Today Arturo Chavez, a Democratic candidate for the 51st Assembly District, announced his endorsement of Luis Lopez for Assembly. On June 5, Lopez advanced to the general election for the open seat in the state legislature representing Northeast Los Angeles and East L.A., garnering 25 percent of the vote. Chavez finished a close third, capturing 23 percent of the vote and, like Lopez, emphasized community-driven leadership.
“Our 51st District is my home. Here is where I have grown up, devoted my career in public service, and raised my family,” said Chavez. “These are very special neighborhoods, sustained by the hard work and aspirations of people who come from different backgrounds but share a love of our community. Now, at a crucial moment in our city and our state, we need the best possible leadership in Sacramento. I am proud to endorse Luis Lopez to be our Assemblymember. Luis is a homegrown leader of the highest standards, a unifying and effective advocate from and for our communities, for healthcare, education, good jobs and workforce training, for parks and protection of our environment, for immigrant families and full equality under law.
“My own push for the legislature formally ends today. But the vision, vigor, and spirit of my effort carry on in the campaign of Luis Lopez. Together we stand, and together we go forward. I urge all of my supporters to devote their energy and financial support, their heart and soul and voice to his campaign. Working as one, we will ensure that Luis Lopez wins November 6th and is our next Assemblymember.”
In welcoming the new support, Lopez congratulated Chavez on the strength of his campaign and cited the bonds of kinship between himself, his partner, and Chavez and his family. “Today I remain grateful to the voters of my 51st District and deeply thankful to Arturo Chavez for his generous endorsement. The respect that we all have for one another is matched by our unity of purpose and fervor to see our neighborhoods ably represented in the Assembly. Those who want community-driven leadership responsive to our interests will have one voice in the general election. I am proud to be that voice and, fueled by this added solidarity, on a path to victory.”
Luis Lopez is a Democratic candidate for the open seat in the 51st Assembly District. The district encompasses East L.A., where Luis was born, and Northeast L.A., where he has lived for a decade while serving his neighbors and community. Son of immigrant parents, Luis lost his mother when he was 8 and went on to graduate from public schools and gain degrees at Pomona College and Harvard University.
He currently serves as President of Los Angeles’ East Area Planning Commission. During the past decade, he has served as co-chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, chair of L.A.’s Central Regional Volunteer Parks Funding Oversight Committee, national board member of AIDS Action (now AIDS United), and founding board member and past president of HONOR PAC, dedicated to empowering LGBT Latinas/os in California. In 2009, he was awarded a Democrat of the Year recognition by the L.A. County Democratic Central Committee. Luis is the only candidate for his district’s open seat who has been elected or served district voters in his own right. He is a nonprofit healthcare director at L.A.’s largest community health center. Luis is ready to fight and deliver for the people of the 51st District.
The 51st Assembly District encompasses all of unincorporated East Los Angeles, including City Terrace and the Union Pacific neighborhood, and the City of L.A. neighborhoods of El Sereno, Hillside Village, Hermon, Montecito Heights, Lincoln Heights, Garvanza, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Mt. Washington, Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Elysian Valley, Solano Canyon, Echo Park, Angelino Heights, Chinatown, Historic Filipinotown, and Silver Lake.