • Councilmember Rolando Castro, Mendota
  • Councilmember Raul Cantu, Sanger
  • Assemblymember Rudy Salas, Jr.
  • Board Member Ismael Herrera, Fresno County Board of Education
  • Congressman Jim Costa
  • Trustee Valerie Davis, Fresno Unified School District
  • Board President Luis Chavez, Fresno Unified School District
  • Trustee Terry Cox, Central Unified School District
  • Trustee Ruben Coronado, Central Unified School District
  • Trustee Eric Payne, State Center Community College District
  • Trustee John Leal, State Center Community College District
  • Trustee Miguel Arias, State Center Community College District
  • Councilmember Jim Avalos, Selma
  • Councilmember Marcia Sablan, Firebaugh
  • Councilmember Felipe Perez, Firebaugh
  • •Mayor Ray Soleno, Reedley
  • Mayor Scott Robertson, Selma
  • •Mayor David Cardenas, Fowler
  • •Mayor Freddy Valdez, Firebaugh
  • •Mayor Sylvia Chavez, Huron
  • Mayor Victor P. Lopez, Orange Cove
  • Mayor Alma Beltran, Parlier
  • Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • Mayor Pro Tem Amarpreet Dhaliwal, San Joaquin
  • Mayor Pro Tem Anita Betancourt, Reedley
  • Mayor Pro Tem Diana Guerra Silva, Orange Cove
  • Mayor Julia Hernandez, San Joaquin
  • Equality California
  • Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
  • California School Employees Assn (CSEA)
  • Fresno Madera Tulare Kings Central Labor Council (FMTK CLC)
  • SEIU California
  • California Teachers Association (CTA)
  • Fresno Madera Medical Society (FMMS)
  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • Armenian National Committee of Central California
  • CAL Fire Local 2881
  • California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP)
  • California American College of Emergency Physicians (CA ACEP)
  • California Federation of Labor (CAL FED)
  • California Professional Firefighters (CPF)
  • California Nurses Association (CNA)
  • California Democratic Party
  • California Academy of Physicians Assistants
  • Former Assemblymember Juan Arambula
  • Former City Councilmember Tom Bohigian
  • Former Trustee Patricia Barr, Fresno Unified School District
  • Former Trustee Luisa Medina, Fresno Unified School District
  • Former Trustee Dottie Smith, State Center Community College District
  • Former Trustee Nancy Richardson, Fresno Unified School District
  • Former Congressman Cal Dooley
Total money raised: $722,352

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
California Medical Association
$17,500
2
Califonia Teachers Association
$17,000
2
California Dental Association
$17,000
2
SEIU California
$17,000
3
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
$16,000

By State:

California 87.36%
District of Columbia 3.84%
Florida 1.59%
Illinois 1.40%
Other 5.81%
87.36%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.11%)
Small contributions (0.89%)
99.11%

By Type:

From organizations (84.65%)
From individuals (15.35%)
84.65%15.35%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Ballot Statement

Summary

 

As a Valley native and ER doctor in Selma, I have been on the frontlines tackling some of the Valley’s most serious problems. As a husband and a dad, I am dedicated to making our Valley a healthier place to live, work and raise a family.

 

Fighting for Our Water Supply. I will take on the politicians who are taking our water. I will work to stabilize our long-term water supply and create jobs by fighting for more water storage.

 

Working for Quality Health Care. As the only doctor in the Assembly, I will work to increase access to quality health care and recruit medical professionals to rural communities.

 

Supporting Our Public Schools. As a product of Fresno schools and former Head Start kid, I know the importance of public education. That’s why I will invest in our public schools, support universal preschool and make college more affordable.

 

I am a doctor, not a politician, so I know how to solve problems under pressure and bring people together to get things done.

 

Sacramento has neglected the Valley for too long — I will fight the special interests and always put the Valley before politics to fight for our families.

 

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Clint Olivier

Republican
City Councilman/Author
35,454 votes (36.2%)
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Total money raised: $175,569

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Kevin McCarthy for Congress
$8,400
2
West Coast Waste
$8,200
3
Granville Homes
$6,750
4
Fast N Esy
$6,500
5
Spencer Enterprises
$5,200

By State:

California 99.43%
Arizona 0.57%
99.43%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.81%)
Small contributions (0.19%)
99.81%

By Type:

From organizations (70.95%)
From individuals (29.05%)
70.95%29.05%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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