Southland elected officials sent words of condolence today to victims of the shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, with several of them condemning the violence as an incursion on what is supposed to be a safe place of learning.
“School campuses are sacred spaces where children should be free to learn, play and grow without threat of violence,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement released by his office. “Today’s shooting at North Park Elementary in San Bernardino is a reminder that deadly weapons can shatter that sense of security, mercilessly and without warning — leaving parents and educators struggling to address the questions, fears and anxieties that gun violence creates for our young people.”
City Council President Herb Wesson sent condolences via Twitter, writing, “Senseless violence like this is nothing less than a tragedy.”
Two adults — one of them a teacher — died in the shooting, and two children were critically wounded. Police said the shooting was an apparent murder-suicide, with a gunman walking on to the school campus, checking in at the office as a visitor and going to a classroom, where he opened fire at the teacher. The two children also suffered gunshot wounds, police said, but they were not believed to have been targeted by the gunman.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, said he was “heartbroken” by the shooting, noting that it was “even more tragic for (the) community as it comes on (the) heels of terror attack,” referencing the 2015 shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
Rep. Norma Torres, D-Ontario, whose district stretches into Los Angeles County, commended the response of law enforcement to the scene, and echoed Garcetti’s comments about the need to keep schools safe.
“Schools are supposed to be safe havens, and tragedies like today’s are becoming far too commonplace in our society,” Torres said. “While we are still gathering the facts, I am determined to do what I can to support those impacted by today’s shooting and take any actions necessary to protect our
community and prevent these senseless acts of violence from ever happening again.”
Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, added, “Guns do not belong anywhere near schools, at any grade level, and we must do all we can to ensure our classrooms are safe environments for learning and growth. There are still many unanswered questions from today’s tragedy, but we cannot just talk about how to prevent gun violence, we must act.”
Gov. Jerry Brown said he and his wife “send our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by today’s tragic shooting.”
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said she was “heartbroken” over the shooting.
He’s the highest-ranking Latino in Congress, but Rep. Xavier Becerra will soon vacate his Congressional seat to become California’s first Latino Attorney General.
In a surprise move last Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced on Twitter his appointment of Becerra to replace Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris who has been elected to the U.S. Senate.
“Xavier has been an outstanding public servant — in the State Legislature, U.S. Congress, and as a deputy attorney general. I’m confident he will be a champion for all Californians and help our state aggressively combat climate change,” Brown’s announcement said.
Becerra called the nomination “an opportunity I cannot refuse.”
The son of Mexican immigrants, Becerra, 58, is closing out his term as House Democratic Caucus Chair. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992 and is the first Latino to serve on the powerful Committee on Ways and Means. He’s also Chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.
Before his election to Congress, Becerra served in the State Assembly and as a deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice. He earned a law degree from Stanford Law School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University.
A high-profile surrogate for Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president, Becerra was for a time floated as a possible vice-presidential running mate.
Brown’s nomination, though unexpected, is being viewed across the state as a strategic move to replace Harris with someone well prepared to do legal battle with the Trump Administration on multiple fronts, including climate change, immigration, and the economy. His intimate knowledge of the inner-workings of Capital politics, federal departments and budgets, as well as the relationships built over the last two decades are assets that could serve the state well in what could be a rocky road ahead.
“As a former deputy attorney general, I relished the chance to be our state’s chief law enforcement officer to protect consumers, advance criminal justice reform and, of course, keep our families safe,” Becerra said in his statement accepting the nomination, expressing gratitude for the governor’s confidence in his abilities.
“Governor Brown and our state leaders lean forward when it comes to advancing and protecting the rights and interests of the more than 38 million people in California,” said Becerra. He pointed out that during his 24 years in Congress he’s “been part of some of the greatest debates confronting our nation, from opposing the Iraq war, to fighting to help Americans recover from the Great Recession, to launching the bipartisan immigration talks and helping write our nation’s health security law.”
Becerra has national stature, regularly appearing on political talk shows and campaigning for Democrats across the country.
MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz congratulated Brown on the appointment, calling it “inspired.”
“California’s attorney general has numerous critical responsibilities, including defending the laws of the state and defending the rights of all of its residents. It is abundantly clear, based on MALDEF’s experience working with Rep. Becerra, that he will undertake these responsibilities with great skill and tremendous commitment; great success will result for all Californians,” Saenz said.
