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DOWNEY - The five-member Bellflower City Council has endorsed Downey mayor Mario Guerra in his bid for state senate.
"Mario is a proven leader who will stand up for our communities in Sacramento," Bellflower mayor Ray Dunton said in a prepared statement.
Guerra said it was "an honor" to receive the endorsement.
"Local governments have suffered at the hands of Sacramento politicians who put the needs of government ahead of the needs of our communities," Guerra said. "As a state senator, I intend to put my constituents and our local communities first."
"This solidarity of support from the Bellflower City Council is a key indicator of the strength of Mario's campaign," added John Thomas, Guerra's campaign consultant. "No other candidate has as many unanimous endorsements from local governments in the 32nd state senate district."
Meanwhile, former Assemblyman Tony Mendoza has received the endorsement of Congresswoman Janice Hahn for the same 32nd state senate seat.
"Tony Mendoza is a friend and I am proud to stand with him in his campaign for state senate," Hahn said. "He's got strong moral character, sound judgment, and a profound understanding of the issues that matter most to Californians.
"I know Tony will continue to do what he has always done - be a brave fighter and a voice for those without one," she added.
"Congresswoman Janice Hahn is one of Los Angeles' most cherished and widely respected leaders," said Mendoza. "She is a tireless advocate for women, children, people of color and the poor. It's a true honor to have her support and to count her among my top supporters."
The 32nd state senate district encompasses Downey, Norwalk, Whittier, Cerritos and other local cities.
Published: Sept. 19, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 23