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    Josh Harder

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Josh Harder to keep CD-09 on the right track for progress.



    The Position


    Congressmembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the United States Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.

    The District


    California’s 9th Congressional District includes parts of Contra Costa, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 30% are Republican and 43% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 31% Latino, 15% Asian, and 9% Black. Since the 2021 redistricting process, CA-9 is 5% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-9 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 12 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 3 points.

    Since the district lines were redrawn, the newly established CD-09 includes portions of Rep. Harder’s former district, CD-10, and democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney’s former district, CD-09. In January 2022, Rep. McNerney announced his retirement from Congress, and Rep. Harder announced his plan to run for the new CD-09 seat. Rep. McNerney has endorsed his candidacy.

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Josh Harder, Democrat Harpreet Chima, and Republican Tom Patti. Rep. Harder’s campaign has raised $2.8 million dollars and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. He has received donations from the National Association of Realtors PAC, and is endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Association of California. Chima’s campaign has raised $47,000 and has publicly committed to refusing corporate PAC money. Patti’s campaign has not filed any fundraising receipts as of January 2022.

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Harder, a former businessman and educator, is from Turlock, CA. According to campaign materials, Rep. Harder is running for reelection to continue to advocate for health care and political corruption reforms. Rep. Harder won his 2020 reelection in CD-10 against a Republican challenger by 11 points.

    Rep. Harder’s priorities for CD-09 this year have included 20 bills about health care, labor, education, and water-resource protections this year. Of those, four are in committee, and none have been advanced to the Senate. He is currently a member of two committees, Agriculture and Appropriations, but does not hold leadership positions on either. This year, Rep. Harder has voted 100% of the time with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and 94% of the time with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Harder voted in favor of a bill expressing solidarity with Cuban citizens and calling for the release of Cuban detainees, the Libya Stabilization Act, and the annual National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022.

    Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Harder was a small-business leader before returning to his hometown to work as a junior-college business instructor. His younger brother has preexisting medical conditions, and he has cited his family’s experience with the health care and health insurance system as a motivator for his continued advocacy and sponsorship of Medicare for All. As of January 2022, Rep. Harder has not cosponsored H.R. 40, which would begin the formal process of studying the case for reparations to Black Americans, despite indicating that he has been a lifelong proponent of social justice.

    Rep. Harder has a moderate record, and is not a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He has captured the endorsement of some progressive groups in the district, including Human Rights Campaign, End Citizens United, and California Teachers Association, and some state and national leaders, including President Barack Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren. He is also endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Association. Although new district lines have made CD-09 slightly friendlier territory for Democrats, the threat of Republican challenger Tom Patti’s potential policies greatly outweighs Rep, Harder’s more moderate voting record. Based on our analysis, Rep. Harder’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a champion for the constituents of CD-09 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Josh Harder

    Reelect Congressional Representative Josh Harder to keep CD-09 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

    Josh Harder

    Reelect Congressional Representative Josh Harder to keep CD-09 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

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