Cheryl Brown has been a fighter her entire life. Her family has lived in and published Black Voice News in Riverside, California for the past 32 years. Over those years Cheryl has run the family business has been active in her church as a church trustee, has worked as an urban planner and is a respected community leader.
Cheryl now is looking to take her fighting skills to Sacramento as a member of the State Assembly representing the 47th District. Cheryl says one of her biggest reason for deciding to enter into the political arena now is to fight to protect funding for education and to support her schools. “Sacramento needs a leader who is not going to balance the state budget on the backs of our children” stated assembly candidate Brown.
As a former PTA leader, and a mother of four, Cheryl knows that class sizes are too big and school budgets are too small and she believes that as a representative of the California Legislative Assembly she can provide the leadership and bring the experience necessary to get the job done.
She has been endorsed and supported by the California Legislative Black Caucus. Chairman of the Caucus Senator Curren Price say he is really excited about having Cheryl in Sacramento to help him improve the quality of education as well as tackle so many of the other issues facing Californians today. "I am supporting Cheryl Brown for the Assembly because she has a long positive record of community service and accountability. She knows the community, understands the legislative process and is willing to do the hard work necessary to make a difference in the lives of the people she will represent. Cheryl understands the needs of this community because for decades she has been and ear and a voice of those who have had little voice through her newspaper."
For more than three decades, Cheryl Brown has served her community. With her BA from Cal State San Bernardino, Cheryl went to work for the San Bernardino County Planning Department. She later served on the County and City Planning Commissions for 17 years. During her tenure as a commissioner, she was elected president of the California County Commissioners’ Association.
In 1980, Cheryl and her husband Hardy founded Brown Publishing Company to produce a local paper, Black Voice News, focusing on community events and points of view, which has kept its presses running for 31 years. Cheryl and Hardy, married for 48 years, have been recognized as the only living publishers to be included in the 175th anniversary of the Black Press in America. Their names were added to such historic publishers as Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Carlotta Bass – all of whom overcame great obstacles to publish the truth and to give voice to stories that had gone untold.
Cheryl’s years of experience in the California legislature extends from her posting as district representative for State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod to her current work for Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter.
As an active community member, Cheryl has worked with such groups as the Inland Empire Urban League, Arrowhead United Way, YWCA, San Gorgonio Girl Scout Council. Cheryl also helps spearhead local events including: Take a Cop to Lunch, Bill Pickett Rodeo, Charles Dickens’ Festival and Footsteps to Freedom, the Underground Railroad Field Study Program.
With her 30 years of service to her state and community, Cheryl Brown is now running for the California Assembly to represent her district. She has a very personal stake in the future of her district with four children, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.