Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017
 

Victory Fund endorses 2012 LA Assembly candidate Luis Lopez

The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund has endorsed Luis Lopez (at left) in his bid for a Los Angeles-area Assembly seat in 2012.

Lopez, 38, is one of the first LGBT non-incumbents running for state legislative office next year to be backed by the national group, which helps out candidates raise money and trains LGBT people on how to wage campaigns.

So far there at least three gay men and two lesbians not already in the statehouse seeking Assembly seats next year. In San Jose, openly gay Campbell City Councilman Evan Low and out Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager are running against each other for the 24th Assembly District.

In Stockton lesbian City Councilwoman Susan Talamantes Eggman is seeking the 17th Assembly District. In Santa Monica, Torie Osborn is running for the 41st Assembly District seat.

A founding board member of the Latino LGBT political action committee Honor PAC, Lopez has been with his partner, Hans Johnson, for seven years. Johnson is president of the D.C.-based Progressive Victory, which helps groups increase voter turnout, and attended the White House’s Pride event this week.

Lopez is seeking the state’s 45th Assembly District seat next fall. At one time it had been held by Jackie Goldberg, one of the first out lesbians to serve in the state Legislature. Goldberg is now supporting Lopez in the race.

The district is based in East Los Angeles and parts of the city of Los Angeles and is 67 percent Latino, as currently drawn. There is a sizable LGBT Latino population in East LA as well as pockets of LGBT people in the LA neighborhoods of Silver Lake, Echo Park, and Hollywood.

Under the proposed maps released by the state’s Citizens Redistricting Commission, the new district is expected to cover more of Silver Lake’s LGBT residents and even more Latinos.

— Matthew S. Bajko, June 30, 2011 @ 5:47 pm PST
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