FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 22, 2021
RELEASE: Palmdale City Councilmember Juan Carrillo announces campaign for California’s new Latino Empowerment Assembly District #39
The Antelope Valley’s only Democratic-elected city councilmember will run in new 50.3% Latino majority district
PALMDALE, CA – The Antelope Valley’s only Democratic-elected City Councilmember Juan Carrillo announced today that he is launching a campaign for California’s 39th Assembly District. The district’s newly-redrawn boundaries have transformed into a Latino Empowerment District with over 50.3% of voting-aged residents identifying as Latino.
“I’m running to represent the Antelope Valley in the State Assembly because I believe that every person in our community deserves an equal shot at success,” Carrillo said. “I immigrated to Southern California from Mexico when I was 15. If it were not for adult school programs, I wouldn’t have been able to earn my GED certificate, high school diploma, or higher education degrees. Unfortunately, due to lack of representation and inequality, many of our neighbors are not afforded the same opportunities. From improving our education system to increasing affordable housing to combatting the climate crisis, I’m running for the State Assembly to ensure that every child in the Antelope Valley and the Victor Valley — regardless of where he or she comes from — has the opportunity to live the American Dream.”
Carrillo earned his Associate’s Degree in Architecture from College of the Desert, Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University Pomona, and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University Northridge. Before entering public office, Carrillo worked in city planning for 15 years, 10 of which were with the City of Palmdale. In addition to representing Palmdale as a two-term councilmember, Carrillo also served as the Mayor Pro Tem of Palmdale and a member of the Palmdale School District Board of Trustees. As the only Democratic-elected councilmember in the Antelope Valley, Carrillo has led the fight to expand affordable housing, improve public education, address the homelessness crisis, increase green space, and support local small businesses as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. He has lived with his wife and four children in Palmdale’s east side for 15 years.
The new 39th Assembly District includes the communities of Lancaster, Palmdale, Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto, Lake Los Angeles, Sun Village, Mountain View Acres, and Little Rock.