On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence will make a visit to the Central Valley.
His first stops will be in Lemoore and Coalinga to talk trade.
The VP’s visit is expected to cause some road closures.
A major one, Highway 41. If you travel north or south on Highway 41, you can expect road closures from Lacey Blvd to the 198 and Hanford-Armona Road to Apricot, from 1:30 p.m. To 4 p.m.
We were told by the City of Lemoore’s City Manager that there will be plenty of detours.
Despite those traffic changes, there is much anticipation for the vice president’s visit.
President Donald Trump’s right hand man is coming to the Valley.
“It’s an honor to have a vice president here and it shows that the administration, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence really value the Central Valley,” says Fred Vanderhoof, chairman of the Fresno County Republican Party.
The Central Valley is known as the bread basket of the world, but local growers have been impacted by the recent tariff trade wars.
Pence’s first stop Freitas & Sons Farms in Lemoore.
The second, Harris Ranch in Coalinga. Both well-known in the Ag industry.
“He’s supporting farmers, even as we do these trade deals, it’s necessary because we had unfair trade practices from other countries so we just want something that’s fair,” Vanderhoof expressed.
But while the Republican Party is excited for the vice president’s visit, the Democratic Party is not putting out the Welcome Wagon.
“He’s here to raise money and he’s talking to a lot of the farmers but he’s not talking to the community,” says Michael Evans, chair of the Fresno County Democratic Party.
Evans says Pence’s time could be better spent south of the Valley.
“Coming here for fundraising trip to raise money for the next presidential election really should not be the focus of the administration until they deal with this humanitarian crisis that they’ve created at the border,” he expressed.
Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA 22nd District) released a statement regarding the vice president’s visit, “It’s great that Vice President Pence is coming here and will be touting the new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada. NAFTA has become outdated, and the new agreement has crucial benefits for California workers, farmers, and businesses.”
Congressman TJ Cox (D-CA 21st District) sent us a statement regarding the vice president’s visit as well, “I’m glad members of this administration are coming to the Central Valley to see firsthand the devastating impacts of Trump’s trade taxes on Central Valley communities.”
After the vice president’s stop in the Valley, he will visit Vandenberg and then end his California tour in San Diego.