Race for the 51st Congressional District seat intensifies
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The race for the 51st Congressional District Seat is on again, and it may seem familiar.
Republican Juan Hidalgo is attempting to unseat Democrat Juan Vargas. Hidalgo was on Good Morning San Diego this morning to tell us more about his candidacy.
Hidalgo provided KUSI with a brief biography of his life and career that you can read below.
Juan M. Hidalgo Jr. was born in San Diego, CA and raised in National City, CA. In February 1984, Hidalgo graduated high school and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In April 1984, he attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego, CA.
Until earning the rank of First Sergeant in 2003, Hidalgo’s military occupational specialty was Armor, (Tank) Crewman. He served in every enlisted leadership position within the Armor Community.
Outside the Armor Community, Hidalgo served as a Recruiter’s Aide at National City Recruiting Sub-Station. Hidalgo also served as a drill instructor, senior drill instructor, and later served as a Company First Sergeant at MCRD. In 2003 he deployed and led his tank platoon in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hidalgo was assigned as the First Sergeant of Support Company, Combat Service Support Battalion 10. He deployed in February 2004 to lead a company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2. In January 2007, Hidalgo reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Camp Pendleton, CA and again returned to lead Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 6-08.
After a series of successful leadership assignments within the Marine Air Ground Task Force, he was assigned in March 2010 to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the Unit Sergeant Major. As a Marine Sergeant Major at the pinnacle of his career, from 2013 to 2015 he was selected to represent all services as the Senior Enlisted Leader of Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba. A well-decorated combat veteran, Hidalgo retired on 1 October 2015 after over 31 years of proven leadership and faithful service to his country.
With his desire to remain an active member of the community while an active member of the military, Hidalgo, along with his family, continuously volunteer for causes such as Toys for Tots, Volunteers of America and feeding the homeless. Hidalgo also served as School Board Chairman and member for a significant portion of his military career.
Since retirement, Hidalgo has remained active with the community and his church, serving as a church leader and board member. Committed to supporting veterans and military families he has also remained active with a military non-profit organization.
Hidalgo holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (Summa cum laude) from Park University and is a National Defense University Graduate of Keystone Executive Leadership.
Hidalgo and his wife, Francisca, reside in the heart of San Diego with their children who look forward to supporting their father’s bid for continued service of this country.