Endorsement Highlights Impressive Coalition Of Local Support
Fullerton, Calif. – Today, La Habra Mayor Pro Tem Michael Blazey endorsed Frm. Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District. The Pro Tem’s endorsement adds to a growing list of supporters which includes local elected officials, 8 Southern California Congressional leaders, women’s rights champion Dolores Huerta, the Giffords Campaign to End Gun Violence, and the national Veterans advocacy organization VoteVets.
“Southern California’s cities play vital roles in our daily lives. I know firsthand that strong, community-focused representation in Washington is essential,” said Blazey. “We need advocates and leaders experienced in engagement with local stakeholders. Congressional District 39 especially needs a representative who will help foster economic development, support public safety, and secure funding for youth development, such as after school programs and educational opportunity. This why I am proud to support Gil Cisneros for Congress.”
Michael Blazey was elected to the La Habra City Council in November 2010, serving as Mayor Pro Tem in 2014 and Mayor in 2015. Prior to election to Council, he served on the La Habra Community, Development Block Grant Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission and the Community Service, Commission. His professional career spans decades as an educator, including Associate Professor at Washington State University, research assistant at Pennsylvania State, University, and Professor and Director of Academic Facilities at California State University, Long Beach from which he retired in 2016.
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. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map and recently, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Lean R to Lean D.