Andy Vidak

Bringing Democrats and Republicans Together

Fighting For More Valley Jobs

Small businessman and citizen legislator Andy Vidak knows that our Valley unemployment is a staggering 16.4%, so he co-sponsored a job fair that matched nearly 70 local employers with folks looking for work as well as voted to help small businesses avoid costly “shakedown” lawsuits.

Andy Vidak earned a 100% pro-jobs rating from the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, voted against job-killing energy regulations that would interfere with oil and gas extraction plus co-authored a bill urging an extension of unemployment benefits for our struggling neighbors.

Water Is Our Lifeblood

No one knows better than farmer Andy Vidak that our Central Valley way of life depends on building reservoirs and more water delivery projects . . . and, he’s deeply concerned that too many local communities can’t even get clean, safe drinking water for their families.

A respected leader in the fight for more water, Andy Vidak authored the $9.2 billion “Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2014” that provides critical water storage, emergency drought relief, groundwater cleanup and more regional water supply projects.

Let’s Kill High Speed Rail

Andy Vidak clearly understands the mismanaged high speed rail project is a waste of our taxes and he agrees with the Legislative Budget Analyst that the Legislature must stop funding it . . . but worse, the bullet train will destroy local jobs, homes, farms and small businesses.

A fiscal conservative who opposes tax hikes, Andy Vidak believes high speed rail is a “pie-in-the-sky” effort . . . that’s why he authored Senate Bill 901 that temporarily halts the sale of bullet train bonds and gives taxpayers a second chance to stop all funding for the project.

More Career & Technical Education

With school dropout rates as high as at 60% in some of our south Valley high schools, Andy Vidak co-authored a measure that provides a 50% tax credit for people who attend vocational schools and he voted against a bill that would suspend the academic testing program.

Andy Vidak voted to improve the local control funding formula that provides our Central Valley schools with more resources for poor and English-learner students . . . and, he supported a measure that enhances the quality of classroom training for new teachers.

Keep Convicts Behind Bars

An advocate of longer prison sentences for random acts of violence, Andy Vidak is fighting the projected release of up to 52,000 state prisoners into local communities across our state . . . that’s why he supported a new state law that keeps dangerous felons off our streets.

Andy Vidak voted against legislation that could reduce charges for serious drug possession, backs more community anti-drug programs so young people stay away from dangerous narcotics and he’ll fight those liberal legislators who want to weaken “Three Strikes, You’re Out.”

Provide Affordable Health Care

To reduce health care costs and provide greater access to medical services, Andy Vidak will work to clamp down on frivolous medical lawsuits, stop Medi-Cal fraud and expand rural health care clinics . . . and, he strongly supports letting people keep their doctor and their health plan.

Andy Vidak voted for a measure that encourages doctors to practice medicine in rural areas by helping them pay off their student loans . . . and, he backed legislation that continues essential medical care for individuals who lost their health insurance because of government regulations.