Esther Portillo is running for State Assembly in the newly drawn 60th Assembly District in Riverside County because she is dedicated to improving the lives of working families. She has the proven experience as a policy advocate and community organizer to protect our local air and water, improve working conditions for all workers, including in the growing warehouse sector, and has facilitated the urgency for immigration reform. She organized communities living near warehouses who were constantly threatened by high levels of deadly pollution from diesel trucks and displacement. With her leadership, she was able to obtain community benefits for frontline residents most impacted by air pollution. As Senior District Representative for Assemblymember Medina, she provides insight and representation on issues concerning housing, business, labor, the environment and community development.
Esther’s leadership in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years has consisted of being a founder of Warehouse Workers United (now known as Warehouse Workers Resource Center), an organization that has supported the plight of warehouse workers seeking better working conditions. She has also worked on campaigns to eliminate perchlorate contamination from drinking water and has led campaigns to increase voter registration and turnout across the Inland region.
That’s why Esther Portillo has earned the early endorsements from Riverside County Assemblymembers Jose Medina (who currently represents most of the new district), Senator Connie Leyva, Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, along with a growing list of local elected and community leaders from the district.
Portillo, a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and the proud daughter of immigrants from El Salvador, has been living in the Inland Region since 1988 and now lives in Moreno Valley with her two children.