When you are one of nearly two dozen candidates running for office, it’s hard to stand out in the crowd. But on Tuesday, Maria Cabildo, one of the 23 contenders seeking to represent the 34th Congressional District, raised her profile significantly after winning the endorsement of the L.A. Times.
Cabildo, who lives in Eagle Rock, is up against a wide variety of rivals, including state assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, who is considered the front-runner backed by the Democratic party establishment. The winner will replace Xavier Becerra, who was appointed to serve as State Attorney General.
As one of the founders of the nonprofit East Los Angeles Community Corp., Cabildo has been deeply involved in the construction of affordable housing and economic development. She has also been involved in the Eastside gentrification wars.
While Cabildo needs to adopt a more aggressive style to stand out in the race, The Times says she has the skills and experience that can help bridge the wide political divide in Congress and elsewhere. Says The Times:“What makes Cabildo rise above the others is that, at the relatively young age of 49, she’s already had a distinguished career outside of politics — and because she was a low-income housing developer, she’s had to build consensus on some divisive proposals. That means she knows how to work both inside and outside government. Furthermore, she’s widely respected by civic leaders and community advocates because of her understated yet powerful leadership style.”
Voters in the 34th Congressional District, which includes all or portions of Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Northeast L.A., southern Echo Park and other communities, will head to the polls on April 4 to cast their ballots in the primary election. Click here to find out if you live in the district.
Here’s a list of the candidates who have qualified to appear on the April 4 ballot:
- Robert Lee Ahn, public interest attorney
- Vanessa L. Aramayo, anti-poverty non-profit advisor
- Maria Cabildo, economic development director
- Alejandra Campoverdi, multicultural community advocate
- Arturo Carmona, presidential campaign advisor
- Wendy Carrillo, journalist/community advocate
- Ricardo “Ricky” De La Fuente, business man
- Adrienne Nicole Edwards, community organizer
- Yolie Flores, education non-profit director and former school board member
- Melissa “Sharkie” Garza, businesswoman/entrepreneur/producer
- Jimmy Gomez, state assemblymember
- Sara Hernandez, education non-profit director
- Steven Mac, military officer/prosecutor
- Angela E. McArdle, tenants’ rights paralegal
- Kenneth Mejia, certified public accountant
- Sandra Mendoza, educator/public administrator
- Raymond Meza, community organizer
- William “Rodriguez” Morrison, business owner
- Mark Edward Padilla, immigration law administrator
- Richard Joseph Sullivan, attorney
- Armando Sotomayor, community volunteer
- Tracy Van Houten, aerospace engineer
- Tenaya Wallace, civic engagement strategist
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