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TheDGT.org Presents Andrew Becerra, A Democratic Candidate for US Senate on April 24 at Noon

April 24, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST


TheDGT.org presents a Democratic candidate for US Senate from Arizona, Andrew Becerra.

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Andrew’s biographical statement:

I was born in May of 1981 to parents who gave me up in a closed adoption. I was in the system in Orange County California for 8 months, before two amazing people shared their hearts and family with me. My new parents couldn’t have children of their own, so me and my adopted sister were given all the love they could provide.

Robert, my father, was a member of The United Food and Commercial Workers Union. He was a staunch union supporter and instilled that in me. He’d always say things like, “Any company that has a union, deserves to have it.” Back then he could see that companies who had unions protected their employees, and paid living wages, where companies without them might live up to that standard, or soon to have a union when they continue their poor business tactics. I was 11 years old when I walked home from school to find my mother dead. Home wasn’t home anymore. Being a single parent is one of the most difficult things anyone could ever do, and I know that for many reasons.

At 18, I joined the US Marine Corps and after some last minute paperwork I ended up joining as Open Contract. That’s when you allow the Corps to place you where you’re most useful and needed. With a 92 overall the Marine Corps decided they needed my mind more than they needed my body, and I became a Tech. What started with computers, printers, fax machines, and networks quickly expanded to include telephone switchboards, fiber optic cabling and radios.

In all those years what they taught me most was how to identify a problem, come up with ways to fix those problems, and implement them.

They stripped me of my individuality and instilled in me a need to lead and inspire others to work together to complete a goal. No one can accomplish alone as much as we can accomplish united.

I served faithfully for 8 years from September 1999 to September 2007. Multiple tours to Iraq broke me of several illusions as well as my health.

When I got back I was a mess. I couldn’t enter buildings with more than a few people or anxiety brought on by my PTSD would hit me like a wall. My family fell apart and it would take me getting full custody of my daughter and the doctors at the VA Hospital here in Tucson to put me back together.

I went to college at Humboldt University, became a father for the second time, and ended up in Tucson Arizona in August of 2008. Shortly thereafter I became a single father, trying to work my way through college and work while raising my daughter full-time and my son 50/50. Not nearly as hard as what my dad went through when my mom passed.

I ended up needing full-time employment, and what skills did I have to fall back on? Thanks to the Marine Corps, I could fix anything. I was lucky enough to be given a job at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson working. I loved working for the Tohono O’odham people and I have an immense love and respect for our native brethren.

From there, using my background and technical knowledge I took a job with Raytheon Missile Defense as a Tech and more recently an Engineer. Unlike others, I didn’t join the Corps as some kind of check mark for a political career. I joined the Corps because that’s what I thought Heroes did. My mother passing when I was so young…when she was so young, made me realize how short of a time we get here on this planet and I wanted to give my life to protect others. My drive to help the people has only gotten stronger over these 40+ years and it isn’t going to stop.

All my life I have been told, “politicians are corrupt.” and when I ask what we are going to do about it, I am told, “That’s just the way it is. You can’t change it.” I gave everyone 41 years to fix these problems without getting involved, and all we’ve done is make things worse. Well, just as I was taught, I can identify the issues, I have come up with several solutions, and now I am going to force action to be taken. No more corruption in politics, no more death for greed, and no more inequality for our people.


April 24, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST
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