After weeks of speculation, Republican Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, a trustee with the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District formally announced her candidacy for California Senate District 23 on Wednesday, June 26. State Senator Mike Morrell, a Republican from Rancho Cucamonga, was elected to the California Senate in 2014. He represents the 23rd District but will be termed out next year.
Morrell enthusiastically endorsed the Yucaipa resident.
“There is still much work to do in this legislature,” said Morrell in a press release. “The residents of the 23rd Senate District will be well served by sending Rosilicie to Sacramento. She will work tirelessly for her constituents and for all Californians.”
Ochoa Bogh, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1991. There she met her high school sweetheart, Greg Bogh, and they have been married for 23 years and have three children. Greg has served on Yucaipa City Council since 2010, and was mayor in 2018.
Ochoa Bogh is a graduate of University of California Santa Barbara and later worked as a teacher at Riley Elementary School in San Bernardino.
In a press release she said, “As a teacher, I witnessed the immense potential in English language learners. If we provide them with the right support, they will thrive as they fulfill their potential within the American Dream.”
Ochoa Bogh currently works in real estate and also works as a field representative for Chad Mayes, California State Assemblyman.
In addition to the Yucaipa Calimesa Joint Unified School District School Board, Ochoa Bogh has served on Yucaipa’s Chamber of Commerce Board and earned the Women of Distinction Award for Yucaipa in 2009. She is on the East Valley Association Board of Realtors and is active in her church where she teaches Sunday school.
In a press release, Ochoa Bogh said that education, transportation, lower taxes, and affordable home prices would be among her top priorities in Sacramento.
“My campaign is about uniting people and regaining the hope of the American Dream for our families. Pursuit of the American Dream is why people are drawn to our state and to the Inland Empire,” she said.
Ochoa Bogh said she was provided a foundation for strong female leadership by her mother and grandmothers.
“I’m confident running for Senate because of women like my mother and both of my grandmothers. They were incredible role models,” said Ochoa Bogh. “Now, as a candidate I will promote the values they taught me: hard work and personal responsibility among others.”
Ochoa Bogh said that her Hispanic heritage will give her a unique platform to confront what she called the “mentality of victimhood that corrupts Sacramento.”
“If California is going to thrive again, we must empower our youth of every race all over this great state to understand that the values of work ethic, education, dignity, gratitude and humility are the best way to succeed in America,” she said.
The four other declared candidates include Republican Lloyd Alfred White, a Beaumont city councilman employed at Esri in Redlands; Democrat Kris Goodfellow, a former journalist who runs Redlands-based Voyager Search, which provides search and data management solutions; Democrat Abigail Rosales Medina, president of the San Bernardino City Unified School District board; and Republican Cristina Puraci, president of the Redlands Unified School District board.
The 23rd Senate District includes all or parts of Banning, Beaumont, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Cedar Glen, Calimesa, Cherry Valley, Crestline, Homeland, Hemet, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Menifee, Mentone, Nuevo, Phelan, Pinion Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, San Bernardino, San Jacinto, Wrightwood and Yucaipa.
“Yucaipa has been a kind and safe place to raise our kids,” said Ochoa Bogh. “We are a family-friendly city that strives to permeate the common good. We’re not perfect, and there’s always room for growth, but our heart is in the right place. I hope to be the voice for our constituents and represent our city and district with grace, dignity and reason. It won’t be easy, but I look forward to the task at hand.”
The presidential primary election will be held on March 3, 2020.