I am Joaquín Vázquez, a first-generation Mexican American, son of working-class immigrant parents, and am born and raised in City Heights, San Diego. As a child, I overcame family separation after my father was detained and deported. When my mother could no longer afford our apartment we were evicted and left without a roof of our own, living between our van, hotels, and the garages of friends and family before moving to Mexico to join my father.
With my parents still in Mexico, I came back to work while attending high school. My strong work ethic helped me become the first in my family to get a college education and earn my Bachelor's in Political Science and International Relations focused on Economics from U.C. Davis. After serving in the federal government during the Obama Administration, working on economic and labor policy to uplift working families, I returned to earn my Master's of Public Policy and Administration focusing on Global Economic Policy from Northwestern University.
I have been dedicated to giving back since, helping my community as an activist and community organizer to empower working-class and marginalized families living in poverty, while fighting for human rights, housing justice and achieving equitable public education funding in Sacramento. In Washington, DC, I worked on economic, environmental, and labor policy after the recession, and on the international stage, I worked to help refugees and displaced people to resettle and find a home in host countries.
In Geneva, I worked on policy helping the most vulnerable countries get a seat at the table at
the United Nations and at the World Trade Organization.
During the pandemic, I have been assisting local governments and the state of California in service to struggling tenants and landlords impacted financially by the pandemic to get them the funds they need to get back on their feet. Most recently I have been serving the immigrant community in San Diego and Tijuana by engaging with community organizations and leaders to provide humanitarian aid to the thousands of families coming to our country in search of a better future.
Through my work I have seen up-close how the system is rigged against us. Now I am running for Congress for us to have a seat at the table and to fight for the rights of our people, and to bring the resources that we have worked so hard to earn.
Why He's Running
As a committed servant leader of the community, I am running for the U.S. House of Representatives to represent the people of our Congressional District in Washington and not special interests. Establishment politicians and the rich have reigned over our democracy for too long. Even after a global pandemic that devastated our families, the most pressing problems destroying our communities keep being ignored. Families are struggling even more than before 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 their interests, and leaving the middle- and working-class people alone to drown in debt.
CA-52 is San Diego's working-class district, and our community has been urgently needing a true working-class champion in Congress who can bring the resources that have been held from us in Washington, DC. While our families struggle with skyrocketing cost of living, we've only had representatives in Congress with legacies making headlines for sexual harassment claims by their staff, or voting with Republicans in support of cruel immigration laws as they benefit from the migrant detention camps where children are caged and women have been sterilized against their will.
Enough is enough. We don't need more politicians making their corporate donors richer, nor those tainted by scandal after scandal. While they stay quiet and do as they are told. Their time is up. We, the people, are taking Washington back! We need true representation of the people. Someone with a conscience, with community ties, a strong work ethic and family values.
I am proud of the achievements with my work and educational background, as they've prepared me well for the job, but it is my work ethic, family values, and lived experience that will allow me to truly champion our families in Congress and bring the resources we need. With my strong values for progress and social justice, I am fighting for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, ending homelessness, housing and education for all, a federal jobs guarantee, economic justice, immigration reform and banning private prisons, while #PuttingPeopleFirst. Join me and together let's deliver to 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.
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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 Thakkar, Nonprofit CEO~
"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, RN, Community Organizer ~
"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, Community Member ~
"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 and transborder 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 ~
"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 ~