Editor:

I’ve lived here in the Central Valley now for more than 20 years. I grew to love and appreciate the Central Valley for its small communities and the closeness of the people you meet within your community. I currently live in Riverbank and spend lots of time and some of my money in Modesto. I have noticed that Modesto and other communities around us are getting worse as far as homelessness, health and mental health issues. Many families and individuals are just making ends meet. I want to see action and not just email responses like I’ve seen over the years. Since Josh Harder has taken over, I’ve noticed a big difference. “Josh takes action”. Josh Harder comes out to the communities to get to know all his constituents. His town halls are always in small venues and he is usually just 10 feet away. He doesn’t just talk, he listens. He recently held town hall meetings in Manteca, Patterson, and Modesto. It doesn’t matter if you’re a republican or democrat, Josh listens to all. Josh goes out and looks for the root of community problems. He worked with union workers at Save mart in Ceres, visited a homeless encampment, visited a local trade school, and went to Head Start. Starting education early is very important and Josh knows that too. I think Josh Harder is doing an excellent job by reaching out to the community and not just being a “do nothing” politician in Washington.

Evelyn Navarrete

Riverbank resident

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