Activista Laborista Wendy Carrillo Será Nueva Asambleísta

December 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

La activista comunitaria Wendy Carrillo asumirá cargo en enero, cuando la Asamblea comience el segundo año de una sesión de dos años, después de derrotar al demócrata Luis Lopez en una elección especial para representar al Distrito 51.

López admitió la derrota el martes por la noche diciendo a sus seguidores: “No sucedió para nosotros esta noche”.

Carrillo derrotó a López, 52.83 por ciento a 47.17 por ciento, de acuerdo con los resultados semioficiales publicados el martes por el Registrador/secretario del condado de Los Ángeles. Carrillo recibió 8,811 votos a favor y 7,868 para López, un director de servicios de salud sin fines de lucro.

Todavía quedan por contar muchas papeletas, con un recuento actualizado que se publicará el viernes, dijo Dean C. Logan, registrador/secretario del condado de Los Ángeles. Sin embargo, no se espera que cambien al resultado.

Carrillo, quien fue traída al país como un “inmigrante indocumentada” de El Salvador cuando era niña y se hizo ciudadana estadounidense cuando estaba en sus 20s, fue presentadora y productora del programa de radio “Knowledge is Power” en Power 106 FM, discutiendo temas desde el acceso a la educación superior hasta la transparencia política. También trabajó con el Sindicato Internacional de Empleados de Servicio, apoyando los esfuerzos de organización de los trabajadores de cuidados de largo plazo.

“Nunca dejaré de luchar para que todos tengan una voz en nuestro sistema político y lucharé por ofrecer empleos con salarios altos, viviendas asequibles y mejorar el acceso a la atención médica mientras trabajo hacia la atención médica universal”, dijo Carrillo a Servicios CNS.

Carrillo terminó sexto en un campo de 24 candidatos en las elecciones especiales de abril en el 34° Distrito Congresional. Ella dijo que se postuló para la Asamblea “para ser un líder para la gente y para promover los valores que les importan a nuestras familias: oportunidad, igualdad y equidad”.

Carrillo y López encabezaron un campo de 13 candidatos en las elecciones especiales del 3 de octubre, con Carrillo recibiendo 5,058 votos, el 22.2 por ciento, y López 4,243, el 18.6 por ciento. Se requirió una segunda vuelta porque ningún candidato tenía más del 50 por ciento de los votos.

La elección especial fue impulsada por el entonces asambleísta Jimmy Gómez para la elección al Congreso en una elección especial el 6 de junio.

El distrito incluye a Echo Park, Chinatown, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, El Sereno, Highland Park, Mount Washington, Lincoln Heights, City Terrace, Eagle Rock, el este de Los Ángeles y una porción de Silver Lake.

López ha sido miembro de la junta directiva de Planned Parenthood Los Ángeles durante siete años y es ex presidente de la Comisión de Planificación del Área este de Los Ángeles.

Como nativa del este de Los Ángeles, López fue consultora mayor de KPMG Consulting y analista en el Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de EE. UU.

En 2005, fue cofundadora de Honor PAC, un comité de acción política latina/o de LGBT a nivel estatal. También dirigió la Coalición Latina contra el SIDA para promover la conciencia y la prevención del SIDA.

Carrillo Wins 51st Assembly Seat

December 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Community activist Wendy Carrillo will take office in January when the Assembly begins the second year of a two-year session after defeating fellow Democrat Luis Lopez in a special election to represent the 51st District.

Lopez conceded defeat Tuesday night telling supporters, “It did not happen for us tonight.”

Carrillo defeated Lopez, 52.83 percent-47.17 percent, according to semi- official results released Tuesday by Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. Carrillo received 8,811 votes to 7,868 for Lopez, a nonprofit health care director.

Many provisional and vote by mail ballots remain to be counted, with an updated count to be released Friday, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan said. However, they are not expected to change the outcome.

Carrillo, who was brought to the country as an “undocumented immigrant” from El Salvador as a child and became a U.S. citizen in her 20s, was a host and producer on the “Knowledge is Power” radio program on Power 106 FM, discussing topics ranging from access to higher education to political transparency. She also worked with the Service Employees International Union, supporting organizing efforts by long-term care workers.

“I will never stop fighting for everyone to have a voice in our political system, and will fight to deliver high-wage jobs, affordable housing and improve access to health care while working toward universal health care,” Carrillo told City News Service.

Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, said Carrillo has shown “exceptional leadership in making our state one of opportunity and inclusion.

“Wendy has stood with workers to bring the California Dream within reach of families by fighting for a $15 wage, cracking down on wage theft and discrimination, and working to achieve health care for all, among other progressive initiatives,” Hicks said.

Carrillo finished sixth in a field of 24 candidates in April’s special election in the 34th Congressional District. She said she ran for the Assembly “to be a leader for the people and to advance the values our families care about— opportunity, equality and fairness.”

She quickly earned the support of several prominent women, including elected officials who pledged to support a woman candidate when no woman made a major showing during the congressional race.

Wendy Carrillo wins special ection for 51st Assembly District. (Courtesy Wendy Carrillo)

Wendy Carrillo wins special ection for 51st Assembly District. (Courtesy Wendy Carrillo)

Carrillo and Lopez topped a 13-candidate field in the Oct. 3 special election, with Carrillo receiving 5,058 votes, 22.2 percent, and Lopez 4,243, 18.6 percent. A runoff was required because no candidate had more than 50 percent of the vote.

