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San Bernardino school board member Abigail Medina joins race for 23rd Senate District

The president of the San Bernardino City Unified School District board is jumping into the race to fill the soon-to-be vacant seat in the 23rd Senate District.
Abigail Medina, a Democrat, on Thursday, May 23, announced her bid for the seat, which will be open in 2020 when Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, terms out.
“As a progressive woman of color who understands firsthand the needs of our community, and as an elected official with years of dedicated and significant experience in public service, I am excited to announce my candidacy for State Senate District 23,” Medina said in a statement.
Medina, executive director of Inland Regional Equality Network, has served on the school board since 2013 and as its president since 2017. During that time, Medina said, she feels honored to have helped move the school from a 60 percent graduation rate to 90 percent, while managing an annual budget that last year included revenues of about $685 million.
In 2016, Medina ran against former Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga , winning the primary but losing the general election by fewer than 2,000 votes.
Medina, a Latina daughter of working-class, immigrant parents, is a working mother of five, according to her website.
She has served on boards for the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, Inland Empire United, the State Dental Board of California and regional nonprofits.
Medina said that as an office holder and campaign volunteer she’s talked with thousands of residents across the district, giving her some insight into what they want in a state senator.
“The diversity of this district demands a leader who understands the struggles of our most marginalized community members,” Medina said.
Politically, the 23rd District has little in the way of partisan lean, with 34.89% of registered voters listed as Democrats, 34.58% as Republicans and 24% as “no party preference.”
The district includes all or parts of Banning, Beaumont, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Cedar Glen, Calimesa, Cherry Valley, Crestline, Homeland, Hemet, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Menifee, Mentone, Nuevo, Phelan, Pinion Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, San Bernardino, San Jacinto, Wrightwood and Yucaipa.
Medina joins a campaign field that already includes Redlands business owner Kris Goodfellow , a Democrat, and Beaumont City Councilman Lloyd White , a Republican.
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