Race to Replace Becerra in Congress Off to a Fast Start

December 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles City Councilmen Jose Huizar and Gil Cedillo said Monday they will not run to fill the congressional seat expected to be vacated by Rep. Xavier Becerra’s appointment as state attorney general, while state Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, former Assembly Speaker John Pérez and journalist and activists Wendy Carrillo have all announced their intentions to run.

“After careful consideration and much discussion with my wife Richelle and family, we have decided not to run for the 34th Congressional seat,” Huizar said Monday morning, adding “There is a considerable amount of work for me to complete here locally in the great City of Los Angeles and California.”

Cedillo released a statement later in the day saying that while he’s “humbled and honored by the number of calls and messages asking him to run,” he has decided that “at this point in our country’s history, the best place for me to be is right here in Los Angeles, continuing to fight every day to improve the lives of Angelenos …”

“As a Los Angeles City Councilmember, I am uniquely positioned to fight for the rights of our immigrant communities, which have once again come under attack,” he said in a written statement.

Meanwhile, Gomez has already set up a Crowdpac campaign fundraising website where he’s posted his decision to run.

Rep. Xavier Becerra, surrounded by state leaders during a press conference in Boyle Heights earlier this year. Becerra has been appointed to replace Kamala Harris as Attorney General.  (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Rep. Xavier Becerra, surrounded by state leaders during a press conference in Boyle Heights earlier this year. Becerra has been appointed to replace Kamala Harris as Attorney General. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Gomez said he hopes to “continue Congressman Becerra’s excellent record of representation” and to advocate for working families, by “protecting the most vulnerable among us, and standing up to the corporate interests trying to game the system.” He called the congressional seat “a once in a lifetime chance to stand up and fight for our values, our rights, and make sure that the Trump Republican party does not have a free hand in Washington.”

Gomez lives in Eagle Rock and was just elected to his third term in the Legislature.

Pérez was the first candidate to jump into the race, declaring his intention to run less than hour after Becerra’s appointment was announced by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Pérez spent four of his six years in the Assembly as speaker, the body’s ranking and most powerful position. Brown appointed Pérez to the University of California Board of Regents in 2014.

“I’m running for Congress to take these California values and our state’s visionary approach to the national level,” Pérez said in a statement. “California needs leadership who will stand up against Donald Trump, but also leadership that will fight for the poor, the middle class, for job creation, and for a vision that can help us win all across the country.”

He has already garnered some high profile endorsements, including from his cousin, former Los Angeles mayor and candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with Rep. Karen Bass of Los Angeles, state Sen. Holly Mitchell and state Controller Betty Yee who defeated him in the race or controller in 2014.

The 34th Congressional District is very diverse, and covers much of Downtown Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, Highland Park/Garvanza, Boyle Heights, City Terrace, Echo Park, El Sereno, Glassell Park, Historic Filipinotown, Koreatown, Lincoln Heights, Mt. Washington, Montecito Heights, and Westlake/Pico Union.

Journalist and community activist Wendy Carrillo also announced her candidacy Monday in a post on Medium Monday. The Boyle Heights resident most recently served as host and executive producer of the public affairs program “Knowledge is Power” on KPWR radio (Power 106).

“We are living in a moment of urgency. A moment in which our country is demanding new vision, leadership and courage,” she writes. “It is obvious with the results of our recent presidential election that the same establishment ‘politics as usual’ don’t work anymore…” said Carrillo, a Salvadoran immigrant brought to the country illegally as a child who became a U.S. citizen when she was 21.

“Large segments of this country have been ignored by our representatives in Washington DC. The 34th Congressional District is no different,” Carrillo said.

On Wednesday, Estevan Montemayor, director of communications for first-term Los Angeles Councilman David Ryu, told City News Service, that his boss is exploring the option of running but had no public comment at this time. Ryu has only represented Council District Four since June 2015, when he became the first Korean-American to serve on the City Council.

L.A. Unified School Board Member Monica Garcia’s name was also floated as a possible contender, or a possible candidate for Gomez’ seat if he’s elected.

