Moreno Valley Mourns Sudden Loss of Councilmember Dr. Carla J. Thornton

Moreno Valley City Councilmember Carla J. Thornton has passed away after a brief illness. She was just 42 years old.

Thornton was elected to represent District 2 in December of 2018. She was the first African American woman to serve on the Moreno Valley City Council. She was an assistant professor at California Baptist University and a veteran of the United States Air Force. She was deployed overseas twice as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Thornton chaired the Moreno Valley Traffic Safety Commission and the City’s Environmental and Historical Preservation Board. In October, she was appointed Vice Chair of the League of California Cities’ Housing, Community and Economic Development Policy Committee.

"Councilwoman Thornton was a dedicated public servant who cared deeply for the residents of her district and the City as a whole," said Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez, Mayor of Moreno Valley. "Carla brought an incredible amount of enthusiasm, energy and real joy to her Council work, and she had so much more to contribute. This is a tremendous loss for Moreno Valley, and I will miss her as a colleague and as a friend."