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By Brian Hews
Veteran ABC School Board member Armin Reyes held a campaign fundraiser last Friday night to benefit his upcoming campaign for a seat on the Cerritos College Board of Trustees at a local restaurant here in Cerritos.
Reyes is hoping to defeat incumbent Trustee Shin Liu in the campaign that will be held later this year on Tuesday, November 4.
Several local residents, longtime friends, family members and area elected officials attended the event including Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido and Artesia City Councilman Ali S. Taj.
Reyes was first elected to the ABC School Board of Education back in 1999 and was easily re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
He served as Vice President of the Board in 2004 and President in 2005 and served as member of the Southeast ROP Board of Trustees from 2003-2006.
Reyes works as a Labor representative with the United Nurses Association of California, UNAC/UCHP, AFSCME, and AFL-CIO. He also serves as a Functional Specialty Team Leader with the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) based in Upland, CA, with a rank of a Major.
While serving as a member of the ABC School Board, Reyes was deployed as a Detachment Commander of 376th Personnel Services Battalion, Detachment 1 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II in 2004.
Reyes also was deployed as HHC Commander of the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion in 2007-2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06 and as HHC Commander of the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion (A) in 2012-2013in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XXII in Afghanistan.
If elected to the Cerritos College Board of Trustees, he would become the first Filipino-American ever elected to serve in that position.
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