Fullerton, Calif. – Today, United Food & Commercial Workers Union 324, representing 23,000 working women and men in the Retail Food, Dental, Financial, Health Care, Optometry, Packinghouse, Processing, Retail Drug, and Merchandise Industries throughout Orange and southern Los Angeles Counties, endorsed fmr. Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros (CA-39) who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District.
UFCW Local 324’s endorsement adds to a truly impressive coalition of support including SEIU California, UniteHere! Local 11, United Steel Workers, eleven Democratic members of Congress, more in-district local elected officials than any other candidate running, women’s rights champion Dolores Huerta, fmr. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the Giffords Campaign to End Gun Violence, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s BOLD Pac, End Citizens United, and the national Veterans advocacy organization VoteVets.
“UFCW 324, representing 23,000 working women and men in the Retail Food, Dental, Financial, Health Care, Optometry, Packinghouse, Processing, Retail Drug, and Merchandise Industries throughout Orange and southern Los Angeles Counties, proudly endorse fmr. Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros. Gil understands the challenges working families face, and will fight for affordable healthcare, equal pay, paid family sick leave, and a fair tax system for all of us in California’s 39th Congressional District,” said Matt Bell, UFCW 324 Executive Vice President.
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 Advocate 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, on which he still serves, 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.