BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — In a swift reversal, and with the June main election simply three months away, State Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) introduced she’s going to drop her bid for the 14th senate district centered in Fresno and run within the sixteenth district as an alternative.
The shift brings big implications for the political state-of-play within the Central Valley.
“Whether or not in 14 or 16, it doesn’t matter, I’m a daughter of the Central Valley,” Hurtado mentioned. “I need to proceed to signify this district and I’m able to do it.”
The newly-drawn sixteenth senate district features a portion of Bakersfield and stretches as much as the Fresno County metropolis of Kingsburg. It’s most just like Hurtado’s present senate traces, however statewide redistricting noticed her house metropolis of Sanger positioned as an alternative within the new 14th.
“Senate District 14, it so occurs that my household house is in it, however it’s a very new district so it’s simply robust,” she mentioned. “It’s like leaving my house or leaving my district.”
Hurtado’s unique bid for the 14th put her up towards one other Democratic incumbent, Anna Caballero. On the first California Democratic Celebration endorsement assembly, Caballero acquired 76% of the votes, placing her on the quick observe to the occasion’s official nod over Hurtado in 2022.
“My politics are consistent with the Central Valley, I’m an unbiased voice,” Hurtado mentioned. “It didn’t shock me to not get the endorsement, it didn’t play a task [in the decision to switch districts].”
As a substitute, she mentioned the choice got here all the way down to not wanting to go away behind the folks in her present district and wanting to complete the work she began right here.
“There’s only a lot at stake for the Central Valley, now greater than ever. We’ve at all times been left behind in relation to assets and a spotlight.”
With 5 different candidates who’ve already declared for the sixteenth seat, Hurtado is now becoming a member of the Central Valley’s most crowded race.