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Herlinda Chico is a fifteen (15) year resident of Long Beach and a recent candidate for City Council in Long Beach’s 4th District which includes the communities of Los Altos, Stearns Park, the Traffic Circle, East Anaheim Business Corridor, the Historic Zaferia District as well as portions of El Dorado Park and Cambodia Town. Herlinda became involved in politics as a teenager when she volunteered on campaigns and for organizations focused on women in politics.
She is a long time community advocate and is currently the President of the Democratic Women’s Study Club of Long Beach (the oldest chartered Democratic Club west of the Mississippi), Vice-Chair of the Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club (LBLDC) Political Action Committee, Co-Chair for the LBLDC’s Human Rights Banquet, member of AFSCME District Council 36 Political and Legislative Action Committee and a former delegate for the California Democratic Party. Herlinda has dedicated much of her time to animal advocacy and humane education, mentoring young women who have been aged out of the foster care system and to supporting law enforcement in their efforts to improve and strengthen their relationship with the community. Because of her extensive work in the community she has been recognized with several prestigious awards including the 2015 Senator Betty Karnette Community Activist of the Year, 2014 Senator Jenny Oropeza Ally of Year and the 2012 Whitey Littlefield Building Bridges Grand Marshal.
Herlinda has amassed over 20 years of experience in public service and the private sector, serving five different local municipalities in various legislative and public information roles as well as working for one of Los Angeles’ largest business improvement districts. Currently, Herlinda serves as the City of Commerce’s Media Specialist where she oversees the day to day communications, event management and marketing campaigns between City Departments and the general public.