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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of West CovinaCandidate for Member, City Council, District 2

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Brian Gutierrez

Community Relations Executive
985 votes (18.16%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protecting Public Safety Services
  • Ensuring More Accountability from City Hall
  • Preserving Open Spaces Parks create healthier communities and ensure our kids have places to play sports.



Profession:Community Relations Executive
National Finance Committee Member, Secretary Hillary Clinton for America 2016 — Appointed position (2016–2017)
State Councilmember Appointed by Governour Jerry Brown, California State Council on Developmental Disabilities — Appointed position (2013–2015)


Brian Gutierrez believes his life changed for the better when he moved to West Covina in 2003. With quality schools, safe neighborhoods, and opportunities for recreation, Brian was provided with the community support he needed to succeed.

In recent years, West Covina has been going in the wrong direction. Brian will bring much-needed change to our city and take a new approach to solve our challenges.

Born in Boyle Heights, Brian grew up in an abusive household and eventually went into foster care. His aunt adopted Brian and they moved to West Covina.

At age 14, he was diagnosed with Autism/Aspergers. His aunt taught him the importance of education and never using his disability as an excuse to fail. He enrolled at Nogales High School and began excelling in his classes.

While attending Nogales High, he saw how Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s extreme budget cuts were affecting his school. He worked with the principal to raise money from local businesses to fund after-school programs and purchase radios for the school police. His efforts resulted in more than $100,000 raised for his high school.

During his senior year, his aunt passed away and Brian found himself on his own. His aunt always encouraged him to volunteer for causes he was passionate about and help others because she believed it would help Brian become successful.   

This lesson inspired Brian to become a teen leader for Rock the Vote in 2008 where he was assigned to work at Jimmy Kimmel Live helping audience members get registered to vote. 

After the election, he earned an internship at Jimmy Kimmel Live and then worked with Assemblymember Gil Cedillo.

At 22, Brian was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as a State Councilmember for the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Prior to Brian’s service, employees at the state council were misusing public funds and hiring staff unqualified to serve Californians with disabilities. Brian advocated for reform and helped hire a new executive director for the council as well as set guidelines for hiring staff at local regional centers. Brian also worked with local school districts, national nonprofits, and all other platforms to raise awareness and create opportunities for those with disabilities.

Brian is now the Executive Vice President of External Affairs for Del Records, the most successful Latin independent entertainment label in Regional Mexican music and a distributor of Sony Latin Music. Through his role, he helps build community partnerships with the music label, its executives, and its artists.

Brian has helped provide scholarships and teacher classroom grants for Nogales High School and Rowland Unified. He’s also helped sponsor the West Covina Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program that provides Christmas gifts to disadvantaged kids in the community. He continues to partner with organizations promoting Autism Awareness and youth sports programs.


Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • California Democratic Party

Elected Officials (3)

  • U.S. Congresswoman Roybal-Allard , 1st Latina Elected to Congress
  • State Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio
  • State Senator Vanessa Delgado

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

"My life changed for the better when I moved to West Covina in 2003. With quality schools, safe neighborhoods, and opportunities for recreation, I received the community support I needed to succeed. Lately, West Covina has been going in the wrong direction. 

"As your City Councilmember, I’ll bring much-needed change to our city and take a new approach to solve our problems." 

- Brian Gutierrez, Candidate for West Covina City Council, District 2

Videos (1)

— October 12, 2018 West Covina Police POA

For far too long, our city has been in a financial crisis. Decisions made by self-serving politicians have crippled our city, creating budget shortfalls year after year. In recent weeks, the City Council cut $3.6 million from our police and fire services. These cuts put our safety at risk and could lead to more crime and longer response times during emergencies. We can’t afford to take this risk. I will fight to protect these vital public safety services and find ways to increase revenue for our city to hire more police and firefighters.


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