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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 26

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Drew Phelps

Small Business Advocate
30,981 votes (38.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Water Access and Quality
  • Health Care
  • Economic and Educational Opportunities



Pitzer College Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (current)
Claremont Graduate University Master of Arts, American Politics (current)


Drew Phelps is a dedicated Tularean running to bring much-needed change and common sense to California's 26th Assembly District.


Beginning in 2015, Drew actively led and organized residents of the district with Citizens for Hospital Accountability, whose members worked tirelessly to save the Tulare Regional Medical Center, which was dealing with significant financial, legal, and leadership issues. As a result of the 2-year long campaign, Citizens for Hospital Accountability succeeded in defeating an unwise bond measure that would have cost the county millions, recalling a board member who had been seated for over 20 years, and ultimately, replacing all 5 board members to ensure a fresh start for the Tulare Regional Medical Center.


Previously, Drew served as the Director of Grant Oversight with the Manuel Torrez Family Resource Center, bringing in funding for the Center’s “Healthy Families, Happy Kids” initiative, as well as helping organize the program’s annual mobile health clinic and fair. His other volunteer experience in the South Valley includes directing a soccer camp for underserved youth and coordinating healthy food distributions for working families.


Professionally, Drew works in land use and project management for Granville Homes, a Valley-based residential development company that builds homes for local working and middle-class families, including multi-family infill projects. Previously, he was a policy analyst and multimedia journalist with Granville's affiliated online news publication, GV Wire, which focuses on issues affecting our communities in the Tulare, Inyo, and Kern counties.


Drew was born and raised in the 26th District, attending St. Aloysius in Tulare for K-8. From his childhood, Drew engaged with the community around him, participating in youth programs and sports, academic competitions, and volunteering with local nonprofits and his church. In high school, Drew maintained his commitment to serving others, winning the City of Tulare’s “Volunteer of the Year” award for his work with the Tulare Senior Center and Meals on Wheels, among other organizations.


Drew earned his B.A. in Political Studies from Pitzer College and his M.A. in American Politics from Claremont Graduate University. During his time in school, Drew remained keenly invested in the well-being of our community, never once missing a vote in his home district. A strong believer in reaching across the aisle and working on issues of local importance, Drew interned for several Valley elected officials during his time in school, including former Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, Congressman Jim Costa, and former Senator Andy Vidak.

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $168,424

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Granville Homes
Employees of SC Strategies
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
Employees of Tulare City Schools
Assemi Group
Employees of CMRC
Employees of Dr. Patrica Phelps
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
Employees of J.D. Heiskell & Company
Maricopa Orchards
Operating Engineers Local 3
Sheetmetal Workers International Association

More information about contributions

By State:

California 97.39%
District of Columbia 1.20%
New York 0.45%
Arizona 0.30%
Other 0.65%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.63%)
Small contributions (1.37%)

By Type:

From organizations (28.96%)
From individuals (71.04%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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