Phil Arballo

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Election season is in full swing and some of the nation's most contested congressional races are taking place in the Central Valley. To learn more about how voters may decide come November 3rd, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with Mark Keppler, executive director of The Kenneth L. Maddy Institute, Marek Warszawski, columnist with the Fresno Bee and Rachel Lawler, a research associate with the Public Policy Institute of California.

On this week’s Valley Edition: Kern County farmers talk about how President Trump’s immigration policies affect the industry.

Plus, we hear from young community organizers in Fresno and Bakersfield who say they’re fed up with the current political system and are working to bring about change. 

Later, we speak to the president of California State University, Bakersfield as the school celebrates 50 years of education.

Listen to those stories and more on the podcast above.

Arballo for Congress

Voters in the 22nd Congressional District will decide next month between Republican Devin Nunes, who has represented the district since 2003, and Democrat Phil Arballo, who runs a small business in financial services. Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock posed questions to Arballo submitted from FM89 listeners on topics including COVID-19 economic recovery, education and racial divisions. Nunes' campaign did not respond to our request for an interview.

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Congressman Devin Nunes announced last week he’s suing a group of constituents who contend his title of “farmer” is inaccurate. Tuesday, democratic challenger Phil Arballo said he would help raise money for a legal defense fund to fight those lawsuits. 

Standing outside of Nunes’ Clovis Office, Arballo directed his words to the absent congressman: “If you’re going to sue anyone, sue me.”