Antonio C. “Tony” Amador has worked in public service for more than 40 years, including as a Los Angeles police officer, Director of the California Youth Authority, and most recently as the U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of California, a presidential appointment by George H.W. Bush.
Serving and protecting the community is simply a part of his DNA. So, it was only natural that he run for public office. Amador is currently vying for U.S. Congress in the 9th California Congressional District held by Democrat incumbent Jerry McNerney. Voters will decide his fate in the upcoming November election.
The 9th District includes parts of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties and spans from rivers of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the heart of Stockton. San Joaquin County takes up most of the District.
If elected, Amador said his top priorities would be creating jobs in the region by providing tax incentives for businesses to relocate in the area and improving education by putting more control of the schools in the hands of local school district officials.
“The challenges of employment opportunities, the education of our children, and the safety of our families are all shared concerns that a congressional candidate should focus upon,” he said.
Amador said he would also make sure a veterans hospital would be built in the area and address the parts of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” that need to be fixed.
A resident of Lodi, Amador has sought public offices in the past, including the local congressional seat and the California State Assembly but was unsuccessful. However, he was recently elected Chairman of the San Joaquin County Republican Central Committee, overseeing local party efforts to get republicans elected to every office in the county.
Before pursuing public office, Amador had a long, extended career in law enforcement. He was a Los Angeles police officer for 13 years, and was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the parole board of the California Narcotic Addict Evaluation Authority and Chairman of the California Youthful Offender Parole Board.
He later was appointed Director of the California Youth Authority by Brown, serving from December 1981 to January 1983, and served as Deputy Director of the California Employment Development Department by Governor George Deukmejian and five years as a member of the California Public Employment Relations Board.
In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Amador U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of California. He served in this role until August 2009.
A graduate of University of the Pacific’s law school, Amador is one of 14 children. Amador’s parents and his wife Evelia were born in Mexico. Both families emigrated to the U.S. for more opportunities to provide for their children.
“Her family and mine came to this great country to make a better life for their families, as have many other immigrants,” Amador said. “Our parents taught us that we should work hard to get ahead in life.”