Walnut – Andrew Rodriguez was announced as the City of Walnut’s 31st Mayor on July 10, 2019. He is expected to be sworn in at the next Walnut City Council Meeting. Rodriguez was first elected to the Walnut City Council on April 12, 2016. He is the youngest City Councilmember ever elected in Walnut’s 57-year history and is one of the youngest City Councilmembers currently serving among Los Angeles County’s 88 communities.
Rodriguez calls Walnut his hometown since he was born and raised in the city and attended Walnut Valley Unified schools. He graduated from Walnut High School with honors and was even a commencement speaker. “Having been raised in Walnut, I have a vested interest in the city’s future and will make sure that our community continues to be one of the best places to live in both California and the United States,” said Rodriguez on his Facebook page.
As a graduate from Rutgers University, Rodriguez studied political science, urban planning, and public policy. He has a diverse political background, including his work on the Los Angeles Mayor campaign in 2013 and his work as a Campaign Fellow for Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate campaign in New Jersey, also in 2013. His experience in urban planning and development include his time at New Brunswick Development Corporation, where he “researched grants and tax abatements related to a proposed collegiate housing project and was actively engaged with stakeholders to ensure that all aspects of projects remained on track,” according to his website. He also worked with Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Koretz, where Rodriguez gained experience with permit and license applications, committee meetings, and documents for council deputies.
In addition, Rodriguez currently works for a Los Angeles non-profit organization helping at-risk youth and is a parishioner at St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church. Rodriguez is also running for California State Assembly, District 55 in 2020.
As Walnut Councilman, Rodriguez did a great job updating the community about what was happening in the city. He made an effort to post development updates, new business openings, and local events that were happening in the city. He also made an effort to promote small businesses currently in Walnut, in addition to helping new entrepreneurs with the process of starting a new business in the City.
As Mayor, Rodriguez said he is excited and looking forward to the work again. “I will continue to be actively involved in our community and look forward to seeing you around our beautiful city!” said Rodriguez.