Since graduating from USC Annenberg’s School of Communication and Journalism in 2018, I never thought my path forward or running for public office would lead to my alma mater profiling and featuring me in the Daily Trojan!
I am honored, grateful and overwhelmed.
DT: “On paper, USC alumnus James Martinez’s journey to his current and recently attained position as a trustee on the Fresno County Board of Education seems almost inevitable, but his decision to run for office was partly born out of a desire to see more representation in local politics. He had no idea how big a role his identity would actually play as the first openly LGBTQ+ man elected to public office in Fresno.”
Although this is a milestone in many respects, we still have a long way to go to ensure a fair, equal and just society for all Americans. Until that happens, the fight goes on!