Working to represent Central Coast values

I’m Salud Carbajal and, throughout my life and career, I’ve worked to represent our Central Coast values in all that I do. As your member of Congress since 2017, it is my honor to fight for the priorities of our community here at home, and in Washington, D.C. 

As a husband, father and Marine Corps veteran, I believe in the value of service and hard work. I attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, while maintaining two jobs. I became the first in my family to graduate from a university, and my wife Gina and I raised our own family here. I know the difficult balance of providing for children, caring for parents as they grow older and working to pay the bills because I have lived it.

That’s why, in Congress, I’m committed to making sure everyone has opportunities — not just to get by, but to thrive.

In the House of Representatives, I’ve brought Republicans and Democrats together on issues that matter to the Central Coast, like creating jobs, supporting agriculture, defending our environment and improving healthcare. My Farm Workforce Modernization Act helps ensure the long-term viability of our agriculture industry, and it passed through the House with bipartisan support. We also negotiated and signed into law the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, securing some of the strongest labor protections our nation has seen, while stimulating economic growth and protecting American jobs.

I’ve fought to lower prescription drug costs, and brought forward bills to ban offshore oil drilling, protect our forests, support veterans, increase public safety and more. At the same time, I took action to help those devastated by fires and mudslides, and to make our communities more resilient against climate change and better prepared for future disasters.

Our community is my number one priority and — through town halls, sidewalk office hours, constituent meetings, emails and more — I have had the chance to speak with so many of you and help you tackle the challenges that we face together. Just last year, we held over 30 community events across the Central Coast and my team brought over $753,000 back to our community members through our casework program. This is the work that matters most to me, and it is what motivates me to serve in Congress.

I often talk about Central Coast values as the principles that guide the work I do. When you boil it down, I think our values are this: We stand together and stand up for one another; we work hard to create opportunity, support our families and protect our environment; and we are passionate, dedicated and optimistic about the future.

It is a privilege to serve as your representative, and I will keep working hard every day to ensure that the voice of the Central Coast is heard loud and clear in the halls of Congress. I would be honored to have your support.

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