The California Latino Legislative Caucus is also hailing the appointment. Caucus Chair Assemblyman Luis Alejo called it “another historic milestone for Latino leadership in California…
“Rep. Becerra’s experience and leadership at the national level will be of great service to California as we gird ourselves for potential federal rollbacks of the progressive policies we have enacted for the people of this great state,” Alejo said. “With the racially divisive rhetoric we heard from the campaign of the President-elect, we can think of no better champion in the Attorney General’s office than Rep. Becerra.”
As attorney general, Becerra would become the second Latino in statewide office; Secretary of State Alex Padilla is the other. Both bodies in the State Legislature are also headed by Latinos, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, who said “Becerra clearly has the experience to step into this vital role,” and the “tenacity” and “much-needed qualities for an attorney general given the troubling times ahead.”
Brown’s nomination will become official when Harris is sworn-in on Jan. 3. He must be confirmed by both the Senate and Assembly, which is widely expected to go forward without problem.
The timing of his appointment could make Becerra eligible to run for up to two additional terms — serving nearly 10 years as attorney general. It could also serve as a high-profile launching pad for a run for U.S. Senate or governor.
La fiscal de California, Kamala Harris, fue elegida el 8 de noviembre senadora en representación de California al imponerse a su rival, ganando con un 62.5% del voto ante el 37.5% de Loretta Sánchez, de acuerdo a la Secretaría del Estado de California.
Harris, de origen afroamericano e hindú contó con el apoyo del Partido Demócrata y echó abajo las aspiraciones de la también demócrata Sánchez de convertirse en la primera mujer hispana en representar a California en el Senado Federal.
De acuerdo con las normas electorales de California, los dos candidatos con mayor número de votos en las elecciones primarias -sin importar el partido que representan- se enfrentan en la ronda final, como fue el caso de Sánchez y Harris.
A lo largo de la campaña, Harris recibió el apoyo de los principales líderes políticos hispanos del estado, como el presidente interino del Senado, Kevin de León, o el presidente de la Cámara estatal, Anthony Rendón.
El presidente, Barack Obama, también anunció su apoyo a Harris, al igual que lo hiciera recientemente el Fondo de Acción de CHIRLA, el brazo político de la mayor coalición latina de California de grupos defensores de los inmigrantes.
Asimismo, tanto la líder campesina Dolores Huerta como el sindicato de trabajadores agrarios latinos Unión de Campesinos, que Huerta cofundó, dieron su respaldo a Harris.
La nueva senadora, que por su origen será considerada la primera “mujer biracial” en el Senado en representación de California, reemplazará a la también demócrata Bárbara Bóxer, quien se retira este año luego de 24 años de mantener su asiento en la Cámara Alta.
When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kicked off his campaign by calling Mexicans rapists and drug dealers, Latinos were propelled into the forefront of political rhetoric that sought to marginalize their importance and value to the country or on the flip side motivated multiple campaigns to get the Latinos to the ballot box.
The power of the Latino vote in recent years has been touted as a possible game changer in national elections, with both Democrats and Republicans citing the importance of their vote in Barack Obama’s winning of the presidency 8 years ago.
Efforts to get Latino permanent residents to become citizens so they can vote in November were significantly ramped up, as were the campaigns to get eligible, but unregistered voters signed up.
Of the 27 million Latinos eligible to vote, more than 13 million are expected to head to the polls this November, according to the Pew Research Center.
For this two-part series, EGP spoke to a number of Latino elected officials from California about the history, power and influence of Latinos in the political arena. They described the struggles and discrimination faced by Latinos both in the past and the present. While they acknowledge there has been progress – such as the number of “political firsts” that includes Latinos leading both of California’s legislative bodies, more Latinos now serving on powerful congressional committees, in the president’s cabinet and in other leadership roles – all agreed there is still a long way to go to solidify Latino political strength.
They also discussed the evolution of what it means to be a Latino candidate, or worthy of Latino support.
In California, the U.S. Senate race between U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez and State Attorney General Kamala Harris in many ways highlights those changes.
The election has potential for its own “first.” If elected, Sanchez would be the first Latina to ever serve as a U.S. Senator: Harris would be California’s first African-American woman and first Asian-American woman in the U.S. Senate.
Part two of this series takes a closer look at what’s at stake for Latinos on Election Day and what it means for a Latinos to run for office.
