Lourdes Everett remembers a California when higher education and housing was affordable. Because of these opportunities, she was able to overcome early challenges and today she is a proud Democrat, an advocate for civil liberties as a Board Member of the ACLU, a former first responder, a businesswoman, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Lourdes is running for Assembly to ensure that future generations of Californians enjoy the same opportunities she had.
Lourdes faced early obstacles with determination and perseverance.
As a teenager, she ran away from an abusive home and had her first child at 17. She became a single mother due to gun violence at 19.
Without affordable community college and social services, she would not have been able to become an emergency first responder and raise a family.
Lourdes never stopped expanding her educational and professional horizons. She started her own real estate company. Late in life, Lourdes graduated from law school cum laude. Her family also grew as she married her now belated husband Terry, a Vietnam veteran and proud Union Steward.
Now that her children are grown and starting their own families Lourdes wants to bring the tenacity that took her through tough times to Sacramento.
I know what it is like to struggle and work hard to beat the odds.
I grew up in a middle-class family; but, when I was subjected to abuse, I ran away from home. I lived from place to place and at one point, even slept in a car. I had my first child at 17 and by 19, I had two daughters and pregnant with the third. Their father was shot and killed in front of me. I ended up on welfare to feed and keep a roof over my daughters’ heads; I went to college in hopes of getting a decent job.
I enrolled in a Licensed Vocational Nurse program, later becoming a certified Emergency Medical Technician, where I worked as a first responder for over 10 years. Though I was 5’2 and ninety-nine pounds, I proved my strength to the firefighters & the sheriff deputies I worked with during emergency calls. I experienced discrimination as a woman of color in a male dominated profession, but eventually I earned the respect of my colleagues.
I continued to earn college credit units, received my real estate license, and eventually established a real estate company with my late husband Terry. Previously, Terry was a union shop steward and a Disabled Vietnam Veteran who died of cancer related to the war during my second year of law school. However, his death did not stop me from graduating from Law School with honors.
I have a blended family of six children, 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
My campaign is about protecting and helping the most vulnerable in our community because I was once one of the most vulnerable.
This is why I am running for Assembly.
California's 36th State Assembly district spans three counties (Kern, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino). The 36th has a unique environment with the Tehachapi and San Gabriel Mountains & the High and Mojave Deserts. The 36th District is where alfalfa grows in Antelope Valley and where the Space Shuttle once landed in Edwards Airforce Base. The major Cities are, Lancaster, Palmdale and Santa Clarita. The people of the district are equally diverse and dynamic. Lourdes Everett is running for California Assembly to represent everyone who calls the 36th their home.
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