Delano Mayor Bryan Osorio announced his bid for Congress in California’s 21st Congressional District Wednesday morning.
The 21st Congressional District is currently represented by David Valadao.
“The Central Valley is my home,” Osorio said in a news release. “It is home to the farmworkers who feed our nation. It is home to vibrant communities from all over the world. It is the home and birthplace of the labor movement.”
Osorio decided to run for Congress to serve working class residents in the Central Valley, a news release says.
“I have witnessed firsthand the impacts of absent leadership and representation right here in the heart of California,” he said. “I’m running for Congress because the people of the Central Valley deserve better.”
If elected, Osorio’s priorities will be to fight for humane immigration policies that guarantee a pathway to citizenship; environmental justice that addresses pollution and disproportionate health impacts; and Medicare For All.
Osorio was elected to the Delano City Council in 2018 at the age of 22. During his time on the Delano City Council, he has advocated for immigrant rights and LGBTQ+ rights. He worked to pass a resolution declaring Delano a sanctuary city and a proclamation declaring June 2020 as Pride Month for the first time in the city’s history.
During the pandemic, Osorio has also advocated to implement an eviction moratorium, waive late fees on utility bills and use CARES Act funds “equitably,” according to a news release.