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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 31

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Joaquin Arambula

Emergency Room Doctor
31,600 votes (57.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • 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 (2016–current)


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. 



Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (38)

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $722,352

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Medical Association and employees
Califonia Teachers Association
California Dental Association
SEIU California
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council

More information about contributions

By State:

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

By Size:

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

By Type:

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

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Ballot Statement



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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