In search of a new home and a community to raise their family, my parents moved to the Alvord area of Riverside in the 1980’s. Growing up, life was not always easy. My father’s struggles with alcoholism led my mother to seek a better life for us as a single mother. With her encouragement, I am a proud product of Twinhill Elementary, Loma Vista Middle School, and Norte Vista High School. In High School, I decided to not let my circumstances define my future and became engaged in school activities and the community as a member of the dance team and President of MEChA, all the while maintaining my status on the Honor Roll. My mother’s ability to persevere and support us still inspires me to this day. From her and from our community, I learned how to be resilient and tenacious, qualities that I believe will allow me to serve the residents of Ward 5 well.

I attended college in Los Angeles and, degree in hand, returned to Riverside for the opportunity to buy my own home and start a family with my husband. As a new resident of Riverside, he immediately cherished the small town feel and open space that Riverside has to offer. Our quiet cul-de-sac is the perfect location to raise our daughter, who enjoys riding her tricycle and scooter all around the neighborhood. Thanks to Riverside’s investments in open space and recreational opportunities, our family is able to join with other families at Harrison Park, Arlington Sports Park, and many others. Ward 5 enjoys easy access to restaurant and entertainment, shopping, and community events, making this our ideal home.

As a School Counselor with Alvord Unified School District, I see first hand the importance of engaging our youth. It is critically important to give them the skills our workforce needs for the future and then provide them with economic opportunities so they stay in our community once they complete their education. Through my work with organizations like Latino Network, Friends of the Citrus Park, and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, I have been able to further support hundreds of high school and college students pursue higher education, become involved in their community, and develop leadership skills. As a City Council Member, I would build on successes like the Arlington Youth Innovation Center and commit to leveraging partnerships with our school districts and the business community to increase access to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) opportunities.

As a Member of the City’s Budget Engagement Commission, I have a firm understanding of the City’s financial outlook and am committed to being a responsible steward of our tax dollars. The voters have entrusted the City with new funding from Measure Z and it is critical that we ensure those funds are spent on the residents’ highest priorities. I am committed to prioritizing funding for public safety, parks and recreational opportunities, quality of life, jobs, and economic development.

I ask for your trust and your support as the next Ward 5 Council Member.