FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2022
California Latino Legislative Caucus Endorses Juan Carrillo for State Assembly 39
Endorsement Adds to Carrillo’s Growing Momentum in Race to Represent New 50.3% Latino-Majority District
PALMDALE, CA – The California Latino Legislative Caucus endorsed Palmdale City Councilmember Juan Carrillo in the race for California’s new 39th Assembly District today. The new district’s redrawn boundaries, encompassing the Antelope and Victor Vallies, have created a Latino Majority District. The endorsement comes a week after Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta and former Assembly District 39 Candidate Socorro Cisneros endorsed Carrillo.
“Palmdale City Councilmember Juan Carrillo has the life and professional experience to be a true champion for the High Desert communities in the State Assembly,” said Senator María Elena Durazo, Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. “The Latino Caucus is proud to endorse him and give this newly redrawn Latino Majority district the representation it deserves.”
California Latino Legislative Caucus is composed of Latino State Senators and Assemblymembers who identify, promote and advocate on behalf of the professional, educational, social, political and cultural interests of California’s Latino community. Since its establishment in 1973, the caucus has grown to be one of the most influential, successful, and strategic organizations in all of California.
“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of the California Latino Legislative Caucus – an organization that has helped elect dozens of Latinos to the State Assembly, and, as a result, brought true representation and a voice to millions across our state,” Carrillo said. “I look forward to working alongside the California Latino Legislative Caucus to improve the quality of life of Latinos and all residents of our new 39th Assembly District.”
In addition to the endorsement of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, Carrillo has earned the endorsements of Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, California State Senator Anna Caballero, Palmdale School District Board Member Simon Zulu, Former Palmdale Water District Director Robert Alvarado, and Santa Monica City Councilmember Oscar de la Torre.
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 over 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 over 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.