The Latino Voice
The polarizing Presidential Election that polls still show is to close to call, has driven dozens of nonprofit and civil rights groups to launch outreach campaigns to register eligible Latino voters and encourage them to head to the polls next month.
According to a Pew Research Center report, Latinos are about 15 percent or more of the electorate in Florida, Nevada and Colorado, all key battleground states. In November, Latinos are projected to make up a record 27 million or 11.9 percent of all eligible U.S. voters, according to the report.
While the numbers are growing, the voter turnout among Latinos has not been as impressive. Despite a record 11.2 million Latinos casting their vote in 2012, it represented less than half of all the Latinos eligible to vote.
“Yes, Latinos can determine the election, we have the numbers,” acknowledged U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard. “My fear is [they] don’t show up to the ballot box.”
In contrast, African-Americans and White voters are more likely to turnout. In 2012, 64 percent of White and 66.6 percent of African-Americans eligible voters cast votes.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is partnering with colleges and universities and other organizations across the state to encourage voter registration. He says the importance of voting is often instilled when parents take their children to the polls, an experience unfamiliar to many Latino immigrants.
“My parents never took me to vote, it wasn’t our experience,” he told EGP. “Far too many families don’t have that tradition.”
Because nearly half of eligible Latino voters are between the ages of 18 and 35, a group already on its own less likely to vote, special attention has been focused on targeting Latino millennials. The nonprofit Voto Latino aims to empower Latino millennials through civic engagement and reports it has registered over 101,000 Latinos. The next battle will be to get them out on election day.
“This election is very important” to Latinos, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis told EGP. Especially “when you hear Donald Trump say these things,” says the daughter of immigrants, referring to his comments disparaging women, immigrants, specifically Mexicans.
The former labor secretary has been campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, calling her a “good alternative for our community.”
“I believe she has a good record representing our community and I believe she will appoint Latinos to her cabinet,” Solis said.
Roybal-Allard tells EGP she often hears Latinos say “para que” (what’s the point) when it comes to voting, but hopes this election they consider the consequences.
“If they stay at home that’s like voting for Trump,” she said.
According to the Pew Research Center, a major factor in who voters support is their dislike for a candidate’s opponent.
Sanchez told EGP no matter whom they vote for, Latinos need to care about being represented at the polls.
“When our community doesn’t vote we give away our vote to the people who are voting,” she said.
Being Latino Is Important, But Not Everything
As EGP reported in part one of this series, in years past when there were few Latinos in elected office, being Latino was often the most important qualification for getting the Latino vote. The belief was that a Latino candidate would have a more comprehensive grasp and sensitivity to the issues and positions important to Latinos.
It was once unheard of for a Latino politician to endorse a non-Latino over a Latino in the same party, but the race between Sanchez and Harris is an example of how things have changed as more Latinos are elected to office.
For most, the fact that Sanchez is Latina is a factor, but by no means the biggest reason behind their endorsement.
“She’s a hard worker, dedicated and knowledgeable,” says Roybal-Allard, who has worked with Sanchez for nearly two decades. “I have seen first hand her commitment not just to Latinos but to our country.”
Roybal-Allard tells EGP she also endorsed Sanchez to ensure someone on the Senate would be sensitive to the needs of Southern California.
“The fact that she’s Latina is the cherry on top.”
Sanchez herself admits sometimes you don’t always want the Latino.
“Look at the presidential race, I was not going to vote for Ted Cruz.”
Instead, Sanchez asks that voters look at her resume, noting that during her 20 years in Congress she has served on the Committee on Armed Services and Committee on Homeland Security. She voted against the War in Iraq and supports immigration reform, and has been a supporter of small business.
“I know the issues, my opponent doesn’t have the experience” to get to work right away, says Sanchez, who has earned the endorsement of many of her colleagues in the House. “If we have a qualified Latina candidate and don’t choose the Latina then when the heck are we going to get one?”
The growing number of Latinos in office is what has perhaps made the shift in perspective possible.
“You want to have quality, good leadership,” points out Solis, who endorses Harris. She said Harris is on the right side of issues important to California Latinos. “I know some non-Latinos who fight for our rights.”
“We’ve evolved beyond looking at the color of our skin and instead focus on what a person brings,” she adds.
Other prominent Latino leaders including Sen. Pro Tem Kevin De Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon joined Solis in endorsing Harris, despite many expecting them to back the Latina with congressional experience.
Roybal-Allard told EGP this came as a surprise to her.
