GRACIELA ORTIZ LANDS MAJOR ENDORSEMENT FROM COUNCILMAN GIL CEDILLO IN LAUSD BOARD DISTRICT 5 BID

Huntington Park, CA -- Bolstering her campaign for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education District 5, educator Graciela Ortiz has earned a high-powered endorsement from Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo, whose record on civil rights and immigration policy is unparalleled.

Considered one of the most widely respected leaders in the Los Angeles area, Cedillo has long been a pioneer on a range of issues, including immigrant rights and support for our low-income communities. His accomplishments include authoring the California DREAM Act, which allows undocumented students to earn scholarships to California colleges and universities. 

Councilman Cedillo announced his endorsement of Graciela by stating, “Today, more than ever, we need leaders like Graciela Ortiz who have direct experience working with LAUSD students, parents and teachers. All of our students, regardless of income, zip code or family situation, deserve a fair shot at a great education. Its not American to just sit back and accept mediocrity for our children.  As a community we have the responsibility to educate all of our children regardless of their legal status. Graciela’s background in leading her community as an educator and councilmember makes her the best candidate for the LAUSD Board, District 5, during these difficult times, and she has my strongest endorsement.”


Ortiz said, “This is a community driven campaign where everyone will be represented.  As a school counselor for the past twelve years, I have always put the needs of students first.  A child’s education is the key to their success and the success of all our communities.  It’s time to unite and put the needs of the children first.  I will lead the fight to ensure that all our schools have equal resources, improved facilities and access to higher education for all students. I am grateful to Councilman Cedillo for his support of my campaign and honored to have his endorsement.” 

Councilman Cedillo’s endorsement adds to a growing list of community and civic leaders who are supporting Graciela Ortiz.  Other endorsements include:


  • State Assemblymember Monique Limón

  • David Vela, Board Member, Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees

  • Jhonny Pineda, Mayor, City of Huntington Park

  • Karina Macias, Vice-Mayor, City of Huntington Park

  • Manuel “Manny” Avila, Councilmember, City of Huntington Park

  • Marilyn Sanabria, Councilmember, City of Huntington Park

  • Maria Belen Bernal, Mayor, City of South Gate

  • Denise Diaz, Councilmember, City of South Gate

  • Eddie De La Riva, Mayor, City of Maywood

  • Ramon Medina, Councilmember, City of Maywood

  • Yvette Woodruff-Perez, Mayor, City of Vernon

  • Melissa Ybarra, Councilmember, City of Vernon

  • Jose Gonzalez, Mayor, City of Cudahy

  • Elizabeth Alcantar, Vice Mayor, City of Cudahy

  • Chris Garcia, Councilmember, City of Cudahy

  • Cristian Markovich, Immediate Past Councilmember, City of Cudahy

  • Baru Sanchez, Immediate Past Councilmember, City of Cudahy

  • Jose Luis Solache, Mayor, City of Lynwood

  • Aide Castro, Councilmember, City of Lynwood

  • Edwin Hernandez, Immediate Past Councilmember, City of Lynwood

  • Hugo Argumedo, Mayor, City of Commerce

  • Leonard Mendoza, Councilmember, City of Commerce

  • Alejandra Cortez, Mayor, City of Bell Gardens

  • Lisseth Flores, Vice Mayor, City of Bell Gardens

  • Roofers Union Local 36

  • Association of Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors

  • Former State Senator Vanessa Delgado



“This is a community driven campaign where everyone will be represented,” said Ortiz.  “As a school counselor for the past twelve years, I have always put the needs of students first.  A child’s education is the key to their success and the success of all our communities.  It’s time to unite and put the needs of the children first.  I will lead the fight to ensure that all our schools have equal resources, improved facilities and access to higher education for all students.”

Eun Lee