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Candidate: Campaign kick-off

Jewel Hurtado is surrounded by supporters at a campaign kick-off meeting. Hurtado announced her run for the District 1 seat on Kingsburg’s City Council on July 19.

KINGSBURG – With the Nov. 6 election 14 weeks away, local candidates are announcing their bids for local office. Among them is Kingsburg resident Jewel Hurtado, 19, who announced on July 19 that she is running for Kingsburg City Council.

In order to comply with California Voting Rights Act laws, City Council elections will now take place by district. Residents must live in the district for which they are voting and they may only vote for the candidates that also must live in their district.

Hurtado resides in District 1. The incumbents who already reside in that district are City Councilwoman Staci Smith and Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Blayney.

Hurtado is a life-long resident of the community and currently serves on the Community Services Commission. This group advises City Council on city parks and recreational services issues.

“Serving on this committee has shown me the need to communicate more effectively and openly with all of our neighbors,” Hurtado said. “Overall, I want to make a difference. I want residents from all sides of town to feel their voices are not only heard, but respected. I am ready to serve for our kids, our parks, and our community. Kingsburg has pushed me to dream big, now it is my turn to give back,” she said.

Hurtado was a Kingsburg High Homecoming Queen and has been active as a local community organizer. She is a student at Fresno City College, worked at Fresno County Voter Coalition and interns at Valley Forward, a nonprofit focusing on community engagement, empowerment and mobilizing voters. She is engaged to Anthony Gonzales and they have an infant son, Anthony Rey.

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