“It could be a lack of understanding to what it takes to be a member of congress,” she said. “There are different set of rules and Loretta [Sanchez] is someone that would hit the ground running,” the congresswoman said, noting the importance placed on seniority and established replacements.
Sanchez told EGP she thinks those who didn’t endorse her despite her qualifications were likely influenced by Northern politics in Sacramento.
It’s not about being Latina per se,” says Sanchez. “In this case I’m the qualified one with the experience.”
Endorsements in the race also show immigration is not the only issue important to Latinos.
Hector Barreto, president of the Hispanic Business Roundtable Institute, told EGP the group endorsed Sanchez because they have worked with the congresswoman for decades.
“Loretta [Sanchez] has always been passionate about helping small businesses,” he said. “It was a very easy decision,” he added.
The group tends to lean center right endorsing conservative candidates like Sen. John McCain and Sen. Marco Rubio this election.
Barreto said the group is concerned Harris will double down on efforts that hurt already struggling Latino-owned businesses by supporting more taxes and raising health care costs. There are 4 million Latino-owned businesses across the country, generating $700 billion in revenue each year, according to the Hispanic Business Roundtable Institute.
Sanchez on the other hand has been a champion in congress by fighting to get more federal contracts for small businesses and helping them have access to capital, said Barreto.
“If we can support a Hispanic candidate we will, but we don’t support a candidate [just because] they’re Hispanic.”
For those unsure of whom to vote for, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia hopes they ultimately mark the box next to Sanchez’ name.
“We did our research, our part to get this member on the ballot, she’s the qualified one,” Garcia said.
Congressman Xavier Becerra told EGP he chose not to endorse in the race and is instead concentrating on supporting Latinos running for seats in the House of Representatives. He told EGP he is happy to see there isn’t an absence of Latino candidates, and points out that in some races there is more than one Latino on the ballot.
“No doubt, when I hear a Latino is running I take an interest,” he said.
Solis predicts Latinos will have another bite at the apple when U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein retires.
Some political observers have speculated that deals were made early that a Latino would get Democrats support when Feinstein leaves office.
Meanwhile, Padilla told EGP he’s not endorsing in the race but says the U.S. Senate race is a reflection of the diversity of the state.
“Whether it’s the U.S. Senate this year or California Governor next year, I’m pretty sure there won’t be any state election without a strong viable Latino running for office.”
La candidata de origen mexicano Loretta Sánchez pasó este martes la primera prueba para competir en noviembre por una plaza en el senado federal, lo que deja abierta la posibilidad para que California tenga por primera vez una senadora hispana.
La demócrata Sánchez, hija de inmigrantes mexicanos y quien cuenta con más de 20 años de experiencia en la Cámara de Representantes, obtuvo cerca de 942.000 sufragios, equivalentes a 18,5% del total de votos, en las primarias de este martes.
Su principal contrincante, Kamala Harris, quien recibió el apoyo de la Convención Demócrata en febrero, consiguió un poco más de 2 millones de votos, lo que representa el 40,3 % del total con el 99,7 % de precintos escrutados, según datos de la Registraduría estatal.
En las elecciones primarias de California los dos candidatos con mayor número de votos, sin distinción de partido político, ganan el derecho a competir en la elección de noviembre.
“Los ojos del país están sobre nosotros y sé que estamos preparados para que nosotros mismos, nuestro estado y nuestros colegas californianos estén orgullosos”, dijo Harris al celebrar su primer puesto.
Sánchez, por su parte, logró la aspiración de ir a la votación de noviembre y mantuvo su enfoque en su experiencia de dos décadas en el Congreso en Washington, donde ha formado parte de importantes comités de seguridad y defensa nacional.
“Yo sé cuál es mi posición en los temas más importantes, tengo 20 años de votos”, aseguró Sánchez ante sus seguidores luego de clasificar en una competencia que contó con 34 candidatos para reemplazar a la demócrata Bárbara Boxer, quien se retirará al terminar su período este año.
Además en las votaciones del martes fue aprobada la Proposición 50 que permite a los legisladores cortar los privilegios y beneficios, incluyendo los salarios, de los senadores o asambleístas que hayan sido suspendidos de sus funciones.
La propuesta logró más del 75% de respaldo superando los 3,7 millones de votos a favor. Cerca de 1,2 millones de electores votaron en contra.
La iniciativa surgió como respuesta a varios casos de legisladores investigados por las autoridades, que fueron suspendidos de sus funciones pero continuaron recibiendo su pago.
