Walnut Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Rodriguez Launches Campaign for California State Assembly District 55

Local Leaders Already Lining Up for Rodriguez with Early Endorsements

Walnut, CA -- Walnut Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Rodriguez announced his bid for California’s 55th State Assembly District today, along with key endorsements from local leaders.

"I've had the honor of serving the residents of Walnut the last several years, and today I’m proud to announce my campaign to represent all constituents of California’s 55th Assembly District,” Rodriguez said. “As a Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem, I’ve worked hard to be an accessible, transparent, and effective councilmember to improve the quality of life in my hometown. While we’ve made progress on many fronts, there’s much more that can be done in Sacramento, and I will be that advocate in the capitol.”

As Andrew enters the race for Assembly, he does so with several key endorsers by his side including former State Senator Josh Newman and Yorba Linda Community Leader Karen Lawson.

"Andrew is the type of leader we need to get things done to move our communities forward. I have seen firsthand the work Andrew puts into helping his constituents, and I am proud to lend my support to him. He will be an effective advocate for us in the State Assembly.” – Karen Lawson, Yorba Linda Community Leader

A partial list of endorsements for Andrew’s State Assembly campaign include:

  • Josh Newman, Former State Senator, 29th District

  • Andrew Chou, Diamond Bar City Councilmember

  • Jorge Marquez, Covina City Councilmember

  • Kim Nguyen, Garden Grove City Councilmember

  • Connor Traut, Buena Park City Councilmember

  • Jocelyn Yow, Eastvale City Councilmember

  • Layla Abou-Taleb, Walnut Valley Unified School District Trustee

  • Gary Chow, Mt. San Antonio College Board Trustee

  • Helen Hall, Walnut Valley Unified School District Trustee

  • Martin Medrano, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Trustee

  • Ida MacMurray, La Habra City School District Board Member

  • Gabriel Alfaro, Mt. San Antonio College Board Student Trustee

And California Democratic Party Assembly District 55 Elected Delegates:

  • Gabriel Alfaro, Chino Hills

  • Sanobar Baig, Diamond Bar

  • Cindy Chen, Rowland Heights

  • Linda Fini, Brea

  • Linda Freedman, Walnut

  • Anne Gaffney, Yorba Linda

  • Jim Gallagher, Chino Hills

  • Marco Maldonado, Rowland Heights

  • Bill Rawlings, Diamond Bar

“I’m excited to take on issues that affect the people in our district, including sustainable land use policies, small business assistance, public safety, and protecting taxpayer dollars,” said Andrew. “I’ll be the effective representative we need in Sacramento and will fight to improve the quality of life for all of the people who live, work, and raise their families in the 55th Assembly District.”

As a lifelong resident of the 55th District, Andrew was the youngest councilman elected in Los Angeles County in 2016 and is Walnut City Council’s youngest-ever elected official to serve in its 57-year history.

As Mayor Pro Tem, Andrew’s focus has included implementing sustainable land use policies and maintaining the city’s healthy financial status. He and his colleagues have managed a $20+ million operating budget and have made significant improvements to the lives of Walnut residents.

Prior to his work as a councilmember, Andrew gained valuable experience working for a non-profit organization, a New York public affairs firm, and as an Americorps service member. Through his work, Andrew found his passion for city planning, redevelopment, economic development, and land use management. Today he is a leading advocate for open space and smart growth in cities.  

Andrew graduated from Walnut High School and went on to graduate Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Minor in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University in New Jersey.  He is finishing a master's degree from the University of Southern California’s Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development program while working as a land use planner at a firm in the San Gabriel Valley, where he advocates for small businesses. He resides in the City of Walnut.  

For more information or to contribute, please visit AndrewRodriguezForAssembly.com

Carina Chacon