Don’t Forget to Vote: It’s election day for the 51st State Assembly District

Candidates Wendy Carrillo and Luis Lopez

From East L.A. to Eagle Rock, Eastside voters head to the polls today to decide whether Wendy Carrillo or Luis López will represent the 51st State Assembly District.

The two candidates are both progressive Latinos and Democrats with similar positions and points of view on important issues. Lopez, 44, has developed close ties to many neighborhood groups and leaders as he has worked as a community activist on a variety of issues. But Carrillo, 37, has won the endorsement of the Democratic Party establishment and major financial support from unions.

The winner of today’s runoff will replace Jimmy Gomez, who was elected to Congress in a special election.

Here’s a roundup of election stories with information about the candidates and their background:

Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Click here to find out if you live in the district and here to find your polling place and sample ballot.

The 51st State Assembly District

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One comment

  1. And we get to do all of this again next year! Ranked-choice voting, please.

    The final two candidates in this election were so disappointing. A mountain of mailers said very little about what those candidates would actually do in office. And who funded those mailers? It wasn’t normal working folks.

    The approximate average individual contribution to the campaigns this year was…

    Luis Lopez: $500
    Wendy Carrillo: $1000

    How can either candidate claim to represent working people? And those amounts don’t include “independent” expenditures, where a single contribution can be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Namely, Wendy Carrillo benefited from at least $584,000 in spending by a committee heavily funded by SEIU, the union that supported the derailment of Medicare for All in the Assembly this year.

    Both candidates took wishy-washy stands on Medicare for All and other issues, such as — in the midst of a homelessness crisis — the repeal of the anti-tenant Costa-Hawkins and Ellis Acts. Luis Lopez made some unsavory choices in the photo depictions of Carrillo in his mailers, while Wendy Carrillo herself countenanced intimidating ballot tactics at voters’ doorsteps. Overall, they were ugly campaigns unworthy of a district that is one of the most progressive in the country.

    Next year, can we get a broad-based, people-funded campaign for someone unbeholden to big donors, who will take bold stands to fight the massive inequality in California and the rest of the country?

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