Brown appointed Becerra on Thursday to succeed fellow Democrat Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last month.

If confirmed by the state Senate and Assembly – as expected – Becerra will serve the final two years of Harris’ term and become California’s first Latino attorney general.

In announcing his decision not to run, Huizar said he hopes Becerra’s successor will be “community focused.”

“The change we need in our federal government begins with an agenda that listens to the average person and steers away from politics as usual. The stakes are high. President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to our core Democratic values of social justice and civil rights is very real.”

A special election would then be held to fill Becerra’s congressional seat.

 

 

Rápido Empiezo de Carrera Para Reemplazo de Becerra en Congreso

December 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Los concejales de la ciudad de Los Ángeles, José Huizar y Gil Cedillo, dijeron el lunes que no correrán para tomar el asiento del Congreso que se espera quede desocupado a causa del nombramiento del representante Xavier Becerra a la fiscalía general del estado. Mientras tanto el asambleísta Jimmy Gómez, D-Los Ángeles, el previo portavoz de la asamblea John Pérez juntamente con la periodista y activista Wendy Carrillo han anunciado sus intenciones en correr.

“Después de una cuidadosa consideración y mucha discusión con mi esposa Richelle y familia, hemos decidido no postularnos para el asiento número 34 del Congreso”, dijo Huizar el lunes por la mañana. También agregando que “hay una cantidad de trabajo considerable que completar localmente en la gran Ciudad de Los Ángeles y en California”.

Cedillo emitió un comunicado el mismo día diciendo que mientras se siente “alagado y honrado por el número de llamadas y mensajes que ha recibido pidiéndole que corra”, él ha decidido que “en este momento histórico en nuestro país, el mejor lugar para [él] es aquí mismo en Los Ángeles, continuando la lucha diaria para mejorar la vida de los Angelinos…”

“Como Concejal de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles, tengo una posición única para luchar a favor de los derechos de nuestras comunidades inmigrantes, quienes de nuevo están siendo atacadas”, dijo en una declaración escrita.

Mientras tanto, Gómez ya ha creado un sitio web Crowdpac de recaudación para fondos para su campaña donde ha publicado su decisión de correr.

Gómez dijo que espera “continuar con el excelente historial de representación del congresista Becerra” abogando por las familias trabajadoras, “protegiendo a los más vulnerables entre nosotros y enfrentándose a los intereses corporativos que tratan de manipular el sistema”. Él llamó a la vacancia en el Congreso “una oportunidad única para levantarse y luchar por nuestros valores, nuestros derechos, y asegurarse de que el Partido Republicano de Trump no tenga una mano libre en Washington”.

Gómez vive en Eagle Rock y acaba de ser elegido para su tercer plazo en la Legislatura.

Pérez fue el primer candidato a unirse a la carrera, declarando su intención de correr a menos de una hora después del nombramiento de Becerra, anunciado por el gobernador Jerry Brown.

Pérez pasó cuatro de sus seis años en la Asamblea como portavoz, el rango del cuerpo y la posición más poderosa. Brown nombró a Pérez a la Junta de Regentes de la Universidad de California en el 2014.

“Me estoy postulando al Congreso para llevar estos valores de California y el enfoque visionario de nuestro estado a un nivel nacional”, dijo Pérez en un comunicado. “California necesita un liderazgo que luche contra Donald Trump, y que también luche por los pobres, la clase media, por la creación de empleos y por una visión que nos ayude a ganar a lo largo del país”.

Él ya ha obtenido algunos respaldos de alto perfil, incluyendo el de su primo, el ex alcalde de Los Ángeles y candidato para la gobernación de California, Antonio Villaraigosa. La representante Karen Bass de Los Ángeles, la senadora estatal Holly Mitchell y la controladora estatal Betty Yee quien lo derrotó en el 2014 también ha expresado su apoyo.

