Will the 34th Congressional District election remain a symbol of Latino political strength? Or will it reflect a political coming-of-age for Korean Americans?
Voters will decide today when they cast their ballots in the runoff election between attorney Robert Lee Ahn and state assemblyman Jimmy Gomez. If elected, Ahn would be the second Korean-American ever elected to Congress. Gomez is successful would continue the line of Latino leaders who have represented the district, which includes Northeast L.A. as well as a section of Koreatown, since the early 1980s. The winner would fill the vacant seat left behind by Xavier Becerra, who was appointed to state Attorney General earlier this year.
While the 34th Congressional District is mostly Latino, Ahn has surprised many with a strong showing in the primary as he has energized Korean-American voters. He’s also been able to back his campaign with a large amount of contributions and his own wealth, allowing him to mount a serious challenge to Gomez, who has the backing of the Democratic establishment and many unions.
The 34th Congressional District includes Boyle Heights, City Terrace, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Northeast L.A., southern Echo Park and other communities.
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