Ricardo Reyes for South Gate City Council

Who am I?

Ricardo "Rick" Reyes is a Marine Corps Infantry veteran who served eight years with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Raised in Southeast Los Angeles as a first generation Mexican-American, Rick understands the importance of fair access to economic opportunity. With a commitment to service, Rick remains engaged in his community as the Veterans Caucus Chairman for the California Democratic Party, Governor Jerry Brown's appointee to the California Mexican American Veterans Memorial Beautification and Enhancement Committee, California State Captain of VoteVets.org, Alumni of the Truman National Security Project's Veteran Leadership Academy, and former commissioner to South Gate's Citizens Advisory Committee. As a decorated combat veteran who experienced firsthand the effects of war, Rick developed an interest in working toward improving US Foreign Policy and has worked nationally on issues of National Security, Energy, and International Development. Locally, as a mortgage loan officer, Rick has worked tirelessly at ensuring homeowners received quality service with home purchases and refinancing. During the mortgage collapse, Rick donated time and resources to help hundreds of families who were at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure. Today, Rick continues to consult families through similar hardships pro-bono. Currently, Rick is a Political Coordinator for the largest labor advocacy organization in California, SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW). In that capacity, Rick is dedicated to providing and protecting quality care for some of California's most vulnerable residents. Rick is also a business owner in the growing industry of clean energy and is focused on bringing quality jobs to the community.

Why am I running?

My unwavering commitment to our community and working families is unending and I have always taken the call to service very seriously. After much deliberation, I have decided to answer another call and run for South Gate City Council. I am running for South Gate City Council because it is time this great city leads in industry and innovation once again. As a leader in advocating for good jobs, sustainable energy, the environment - and as a small business owner - I have the courage, experience and commitment to make a difference at City Hall. I need your help to make sure we continue fighting for good paying jobs, stronger schools and protecting our environment.

My Goals

As a Councilmember, I will fight to:

•Bring back the good paying jobs that were once abundant in South Gate.

•Increase transparency and limit the influence of Special interests at City Hall.

My DFA Values

Our campaign is about fostering inclusiveness and promoting diversity, lifting communities and making sure that everyone has a fair chance to econimic empowerment. We believe in the philosophy that we are all in this together, as opposed to that of being on your own.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Our campaign is 100% people powered. From our campaign consultants, to our door-to-door canvassers, everyone on our campaign volunteers their time because we all believe in the promise of fighting for a strong middle class, and economic development that works for everyone and everyone works. Our core campaign team is made up Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who served their country honorably and now serving their communities.

Voice support


  • Nancy Portillo
  • Francesca Loftis, CA
  • Johnny Martinez
  • Susan Rowe, CA
  • Bill Lackemacher, CA
  • Maria Abarca
  • Melinda Ramos-Alatorre
  • Karen Bernal, CA
  • Susan Good, CA
  • Alex Ramirez
...and 24 more.

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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