Anaheim, CA – Avelino Valencia stepped forward today to announce his campaign for Anaheim City Council. An Anaheim native and Chair of the city’s Budget, Investment, and Technology Commission, Valencia is running to represent the 4th Council District, currently held by Lucille Kring who is prevented from seeking re-election due to term limits.
In announcing his campaign, Valencia released the following statement:
“Our community is hurting right now. People are afraid because their friends or loved ones are sick, businesses are closed, employment is unstable, and the future looks uncertain. The issues we faced before this pandemic are still there and more acute than ever, especially the limited availability of housing and the homelessness crisis in our city.
As a product of Anaheim, I know that the generosity, spirit, and strength of our residents will bring us through these challenges. Every day we hear stories about our first responders, medical personnel, essential workers, friends, and neighbors helping one another. I am running for City Council because I want to contribute my experience and my commitment to our city in the most effective and impactful way that I can. Over the coming months, my focus is going to be on how to keep residents safe, create economic opportunity for all, and restore and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
To those I don’t yet know, I ask you to give me the chance to earn your trust and your vote. Call me at (714) 916-2729 or send me an email at Avelino@AvelinoValencia.com. Let’s have a conversation about the future of our city and what we can do together to make it even better.”
In announcing his campaign, Valencia released a list of over 50 early endorsers including elected officials and community leaders.
U.S. Congressmember Lou Correa
California State Senator Steve Bradford
California State Senator Tom Umberg
California State Senator (Ret.) Isadore Hall, III
California State Senator (Ret.) Josh Newman
California State Assemblymember Tom Daly
Anaheim City Councilmember Jordan Brandman
Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee (Ret.) David Robert Heywood
Artesia City Councilmember Ali Taj
Centralia Elementary School District Trustee Art Montez
Garden Grove City Councilmember Kim Nguyen
Garden Grove Mayor Pro Tem John O’Neil
Huntington Beach Union High School District Trustee Diana Lee Carey
Irvine CIty Councilmember Melissa Fox
Irvine CIty Councilmember Farrah Khan
Lynwood Mayor Aide Castro
Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Zeke Hernandez
Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Nelida Mendoza
Santa Ana City Councilmember Phil Baccera
Santa Ana City Councilmember David Penaloza
Walnut Mayor Andrew Rodriguez
Anaheim Budget, Investment, and Technology Commissioner Leonard Lahtinen
Anaheim Budget, Investment, and Technology Commissioner John Noteboom
Anaheim Community Leader and Medical Doctor Dr. Lorenzo Antonio Gonzalez
Anaheim Community Leader and Small Business Owner Frank Garcia
Anaheim Community Leader Billie Joe Wright
Anaheim Community Leader Maria Sandoval-Ureno
Anaheim Community Leader Yesenia Rojas
Anaheim Educator (Ret.) Diane Devine
Anaheim Educator (Ret.) Ginger Beard
Anaheim Educator Alejandrina Arellano
Anaheim Educator and Coach Juan Viramontes
Anaheim Educator and Coach Tom Gorrell
Anaheim Educator Angela De Alday
Anaheim Educator Billy Jean Jaramillo-Arevalo
Anaheim Educator Carol Young
Anaheim Educator Christina Boediarto
Anaheim Educator Debra Fris Pew
Anaheim Educator Dr. Guillermo Munoz
Anaheim Educator Dr. Yadira Moreno
Anaheim Educator Karen Ridley
Anaheim Educator Sheila Flores
Anaheim Housing and Community Development Commission Chair Norma Campos Kurtz
Anaheim Interfaith Community Leader Irene Arellano
Anaheim Religious Leader Rev. Rodolfo Preciado
Anaheim Small Business Owner Alex Ruiz
Anaheim Small Business Owner Jay Pavi
Anaheim Small Business Owner Jesse Oviedo
Anaheim Small Business Owner Kevin Bustos
API Community Leader Roxanne Chow
Los Amigos de Orange County Member Ricardo Perea
Orange County Housing Advocate Kelsey Brewer
Orange County Planning Commissioner Claudia Perez-Figueroa
Policy Advocate Jorge Gavino, MPP
Retired Firefighter & Anaheim Resident Tony Bedolla
*Titles used for identification purposes only.
About Avelino Valencia
Avelino Valencia is a proud son of Anaheim who has devoted his career to public service.
Avelino currently serves Anaheim as the Principal Representative for State Assemblymember Tom Daly, helping residents secure services from the state government and developing state policies. For the past seven years, Avelino has held similar positions in the offices of State Senator Isadore Hall and Assemblymember Steven Bradford. Since 2015, Avelino has served as the Chair of the City of Anaheim’s Budget, Investment, & Technology Commission where he has worked collaboratively towards improving the city’s long-term financial stability. Avelino was elected to serve as a member of the Democratic Party Central Committee of Orange County in 2016 and as the Political Director of the Orange County Young Democrats in 2018.
Avelino grew up in Anaheim, the son of immigrant parents who built a successful small business. Avelino attended Anaheim public schools, including Roosevelt Elementary, South Junior High, and Katella High School. He earned an Associate’s Degree from Fullerton Junior College and a Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State University. After playing division one college football and briefly pursuing a career in the National Football League (NFL), Avelino coached at Fullerton College. He has also taught as a special education instructional assistant in the Anaheim Elementary School District. Avelino is in the process of earning a Master of Arts in Public Management from Johns Hopkins University.
Avelino’s high school sweetheart and now wife, Monica, is also a homegrown community leader who attended Anaheim public schools. She is currently an Anaheim educator and is pursuing her doctoral degree from Loyola Marymount University.