David Hildebrand is running to represent the state of California in the U.S. Senate. He lives in Sacramento, and is a Legislative Analyst for the State of California.
David grew up in the town of Woodbridge, in San Joaquin County. Born into modest conditions, he grew up knowing the economic struggles that many Americans face. His father was a union carpenter, and he always felt that he would follow in his footsteps. After graduating from high school, he signed up for the carpenter's apprentice program and while waiting to be called up, he attended classes at San Joaquin Delta College and worked various jobs to pay his way through school. At the time, the market wasn't doing well, and there were few construction jobs available. The call he was waiting for never came.
He decided to continue with community college. After graduation he attended CSU Sacramento, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Government. Despite working full-time in various positions while in school, his paid internship at American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees ended, and the Great Recession left him unemployed. After months of applying for any job he could find, he was hired with the state of California for an entry-level position. He now works as a Legislative Analyst, helping to ensure that laws are as sensible and cost effective as possible.
Having been cynical about politics, in 2015, when Bernie Sanders entered the presidential race and started speaking of a more equal, fair, and just America, his interest was piqued. He knew that if he did not fight to make that a reality, he couldn’t ask the same of others. He started volunteering with Bernie’s campaign, and eventually was entrusted to be the Staging Location Director for California’s 6th Congressional District. It was during this time that he saw the true power of a grassroots campaign, run by the people and for the people.
After the primary, he felt compelled to stay involved and continue the fight for a better future. He volunteered in a local campaign in the Sacramento region, and continued to build his network of average Americans who desired a better future.
After serious consideration, David decided that he wanted to provide Californians an alternative to the establishment figureheads that have either been in the same office for decades, or are playing political musical chairs. If successful in the upcoming United States Senate race, he will lead the charge for progressive policies at the federal level, and defend California against a Congress and Presidency determined to cut the social, economic, and environmental programs that American workers rely on.
David currently lives in the College Greens neighborhood of Sacramento, with his partner Rachelanne and their two dogs, Clyde and Aurora.