My name is Joaquín Vázquez and I am a first-generation Mexican American, born and raised by working-class undocumented immigrant parents in San Diego. As a child, I overcame family separation and homelessness when my father was detained for several months, then permanently deported. My mother could no longer afford our apartment in City Heights. We lived between our van, hotels, and the garages of friends and family before moving to Mexico to join my father.
With my parents still living in Mexico, I worked my way through college, eventually earning a Bachelor's in Political Science and International Relations focused on Economics from U.C. Davis, and a Master's in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.
My history in the community as an organizer is vast, serving individually and in various progressive advocacy organizations. I've fought to bring justice for working class and marginalized families in poverty at all levels of government; from fighting against displacement locally to achieving equitable public education funding in Sacramento. Under President Obama's administration, I worked on federal economic, environmental, and labor policy. On the international stage, I've fought for refugee justice and for the most vulnerable countries to get a seat at the table at the United Nations in Switzerland. Now I am fighting for the people of California's 53rd Congressional District to have a voice in Washington, DC and fight the Trump agenda.
Why He's Running
As an experienced policy advisor, community organizer, and unapologetic progressive, I am running for the U.S. House of Representatives to represent the people of California’s 53rd Congressional District and kick special interests to the curb. Establishment politicians and the rich have free reign over our communities. The most pressing problems destroying our communities are ignored. Families are struggling to make ends meet. In a time where we need all hands on deck, politicians have gotten comfortable in their seats, taking billions of dollars from corporations, catering to special interests, and leaving the middle- and working-class people to drown as they swim against the waves.
We don't need more rich politicians buying seats, nor establishment politicians making their corporate donors richer, while they do as they are told. Their time is up. We, the people, are taking Washington back!
My educational and professional background make me the most qualified candidate for the job, but it is my life experience that makes me the true champion of the people. As I stand for progressive values, I am fighting for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, ending homelessness, Housing and Education for All, a federal jobs guarantee, transportation justice, immigration reform and banning private prisons, while #PuttingPeopleFirst. Join me and let's take this seat back for the people!
Issues & What's At Stake
Everyone deserves a fair chance to succeed. Our nation’s success is built on the founding principles of unlimited opportunity, quality education, commitment to hard work, and the freedom to pursue our dreams. Joaquín Vázquez fights each and every day to ensure that the community is advancing towards meeting these founding principles. Read on to learn about the issues at hand, and what is being done to combat them.
California's 53rd Congressional District
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"Joaquín was my mentor when I was volunteering with Organizing for Action. With his help, we were able to hold a health screening event for those without health insurance. Joaquín stands behind his word; I know he will work hard to improve the lives of Californians and Americans as a whole."
~ Kevin ~
"I support Joaquín because I was with him on the ground organizing and knocking doors before the 2018 midterms. I've seen his passion and values and I believe in him. I know he wants to make positive changes for his community and I know he has the ideas, skills, background, and drive to do it! "
~ Ryan Brown ~
"I endorse Joaquin Vazquez because I can see the passion he has with this campaign. He is very knowledgeable and very much involved in making a change. Very proud of how far he has come and how far he will go. This is only the beginning for him."
~ Alsy Godinez ~
"I proudly endorse Joaquín Vázquez for US House of Representatives CA-53. I have worked with Joaquín as he has diligently campaigned and fought for change. He speaks truth and lives for strong progressive values. He is the best candidate to erase the corporate and special interest influence over California’s 53rd Congressional district. 2020 is the time for real change!"
~ Cheryl Robertson ~
"Speaking from a personal level I can attest to everything Joaquin has pledged to fight for. I've known him for years and understand his sincere commitment for socio economic Justice in our community."
~ Jose Lizarraga ~
"I believe political leaders should be a reflection of the people, circumstances, and potential of those who they represent. For this reason I endorse Joaquin Vazquez. Coming from an immigrant, bicultural community, Joaquin has worked to develop all the educational and professional experience I would like the person who represents me in Congress to have."
~ Zaira Gonzalez ~