If elected, Romero will be the first Latina to represent California’s 28th Senate District.
Washington, D.C.–Latino Victory Fund today announced the endorsement of Elizabeth Romero in the special election for California State Senate District 28. If elected, Romero will be the first Latina elected to represent District 28 in the Senate and will flip this Republican-held seat Democrat. The 28th District’s population is 40 percent Latino, and 30 percent of the electorate is Latino.
“Elizabeth has dedicated her career to expanding health care access and improving the education system in her community, two issues that are critical for Latinos,” said Nathalie Rayes, Latino Victory. “We need more leaders in the California Senate like Elizabeth, ones who will stand up for our community by protecting the health and economic safety of our working families. Latino Victory is proud to endorse Elizabeth and ensure that we increase Latino representation in California’s legislature.”
About Elizabeth Romero
Elizabeth Romero’s priority issues include health care access, workers’ rights, and small businesses, and community issues, including public education and childcare access, environmental protection, and road and infrastructure improvements. Romero’s health care plans include increasing access to mental health care services, ensuring future treatments for COVID-19 are covered and a focus on services for seniors.
Romero is a lifelong resident and longtime leader in Riverside County. She is the daughter of immigrants. Her mother immigrated from El Salvador and toiled in the Eastern Coachella Valley fiends as a farmworker and her father immigrated from Mexico and spent 40 years working for the Riverside County Transportation Department as a heavy equipment operator and a proud LiUNA Local 777 member.
For the last twenty years, Romero has served the community in a variety of capacities including as a legislative assistant for two Riverside County Board of Supervisors, founding manager for the Eastern Coachella Valley Building Healthy Communities Initiative, director of community & government relations at Planned Parenthood and currently serves as an assistant vice-chancellor at UC Riverside, her alma mater. In this role, Romero secured $100 million to grow the School of Medicine, which allows UCR to continue providing advanced medical care, train more physicians, and keep up with the healthcare demands of the growing region.
In 2006, Romero was first elected to the Coachella Valley Unified School District at the age of 23, when she unseated an 11-year incumbent. She currently serves as a trustee on the Riverside County Board of Education, representing over 447,000 Riverside County residents and the Coachella Valley, Desert Sands, Palm Springs (partially) and Palo Verde Unified School Districts. She has been re-elected twice.