Affordable housing developer gains key endorsement in crowded 34th Congressional District race

Maria Cabildo

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:

  • Yolie Flores, education non-profit director and former school board member

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  1. Ineligible!

    “The gentrification fence is very horizontal, ubiquitous in Echo Park, but a new comer to #boyleheights I believe that this is the first such fence in #boyleheights. As luck would have it, I drive past it every single day as I travel down … to see my ailing Pops. This fence says, ‘i like the housing stock here but my neighbors are not people I want to interact with.’ Fences in Boyle Heights are porous.”

    She’s toxic.

  2. California is heading down the same trek as Venezuela with the socialists programs. Sure the masses love when the leaders send a message that ” the system is rigged against you- so don’t even try” and you deserve housing that is subsidized by either the government (section 8) or by your landlord (rent control).

    Please take a close look at Venezuela if you think socialism can work.

    “Socialism works until you run out of other people’s money”

    • System is rigged works for the left and the right, just ask DJT…The fact of the matter is most humans will never make more than to just get by, the rest will be poor and broke while a tiny percent continues ruling generation after generation after generation. So yeah the system IS rigged. But are you going to do anything about it? Nah.

  3. I’ve met this woman several times as I used to date someone at elacc. She is so weird and awkward and distant. Who better to represent living human beings

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