No obstante, oponentes de la medida han resaltado que la Proposición 50 elevó el número de votos necesarios para suspender a un legislador, llevándolo del 50% actual a dos tercios del total de los miembros del cuerpo legislativo correspondiente.
United States President
Hillary Clinton 1,940,773 (55.8%)
Bernie Sanders 1,502,187 (43.2%)
Donald Trump 1,175,270 (75.3%)
John R. Kasich 176,655 (11.3%)
Ted Cruz 144,173 (9.2%)
United States Senator
*Kamala D. Harris 2,051,252 (40.3%)
*Loretta L. Sanchez 943,091 (18.5%)
United States Representative
Grace F. Napolitano 41,423 (51.73%)
Gordon E. Fisher 19,439 (24.27%)
Roger Hernandez 19,219 (24%)
Xavier Becerra 52,349 (79.61%)
Adrienne N. Edwards 13,410 (20.39%)
Linda T. Sanchez 63,037 (70.45%)
Ryan Downing 18,572 (20.76%)
Scott Michael Adams 7,870 (8.8%)
Lucille Roybal-Allard 43,809 (76.66%)
Roman G. Gonzalez 13,336 (23.34%)
Ricardo Lara 72,151 (100%)
Jimmy Gomez 45,075 (100%)
*Miguel Santiago 16,316 (47.04%)
*Sandra Mendoza 13,727 (39.57%)
Cristina Garcia 41,082 (100%)
*Anthony Rendon 32,700 (77.83%)
*Adam Joshua Miller 9,317 (22.17%)
State Measure 50 – Suspension of Legislators
Yes 3,756,975 (75.3%)
No 1,234,537 (24.7%)
Montebello City Measure W – Sale of the Montebello Water System
Yes 3,984 (48.95%)
No 4,155 (51.05%)
Montebello Unified School District Measure GS – $300 Million Bond
Yes 13,652 (77.08%)
No 4,059 (22.92%)
Los Angeles County
Jackie Lacey 941,391 (100%)
U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez should be congratulated for her decision to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by four-term Sen. Barbara Boxer who is retiring at age 75. California is a large state that is not easy to campaign in, especially given the Democratic Party’s early near anointing of Attorney General Kamala Harris as their chosen candidate.
Yet, despite Harris’ early campaign advantage, Sanchez is gaining support across the state, winning endorsements not only from Latinos or from her Orange Country stronghold, but also from many other California congressional representatives, state elected officials, and editorial boards in the state’s southern half.
California has not had an open Senate seat since 1992, when our other sitting Senator, Diane Feinstein, who will soon turn 83, was elected.
We strongly believe that our next representative should come from Southern California. Loretta Sanchez has strong credentials in many areas, most importantly her deep understanding of the issues most important to Southern Californians, as diverse as they may be.
EGP has admired Loretta Sanchez not only for winning and holding on to an Orange County seat in the middle of a Republican stronghold, but for recognizing an opportunity for a democratic inroad, and having the acumen to address her constituents’ diverse needs and points of view once elected.
That’s what we need in a senator.
Sanchez is one of only a few House members who have made an effort to reach across the aisle to establish a working relationship with members of the Republican Party. In these days of political polarization, that’s a skill in short supply.
That’s not to say that Sanchez will compromise her core beliefs, quite the opposite.
Sanchez understands the problems of working class Americans because she comes from a working class family. Her experience as a member of Congress these past two decades, on issues ranging from education, tuition assistance, health care reform and immigration reform, still a hot topic today, give her an important advantage in being able to move these issues and priorities in the direction that will be of most benefit to California families.
Sanchez has also fought for gender equality, workers rights, and protection of the environment, each an important issue to Californians.
As a member of Congress she has demonstrated both independence and principle under difficult circumstances. Her votes against the Iraq War, the Patriot Act and Wall Street bailouts were courageous. As a senior member of the Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, her experience far surpasses that of Attorney General Harris.
With the Congress so deeply divided these past few years, and looking like it will continue down that same road for some time to come, EGP believes we need experienced representation in the U.S. Senate, and we will get that by electing the most experienced candidate in the race, Loretta Sanchez.
We would be remiss if we did not point out our disappointment of Attorney General Harris’ failure to openly address important issues until very recently. It makes us wonder whether she will exhibit the same closed attitude in the Senate.
