FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2016
Contact: Mike Trujillo
Honorable Emily Hart-Holifield Endorses Nanette Barragán for Congress
SAN PEDRO, CA – Today, the Honorable Emily Hart-Holifield, a leader in the Compton community, officially announced her support for Nanette Barragán for Congress in California’s 44th district.
“Nanette and I share a vision for this district where good jobs are available for every single resident, regardless of their race, gender, religion or nation of origin,” said Mrs. Hart-Holifield. “I believe this starts by giving our students opportunities to learn skills that will translate in to jobs, whether that’s in college or vocational training and apprenticeships. We need leaders who will stand up, be counted, and prioritize community issues, like education, that matter to the residents. Nanette is a proven fighter who knows how to create opportunity, and I am proud to stand by her in her race for Congress.”
Mrs. Hart-Holifield was a member of the Compton College Board for twenty years and the Executive Director of the Compton Business Chamber of Commerce. The namesake of the Emily Hart-Holifield Library at the El Camino College Compton Center, she founded the first block club and started the first soccer league in Compton. She has dedicated her career to the idea that the City of Compton deserves a school district that educates and empowers students, just as every school district should. She also believes that seniors and other residents of the district need to have easier access to public transportation, as well as the voting booth. A staunch supporter of President Obama, she was instrumental starting the first volunteer headquarters in California during the President’s 2008 campaign.
“It is an honor to receive Mrs. Hart-Holifield’s support because she is so widely respected throughout this community,” said Barragán. “In light of this incredibly divisive political season, we need leaders who prioritize the issues that matter the most and find ways to bring our community together. I look forward to building bridges and consensus with Mrs. Hart-Holifield here in California’s 44thdistrict.”
Barragán, the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, lives in San Pedro and grew up in Carson and the surrounding areas where she attended Stephen M. White Jr. High School, learned to swim at the 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 Latina elected to 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. She currently works with one of Los Angeles’s largest and most prominent children’s advocacy organizations to provide free legal services to children in foster care who have special education needs.
Find more information here: www.barraganforcongress.com.