By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Amanda Renteria said she has energy and passion to get things done. The 38-year-old Tulare County native recently launched her campaign for Congress in the 21st District in a run against Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford.
"I think it's a unique time to build connections with communities and build a foundation that will keep us moving forward," Renteria said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
Earning a BA in economics and political science at Stanford University and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, Renteria said she's excited and feels she will earn the support of valley voters.
Renteria served as U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's advisor on economic issues and said the opportunity to bring about change was meaningful.
Robert Price, Californian editorial page editor, asked Renteria on "First Look" what she thought of a website that was created by the incumbent party that used her name.
"I feel this is exactly what's wrong with the current government shutdown," Renteria said. "You have a party wasting energy on these kinds of tactics instead of focusing on what's important."
Renteria said she was frustrated by the government shutdown because it's impacting farmers, schools and other important sectors in the valley.
Renteria talked about a plan to build the local workforce. Creating a collaboration between companies and schools to train students for careers is something she thinks will benefit youth.
"Whether it's going on a police ride-along or working alongside a nurse," Renteria said. "It's those kinds of connections that are vital because most communities don't have that example for their youth."
To learn more about Renteria, visit amandarenteria.com.