Latino Victory Fund Endorses Gil Cisneros for Congress
Washington, D.C. – Latino Victory Fund today endorsed Gil Cisneros in his bid to represent California’s 39th Congressional District. Cisneros is a veteran, philanthropist, and education advocate who previously served on Latino Victory’s National Committee, helping to elect progressive Latino candidates across the country.
California’s 39th is prime pickup opportunity for Democrats, as demographic shifts have transformed it into a majority-minority district. However, a crowded field threatens to undermine progressives’ chances of flipping the seat. Ten Democrats and seven Republicans will face off in a nonpartisan primary to replace thirteen-term Congressman Ed Royce, who, faced with a difficult re-election, announced his retirement in January.
“California’s 39th deserves a progressive champion with a long track record of serving his community and country. There’s no doubt that Gil Cisneros is the right person for the job,” said Cristóbal J. Alex, president of Latino Victory. “We’re proud to support Gil, and we look forward to working with him to flip this district from red to blue.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Latino Victory Fund, an organization whose mission is to provide a voice in government for communities that are too often left out of the political process. I know first-hand that if we can provide students the opportunity to succeed, with hard work and service, their potential is limitless. In Congress, I will always fight on their behalf,” said Fmr. Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros.
The son of a school cafeteria worker and a Vietnam veteran, Gil Cisneros understands the struggles facing working families. Through the opportunities provided to him by the U.S. Navy, Cisneros experienced firsthand the power of education to transform lives. That is why, for the past decade, he has dedicated his life to improving education outcomes for low-income, Latino children and veterans. In Congress, Cisneros would make education, health care, and living wages his top policy priorities.
The Latino Victory Fund is a progressive political action committee with the mission of growing Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government – from the school board to the Senate to the White House.