FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2015
SAN PEDRO, CA – Today, South Gate City Council Member Maria “Belen” Bernal endorsed Nanette Barragán for Congress in California’s 44th District.
“I am grateful to have an endorsement from someone whose story is not much different than my own,” said Barragán. “Belen and I come from similar backgrounds and have both devoted our lives to serving the people of Southern California. We are both committed to bettering the lives of those in our community, particularly children, who need access to an excellent K-12 education and affordable higher education in order to get a job and become contributing members of our society. We share a belief that, if we’re not investing in our children, we can never really create the bright future of which we all dream.”
Council Member Bernal, a staple in the city of South Gate, attributed her endorsement to Nanette’s commitment to families and children over the course of her career, including her work as a pro bono attorney for families seeking adoption and as the executive director of the Fuller Foundation, where she funded youth and educational programs.
“I know Nanette is dedicated to serving those who need it most,” said Bernal. “We have followed similar paths and I have watched her career progress. Over time she has remained an advocate for kids, working families and women. I support her for Congress because I know that she is the kind of person who will not rest until she has made some real change in the district.”
Barragán, the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, grew up in Carson and the surrounding areas where she attended Stephen M. White Middle School, learned to swim at Carson Pool, and studied at the Carson Library. She worked her way through UCLA and law school at USC before becoming a long-time advocate for the environment and the first elected Latina member of the Hermosa Beach City Council. She was also a leader in the fight against Measure O, a ballot measure that would have allowed oil companies to drill for oil in the Santa Monica Bay.
Find more information here: www.barraganforcongress.com