Former Congressional Aide and Non-Profit Director Brings Policy Advocacy Expertise, Putting Families First
Los Angeles, CA— Vanessa Aramayo, a former State Assembly senior staff member, Congressional District Director and Non-Profit Executive Director, has entered the special election race for California’s 34th Congressional District. Congressman Xavier Becerra, who was nominated this week to become California's next Attorney General, will begin confirmation hearings January 10th. Aramayo’s announcement statement follows:
“Our future is more uncertain now than ever before. I have spent my career fighting to improve the lives of hard-working families. As a Congressional aide, I helped support efforts to expand health care access, improve homeland security and push for comprehensive immigration reform. In Sacramento, I brought stakeholders to the Capitol to ensure the state budget reflects the values of our communities. A budget that protects core services and programs, funds public education and secures quality, affordable health care. I am not afraid to battle the establishment when needed. Constituents of the 34th Congressional District can count on me to stand up to Donald Trump and the Republican Congress who want to destroy Medicare and Social Security benefits, strip access to health care, Medicaid and public education, lower our take home pay and tear immigrant families apart. This election is more than opposing Republican attempts to gut core services and programs. Members of Congress must ensure that government is responsive to the needs of their constituents. We have seen government at its worst when benefits you've earned and deserve are tied up in red tape and bureaucracy. In my personal and professional life, I have fought for children, veterans, senior citizens, those with special needs, and struggling families to make government deliver on its obligations. As your next Congresswoman, I will fight to protect and promote the economic security and well-being of every resident.”
Vanessa, a recognized advocate on health care, public education, immigrant rights and homeland security, brings a combination of legislative and constituent experience with non-profit policy advocacy and community engagement. She served eight years in the public sector first, as senior staff member to former California Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer and then as Congresswoman Jane Harman’s District Director. Vanessa was the Director for California Partnership, Center for Community Change, where she led the campaign to engage low-income communities to protect core services and health care. As the Deputy Executive Director for the Council of Mexican Federations, Vanessa’s work included training community members to fight for better health care, educational opportunities and immigrant rights.