For Immediate Release
National Women’s Political Caucus Endorses Wendy Carrillo for Congress in California
Washington, D.C. – The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is pleased to endorse Wendy Carrillo in her race for California’s 34th Congressional District. This special election will be held on April 4th.
In 1985, in an attempt to flee civil war in El Salvador, Wendy’s mother was denied political asylum to the United States. Her mother came to the United States and worked as a babysitter until she could afford to bring Wendy, who was five years old at the time, to Los Angeles. When she was 13, she received her residency and learned that she had been undocumented. For the next eight years she worked a number of minimum-wage jobs to be able to pay for the fees and become a citizen of the United States.
Wendy is a vocal advocate for immigration reform. She hopes to see an expansion of the guest worker program; her biggest wish is to help immigrants obtain a sustainable pathway to citizenship. Her other interests, among many, are investing in public education and environmental protections. Wendy attended the International Women’s Day rally in Los Angeles as well as the Women’s March on Washington in January of this year, where she shared her story and encouraged women fight for all women facing discrimination.
Wendy was inspired to run for office in part because of her experience as a water protector in Standing Rock. . “Wendy will stand to defend the rights of those whose voices are often left unheard,” said NWPC Vice-President of Political Planning, Paula Owen Willmarth. “Carrillo understands what is important to her community and will represent them with enthusiastic determination.” California’s 34th district is one of the most diverse in the state and country, at 64 percent Latino and 49 percent foreign-born.
Carrillo is tireless in her advocacy for minority groups. “Wendy is a champion not only for women, but for the working class,” said Donna Lent, NWPC President. “We know she will make a difference for California while serving in Congress.” Wendy expresses her hope to inspire young people, like herself, to speak up and run for office.
Wendy said of the endorsement “I am honored to have the support of NWPC California, an incredible group of inspiring women. It proves that yes, the American Dream is still alive as a candidate like me—who was formerly undocumented, who has never run for office before—can earn a prestigious endorsement. In a time when our communities are under attack and a blatant misogynist is in the White House, I hope to take the resistance to Congress, unapologetically fight for women's rights, and always persist."
The NWPC, founded in 1971, is a national, multi-partisan, grassroots membership organization dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training and supporting women candidates for elected and appointed office.