As a fourth generation Inland Empire resident, being involved in my community is something I always knew I wanted to do. I wanted to right wrongs and stand up and give a voice to those who felt they didn’t have one. It started when I was a 4th grader attending Holy Rosary Academy and watched the news coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. I saw the horrific damage to our environment and wildlife and couldn’t understand how this was allowed to happen and why more people weren’t outraged. That outrage inspired me to take action, so I went door-to-door and asked my neighbors to sign a petition that called on Exxon to take responsibility. My desire to get involved and do the right thing inspired me to enter a life of public service.
I first became involved in local government when I was twenty-six. I began as a Redlands City Council Member and was later selected to serve as the Mayor of Redlands. In those roles, I enjoyed being able to connect and work closely with constituents, and appreciated their faith in me to be their best advocate. My work as a local leader motivated me to get involved as a federal representative.
I have always believed that our public officials should be available and accessible to the people they represent. That’s why, since I was elected to serve the families of California’s 31stCongressional District, I’ve hosted events like ‘Coffee with your Congressman,’ workshops for students to assist with college affordability, trainings for small businesses looking for new growth opportunities and fairs to provide resources for seniors and connect residents looking for work with local employers eager to hire new employees. The most important part of my job is to stay connected with residents and to make sure they have a voice in Washington and access to the local resources they need and deserve.
To continue these constituent service efforts, I’m hosting a town hall on Tuesday, April 18th from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the National Orange Show Events Center in the Valencia room. I’ve received thousands of letters and phone calls from constituents concerned about actions taken by the Trump Administration, including policies that target the undocumented community and Muslim refugees, as well as President Trump’s ties to Russia, and House Republicans’ continued attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are a lot of concerns and questions in our community about what’s going on at the federal level and how that will affect our region, so I’m glad to host this event to speak directly with constituents of California’s 31st Congressional District.
This will be an important opportunity for constituents to ask questions and discuss the issues that matter most to them and their families. Constituents who are interested in attending can RSVP at aguilar.house.gov. Parking will be available through Gate 9. For any additional questions or concerns, please call my San Bernardino office at 909-890-4445.