December 5, 2019

AD-38: Early childhood education advocate Suzette Martinez Valladares gained yet another endorsement for her bid for the 38th Assembly District seat as she announced today support from Simi Valley City Council Member Elaine P. Litster.

“I am deeply humbled and appreciative of all the endorsements I’ve received, and this one is no different,” said Valladares of the recent endorsement. “I am proud to have the support of a dedicated public servant such as Council Member Litster and I look forward to serving the community as she does.”

Council Member Litster joins a growing list of leaders in support of Valladares’ run for Assembly, including Senator Scott Wilk, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, former Congressmen Steve Knight and Buck McKeon, former Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, and a host of other leaders.


Background: An unlikely Republican story, Suzette grew up in the San Fernando Valley, the granddaughter of a farmworker who worked alongside Cesar Chavez in the vineyards near Bakersfield. She was blessed with loving parents who valued education, family and community responsibility. In 2012, Suzette became Executive Director of Southern California Autism Speaks. Her career is based on serving others, with a passion for early childhood education and advocacy.

After her mother’s passing in 2018, Suzette was asked to assume her mother’s role as CEO of Little Steps of Faith, a faith-based non-profit preschool that provides quality childcare to underserved families in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

Suzette and her husband Shane were blessed with their first child, daughter Charlotte, in April 2017.

(California’s 38th Assembly District includes the Santa Clarita and Simi Valleys as well as a portion of the San Fernando Valley.)