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Chico’s Impressive List of over 50 Early Endorsements Includes

Senator Lena Gonzalez, Supervisor Janice Hahn and Mayor Robert Garcia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Derek Humphrey

January 6, 2020 Email:

Long Beach, CA – Longtime Long Beach resident and community leader Herlinda Chico announced her campaign for the Long Beach Community College District’s Trustee Area 4 today. The seat is currently held by Doug Otto, who is not expected to seek re-election in November.

In announcing her campaign, Chico released the following statement:

“I’m running for the College Board to ensure that Long Beach City College continues to serve as an accessible institution that both educates and empowers our students. I’m committed to advancing policies that expand access to higher education, protect job-training programs, invest in the latest and best educational technologies, and build new partnerships between our district and local businesses and labor unions. As a product of California’s community college system, I understand firsthand how important this job is, and I am looking forward to the campaign ahead.”

Chico’s list of early endorsers includes:

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (CA-63)

Senator Lena Gonzalez (CA - 33)

Assessor Jeff Prang, County of Los Angeles

Supervisor Janice Hahn, County of Los Angeles

Mayor Robert Garcia, City of Long Beach

Vice Mayor Dee Andrews, City of Long Beach

Councilwoman Mary Zendejas, City of Long Beach

Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, City of Long Beach

Councilmember Roberto Uranga, City of Long Beach

Councilmember Al Austin, City of Long Beach

Councilmember Rex Richardson, City of Long Beach

Mayor Anni Marshall, City of Avalon

Mayor Pro Tem Cinde MacGugan-Cassidy, City of Avalon

Vice Mayor Robert Copeland, City of Signal Hill

Councilmember Keir Jones, City of Signal Hill

President Vivian Malauulu, Long Beach City College Board

Vice President Juan Benitez, Long Beach Unified School Board

Board Member Megan Kerr, Long Beach Unified School Board

Trustee David Vela, Los Angeles Community College Board

Trustee Scott Svonkin, Los Angeles Community College Board

Trustee Vicky Santana, Rio Hondo Community College Board

Vice President Leticia Mendoza, ABC Unified School Board


Chan Hopson, LBCC Hall of Fame

Fidel Aguayo, LBCC Hall of Fame

Sumer Temple, LBCC Foundation Governing Board Member

Elizabeth McCann, LBCC Foundation Executive Director (Ret.)

Jeff Price, Secretary, California State PTA

Andy Kerr, LA County Measure H Citizens Oversight Advisory Board Member

Christopher Wilson, Chair, Signal Hill Planning Commission

Daritza Gonzalez, Signal Hill Civil Service Commission

Terri Rogers, Signal Hill Parks and Recreation Commission

Amy Ericksen, Chair, Long Beach Human Relations Commission

Elaine Bernal, Long Beach Human Relations Commission

Cory Allen, Long Beach Human Relations Commission

Alyssa Gutierrez, Long Beach Human Relations Commission

Susana Gonzalez-Edmond, Long Beach Civil Service Commission

Miles Nevin, Long Beach Airport Commission

James Ahumada, Long Beach Citizens Police Complaint Commission

Eboney Pearson, Long Beach Homeless Services Advisory Committee

Karissa Sylvester, Mayor’s Fund for Education

Long Beach Firefighters Union Local 372

Ironworkers Local 433

Plumbers Local 78

Ray Cordova, South County Labor

Mary Sophiea, Long Beach Business Owner

Luis Navarro, Long Beach Business Owner

Brenda Rivera, Long Beach Business Owner

Manuel Gonzalez, Long Beach Business Owner

Maria Gonzalez, Long Beach Business Owner

Carmen O. Perez, Long Beach Harbor Commissioner (Ret.)

Charles Song, Co-Chair, Equity for Cambodians

Griselda Suarez, Executive Director, Arts Council Long Beach

*Titles for Identification Purposes Only

Herlinda Chico is a third-generation public servant who has two decades of legislative and public affairs experience. She currently serves as a field deputy and education policy advisor to Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn. Herlinda has fostered partnerships between Long Beach City College and local nonprofits that work with foster youth and young women who have escaped human trafficking. She was also instrumental in bringing LBCC classes to the Carmelitos housing development.

Herlinda’s long record of community leadership includes serving as a member of Long Beach’s Parks and Recreation Commission, as co-chair of the Mayor’s Animal Care and Visioning Task Force, as a member of LBCC’s Housing Selection Panel, as a member of LBCC’s Basic Needs Task Force, and as chair of the Watershed Conservation Authority. Awards given to Herlinda in recognition of her service include the President’s Award from the Long Beach NAACP, the Whitey Littlefield Bridge Builder Award from Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride, the Excellence in Community Service Award from Centro Cha, and the Outstanding Public Service Award from the Cambodian Association of America.

Herlinda attended Rio Hondo community college and transferred to California State University, San Bernardino where she earned a BA in communications. She is a homeowner in Long Beach’s Traffic Circle neighborhood.


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