Citing job creation and education as his top priorities, former Riverside Community College District Trustee Jose Medina formally announced his candidacy to represent the 61st District in the California State Assembly. Medina also announced the following endorsements: City of Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge; City of Riverside Councilmember Andy Melendrez; City of Riverside Councilmember Nancy Hart; Riverside School Board Member Lewis Vanderzyl; Former City of Moreno Valley Mayor Bonnie Flickinger; and Past California Teachers Association President Barbara Kerr.
“Too many good people are out of work, fearful of losing their homes and apprehensive about being able to send their kids to college. If we are serious about building strong communities and a better state, we need to stop the infighting in Sacramento and focus on creating good-paying jobs,” said Medina, a Riverside Democrat. “I will collaborate across party lines to protect education from deeper cuts and make sure our children are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. For more than 35 years I have lived, worked and raised my family in this district—I understand it, I know it and I share the concerns of working class families here. That is why I have announced my candidacy to represent the people of the 61st Assembly District.”
Local leaders praised Medina for his accomplishments as an educator and elected official. “Jose knows the vital role that education and job training represent for the recovery of California’s economy,” said Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge. “As a teacher, he has devoted his life to educating students and as a former RCC Trustee, Jose recognizes the job training opportunities that are necessary to grow our economy.”
For more than a decade as an RCC Trustee, Medina represented almost all of the 61st Assembly District and worked to expand the college district to include three individual college campuses including those of Moreno Valley College and Riverside City College. Medina is most proud of his work to expand facilities on each campus— creating jobs—and supporting the passage of Measure C which brought funding to grow the Riverside Community College District. "Riverside County is rich in diversity, opportunity and promise. I have been honored to represent the people of the 61st as a Trustee and I will take the values of these communities to Sacramento,” Medina said. “The people of this district will have a stronger voice and front row seat at the decision making table in Sacramento. Our region will no longer be ignored.”
Jose Medina is the only declared Democratic candidate in the 61st Assembly District. This new district has been redistricted by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission and includes Riverside, Highgrove, Perris, Mead Valley, Moreno Valley and March Air Reserve Base. Voter registration in the 61st favors Democrats, with both President Obama and Governor Brown easily winning in 2008 and 2010 respectively.
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