AAPI Leaders Endorse Wendy Carrillo for Assembly

November 10, 2017

Contact: Lisa Gasperoni
(916) 803-0433

Today, Wendy Carrillo’s campaign for Assembly District 51 announced a fresh wave of support from key leaders in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, with Los Angeles Councilmember David Ryu, Los Angeles Community College District Trustee and Former AD 51 Primary Candidate Mike Fong, and former AD 51 Primary Candidate Alex De Ocampo all endorsing Carrillo for Assembly.

“I am supporting Wendy Carrillo for State Assembly,” said Councilmember David Ryu. “Like many of us, Wendy’s family came to America hoping to find a better life. Her parents worked hard to ensure that Wendy and her sisters received a good education, go to college and have a good paying job. In the State Assembly, Wendy will fight for comprehensive immigration reform and ensure that all our children have access to quality schools.”

Councilmember Ryu represents the 4th Council District, which includes the neighborhoods of Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and a portion of Koreatown. He is the first Korean-American and only the second Asian American to ever hold a seat on the Los Angeles City Council.

LA Community College District Trustee Mike Fong said: “I am supporting Wendy Carrillo for State Assembly. As a graduate of community college herself, Wendy understands the value of a good education and will be a key ally in the fight to ensure college is affordable for all students, and not a burdensome debt sentence. She’ll fight to improve access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, and will make workforce training a top priority so all students can be competitive in today’s global economy. Wendy will be a champion for all students regardless of race, ethnicity or legal status and I’m proud to support her to ensure we make college access a priority in the State Assembly.”

Mr. Fong serves as a trustee on the nation’s largest community college district, and has fought to increase student access to higher education, expand workforce training, and improve the quality of educational opportunities at Los Angeles’s nine community colleges.

Alex De Ocampo said: “It’s important to my family that our next Assemblymember be a champion for children in foster care. I trust Wendy will continue to be an advocate on this issue. I know she will always prioritize the needs of families and children in the community. That is why I support her to be the next Assemblymember in the 51st District.”

Mr. De Ocampo’s father, Pedro, immigrated to Los Angeles in the 1970s and worked hard to reunite their family in Historic Filipinotown. Mr. De Ocampo previously managed the Saban Family Foundation’s fund dedicated to the Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and currently serves on the California Film Commission and the California State Summer School for the Arts Board of Trustees.

“I am truly honored to have the strong support of such dedicated and passionate public servants like Councilmember Ryu, Trustee Fong, and Mr. De Ocampo,” said Carrillo. “I am proud to share their vision for our region, and know firsthand the struggles immigrant communities and California’s working men and women face every day. That’s why as a legislator, I will never stop fighting to ensure all Californians have the opportunities and resources they need to achieve the American Dream. I look forward to continuing to work with Councilmember Ryu, Trustee Fong, Mr. De Ocampo and others in making AD51 an even greater place to live work and play.”

The General Election for AD 51 will be held on December 5, 2017.

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