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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 61

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Jose Medina

Teacher/State Assemblymember
75,327 votes (67.8%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Jobs
  • Education
  • Transportation



Profession:Teacher/California State Legislator
California State Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (2012–current)
Teacher, Riverside Unified School District (1996–2012)
Board Member, Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees — Elected position (1997–2010)
Board Member, Jurupa Unified School District — Elected position (1989–1991)


University of California, Riverside BA - Latin American Studies, UCR (1974), Master's Degree - History, UCR (1984), Latin American Studies, History (1984)

Community Activities

Member, The Latino Network (1998–current)
Member, California Teachers Association (1978–current)
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (1966–current)


Based on my professional experience as well as my years of service to the community as an elected official, I strongly feel that I am the best qualified candidate for the 61st Assembly District. 

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (4)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Answer from Jose Medina:

I believe the State needs to work with private industries to increase the supply of homes. At the same time, within this supply of homes, there are low - cost and affordable housing being built to ensure that there are enough housing to cater to all levels of income. 

The State should work towards lowering the college debt so that students who graduate from college do not have this financial burden that prevents them from purchasing their first home. 

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Answer from Jose Medina:

In my 6 years as a State Assemblymember, I have worked with and enjoyed great personal relationships with members of both political parties. Putting politics aside, it’s crucial to continue fostering friendships with Democrat and Republican members to ensure civility is maintained.

Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow that your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Jose Medina:

Locally, we must continue to conserve water. At the same time, we need to continue to ensure there's accessibility to the Northern California Water Source while being mindful of the environmental impact. 

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of the youngest and most poverty stricken Californians?
Answer from Jose Medina:

There is high importance of state - supported early childhood education for children starting from 1 - 3 years of age. We must ensure there is accesibility to quality early childhood education for all children regardless of income level. I continue to support the local funding formula that puts more money in the poorest, neediest public schools. 

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $686,858

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

State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
California Faculty Association
California Federation of Teachers
California Professional Firefighters
California Teachers Association
SEIU California

More information about contributions

By State:

California 79.37%
District of Columbia 3.19%
Texas 2.28%
Washington 1.72%
Other 13.44%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.74%)
Small contributions (0.26%)

By Type:

From organizations (97.56%)
From individuals (2.44%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As your elected representative, I look for pragmatic solutions to the problems faced by the constituents in my District.

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