About Hector Madrigal
Hector Madrigal was born in Bakersfield, California on August 26, 1987. In the Autumn of 1996, Hector and his family moved north to Lodi, where they have resided ever since.
- Arts Humanities Social Science Associate in Arts – San Joaquin Delta College, Summer 2017
- English Associate in Arts – San Joaquin Delta College, Spring 2018
- Pre-Law Studies Certification – San Joaquin Delta College, Spring 2019
- Political Science Associate in Arts – San Joaquin Delta College, Spring 2020
- Political Science Bachelors in Arts – California State University Sacramento, EXPECTED 2022
- Founder of The Olive Branch
- Member of the NAACP – Stockton
- Former VP of San Joaquin Delta College Politics, Law, and Society Club
I have resided in the south-side of Lodi, California since 1996. Over the past twenty-four years I have called this town my home. Beckman Elementary was the first public school I attended, and in that time frame a child was hit and killed by an off-duty police officer in his truck near my house on Wimbledon Drive. I had seen injustices directly in front of my eyes in those few years, and that was the first time I joined a protest.
I first took on responsibilities outside the home as I transferred to Lodi Middle School. That was when I started my first job delivering newspapers for the Lodi News Sentinel. My route included Wimbledon Drive, The Oaks Apartments, and some of Harney Lane.
In 2001 my family moved to a house on the south-side where we currently reside. I began my freshman year at Tokay High School, and just a month later were the terrorist attacks that changed America and the world forever. I saw even more injustices occur–that were supported by multiple levels of government–which took away the rights of many individuals. Also at that time I experienced some medical issues and had to switch from Tokay to Liberty High School where I enrolled in Independent Studies. While at Liberty, I completed the highest courses they offered, and quickly noticed the discrepancies between schools in the same city. Moreover, I saw how some looked down upon those from certain backgrounds.
Around the time I graduated high school, I began participating in Youth Group activities with my siblings as a part of St. Anne’s Catholic Church. There I met a number of friends who I’m still in contact with today, and I discussed faith with various people and groups.
When it came to higher education, I was in it for the long haul. I attended San Joaquin Delta College sparingly as I battled with mental health, specifically social anxiety disorder. While studying, I realized that I loved helping others, and that we all have the power to move our society forward if we put time and effort to bring everyone together and confront the tough issues.
I originally planned on becoming a teacher, as I wanted to help kids grow and be prepared for learning and life. After completing my English courses, and even receiving a Certificate of Recognition from the Arthur Miller Journal, I switched over to Government and Law. I felt that was a more direct way to bring justice and reform to the community. Over the years I have received a Political Science degree, a Pre-Law certification, I became the Vice President of the San Joaquin Delta College Politics and Law Club, I advocated for more money to California’s community colleges on behalf of FACCC, and I interned for Mayor Tubbs’ reelection campaign in Stockton, California.
I have done my best to be an active member in our community from a young age, and my goal is to create a future where Lodi remains a safe, small farming town for people of all walks of life.
Why Hector is Running for city Council
Over the past 24 years I have lived and grown with our community here in Lodi, and so too has my family with the inclusion of black, white, and brown brother-in-laws, nieces, and nephews. Unfortunately, in the time we have lived here, my family, friends, and myself have felt ignored, belittled, and harassed by others in town simply for being different. We have experienced the two-tiered justice system, and witnessed a lack of true representation and leadership for our diverse people. Many around me believed there was no way to change this, that we were too small to be heard, and politicians didn’t actually care. My parents thought differently. They told me to keep studying and I could bring the change myself. This took longer than expected, as I battled with social anxiety disorder. Looking on the upside, this allowed me to discuss mental illness directly, and to find even more cracks in our system.
Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the middle of my studies, and I saw chaos among our representatives at the federal, state, and local level. I was annoyed (to put it kindly) by the absence of preparation from those who we have been looking up to as leaders. While working at the local Walmart, I saw mayhem as our own community turned against each other for food and supplies. And more recently, the Black Lives Matter protests have returned the racial divide to the forefront of our society.
I say enough is enough. It’s time I step up and bring true leadership and change that Lodi desperately needs. It’s time we change the system together by bringing true representation to our diverse population by enacting term limits and allowing citizens to vote in the Mayor. It’s time we bring racial justice through criminal justice reform, racial inclusion in our schools, and having the tough conversations about injustice in our community. And it’s time we as a society take mental illness seriously by creating preventative care in our system.
This is just the beginning, considering the fact that whoever is elected into office must deal with the fallout from the Coronavirus Depression. This includes high unemployment, reduced income, reduced government funds, new government regulations from the state and county health officials, and the possibility of a viral outbreak in the city just to name a few. If the government is forcing businesses to close and families to stay indoors, they must provide financial assistance and address the new issues that come with the pandemic. I will continue fighting to secure funds from the county supervisors, and working with various organizations to create new programs and events that follow COVID health regulations while mending our community.