City of Hope director Runs for State Assembly
City of Hope’s Director of Government Affairs Luis López announced on Wednesday his intention to run to represent California’s 51st Assembly District, should the district’s seat in the legislature become vacant on June 6.
The 51st Assembly District includes Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Echo Park, Silver Lake, El Sereno, and Chinatown. Its seat could become vacant if incumbent Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez wins his run for the 34th Congressional District against Robert Lee Ahn.
“Now more than ever, Angelenos want a fighter for progressive values who has their back and is leading the way forward,” López said in a press release. “Our hopes and hard-won progress as Californians are facing unprecedented threats.”
It’s been a long journey for López, who was born in East Los Angeles and lost his mother to kidney disease at 8. He went on to earn a Sociology degree from Pomona College and a master’s degree at Harvard. López, also a board officer for Planned Parenthood-Los Angeles, earned a seat on the Central Committee of the L.A. County Democratic Party during the primary election last June.