El Distrito 34 del Congreso es muy diverso, y cubre una gran porción del centro de Los Ángeles, Eagle Rock, Highland Park /Garvanza, Boyle Heights, City Terrace, Echo Park, El Sereno, Glassell Park, Historic Filipinotown, Koreatown, Lincoln Heights, Mt. Washington, Montecito Heights, y Westlake/Pico Union.

La periodista y activista comunitaria Wendy Carrillo también anunció su candidatura el lunes en una publicación en la plataforma Medium el lunes. La residente de Boyle Heights ha servido recientemente como anfitriona y productora ejecutiva del programa de asuntos públicos “Conocimiento es Poder” en la estación de radio KPWR (Power 106).

“Estamos viviendo en un momento de urgencia. Un momento en el que nuestro país está exigiendo una nueva visión, liderazgo y coraje”, escribió. “Con los resultados de nuestras recientes elecciones presidenciales, es obvio que el mismo establecimiento de ‘política usual’ ya no funciona”, dijo Carrillo, una inmigrante salvadoreña traída ilegalmente al país en su niñez quien se convirtió en ciudadana estadounidense al cumplir los 21 años.

“Grandes segmentos de este país han sido ignorados por nuestros representantes en Washington D.C. El Distrito 34 del Congreso no es diferente”, dijo Carrillo.

Mónica García, parte del Consejo Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles también fue presentada como una posible contendiente, o posible candidata para el puesto de Gómez si él fuese elegido.

Brown nombró a Becerra el jueves para reemplazar a su compañera demócrata Kamala Harris, quien fue elegida al Senado de los Estados Unidos el mes pasado.

Si es confirmado por el Senado y la Asamblea Estatal – como se espera – Becerra servirá los dos años restantes del plazo de Harris y se convertirá en el primer fiscal general latino de California.

Al anunciar su decisión de no correr, Huizar dijo que espera que el sucesor de Becerra se “enfoque en la comunidad”.

“El cambio que necesitamos en nuestro gobierno federal comienza con una agenda que escuche a las persona promedio y se aleja de la política. Es mucho lo que está en juego. La amenaza del presidente electo Donald Trump a nuestros valores democráticos fundamentales de justicia social y derechos civiles es muy real”.

Una elección especial se llevará acabo para reemplazar el puesto de Becerra en el congreso.

Huizar Says No to Run for Becerra Seat

December 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar today took himself out of the running to fill the congressional seat expected to be vacated by Rep. Xavier Becerra’s appointment as state attorney general, while state Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, threw his hat into the ring.

“After careful consideration and much discussion with my wife Richelle and family, we have decided not to run for the 34th Congressional seat that will soon be vacated by the appointment of Congressman Xavier Becerra to the attorney general position,” Huizar said today. “I will proudly continue as a Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 14th District.”

Gomez, meanwhile, told the Los Angeles Times today that he will run for the seat.

“After talking it over with my family and supporters, I have decided to run for the 34th Congressional seat,” Gomez said, according to the Times. “… Now more than ever, we need strong values-based leadership in Washington that will protect our families, friends and neighbors from divisive rhetoric and policies. I’m ready to stand up and do just that.”

Gomez lives in Eagle Rock and was just elected to his third term in the Legislature.

Former Assembly Speaker John A. Perez declared his intention to run for Becerra’s seat soon after Becerra’s appointment was announced by Gov. Jerry Brown. Perez was appointed a UC Regent by Brown in 2014.

Journalist and activist Wendy Carrillo announced her candidacy today as well. The Boyle Heights resident most recently served as host and executive producer of the public affairs program “Knowledge is Power” on KPWR radio (Power 106).

Other names that have been floated as possible contenders include, Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo and L.A. Unified School Board Member Monica Garcia, whose name is also being mentioned as a candidate for Cedillo’s or Gomez’ seat should one of those two move on to another office.

Brown appointed Becerra on Thursday to succeed fellow Democrat Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last month.

If confirmed by the state Senate and Assembly – as expected – Becerra will serve the final two years of Harris’ term and become California’s first Latino attorney general.

A special election would then be held to fill Becerra’s congressional seat.

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