Rudy Salas

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Rudy Salas
Rudy Salas.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 32nd district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded byShannon Grove (redistricted)
Personal details
BornMarch 12, 1977 (1977-03-12) (age 44)
Bakersfield, California, US
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBakersfield, California
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles

Rudy Salas (born March 12, 1977) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 32nd Assembly District, which encompasses Kings County and parts of Kern County. Salas is a member of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, he served on the Bakersfield City Council.

He is considered a moderate Democrat, colloquially referred to as a "Valleycrat" for Democrats who prioritize the interests of a primarily conservative San Joaquin Valley constituency.[1][2]

Campaigns[edit]

2012[edit]

When incumbent Assemblyman David Valadao announced that he would not run for reelection, instead seeking a congressional bid for the 21st district, the seat was left vacant. In the June 5 primary, Salas ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination and won the overall primary with 41.4% of the vote, or 13,053 votes, ahead of the three Republican candidates. He faced off against the primary runner-up, Republican former Delano Mayor Pedro Rios, in the November 6 general election. Salas came in first by a smaller margin than before, with 38,759 total votes (52.9%) to Rios's 34,476 (47.1%).[3] He was sworn in on December 3, 2012.

2014[edit]

Salas ran for re-election in November 2014, again against former Delano Mayor Pedro Rios, who defeated Delano Union School Board trustee Romeo Agbalog in the June 2014 Republican primary election.[1]

Salas won the rematch in the November 4th general election with 54.8% to Rios's 45.2%.[1][4]

2016[edit]

Salas ran for a third term in 2016. He faced minimal opposition in the primary, with Republican Manuel Ramirez running a write-in campaign that garnered 1% of the primary vote. In the general election, Salas won his largest victory yet with 65% to Ramirez's 35%.[5]

2018[edit]

Salas ran for a fourth consecutive term in 2018. He was challenged by Republican Hanford City Councilman Justin Mendes, a staffer for Congressman David Valadao (whom Salas succeeded in the Assembly in 2012).[6]

2020[edit]

Salas ran for reelection and faced Republican Todd Cotta, a Handford gun store owner in the primary.[7]

Electoral history[edit]

California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2012 (Primary):

  • Rudy Salas – 13,053 (41.4%)
  • Pedro A. Rios – 7,550 (23.9%)
  • Jon McQuiston – 6,530 (20.7%)
  • David Thomas – 4,420 (14.0%)

California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2012:

  • Rudy Salas – 38,759 (52.9%)
  • Pedro A. Rios – 34,476 (47.1%)

California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2014 (Primary):

  • Rudy Salas (incumbent) – 11,577 (43.9%)
  • Pedro A. Rios – 9,183 (34.8%)
  • Romeo Agbalog – 5,628 (21.3%)

California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2014:

  • Rudy Salas (incumbent) – 26,721 (54.8%)
  • Pedro A. Rios – 22,031 (45.2%)

California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2016 (Primary):

  • Rudy Salas (incumbent) – 30,806 (98.9%)
  • Manuel Ramirez (write-in) – 334 (1.1%)

California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2016:

  • Rudy Salas (incumbent) – 53,056 (65.1%)
  • Manuel Ramirez – 28,502 (34.9%)

California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2018:

  • Rudy Salas (incumbent) – 26,646 (67.96%)
  • Justin Mendez – 12,562 (32.04%)[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Powell, Mark (Nov 4, 2014). "Salas beats Rios once again in 32nd District". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  2. ^ The Bee Editorial Team (April 22, 2015). "EDITORIAL: Speaker Atkins punishes Gray for trying to help Valley". The Fresno Bee.
  3. ^ "California Elections: Assembly District 32".
  4. ^ "State Assembly Member District 32 District and County Results". California Election Results. November 21, 2014. Archived from the original on November 24, 2014. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  5. ^ "California Election Results 2016". New York Times. November 8, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  6. ^ http://www.bakersfield.com/news/justin-mendes-staffer-for-congressman-david-valadao-to-challenge-assemblyman/article_04f8beac-2326-11e8-bb5b-9ff54b8504bc.html
  7. ^ smayer@bakersfield.com, STEVEN MAYER. "ELECTION 2020: Salas and Cotta to face off in March primary, but is it just a dress rehearsal for November?". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  8. ^ "Results". www.kernvote.com. Retrieved 2020-05-04.

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