As a progressive woman of color who understands firsthand the needs of our community, and as an elected official with years of dedicated and significant experience in public service, I am excited to announce my candidacy for State Senate District 23! I have served on the San Bernardino City Unified School Board since 2013, and have been President since 2017. As a Latina daughter of working-class, immigrant parents, I have shaped my values on that very personal road where poverty is all too often the starting point and far too few reach prosperity. Determined to make certain every child starts with all of the tools needed for success, I have spent my years in public service fighting for equality and fair treatment for everyone. San Bernardino City Unified is the 9th largest district in the state of California, and I feel honored to have helped move our schools from 60% graduation rates to now 90% graduation rates, while managing over a half a billion dollars.
During my life, both as an office holder and volunteer to elect others, I have knocked on thousands of doors to speak with residents in cities all across Senate District 23. The diversity of this district demands a leader who understands the struggles of our most marginalized community members. My experience as the Executive Director of the Inland Regional Equality Network (IREN), and a Board Member of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ), Inland Empire United, and the State Dental Board of California, and countless other regional non-profits positions me well to serve our communities.
I am proud to be launching this campaign, and hope you’ll join in! Together, we can elevate this region and elect a representative who will do the hard work required to lift us all. In the words of Shirley Chisholm, I have spent my life bringing a folding chair so that I could have a seat at the table. But, I’ve decided it’s time to hang up my folding chair in an effort that together we will build a brand new table where each of us has a seat as One Community, One Voice.
Take a moment to visit our website and support Team Abigail with your endorsement. Your name will be showcased as a member and supporter for a better, more inclusive District 23. Thank you! I look forward to serving as your State Senator. Together we will move our district to new heights.