Glenda Barillas is a 32-year-old Latina, and Fontana is her home. Born and raised in Southern California, her family has lived in south Fontana for almost 30 years. She's watched our city change and grow, more than doubling in size during that time.
A student at Chaffey College, she is pursuing degrees in Business and Public Policy. With several years experience in Retail Management, Glenda understands the daily grind that working families are faced with every day. She currently works as the Director of Business Development for Catalina's List, an organization focused on supporting progressive women to participate in politics, whether through learning about civic engagement or running for office, and everything in between.
There was a time when Glenda felt disillusioned with politics. It seemed to her that there was nothing she could do as an individual, and that nothing would ever change. She questioned whether her vote really counted. In talking to her neighbors and peers, she found that she was not alone in this way of thinking.
Three years ago, that changed. Glenda joined the Bernie Sanders grassroots campaign and connected with the community like never before. She was knocking on her neighbors’ doors, holding meetings at a local pizza spot, and listening to the stories of the people around her. Although they had many differences, they all shared very similar struggles and concerns. She saw the way that people from all walks of life and belief systems could come together to work towards a better quality of life for their families and communities. Around that same time, Glenda became involved with several local organizations that emphasized civic engagement and, in short order, was elected to several of their Executive Boards where she has served in such positions as Secretary, Parliamentarian, Vice President of Membership and President.
After researching much of what was going on in Fontana, she realized that the people of her community deserve better than more warehouses and air-pollution. Glenda believes that District 4, and this city, deserve better. The people of south Fontana deserve cleaner air, good-paying jobs, responsible development, and more affordable places to live. She intends to keep District 4 - and all of Fontana - moving forward with an honest and fresh voice on our City Council. She will hold on to the values of our community by listening to and understanding the issues, and presenting a new vision for Fontana; one that is brighter, stronger, and more inclusive for generations to come.
For more on why Glenda decided to run for office, click here.