Meet the Candidate: Elizabeth L Betancourt (California)

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Candidate Name: Elizabeth L Betancourt

Photo provided by the campaign.

What office are you running for?
California State Assembly

With which party are you running for office?
Democratic Party

Election Date
Primary: March 3, 2020

Candidate’s Preferred Pronouns

Why are you running for office? 
To bring greater opportunity to and investment in my rural community!

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
Decades of disinvestment and disenfranchisement have created a cascade of issues: healthcare access, housing availability and homelessness, job opportunities, and education. These are exacerbated by climate change and the threat of catastrophic wildfire and drought. I will use tools that we know are already working – community healthcare centers, affordable housing tools, encouraging and investing in innovation for new job opportunities, and building on our exceptional community colleges to enhance educational access throughout our region – to create a more resilient and robust future for everyone in our large district!

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
We build on what’s already working at the community level, which is where we’re MOST united!

Who is your hero?
The teachers in my life who told me that I CAN!

What are your hobbies?
Gardening, textile design and sewing, cooking, reading

What is the most recent book you read?
Our common wealth: The return of public ownership in the United States (Hannah, 2018)

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
cats, a dog, chickens, and sheep

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
We LOVE our volunteers: visit

What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
How will you do this, in this red area of California? We broke a 40-year-old record this last November when we got nearly 43% of the vote with less than 1/3 of the money, compared with the Republican candidate. Voters are ready for change, and they’re ready for a candidate with a record of success in bridging political divides and getting work done on wicked problems. 2020 is the year!

Candidate Social Media:
Website | Facebook

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