Jennifer Esteen isn’t moved by the notoriety of political office—or her chances at making history as the first Black, Jewish, and openly gay member of the California Assembly. Instead, the 41-year-old nurse is motivated by the people she helps day in and day out on her job, in her community, and at home. They are the reason she is campaigning to fill Alameda County's 20th Assembly District seat, the guiding light in her decision to bring an elevated level of care to a system that she feels too often lacks it, and she’s starting at home.
“I wasn't going to go to San Francisco and try to do things when I live in a different place,” Esteen tells EBONY. “I feel honored and fortunate to be able to live here and run for office here. To be able to potentially represent this unincorporated area where community members have very unique needs.”