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Emilio Huerta

As a life-long resident of Kern County, Emilio grew up witnessing firsthand the organizing leadership of Cesar Chavez and his mother Dolores Huerta. At a young age, Emilio learned to appreciate the value of committing to a life of service to others.

Emilio's Lifetime of Service


Prior to attending college, Emilio was trained as a labor negotiator to represent farm workers throughout California who had won their right to organize and collectively bargain under California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act.
Emilio received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University Bakersfield and a Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.

As a Civil Rights Attorney, Emilio Huerta has a thirty-year track record of fighting to improve the lives of working families in Kern County and throughout the State of California.

Emilio has always believed that successful nonprofit organizations can positively impact the lives of low-income families. Emilio has served as corporate counsel for Omni Family Health (a Kern County based FQHC health-care organization), General Counsel for the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Board Chair for Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance (Kern County’s legal aid), and Board Chair of Self-Help Federal Credit Union.

As General Counsel for the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Emilio played an instrumental role in developing more than $400 million in affordable housing in California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. His knowledge of real estate, nonprofit law, and public financing has resulted in the development and construction of primary health clinics in Kern, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Diego County.


Emilio's Plan for Supervisor

A message from Emilio himself

I’m running for the Board of Supervisors because it’s time to boldly address and implement real solutions to the problems facing Kern County’s families.

I’ve been disappointed with the Board’s record in confronting and resolving our community’s most pressing issues. Our community simply can no longer tolerate ill-advised budgetary cuts in law enforcement, job creation, infrastructure repairs, the lack of delivery of mental health services, underfunded libraries and inadequate strategies in dealing with our homeless population.

As an attorney I have helped start hundreds of small businesses. I have played a critical role in developing non-profit organizations who deliver critical services to low-income residents. I’ve worked to bring desperately needed housing to Kern County, including senior housing in Delano and Bakersfield. I’ve helped establish the only financial institution to serve the community of Lamont and negotiated to bring millions of dollars to Kern County to construct primary health care clinics in Bakersfield, Shafter, and Wasco.

My commitment to Kern County is to be the community’s champion for positive and sensible change. I would be honored to serve the residents of Kern County and have your vote.

Emilio's Key Points

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KERN COUNTY FAMILIES DESERVE CLEAN WATER

Access to clean water is a human right. As Supervisor, I will fight to promote access to clean drinking water, and stop industries from recklessly polluting our groundwater with pesticides and chemicals. My successful record of fighting Union Pacific to protect drinking water supplies has taught me that we cannot compromise when it comes to delivering safe drinking water to Kern County families. Kern County families deserve the best educational opportunities. As Supervisor, I will fight to create County partnerships with local schools focusing on vocational educational needs. Kern County families deserve safe schools. As Supervisor, I will fight to ensure that each school in our community is safe for our children by supporting earthquake retrofitting and improved fire safety.

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KERN COUNTY FAMILIES DESERVE EXCELLENT HEALTH CARE

Access to clean water is a human right. As Supervisor, I will fight to promote access to clean drinking water, and stop industries from recklessly polluting our groundwater with pesticides and chemicals. My successful record of fighting Union Pacific to protect drinking water supplies has taught me that we cannot compromise when it comes to delivering safe drinking water to Kern County families. Kern County families deserve the best educational opportunities. As Supervisor, I will fight to create County partnerships with local schools focusing on vocational educational needs. Kern County families deserve safe schools. As Supervisor, I will fight to ensure that each school in our community is safe for our children by supporting earthquake retrofitting and improved fire safety.

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KERN COUNTY FAMILIES DESERVE ACCESS TO QUALITY AFFORDABLE HOUSING

As Supervisor, I will fight to ensure that more Kern County residents have access to Covered California healthcare. We must ensure that non-profit clinics, which serve those without access to insurance, are also fully funded. I will bring the skills I learned in establishing dozens of local non-profit health clinics in the San Joaquin Valley, to the fight for a Kern County with affordable, accessible, and quality healthcare.

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KERN COUNTY FAMILIES DESERVE TO BE SAFE

As Supervisor, I will fight to restore the cuts to anti-gang programs so our law enforcement officers have the tools they need to keep families safe. I will advocate for equitable pay and benefits for our first responders while promoting police training in de-escalation and cross-cultural skills. I will fight to adequately fund after-school programs especially for at-risk youth.

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KERN COUNTY VETERANS DESERVE SUPPORT.

As Supervisor, I will redouble efforts to ensure that the delivery of social services are available to our returning veterans, recruit veterans for careers in public service and in the private sector. Our brave returning veterans deserve more than the words “Thank you for your service.” Veterans deserve to be front of the line for job opportunities and any services that can make their transition to civilian life smoother. When elected I will establish a Veterans Advisory Council in my office to receive information of improving veteran services and to support veterans service events like the Kern County Veterans Stand Down.

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KERN COUNTY FAMILIES DESERVE AN END TO THE HOMELESS CRISIS

As Supervisor, I will fight to increase funding for social and mental health services for homeless persons. I will fight for transitional and permanent housing for Kern county residents that are homeless. I have been directly involved in constructing almost 4,000 units of affordable housing across the Southwestern U.S., and will work diligently with state, county and city service providers to develop similar solutions for Kern County.