WHY I'M RUNNING
People don’t get to choose where they’re born but they do get to choose where they live. As a UCR graduate, I chose to live in Riverside because of the opportunities it offered to a working-class, child of immigrants like myself. I want to help our local college graduates find a place in our City like I did. Riverside was where I got a world-class education, where I got my first real job, and where I became a part of a community that welcomed me with open arms.
When my community was threatened by the spread of COVID-19, I didn't sit back and wait for someone else to take charge. I joined Riverside County's COVID-response team, assisting families, small businesses, and farmworkers get connected to financial and health resources. I founded the Riverside Mutual Aid Network, which has spent the last year working to provide groceries for Ward 2 families, conduct wellbeing checks on our seniors, establish the Riverside Little Free Pantry program, and infuse nearly $16,000 into the local small business economy.
My campaign will continue to utilize our structure, volunteers and momentum to coordinate the community relief and small business support efforts that I’ve been leading since the start of the pandemic. Once elected, my top priorities include: equitable distribution of pandemic resources, reinvesting in our small business community, securing HERO Pay for essential workers, reducing homelessness and expanding access to housing, and developing a City budget stabilization plan that prioritizes employees, services and fiscal health.
I am 100% grassroots-funded, the ONLY candidate to publicly reject campaign contributions from corporate PACs, warehouse developers and special interests as I run to Reform, Rebuild and Reinvest in our great city of Riverside. I would be honored to earn your vote on June 8th, 2021!