2020 City Council candidates: bios (100 words )

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Isabel Aguayo

I was born & raised in Paramount, attended Paramount Schools, graduating from PHS.

My husband & 4 children live in the house I grew up in. They attend Paramount Schools. We have a family ceramic business where everything is handmade in Paramount.

Member of Paramount Tepic Sister Cities & Paramount Heritage Parade Committee. I also attend Emmanuel Reformed Church where I am a Partner In Mission.

Currently, serving as the Director of Outreach for Share Hope USA. We help the homeless and work with Children’s Hospital L.A.

I have a saying, “People from Paramount, we don’t leave.” & Paramount is my forever home.

Alfredo Banuelos

I share in the experience of so many Californian families who grew up moving around, struggling from one roof to another. My mother worked very hard to get us to a stable place. And in the 90’s, I distinctly remember the day my sisters and I walked into the house we would soon call home- in Paramount, CA. Since then, I’m proudly from Paramount. I care about my community and see it as my duty to actively work toward our progress and against injustices; but what drives my action is a passion for making a positive contribution to people’s lives.

Luis Bautista

I am an immigrant from Mexico committed to living and working in public service and have served our community for over 23 years. I have a duty and responsibility to help others and I am prepared to serve as a member of the City Council.

I am a proud Paramount homeowner, a married father of two and a veteran Police Officer.

My calling to community service began as a teenager where I served in my local church as a youth pastor. As a young adult I worked extensively in gang intervention and after-school programs to provide at-risk youths positive alternatives in life.

www.LuiBautista2020.com

Ardavan “Ardi” Davari

My name Ardi Davari and I am a homeowner in Paramount. I was raised in Culver City, Los Angeles County and graduated high school in the city of Santa Monica. After high school I attended college and earned my Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California at Irvine. I am currently employed as the Southwest Area Recruiter for Penske Truck Leasing in Santa Ana California. I am currently a board member of the Paramount Democratic Club, a charter of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. I am also on the board of my homeowner’s association where I live.

Jose De Leon

Like so many community members of our city of Paramount, I too am an immigrant from Latin America who came to this country with a noble goal of attempting to achieve the promise of the great American dream. In my case, I was born in Aldea San Geronimo el Tumbador San Marcos, a very small village in Guatemala. My parents were humble folk who instilled in me the value of hard work and the importance of higher education. When I arrived in the United States, I immediately enrolled in a community college in order to obtain an Associate degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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Allen Gomez

AGE: 36

OCCUPATION: Legislative Policy Advisor, County of Los Angeles

My name is Allen Gomez and I have been a Paramount resident for over 20 years. I am a graduate of Paramount High School, a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) where I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Policy, and a graduate of California State University Northridge (CSUN) where I earned a Master’s in Public Administration.

I am currently a legislative policy advisor for the County of Los Angeles. My career in county government has allowed me to serve those in need and to identify ways in which government can make a greater impact in the areas of health care,

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Rebecca Guillen Perez

Rebecca Guillen Perez, 54, is a product of Paramount, born and raised on Wiemer Avenue, where she attended local schools. She is a homeowner and has raised two successful adults.

She recently retired as a Planning Analyst with Spectrum but her calling as an advocate for sustainability and community justice is the driving motivation for her run for City Council. She volunteers by mentoring young adults entering into the Media industry. She has a passion for organic gardening and enjoys sharing this skillset with the youth of our community.

She will be a strong force and asset to Council chambers.

Brenda Olmos

I’ve lived in Paramount my entire life, I’m a mother, wife, healthcare professional, Councilwoman and candidate. I’ve wanted to serve my community for as long as I can remember. I began volunteering for youth sports and the chamber of commerce and held leadership roles in both. I attended council meetings and learned about city government to help my community. I became a Public Safety Commissioner where I reviewed law enforcement activities and worked with residents and community leaders to build safer neighborhoods. I believe in teamwork and building relationships. I want to hear from residents, their opinions and ideas matter.

Alvin Parks

Alvin Parks, 37 years resident of Paramount, 66 year old Afro American. divorced, but with a good friendship with x wife. Current 42 year as a Professional Disc Jockey, worked 3 years on Carnival Cruise lines as the  Disc Jockey. Current weekly live D. J show @ Am Vets’ Thrift store 3315 South St. Long Beach Sunday’s 3:00-5:00. Semi retired where I was Activity Directory @ local mental locked facility for 24 years, now company van driver. ASB student Body President of Long Beach Jordan High School , class of 1971. I worship in Paramount, 3 kids, 13 grand & 2 great grand.

Vilma Cuellar Stallings

My name is Vilma Cuellar Stallings and I am running for a seat on the Paramount City Council.

I grew up in Paramount and graduated from Paramount High School.

I am a retired Paramount Unified School District Librarian. For 30 years, I’ve had the privilege to guide the students of Paramount and provide them with opportunities for growth and success.

For the last seven years, I have gained tremendous governing experience serving on the Public Safety and Parks & Recreation Commissions. I know what it takes to steer my city in the right direction. I was honored to be appointed by Diane J. Martinez to these commissions.

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