Astronaut Jose Hernandez, who grew up as a farmworker in Stockton and Lodi, will announce his candidacy for the 10th Congressional District on Monday.
Hernandez, a Democrat, is scheduled to make the announcement at 11 a.m. today at the Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St., and at 1 p.m. at the Tracy Transit Station, 50 E. Sixth St. at North Central Avenue.
The 10th District extends generally from Tracy and Manteca south to Turlock and Patterson.
Hernandez was a crew member on the space shuttle in 2009. He was born in French Camp and is a Franklin High School graduate in Stockton. His parents live on the outskirts of Lodi northeast of Highway 99 and Eight Mile Road.
Hernandez received a full college education despite not speaking English until he was 12 years old. He was a farmworker with his parents and siblings on fields throughout San Joaquin County, including the Lodi area.
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