Cisneros earned a B.A. in Political Science from California State University-Long Beach. He currently serves as a senior deputy for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
|Montebello Unified School Board, Unexpired term, November 5, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Paul Montoya Incumbent||40.1%||3,137|
|Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 18, 2013|
Cisneros did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Cisneros received the following endorsements during his 2013 campaign:
- Montebello Teachers Association (MTA)
- MUSD Board Member David Vela
- Montebello Mayor Christina Cortez
Cisneros explained his reasons for running in 2013 in an interview with EGP News:
I am a parent and product of MUSD running to prioritize student achievement in order to prepare students for college and their professional careers. I’ve earned the strong support of parents and classroom teachers and together we’re going to make sure that taxpayer funds are spent wisely, with a focus in the classroom where it matters most for students.
What was at stake?
Controversial campaign mailer
A campaign committee called the Voters for Good Government sent out a mailer prior to the election pointing out domestic violence charges against Gerri Guzman in September 2012. The mailer included a copy of the arrest record from Los Angeles County, a mug shot and text connecting the arrest to Guzman's failures as a board member. Guzman was never prosecuted in connection with the charges due to lack of evidence. She expressed disappointment that the mailer attempted to use domestic violence as a campaign issue. Voters for Good Government was registered to local political operative David Gould.
About the district
Montebello lagged behind state rates for higher education achievement, median income and poverty according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with Bachelor's degrees (16.7%) was lower than the state average (30.2%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated a median income of $52,496 in Montebello and $61,632 for California. Montebello had a poverty rate of 15% in 2010 while California's poverty rate was 14.4%.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Montebello (%)||California (%)|
|Black or African American||0.9||6.2|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||1||1|
|Two or More Races||3.7||4.9|
|Hispanic or Latino||79.3||36.7|
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Smart Voter, "Edgar Cisneros," accessed November 21, 2013
- EGP News, "Election Preview: Candidates Seek Seats In MUSD, Bell Gardens, Montebello," September 26, 2013
- Los Cerritos News, "Montebello School Board Member’s Past Arrest Record Mailed to Voters Days Before Polls Open," accessed November 21, 2013
- U.S. Census Bureau, "Quick Facts: Montebello" accessed November 21, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014