We also want to remind Harris that her settlement with the banks over the housing crisis that she so proudly touts is not really much to brag about.
We have heard from many homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure during the Great Recession and financial melt down of banking industry.They tell us they have received very little in terms of compensation under the settlement, as little as $200-$500 despite thousands of dollars in losses, damage to their credit, and the upheaval of their families.
Loretta Sanchez has made a few mistakes during her career and campaign, but EGP has concluded that Loretta Sanchez is the superior candidate for the U.S. Senate.
En la competencia por el puesto del Senado Federal que quedará disponible cuando se retire Bárbara Boxer en 2016, 34% de los latinos favorecen a Loretta Sánchez sobre Kamala Harris y el 30% está indeciso, según datos presentados el lunes.
A pesar de la ventaja entre los latinos, Sánchez sólo recibió el 17% de apoyo entre el total de votantes registrados contra el 26% de Harris. Los dos candidatos republicanos al Senado, Tom del Beccar y Rocky Chávez, recibieron 10% y 9% respectivamente.
La encuesta, realizada por la Universidad del Sur de California (USC) y el diario Los Ángeles Times mostró también que el 49% de los latinos prefieren a Hillary Clinton sobre otros candidatos demócratas en las próximas elecciones presidenciales, en comparación con el 35% de los blancos no hispanos.
Aunque la encuesta no diferenció por raza o etnia en este tema, de celebrarse hoy las elecciones el candidato presidencial republicano Donald Trump recibiría el 24% de los votos, mientras que Ben Carson lograría solo el 18%.
El director del Instituto de Políticas Jesse M. Unruh de USC, Dan Schnur, destacó el lunes que “cerca de la mitad de los votantes republicanos registrados en California que han escogido ya un candidato eligieron a Donald Trump o a Ben Carson”.
Jeb Bush y Ted Cruz obtuvieron cada uno el 6%, mientras que Marco Rubio y Carly Fiorina recibieron cada uno el 5%.
Un 20% de los votantes todavía está indeciso.
Por otra parte, el 44% de los latinos considera que “California va en la dirección equivocada”, una afirmación apoyada por el 53% de los blancos no hispanos.
Un aumento en la participación latina en las elecciones primarias de junio 2016 podría ayudar especialmente a Sánchez en su aspiración a derrotar a Harris.
Así, entre los latinos registrados como demócratas el 53% está prácticamente seguro de que votará en las elecciones de junio, un 18% indicó que probablemente lo hará, otro 18% dijo estar indeciso y un 7% manifestó que no piensa votar.
De la encuesta realizada entre el 29 de agosto y el 8 de septiembre y que presenta un margen de error de 2,8%, el 56% de los latinos se declaró demócrata, el 16% republicano, 4 % de otro partido y 22% no indicó partido de preferencia.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Tuesday he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.
In a message posted on his Facebook page, Villaraigosa said he was “humbled” by the encouragement he received to run for the Senate, but “I know that my heart and my family are here in California, not Washington, D.C.”
I have decided not to run for the U.S. Senate and instead continue my efforts to make California a better place to live, work and raise a family,” he wrote. “We have come a long way, but our work is not done, and neither am I.”
Villaraigosa, 62, did not specifically say whether he still plans to run for governor, a post in which he has expressed interest in the past. Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was also weighing a run for Boxer’s seat but backed out, has already announced plans to run for governor.
Villaraigosa’s statement, however, had the flavor of a campaign speech, noting he was thinking “about how best to serve the people of this great state.”
“I have worked hard to create solutions to the important issues facing our state,” he said. “A quality education that prepares our kids to compete in the global economy, good-paying jobs for all Californians, access to affordable health care and a strategy to combat the crisis of global climate change, are the issues that keep me fighting for the people of California.”
Villaraigosa’s decision not to run for the Senate seat in June 2016 leaves Attorney General Kamala Harris as the only major candidate in the race to succeed Boxer, who said she will not seek re-election.
“Mayor Villaraigosa and I have been friends and colleagues for many years,” Harris said. “The city of Los Angeles, and our state and nation, have benefitted greatly from his leadership. I know he has much more to offer. I wish him and his family all the best.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, has also said he is considering a run for the seat, saying the “opportunity to run for a California Senate seat comes around very seldom.”
Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer had also been weighing a bid, but opted against running.
Villaraigosa, a former Assemblyman and Assembly Speaker, served two terms as Los Angeles mayor, from 2005-13.