Javier Hernandez is a community leader who has spent his life advocating for underrepresented communities in the Inland Empire.
When elected to the Assembly, Javier will be a champion for progressive values and a voice for communities that have been historically denied a seat at the table. This includes making sure the Inland Empire gets its fair share of state resources and has access to more opportunities for a better quality of life.
Since 2015, Javier has been Executive Director of the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ICIJ), a coalition of over 35 diverse organizations that collectively advocate for immigrant justice in the Inland Empire.
In that role, Javier advocates for protections for immigrant families and increased funding for social services. His deep roots in his community have given him a unique perspective and a powerful voice to fight for working families.
Born in Mexico, Javier came to the United States with his family when he was six months old and was raised in different parts of the district – including Pomona, Montclair and Ontario. Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, Javier lived through the struggles that many people in the I.E. continue to face – including poverty, discrimination, and limited access to housing, health care, and quality education.
Sade—pronounced Sha-day (like the singer)—is a community organizer, an educator, and a foster parent. For more than 15 years in community engagement, Sade has made it her life’s work to fight for social, racial, and economic justice.
At Community Coalition, under the leadership of City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Sade helped win the “School Climate Bill of Rights,” a resolution that helped to reduce racial profiling in Los Angeles schools.
She recently raised $12 million to purchase and renovate property in South Los Angeles to establish a community center to train the next generation of progressive activists and leaders. Sade also successfully co-designed the critical youth engagement strategy for Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass to increase voter engagement and turnout.
The eldest of four girls, daughter of Egyptian and Guatemalan immigrants, who speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic, Sade is proud of her upbringing and roots as a Black and Latina woman. Sade is committed to issues of equity, access, and solidarity to transform Los Angeles’ underserved communities.
Sasha Renée Pérez is an Alhambra City Councilmember, educator, and civil rights advocate who champions equitable access to higher education and lifting up California working families. She is deeply committed to advocating for policies that create social, racial, and economic justice.
A San Gabriel Valley native, Sasha is recognized regional leader who champions equitable access to higher education and lifting up San Gabriel Valley working families. She is deeply committed to advocating for policies that create social, racial, and economic justice.
In 2020, Sasha was elected to Alhambra City Council and immediately sworn in as Mayor, making her the youngest female Mayor in San Gabriel Valley history, the youngest Latina Mayor in California history to lead a mid-sized city and the first openly-Bisexual Mayor in the country.
Sasha was honored as Congressional Woman of the Year by Congresswoman Judy Chu in 2022 for spearheading the creation of Alhambra’s sustainability plan and securing $670,000 in congressional funds. She was named Active SGV’s Outstanding Elected Official in 2021 for her efforts to increase pedestrian safety and walkability throughout the city.
Sasha is running for State Senate to create a future where every Californian prospers. She’ll fight for our progressive values and ensure our State Capitol meets the needs of San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire communities and working families.
Eloise Reyes is a daughter of immigrants, attorney, and dedicated public servant who has spent her life standing up for our community and being a voice for the people. As a leader in the State Assembly, Eloise has led on delivering results for our community, fighting for clean air, accessible health care, career opportunities, and affordable child care.
Born and raised in the Inland Empire, Eloise grew up near the train tracks in South Colton. Although her family had modest means they had great aspirations for their children. They knew it would take great perseverance and a quality education to live a better life.
In the State Assembly, Eloise has been successful in delivering hundreds of millions of dollars to our communities by fighting for the Inland Empire’s fair share of funds in Sacramento. She championed support for small businesses and rent relief for both tenants and landlords in response to COVID-19, she has secured resources for local parks, and she helped expand opportunities for college and job training.
Driven by service to the community, Eloise is running for State Senate to continue making a difference by delivering results that put people first and strengthen communities across the Inland Empire. Eloise is a fighter who will use her experience to bring educational opportunity for all, create good-paying jobs, support retirees and veterans, and build a brighter future for all in the Inland Empire.
Jackie Elward is a Rohnert Park Councilwoman, educator, and labor organizer who immigrated to America for a better life and wound up making her community better. Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she met her husband in 2000 while studying theology in Kinshasa. A few years later, they came to the United States to start a family.
Jackie rose to the challenges of adapting to a new culture by volunteering and starting a new community for herself. Whether it was at church, supporting a local organization, or simply participating in community activities; finding a way to give back paved the way for Jackie to get started in politics. She also founded Les Enfants Baobab in 2015, a non-profit that supports children in Kinshasa providing them with a home, clothing, and schooling.
Jackie became the first Black woman elected to the Rohnert Park Council in 2020 by defeating a six-term incumbent. During her tenure on the Council and as Mayor, Jackie focused on advocating for affordable housing, helping the unhoused, and making public investments in transportation, sustainable agriculture, and clean energy. Jackie also concentrated on regional issues by serving on the Mayors’ and Councilmembers’ Association of Sonoma County, Sonoma County Transportation Authority/Regional Climate Protection Authority, and Sonoma Clean Power. For her efforts to keep Rohnert Park safe during the unprecedented challenges of the COVID pandemic, Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry named Jackie the 2022 Woman of the Year.
Marisol Rubio, a lifelong Democrat and a dedicated advocate for women’s reproductive, disability, and human rights, serves as a founding Advisory Board Member for FemTruth Youth™ and The Natalie Project. These nonprofits focus on women’s reproductive health and education, as well as statewide advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Her role as an Executive Committee Board Member of Sierra Club California and the San Francisco Bay Chapter positions her at the forefront of addressing climate change, leading efforts to develop policies facilitating the transition to green jobs.
Furthermore, Marisol's contributions as Director and Vice President of the Dublin San Ramon Services District earned her district a District of Distinction Award for commitment to good governance and ethical practices.
Currently serving as a City Councilmember in San Ramon, she initiated the first Ad Hoc Climate Action Council, advocated for disability and senior rights, and played a crucial role in San Ramon becoming the first city in Contra Costa County with an approved Housing Element.
Marisol’s State Senate campaign focuses on supporting working families, addressing environmental challenges, safeguarding reproductive freedom, advocating for commonsense gun laws, improving education, advancing racial and social justice, collaborating on the housing crisis, and ensuring accessible healthcare for all.