Senator Ben Hueso Announces Run for San Diego County Supervisor
San Diego – Thursday, August 8, 2019 – With support from family and friends, Senator Ben Hueso today announced his candidacy for San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 1.
“This is a watershed moment when we need a progressive, experienced leader with a proven record to implement bold policies to revitalize San Diego,” Ben Hueso said. “I’ve been fighting tirelessly for our region my entire career and I’m thrilled to launch my campaign to represent San Diegans on the County Board of Supervisors.”
Born and raised in San Diego, Hueso is raising his four sons in Logan Heights. Hueso graduated from Point Loma High School, earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA and completed post-graduate work in Community Economic Development at SDSU. Formerly a small business owner and an economic development specialist at the City of San Diego, Hueso was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2006. During this time, he was appointed to the Coastal Commission, as well as unanimously appointed by his colleagues as Council President, becoming the first Latino to serve in that leadership position. In 2010 Hueso won election to the State Assembly and then to the State Senate in 2013. He has won reelection twice as state senator and by nearly 70 percent of the vote.
Ben Hueso has led local and statewide efforts to stimulate the economy, build affordable housing, create new jobs and rehabilitate blighted communities. He has been an integral part of clean water and renewable energy policies. In the past six months alone and with the help of well-respected leaders in San Diego, like Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, the Governor approved his requests for $15 million in funding to clean up pollution at the Tijuana River Valley, $5 million for safety improvements at the Coronado bridge, and $2 million to study bringing a four-year university to certain communities including Chula Vista.
Senate President pro Tempore Atkins stated, “As a Senator and as a local elected leader, Ben Hueso has proven he fights for the people of San Diego County. He’s written important laws to protect children from lead poisoning, improve our environment, protect seniors from elder abuse, and improve our local economy. We need his leadership on the Board of Supervisors.”
Hueso’s vision is to transform San Diego into a place where all individuals are valued, respected and have the tools to achieve the American Dream. He will fight for equality for all, quality jobs and a strong economy, affordable housing, safe communities, and clean parks and beaches. He will also advocate for strong mental health and health care policies to help the most vulnerable, including homeless individuals and families, veterans and seniors, and at-risk youth.
Another home-grown champion and Representative of the South Bay, Congressman Juan Vargas, said, “I wholeheartedly support Ben Hueso for Supervisor and I ask everyone to join me. He is the one that will transform the County into being a true representative of all people”.
Ditas Yamane, a local community leader and small business owner added, “Ben has always been an advocate for a better quality of life for residents and businesses in the South Bay. He is super experienced, super hard-working, super resilient and is the best choice for Supervisor.”
Unlike other candidates who started campaigning in 2018, Hueso began fundraising in March and has already raised more than $160,000.
“I’m humbled by the overwhelming support and would be honored to represent our community on the County Board of Supervisors to ensure San Diego is a place we’re all proud to call home,” Hueso stated.