The special election was prompted by then-Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez’s election to Congress in a special election June 6.

Carrillo issued a statement Wednesday thanking her campaign team and supporters, “ from working men and women in the labor movement, to organizations dedicated to protecting our most vulnerable communities, including immigrants, women, the elderly, those with disabilities, communities of color and our LGBTQ brothers and sisters” for their tireless work to “ensure this victory.”

“We need to continue standing together to protect our shared progressive values from the unprecedented attacks being levied by the Trump Administration,” she added.

“There are critical issues ahead, and I’m looking forward to getting to Sacramento, rolling up my sleeves, and working hard to deliver for our district and our state.”

The district includes Echo Park, Chinatown, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, El Sereno, Highland Park, Mount Washington, Lincoln Heights, City Terrace, Eagle Rock, East Los Angeles and a portion of Silver Lake.

EGP staff writers contributed to this report.

 

Assembly Special Election: Carrillo Leading In Early Vote Count

December 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Community activist Wendy Carrillo led nonprofit healthcare director Luis Lop 55.59 percent-44.41 percent in the count of vote by mail ballots for today’s 51st Assembly District special election.

Carrillo received 5,188 votes to 4,144 for Lopez, according to figures released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Carrillo and Lopez topped a 13-candidate field in the Oct. 3 special election, with Carrillo receiving 5,058 votes, 22.2 percent, and Lopez 4,243, 18.6 percent. A runoff was required because no candidate had more than 50 percent of the vote.

The special election was prompted by then-Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez’s election to Congress in a special election June 6.

The district includes Echo Park, Chinatown, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, El Sereno, Highland Park, Mount Washington, Lincoln Heights, City Terrace, Eagle Rock, East Los Angeles and a portion of Silver Lake.

The count from votes cast at polling places had not been released as of 7 p.m.

According to the County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, there are 220,526 registered voters in the district. Voter turnout early in the day was light.

Carrillo, López Appear Headed to Runoff in 51st Assembly Race

October 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The ballot numbers are not yet official, but it appeared Wednesday that community activist Wendy Carrillo and nonprofit healthcare director Luis López, both Democrats, are the top-two vote getters in Tuesday’s Special Election for the 51st Assembly District.

Wendy Carrillo

Wendy Carrillo

Carrillo had 3,604 votes with all 129 precincts and vote by mail ballots counted, according to semi-official figures released Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Lopez had 3,283 votes, and was holding a 431-vote lead over Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees member Mike Fong for the second spot. Fong’s vote count stood at 2,852. No other candidate received more than 2,000 votes.

The vote totals could still change as election officials complete the counting of mailed-in ballots that may still be outstanding. An update is expected Friday.

Luis Lopez

Luis Lopez

The special election was prompted by then-Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez’s election to Congress in a special election June 6 to fill the seat left vacant when Rep. Xavier Becerra was appointed state attorney general.

A runoff is required because no single candidate received more than 50% of the vote. That election will be held Dec. 5.

The field of candidates in the overwhelmingly Democratic district included 10 Democrats and one member each from the Libertarian and Peace and Freedom parties. Government innovation consultant Patrick Koppula was listed on the ballot without a party preference.

Electing a Democrat to the seat will once again give Democrats a supermajority in the Assembly – 55 of 80 seats – one more than needed to pass legislation without a single Republican or Independent vote.

As widely speculated ahead of the election, voter turnout was low. 17,310 ballots were processed and counted as of Tuesday, putting the turnout of eligible registered voters at just 7.83%, according to election officials.

Carrillo, who jumped into the race following a failed bid for Becerra’s congressional seat, won the endorsements of several women’s group active in politics, including the California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), a member of the Caucus, has been working actively to elect more women into office. She, and other women in leadership positions, had publicly lamented the failure to elect a woman to Becerra’s seat, blaming in part the large number of women candidates for fragmenting the women’s vote. Carrillo also received the backing of EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, and the National Women’s Political Caucus California.

On Wednesday, she received the endorsement of the man whose seat she is trying to win, Congressman Jimmy Gomez.

Carrillo’s campaign was further bolstered by support from her former employer, the Service Employees International Union, which the Los Angeles Times reported “spent more than $314,000 to support her candidacy with mailers and canvassing.”

This is López’ second race for the 51st Assembly seat; the first was in 2012 when he came in second to Gomez, racking up just over 19% of the vote.

López is a board member of Planned Parenthood and has campaigned heavily on healthcare related issues.

Making it into the runoff is the result of “months of hard work” building “a grassroots army of community supporters and small donors,” said López in a statement released Wednesday. The victory comes despite being outspent by six of the other candidates and by “nearly 3 to 1 by his nearest opponent,” the statement adds.

In a message emailed to supporters, Carrillo said she had run “a values driven positive campaign that inspired community and voters,” and called on supporters to “dive back in.”

“We can win this by continuing to do the work, getting our message out and increasing voter turn out.”

The district includes Echo Park, Chinatown, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, El Sereno, Highland Park, Mount Washington, Lincoln Heights, City Terrace, Eagle Rock, East Los Angeles and a portion of Silver Lake.

Information from CNS used in this report.

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