Focus on Kern candidates: Adam Medeiros
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — In June and November, voters in Kern will face a slate of options at the polls. 17 News sits down with Kern candidates so the county can make informed decisions.
We look to one of the most competitive races in the country – the Central Valley’s 22nd Congressional District, which includes parts of Kern, Kings and Tulare counties as well as parts of cities such as Bakersfield, Hanford, Tulare , Arvin, Delano and Porterville.
It is a Latino-majority district that leans Democratic in terms of registration. Voters in that riding would have voted for Joe Biden in 2020 by a margin of almost 13%. However, Republicans have already seen strong turnout in this region. Incumbent David Valadao (R-Hanford) won that area as a Republican on the same ticket in which the district voted for Biden by around 11%.
Three candidates are hoping to overthrow Valadao: Republican Chris Mathys, Republican Adam Medeiros and Democrat Rudy Salas.
A closer look at Adam Medeiros
Politics and religion, two things that everyone knows shouldn’t be discussed at the dinner table. But what about the hair salon?
“I always like to say this to make it very clear, David Valadao is a personal friend, I know his family, his children, I know his parents,” said Adam Medeiros, candidate for the 22nd congressional district. “He’s actually been a client of mine for many years. Until I start running.
Hanford salon owner Adam Medeiros has a very similar background to his former patron-turned-political opponent, David Valadao, whose family immigrated from Portugal and settled on a farm in Hanford.
At the age of two, Medeiros himself came with his parents and six siblings from the Azores Islands in America, where he grew up on a dairy farm in the Central Valley.
“I believe I represent the American dream of an immigrant who came with nothing and now wants to give back,” he said.
After graduating from high school, Medeiros went to beauty school where he met Amy, his wife of 40 years. The couple raised three children in Hanford where they own Medeiros Spa and Salon.
While he currently serves on the Kings County Board of Education and has been involved with school boards for years, Medeiros and Amy said they never imagined venturing into a run for Congress, especially in this turbulent period of American politics.
“In this climate it’s just like ahh it’s so comfortable but I really felt it was a call from God,” Medeiros said. “We were sitting around and I felt really doomed, I really have to stop complaining and complaining if I don’t want to do something about it.”
Medeiros says that among his main issues are immigration, law enforcement and education. But there’s a specific reason he hopes voters send him to the Capitol.
“I want to go to Washington because there really is what I call a socialist agenda of the current administration that needs to be stopped,” he said.
When is the last administration?
“I’m a huge Trump supporter, I love what he’s done for our country,” Medeiros said. “But I’m just not a big fan of the way he tweets and the things he says. He’s always a little reckless with that, a little of course with that.
Despite being one of the most competitive precincts in the nation this election year, on paper winning the 22nd congressional race could be a tough fight for any Republican in a blue-leaning zone with a margin of more than 16%.
“It really didn’t bother us too much because I believe there’s a revival going on and I say it every time I speak, I can’t be elected by the Republicans who vote for me. Democrats are going to have to vote for me,” he said.
Medeiros considers himself a conservative Christian and believes those values will eventually prevail.
“I have the cross on everything I post because I want people to know that I don’t just represent them, I represent their Christian values and those have been ignored for a long time,” Medeiros said. “And I think that sets me apart.”