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Cindy Montanez


Picture of Cindy Montanez
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-2002 Democratic AD-39 36449 Win
11-02-2004 Democratic AD-39 56017 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: January 19, 1974 in San Fernando, CA
Family: Sister of Maribel De La Torre (San Fernando City Councilmember)
Died: October 21, 2023 in Los Angeles, CA

1990s-1998: Aide, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon
1999-2002: Member, San Fernando City Council
2001-2002: Mayor, City of San Fernando
2006: Primary Candidate for SD-20 (Lost; 44.2%)
2007: Special Election Candidate for Los Angeles City Council (Withdrew)
2007-2010: Member, Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
2007-2023: Member, Los Angeles Planning Commission
2007-2011: Special Assistant to the CEO, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 
2013: Candidate for Los Angeles City Council (Lost; 45%)
2015: Candidate for Los Angeles City Council (Lost; 39.0%)
2011-2014: Assistant General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
2020-2023: Member, San Fernando City Council

  • RECORD-HOLDER: Montanez was the youngest woman to serve in the Calfornia State Legislature, being sworn in at age 28. Prior to Montanez, Esto Broughton (one of the original women to serve in the legislature) was the youngest woman to serve from the time of her inauguration (1919) until 2002, when Montanez was sworn in.
  • In 2001, Montanez and Maribel De La Torre became the first two sisters to serve together on a city council in California.
  • IN HER HONOR: ACR114 (2023) by Luz Rivas would honor the life and legacy of Cindy Montañez and declares January 19 as Cindy Montañez Day.
  • PLACENAME: Pacoima Wash Park in San Fernando is in the process of being renamed to honor Montañez.

Source: California Legislature Handbook (2003-04)