RELEASE: Former Covina Mayor Jorge Marquez Endorse Gil Cisneros

Nov 02, 2023


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Former Covina Mayor Jorge Marquez Gil Cisneros

Cisneros Continues to Consolidate Local Support In CA-31

Covina, CA – Today, former Los Angeles County Congressman and Under Secretary of Defense Gil Cisneros, who is running for the open Congressional seat in California’s 31st District, announced the endorsement of recent Covina Mayor Jorge Marquez. The endorsement comes on the heels of support from Hispanic Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ BOLD PAC, California Environmental Voters, SEIU California, Democrats Serve, the New Democratic Coalition Action Fund, Operating Engineers Local 12, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers, and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36.

“I support Gil because he has been a lifelong champion for the San Gabriel Valley. With his deep personal and familial ties to our region, he understands our unique needs and values,” said former Covina Mayor Jorge Marquez. “Gil is the missing piece of the puzzle for our team in the San Gabriel Valley. With his unwavering commitment, he’s the ideal candidate to fight for us in Congress. I look forward to seeing servant leaders like Gil back in Congress, advocating for enacting common-sense gun reform, protecting the middle class, and ensuring investments in the environment, all to benefit California’s 31st Congressional District.”

Mayor Marquez’s endorsement adds to a long list of Cisneros’s support from current and former local elected officials in the area, including:

  • Greg Palatto (Bonita Unified School District Board Vice President)
  • Joe Magallanes (West Covina Unified School District Board Clerk)
  • Andre Quintero (fmr. El Monte Mayor)
  • Fidel Vargas (fmr. Baldwin Park Mayor)
  • Helen Hall (Walnut Valley Unified School District Board Member Vice President)
  • Jeffrey De La Torre (Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Clerk)
  • Carlos Salcedo (El Monte Union High School District Trustee)
  • Chris Ann Horsley (Bonita Unified School District Trustee)
  • Agnes Gonzalez (Rowland Unified School District Board Clerk)

A full endorsement list can be found here.


Gil Cisneros is the former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and the Military’s Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer.  A former U.S. Naval Officer, Gil was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country. 

From 2019 to 2021, Cisneros served as U.S. representative for Los Angeles County in California’s 39th Congressional District where he served on the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees.

Gil is an advocate and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country and the lives of Veterans. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city. Gil’s commitment to education led him to be appointed to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s advisory board.

California’s 31st is an open Congressional District in Los Angeles County covering the San Gabriel Valley. Incumbent Congressmember Grace Napolitano is retiring. The district includes all or part of the Cities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, City of Industry, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Irwindale, La Puente, La Verne, Monrovia, San Dimas, South El Monte, and West Covina. 51.2% of the registered voters in CA-31 identify as Latino, and 15.3% are of Asian or Pacific Islander descent.

Gil Cisneros is a former Navy officer and the use of his military rank, job titles and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.

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