Joanna Botelho

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Joanna Botelho
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 16
Bachelor'sCSU Fresno
J.D.San Joaquin College of Law
ProfessionCEO, LJB Farms
Campaign website
Joanna Botelho was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 16th Congressional District of California.[1]


Botelho holds a B.S. in Ag Business from CSU Fresno and a J.D. from San Joaquin College of Law. She is the CEO of LJB Farms. Botelho and her husband also own Joey's Well Drilling and Construction.[2]


Campaign themes


Botelho's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Obamacare: "We are just now beginning to see and feel the full effects of the federal law that’s come to be known as “Obamacare.” These effects include massive job losses, reduced work hours, and increases in all the costs associated with health insurance. We knew something was wrong with this bill that hired 17,000 new IRS agents when what we needed was 17,000 new DOCTORS."
  • The water crisis: " Water policy, as with many other critical issues affecting agriculture, is controlled in Washington, DC, by urban interests. For too long, our incumbent Congressman has been cozy with those interests."
  • The "Bullet Train.": "There is no way the people of California can afford to build this boondoggle, and there is no way the taxpayers can afford to subsidize its operations and maintenance into perpetuity. It is a budget buster for California. The way it is being implemented now is also illegal, since it violates just about every requirement of the enabling legislation (Proposition 1A) passed by the voters in 2008."


—Joanna Botelho's campaign website,



See also: California's 16th Congressional District elections, 2014

Botelho ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 16th District. Botelho was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, California District 16 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Costa Incumbent 44.3% 25,586
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohnny Tacherra 21.7% 12,542
     Republican Steve Crass 15.4% 8,877
     Republican Mel Levey 7.9% 4,565
     Republican Joanna Garcia-Botelho 6.6% 3,827
     Democratic Job Melton 4.1% 2,370
Total Votes 57,767
Source: California Secretary of State

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Botelho's reports.

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Botelho's committee owed $14,500 in outstanding loans to Joanna Botelho.


Botelho has a husband, Leonard.[2]

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