State Senate District 23 candidate Abigail Rosales-Medina believes her values, background and experience on the San Bernardino City Unified School District Education Council make her an excellent candidate to fight for issues of education, health care and environmental justice.
Medina has served on the school board since 2013 and has helped the district improve graduation rates and other measures of academic achievement.
“I was a mother of PTA involved in my children’s schools and felt there was a huge disparity in getting our kids not only to graduate from high school, but also to go to college and to get higher education, ”Medina said of her decision to run for the education board. .
Prior to being elected to the board of trustees, Medina worked for the Organized Congregation for Prophetic Commitment (COPE), a community-based non-profit organization that aims to close the achievement gap for students of color and to eliminate the pipeline from school to prison.
On the board, Medina pushed the district to focus more on using AG college admission standards completion rates as a better indicator of student success, rather than AG enrollment numbers. previously analyzed.
As her term continues until 2022, Medina, encouraged by others, decided to run for the State Senate because she felt that the other candidates did not have the necessary experience for the office or n weren’t going to advance the issues she was defending.
As a numbers specialist, Medina looked at the district’s voting statistics and demographics before deciding to run to make sure she could represent communities in District 23 well and had a chance of winning.
San Bernardino City Unified shared with him their experience and proven track record in promoting their issues, building relationships with lawmakers, and finding those common goals to work for despite political differences.
“This is why our school district has been so successful, the collaboration and the work we have been able to do,” said Medina. “This experience has prepared me, so when I go to Sacramento, we can have these conversations with lawmakers, regardless of political party, doing what’s best for our communities here.
“I felt this was a great opportunity to finally have a voice in Sacramento and to make sure our communities are represented and that we are reducing resources.”
Although Medina went to the primaries without being the supported candidate of the Democratic Party and with a small budget, she finished first with 28.1% of the vote. She led the second and second candidate in the runoff, Republican Rocilicie Ochoa Bogh, who won 24.8% of the vote, and Democratic Party-backed candidate Kris Goodfellow, 17.4%. Medina is now the candidate supported by the Democratic Party.
Medina believes that the state budget will be the biggest challenge facing the state Senate in the years to come, as it will affect all other issues, especially housing and unemployment.
“It is about accountability, transparency and maneuvering of our finances and not approving certain budgets when we really have to look at our resources,” Medina said. “One of the things I plan to do in Sacramento is analyze all the budget lines and make sure that the money we spend has positive results to support our communities. We need to make sure that we are not spending excessive money on programs that are not working or that are aimed at special interests.
Healthcare for all
The main goals it plans to advocate are health care for all, increasing affordability for higher education, and protecting low-income families from predatory loans.
“Education is the real way out of poverty and it is something that we are improving, but we are not there yet,” she said. “It’s also about higher education, its affordability. I’m pushing for a free community college for our residents in California and making sure more students go through four-year college. “
Medina stressed that she grew up without health care and that she plans to work to make more health care resources available to everyone. She also pointed out that getting health care and preventive care is actually cheaper than waiting for people to need hospital treatment.
As a candidate who also focuses on environmental justice, Medina also wants to increase restrictions on business development based on environmental and community concerns.
“Here in our region, we see local elected officials adopting or approving commercial constructions in the backyards of our communities,” she said. “There has to be more common sense to ensure that at the state level we establish a buffer zone, or at least limitations, that they can build on within communities.”
Medina is supported by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, California Legislative Caucus, California Legislative LGBTQ, IE United, Congressman Pete Aguilar, MP Eloise Gomez Reyes and the Democratic Luncheon Club of San Bernardino.