The Democrat of Santa Clarita enters the 2022 Assembly competition
Santa Clarita resident Jonathan Ahmadi announced Thursday that he is running to represent Assembly District 38 in Sacramento.
Ahmadi, a Democrat, said the district needed someone who represents the values of the community.
“We absolutely need to have leadership that not only represents us, but can get things done for us,” he said.
Suzette Valladares, R-Santa Clarita, currently represents the district, which includes most of the SCVs. Ahmadi said Valladares predecessor Christy Smith D-Santa Clarita secured taxpayer money for the district.
“It’s the kind of thing a Democrat in the California Qualified Majority is going to be able to do,” he said. “Unfortunately, this is not what our current representative will be able to provide to us.”
Ahmadi told The Signal that his work in the community represents his values, noting his involvement in the Santa Clarita Homelessness Task Force, the Veteran Services Collaborative, Next SCV of the SCV Chamber of Commerce and others. local groups.
“I want to make sure we build more affordable housing for first-time homebuyers and for working middle-class families,” he said, adding voters told him they had moved to the area because of affordable housing, good schools and a safe community.
Ahmadi said he was drawn to Santa Clarita for the community’s involvement in philanthropic events.
“It’s unique,” he said of the city. “It’s not something I’ve really seen anywhere else.”
Ahmadi, who briefly ran for Santa Clarita city council last year, said he also plans to prioritize post-pandemic recovery for businesses.
“We need policies in place in Sacramento that reflect on what work will look like in the future and how we make work and the changing dynamics of work more accessible and flexible for workers and businesses,” a- he said, adding that health care should be part of this conversation.
Elderly care is another top priority for Ahmadi.
“The current state of senior care in California is unreasonable,” he said. “There is no dignity in getting old if you don’t have this truly extravagant wealth and it just shouldn’t be. It is immoral.