Nanette Diaz Barragan’s election victory a motivation

We took a trip to the 44th Congressional District headquarters in Compton, California on the morning of Election Day. The courtyard was fairly empty, but the turnout at the polls appeared to give a two thumbs up for incumbent Democratic rising star Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragan. 

Barragan, the 44th District representative since 2016, was reelected with a landslide election victory on Nov. 3. The longtime advocate for environmental efforts as well as a resilient female representative hawk who is also the youngest of 11 children to immigrant parents, won her reelection race over Analilia Joya.

Barragan’s victory cements her upward political trajectory and paves the way for young women much like herself at the federal level of government when it comes to representation. 

By winning reelection, Barragan is part of a large pool of female representation in ground-breaking numbers during this voting season. An article that appears on the House of Representatives states as much.

“Here are the women elected to serve in the next Congress,” a record number of female representatives won, or were reelected into office. There are a total of 103 women who are a part of the “historic number of women.” 

Dist. 44 Headquarters, Compton, Calif.
2020 Election day, Nanette Diaz Barragan Dist. 44 Representative Headquarters

According to Diaz, she “ran to represent her neighbors, friends and family members in Congress, with a focus on bringing change and opportunities for those who need it most.” Her experience in her early career in the Clinton White House in her efforts to support African Americans in the Office of Public Liaison highlighted her public interest in the communities she now represents.

She was a part of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) focusing on racial health disparities and discrimination at the start of her career in the early ’90s. Following these efforts, Barragan became the first woman in 12 years to be elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council. She then became the first-ever Latina to serve as mayor for the city.

Barragan is known as a fighter. One example of this is her heralded efforts to block a proposition to dig oil rigs from Hermosa to neighboring beach city Santa Monica in her time as Hermosa City Council member.

U.S. Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragan hanging out with young constituents of the 44th District that she represents. Photo appears courtesy of Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragan.
U.S. Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragan hanging out with young constituents of the 44th District that she represents. Photo appears courtesy of Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragan.

Barragan’s official campaign website reinstates the localized mindset she brought to her campaign earlier this year by saying, “Nanette is fighting for working people. That means protecting American jobs, bringing more good-paying jobs with benefits to our community, raising the minimum wage, and guaranteeing equal pay for equal work.”

The grip of support that Barragan has on the 44th District was illustrated in her decisive win against Joya. Barragan won her reelection with nearly 70 percent (68.9%) of the vote. Joya received just 31.1 percent of the vote from district residents. The latest count tally in the lopsided race has Barragan with 109,174 voters selecting her as their representative. Joya received 49,250 votes.  

The morning after election day, Barragan took to Twitter to calm voters in their shared anxiety over the projections of the election thus far by tweeting:

“Our American democracy depends on all eligible votes being counted,” she said. “Despite efforts to stop counting votes, the American people decide elections. As we wait for all votes to be counted, let’s stay calm & be patient. There are many votes still left to be counted. #CountEveryVote.”

Barragan was referring to President Donald Trump’s premature comments in his efforts to one, stop the count of votes, and two, claim victory in states that have yet to claim official electoral votes towards Trump. Additionally, she held President Trump accountable for misleading information in this follow up tweet. 

Barragan took to Twitter to thank the 44th District community for their continued support in her reelection bid. 

The official announcement made by AP Politics tweeted her win slightly before 11 pm Tuesday night. 

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