Assemblyman Salas has championed agricultural causes for the Central Valley during his first term; including a heavy focus on fixing the state's water crisis and protecting funding for Ag education. Assemblyman Salas serves as Chair of the Regional Approaches to Addressing the Water Crisis committee. Assemblyman Salas has hosted several water hearings throughout his first term and has been a strong advocate for safe drinking water and additional water storage projects. Additionally, Asm. Salas is a joint author to the currently leading bi-partisan Water Bond effort in the Assembly. Recently, Assemblyman Salas celebrated victory for the campaign to #SaveFFA as $4.1 Million in funding for the AG Incentive Grant which was successfully reinstated in the State’s Fiscal Year Budget.
The Farm Bureau joins a long list of pro-agriculture supporters. Kings County Supervisors Doug Verboon, Tony Barba, Richard Fagundes, and Richard Valle. The Ag teachers from Hanford, Corcoran and Lemoore High Schools. Sheriff David Robinson. Other agriculture and small business associations join over 40 local elected officials in supporting Salas for re-election to the State Assembly.
Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, helped organize a letter-writing and calling campaign to inundate Brown’s office with pro-FFA statements. Salas himself introduced a bill in February that would reinstate the funding. Salas said the public pressure had an impact on the Legislature. “I think it was really the support from the kids, them testifying, the parents and teachers and community leaders, showing how important this is,” Salas said.
The votes are in for the 32nd Assembly District seat and it looks like teacher and farmer Pedro Rios will go head-to-head against incumbent Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield in the November elections. Salas maintained a commanding lead as expected with a final count of 9,926 votes, followed by Rios with 8,067 and Romeo Agbalog with 5,106.