Fullerton, Calif. – Today, Congressman Ed Royce, who refuses to meet with constituents and hold town hall meetings, voted once again to raise taxes on the men and women of California’s 39th Congressional district by capping the property tax deduction and the state and local tax deduction. If raising their taxes wasn’t enough, the CBO estimates that 13 million people will lose their healthcare nationwide, including thousands in the 39th District.
fmr. Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros, who is currently tied with Congressman Ed Royce, released the following statement:
“Congressman Ed Royce voted once again to raise taxes on middle-class Californians and take away healthcare for thousands of families in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties. While Ed Royce continues to service his billionaire donors and corporate campaign contributors, I will continue to serve this community and my country by fighting for true middle class tax relief, affordable healthcare, and the opportunity for every child to earn a college education.”
Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country. Gil is president and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city. Gil’s commitment to education, led him to be appointed to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s advisory board and President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California and Ed Royce is more vulnerable than ever. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map, and Royce won by the slimmest margin since his first run for congress. Recently, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Likely R to Lean R. Most importantly, Royce has never faced an opponent like Gil before, whose dedication to service and country will propel him to victory in November.