Assemblywoman Garcia Nominated as “EMILY’s List Rising Star”

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A national women’s political organization that has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for women candidates for office has nominated Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens for its 2015 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.

The award is decided via community input submitted online.

Sponsored by EMILY’s List, the award is dedicated in honor of the “dedicated and courageous” former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. It is awarded to a woman in local or state office whose work shows an extraordinary “commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility that have been the highlights of Gifford’s. The first ever Rising Star Award was given to Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams in 2014.

“As a former educator, advocate for reform in her community, and mentor to other women considering running for political office, Cristina embodies the passion for community and dedication to working families that we need from our leaders,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “The EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – is proud of her achievements as a local leader in California, and is thrilled to nominate her for this award.”

The group stated that has been Garcia a strong advocate of efforts to bring about political reform and increased transparency in her community, where scandals and corruption have been a major issue.

She has also advocated for to empower women — actively recruits and mentors more women to run for the State Legislature.

The Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award winner will be chosen with community input. Online voting can be found here: Vote for the 2015 Rising Star.

Assemblywoman Garcia is nominated alongside:

·         Charniele Herring, Virginia Delegate

·         Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis

·         Tina Kotek, Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives

·         Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilwoman

·         Michaelle Solages, New York Assemblywoman

According to EMILY’s List, the organization has e’ve trained over 9,000 women to run, and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office, ‘including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic Congresswoman currently serving.”

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