Vote Wendy. Avoid a Runoff.

By Elmer G. Roldan, @grand.supreme.chapin

There’s an election happening on Tuesday, Oct. 3 and U.O.E.N.O.

There are 13 candidates on the ballot and U.O.E.N.O.

Only one of them is a woman and U.O.E.N.O.

They’re running for CA Assembly District 51 and U.O.E.N.O.

The California state Assembly approves a budget and bills that affect your daily living and U.O.E.N.O.

I just made a hip-hop reference and you don’t even know it!

This special election resulted when  1) Jimmy Gomez vacated this seat to run for the Congressional seat that, 2) Xavier Becerra vacated to become the California Attorney General, a post that, 2) Kamala Harris vacated to run for the U.S. Senate seat that, 4) Barbara Boxer vacated after she retired.

To make your life more difficult, there are 13 candidates in this race. None of them are exceptionally known. On paper, there is not much difference between the leading candidates.  

They’re all vying for votes in the rapidly gentrifying district which includes Silver Lake, Echo Park, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Chinatown, El Sereno and East Los Angeles.

You probably have never heard these candidates’ names before. And if you have, you probably can’t speak to any accomplishments worthy of an Assembly seat.

I blame Becerra, Harris, and Gomez for not grooming successors worthy of your attention. I know elected office doesn’t work that way, but it should. 

This system produces elected officials who tend to be too ego-driven, self-absorbed, and too busy focusing on their own re-election, to have succession plans that demonstrate concern for their constituents.

I also blame most of these candidates who have some mega huevos thinking they can compete in this race. Couldn’t you talk to one another and decide that 13 is too many? Especially the Latinos… what happened to unite and conquer?

But, that is Democracy for you.

So we have these yawning elections and a burdened voter base that’s tired of cliche campaign mailers, redundant phone calls, spam email, and unsolicited texts.

Still, we can’t knock these individuals for answering the call of public service.

So here you have it. I can tell you about the other 12 candidates running for this Assembly seat. But, there’s nothing particularly interesting about them. Nor would any of their resumes make you wanna pop bottles or punch a ballot.

This Hood Digest endorsement goes to  Wendy Carrillo. None of the other candidates are hustling harder.

Wendy ran against Jimmy Gomez for the highly-coveted U.S. Congress seat. She then turned her attention to the 51st Assembly seat as soon as Jimmy won that election.

Wendy has garnered some notable endorsements from the powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU), labor icon Dolores Huerta, and the California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus.

Wendy is an immigrant from El Salvador.  She has campaigned heavily around social & human justice issues including immigration reform, defending DACA, defending Obamacare, living wages for workers, and improving the quality of education.

So, if you live in the 51st Assembly District, do yourself a favor and vote for Wendy Carrillo. Avoid a December 5th run-off. Spend your time hugging the ones you love instead of recycling colorful campaign materials and declining calls from unknown numbers.


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