Rochelle Wilcox

Rochelle Wilcox for Congress

building on shared values

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Thank you, Everyone!

Over the past several months, I've been inspired and amazed by the commitment of the people of this District to improving the lives of everyone who lives here. I've been grateful for the tremendous support that's been given to me and the other candidates by people determined to elect a representative who puts her constituent's interests ahead of the interests of wealthy donors.

I've also been clear that I will leave the campaign if and when I decide that the best way forward for the District is for me to step back. That time has come. I've decided to suspend my campaign and give more space for the voters to get to know the other candidates, so that they can decide who will best represent our District in Congress. As I've told many people I've gotten to know this year, you're still going to see me because I'm committed to flipping this seat, and then working to improve the lives of everyone in this District. But I've decided I can best do that without the constraints of a campaign that forces me to downplay some of the issues about which I care the most, because I'm afraid of alienating voters we will need. In addition to helping elect our first female representative for this District, I'll be joining the Poor People's Campaign (at www.breachrepairers.org) to fight more broadly for the social justice issues that as a country we must fix before we can become everything we know we can be.

Thank you so much to my campaign team Dyana Polk, Luis Amezcua and Nolan Pack, to Kris Johnson and Tita Bladen for their untiring support of our campaign, and to everyone else across the District who is showing up and fighting for the things that matter. Together, we will create a better world for our kids.

Meet Rochelle

Rochelle is a partner with a prominent national law firm. She is a First Amendment specialist practicing media and appellate law.

“As a child of a single mom who worked nights and weekends in Las Vegas casinos to support her three children, I know first hand how hard it can be for working families today to make ends meet. I was fortunate to have grown up in a country whose leaders understood that one role of government is to make sure hardworking citizens have the opportunity to succeed. This is the promise of the American dream, a core value we all share. These leaders knew that investment in people and quality programs would create a strong, prosperous nation.

“As a result of good public schools, food assistance programs and an affordable public university, I was able to ensure my own success. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, I earned a full scholarship to the University of Utah College of Law. I graduated first in my class and was recruited by one of the top-rated First Amendment law practices in the country, where I have been practicing law for nearly twenty years. I fight for access to government information – to make sure that people have what they need to hold the government accountable – and defend businesses and individuals against strategic lawsuits designed to block freedom of speech.  I’ve been involved in dozens of cases before the California Supreme Court and California’s Courts of Appeal.

“I met my husband Al, a California native, while attending college. He literally knocked on my door, asking about a room to rent! We’ve been married for over 20 years. Our two sons attend high school here in Roseville. In addition to Boy Scout activities with our sons, we enjoy bicycling, fishing and boating throughout the Sierras.

“I’m running for office to give back to my community and the country that provided the opportunities I needed to succeed. “

As your Congresswoman, I will work tirelessly for fairness, education, economic  opportunity, healthcare and everything else people in our district need to succeed.