Anaheim, CA – Anaheim City Councilmember Avelino Valencia has won the election for California’s 68th State Assembly District. He will be the first millennial to represent Orange County in the State Legislature.

In response to the nearly final election results, Avelino Valencia released the following statement:
“I ran for State Assembly because I believe that every child deserves the best possible chance to succeed, and because Orange County can and should be a place of universal opportunity. I am deeply grateful to the countless voters, volunteers, and supporters who share that vision, and who worked to make our victory possible. In the State Assembly, I am going to fight every day to be an effective advocate for residents, and to support the schools, working families, neighborhoods, and businesses that make our Orange County communities strong and vibrant. Thank you!”
Avelino Valencia is an Anaheim City Councilmember who has worked to reduce homelessness, make neighborhoods safer, increase park space, and improve government efficiency. Professionally, he works as the District Director for State Assemblymember Tom Daly. Avelino also served as Chairman of Anaheim’s Budget, Investment, and Technology Commission.

Avelino grew up in Orange County, the son of immigrant parents who built a successful small business. He attended local public schools and earned an associate degree from Fullerton College, a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University, and a master’s degree in Public Management from Johns Hopkins University. After playing college football and briefly pursuing a career in the National Football League (NFL), he coached at Fullerton College.

Avelino is married to his high school sweetheart, Dr. Monica Valencia, who is a local elementary school principal.