Today the Otto for Congress Campaign officially announced part of its "Valley Fights Back" Program, a paid-canvass operation to employ Central Valley residents. Recently the state's Employment Development Department released unemployment data for Fresno and Tulare counties. Fresno County's March unemployment rate was 17.4 percent and Tulare County's unemployment rate was 18.3 percent for the same time period. That is significantly greater than the state average of just over 11 percent for the month.
Otto Lee, the democratic candidate for the 22nd Congressional District, stated, "We need leaders who will help bring more jobs to the Valley. My campaign reflects the importance of job opportunities, and this week, we will start a program that begins to fight back."
"As a small business owner, I understand all too well the issues facing employers."
"The Central Valley has lost jobs in construction, manufacturing and technology. We need to focus on enhancing our strengths in the Valley and strategically develop more opportunities by working together. California's high-speed rail project will leverage the region's competitive advantages for business opportunities."
Congress is indicating it will not fund high-speed rail this year, a short-sighted but not unexpected move.
"Congress' inaction does not diminish the need or impact of this project," added Lee. "If elected I will fight for a sensible solution to make this vision a reality."
The campaign program will engage the community and register more voters in the Central Valley. For further program information contact Jeremy at 559-579-6519. Resumes and references are requested.