DOWNEY - Downey City Councilman Luis Marquez has been endorsed by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard in his bid for state Assembly.The endorsement marks the second congressional member representing Assembly District 58 - for which Marquez is running - to throw their support behind Marquez. Rep. Linda Sanchez has already given her endorsement. "I am very proud to endorse Luis Marquez for California's 58th Assembly District. As mayor of Downey, Luis demonstrated an inspiring and independent leadership style that produced tangible results for the residents and businesses in his city," Roybal-Allard said in a statement. "I know that he'll bring quality leadership, boundless energy and an unwavering commitment to Sacramento to get California working again." Roybal-Allard represents the 34th Congressional District, which includes Downey and the surrounding cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, Bellflower and Vernon. First elected in 1992, she became the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress. "I'm deeply honored to receive Congresswoman Roybal-Allard's endorsement for my candidacy for the 58th Assembly District," said Marquez. Marquez also landed an endorsement from the Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club, one of the oldest and largest Democratic clubs in the area. "Getting the unaimous support from such a prestigious Democratic club is very humbling," said Marquez, who works as an aide to state Sen. Alan Lowenthal. "I share their concerns about the urgency to get California back on track and promise to fight to create good paying jobs - the major element in restoring California's economy." Marquez was also the top vote getter at last weekend's endorsement meeting of the California Democratic Party. Although none candidates received more than 50 percent of the ballots cast, Marquez collected the most votes. "It truly reflects the growing support my campaign has received from public officials and community leaders," he said. The seat for the 58th Assembly District is a newly created one approved by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission this past August. Unlike most state Assembly and state Senate seats, the seat for the 58th Assembly District does not have an incumbent. Other candidates include former Assemblyman Tom Calderon and teacher Christina Garcia.
********** Published: January 26, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 41