FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2022
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Juan Carrillo Wins Democratic Party Nomination in Newly-Drawn High Desert Latino Majority District California Assembly Race
Palmdale City Councilman, Leading City Planner, and Father Well-Positioned to be Elected as State Assemblymember in General Election
PALMDALE, CA – The Antelope Valley’s only Democratic-elected City Councilmember Juan Carrillo won the party’s nomination for California’s newly-drawn 39th Latino Majority Assembly District on Tuesday’s primary election. Carrillo, who immigrated from Mexico to the United States when he was a teenager, worked his way through school as a dishwasher to become a city planner – and, when he wins again in the November general election, an Assemblymember: the epitome of the American Dream.
Carrillo released the following statement in response to the preliminary results from the Tuesday, June 7, primary election:
“I am grateful to the residents of the Antelope and Victor Valleys who believed in and voted for our campaign on Tuesday’s primary election. For far too long, the residents of California’s 39th Assembly District have been overlooked by elected officials. Come November, so long as we continue to build meaningful relationships with people in every corner of the district, the Antelope and Victor Valleys will finally have a representative voice in the Capitol. From improving our education system to increasing affordable housing to combatting the climate crisis, I am ready to hit the ground running and deliver for working families across the High Desert.”
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. 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. 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. 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.