Publisher, Cheryl Brown, Assemblywoman-elect
She went against the grain and scored an upset victory against a candidate who had the backing of the Inland establishment.
Publisher Cheryl Brown is a respected community voice for over 30 years; she and her husband, Hardy Brown founded Brown Publishing Company and published, Black Voice News, a local newspaper since 1980. Last Tuesday, she scored a major upset against Joe Baca Jr. (son of a established local politician) in a race for the state’s 47th Assembly District. Notwithstanding, both she and her campaign manager, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, were indirectly battling a seasoned candidate by proxy.
The early election returns showed her with a double-digit lead over Joe Baca Jr. in the assembly race. “There are a lot of votes to be counted, and I’m hoping this holds,” she said. “Voters are looking for a leader who can bring people together rather than divide.”
By the end of the evening after the votes were tallied and 100 percent of the precincts reported, the numbers read:
CHERYL BROWN – 29,500 with 56.45 percent of the total votes.
JOE BACA JR. – 22,757 with 43.55 of the total votes.
Now she will be going to the Assembly to represent the 47th District, where she will join her colleague, Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, for whom she worked. Assemblywoman- elect Brown’s experience includes working in the California legislature as district representative for State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod; for the San Bernardino County Planning Department; the County and City Planning Commissions; and as a commissioner where she was elected president of the California County Commissioners’ Association.
In addition to her years in various posts in county and state government, and as publisher of the Black Voice News, Cheryl Brown’s credentials as a journalist also include serving as a television talk-show host for 12 years on local access television, KCSB Channel 3, and appearing as a guest on Burden of Proof, MSNBC, the Brian Williams’ Show and Channel 11 Fox News. She and her husband (the other half of the publishing team) 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. They have refined the art of the Black publishers’ credo, “For too long we have allowed others to tell our story; we have to tell our own story.”
As a state legislator, she will be able to carry that same fervor and commitment to Sacramento as she serves her constituents. Along with her husband, Brown has four children, eight grand children and four great grand children. It is for them and her community that she said, “What I want for my family, I want for ALL families: a safe community that provides good jobs, innovative business opportunities, excellent schools and quality, affordable healthcare.”