December 6, 2017 at 10:41 am PST | by Karen Ocamb
Wendy Carrillo headed to the Assembly
Despite a last ditch campaign skirmish that had some LGBT politicos calling homophobia-foul, LGBT ally Wendy Carrillo, a labor activist, won Tuesday’s special election to complete former Los Angeles assemblymember Jimmy Gomez’s term, which expires Dec. 3, 2018.
Carrillo’s gay opponent, Luis Lopez, conceded after the 129 precincts voted for Carrillo over López by a 52.83% to 47.17% margin—a 943 vote difference among voters in the Silver Lake-Eagle Rock-East LA district.
Carrillo was the nominee of the California political established, with significant backing from US Senate candidate, California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. And, as the LA Times points out, “Carrillo’s election is a win for the Legislative Women’s Caucus, which lost four seats held by women to men in the 2016 election, part of a decline in the number of women serving in Sacramento. In 2017, 26 women held seats in Sacramento, down from a high of 37 in 2006. The caucus, led by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), made it a priority to ensure Gomez was replaced by a woman.”
López told The Times that the two progressive Democrats share similar positions on issues such as healthcare and affordable housing, graciously adding that her victory is “a win” for northeast Los Angeles.
“I wish her the best,” Lopez told The Times. “I hope she will reach out to my supporters as she continues to build her base.”
On her Facebook page, Wendy Carrillo offered words of advice to those interested in getting politically involved. “Don’t wait to be tapped on the shoulder. Work hard. Believe in yourself. Build support. Organize. Mobilize. Empower community. Stay focused. Do the work. #AD51 THANK YOU to all our volunteers, supporters, Labor family, and all our donors that gave big or small and made this possible. When we fight, we win. And to quote someone I love, ‘When our children tell our story, they’ll tell the story of tonight.’”