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John Hernandez
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 21
Bachelor'sFresno State, 1996
Campaign website
John Hernandez was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 21st Congressional District of California. He unsuccessfully ran for the district in 2012. He lost in the general election.[1]


Hernandez graduated from Fresno State with a degree in history in 1996. He then worked in the insurance industry with both Aetna and Prudential for nearly 10 years. In 2004, Hernandez was elected President of the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.[2]


Campaign themes


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

  • Small Business Development
Excerpt: "Small Business in the US contributes to around ½ of the U.S. GDP and over half of the employment. The 21st District is no different. I will work for the Small Business community in our district to ensure they get their share of resources to help them participate in the inevitable rebound that will take place in the future California economy. "
  • Renewable Energy & Infrastructure
Excerpt: "I favor the continued development of solar, wind and other green technology in Central California. With the regions abundance of sunny days, the district is in an obvious location for the continued production of renewable energy resources and the manufacturing and service industries that revolve around it."
  • 21st Century Job Training
Excerpt: "Even with the extremely high percentages of unemployment in the 21st District there are far too many instances of companies not being able to find adequately trained employees to fill many of the limited jobs that are available in the area. "



See also: California's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014

California's 21st Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014 due to it being a Democratic leaning district held by a Republican incumbent. Incumbent David Valadao (R) and Amanda Renteria (D) triumphed in the blanket primary over John Hernandez (D). Valadao successfully defended his seat, defeating Renteria in the general election on November 4, 2014.[4][5]

U.S. House, California District 21 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Valadao Incumbent 63% 28,773
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmanda Renteria 25.6% 11,682
     Democratic John Hernandez 11.5% 5,232
Total Votes 45,687
Source: California Secretary of State


See also: California's 21st Congressional District elections, 2012

Hernandez ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 21st District. He and David Valadao (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Blong Xiong (D). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election and Valadao won.[1][6][7]

U.S. House, California District 21 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid G. Valadao 57.8% 67,164
     Democratic John Hernandez 42.2% 49,119
Total Votes 116,283
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


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


Breakdown of the source of Hernandez's campaign funds before the 2012 election.


Hernandez and his wife, Karen, reside in Fresno County.[2]

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