Meet Eugene

Open Letter to the District

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Dear Assembly District 18 residents,

 

I am thankful for the opportunity to be a candidate for Assembly District 18, which is made up of vibrant communities and residents from different cultures, creeds, and backgrounds, a true representation of the most diverse state in the nation.

 

I was raised in California and lived in several regions throughout the state, landing in the East Bay in 2018. I was blessed to be raised by a family that instilled in me the importance of community service, servant leadership, and social justice. I gather a significant amount of inspiration and drive from my father, who is a long-time minister and exemplifies the important values of servant leadership and community engagement.

 

I completed my undergraduate studies at Pacific Union College, located in the Napa Valley, and went on to Indiana University to receive a Master of Public Health. While in graduate school, I began to recognize and develop a deep understanding of the structural inequities that contribute to the long-standing health disparities in Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. I engaged with community members and lawmakers throughout the state and spearheaded advocacy efforts for policy and structural changes that would improve public health outcomes, increase life expectancy, and create a more equitable and just society.

In 2018, I returned to California and moved to the East Bay and continued fighting for structural change with the Alameda Health Consortium (AHC) and community health centers in Alameda County. While I was at AHC,  I strongly advocated for policies and initiatives that would support marginalized communities. 

I have also fought and continue to fight for the health and well-being of our immigrant communities, advocating against the harmful Public Charge rule (which was recently overturned!), and fighting for #HealthforAll policies, which would remove the unjust barrier to health care for undocumented immigrants.

 

Most recently, I have been leading the policy and advocacy efforts at the California Black Health Network, the statewide advocacy organization focused on improving the health and well-being of Black Californians.

 

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated and amplified the inequities that have long existed in our communities. It is clear that we need structural change. It is clear that we must invest in the communities that have been left behind. It is clear that we must implement bold policies to truly create an equitable and just society.

 

I am running for office to ensure California moves beyond the status quo. I am running for office to be a voice for equity, justice, and change. I am running for office to ensure that California moves boldly towards equity. 

 

I would love the opportunity to represent the residents of Assembly District 18 in Sacramento.

 

With deep appreciation,

 

Eugene Canson