Sara Hernandez for Congress District 34 DTLA
We have a special election tomorrow those of us who live in district 34. On Tuesday, residents in CA-34 will vote in a special congressional election to replace Xavier Becerra who recently took office as the new California Attorney General.
I can not recall ever publicly endorsing a candidate for congress. In the case of Sara Hernandez I will be making an exception. District 34 which includes Downtown Los Angeles, is where I have resided and have had my business for going on 15 years.
Watching my neighborhood grow from kind of a sketchy dirty place to the new neighborhood where everyone wants to live has been interesting. I love DTLA since moving to Los Angeles over 20 years ago, it has been the one place I have ever felt at home in this city.
There have been good things as well as bad that have come with the rapid growth in our district. Watching our growing pains has definitely made me more proactive in my community. I want someone representing our district and city who loves our neighborhood. Who cares about all of the people who live here as much as I do.
Tomorrow is a special election, we have a democratic seat open and there is a very long list of people who are running for this slot.
Let me tell you why I support Sara.
About a month ago one of my neighbors invited me to her apartment to hear Sara speak about why she was running for office. In fact our whole building and surrounding neighbors were also invited.
In typical LA fashion there was literally a handful of people who actually showed up, I believe six to be exact. This did not phase Sara one bit.
She sat and talked with us, answered all of of our questions and explained why she was running for congress.
She perviously was special counsel to Jose Huizar who basically spearheaded the effort to revitalize DTLA as well as working closely to start programs like C3 which efforts aim to reduce homelessness in Skid Row 25%. As well as mental health, rehabilitation, and housing.
One of her current projects is to transform Pershing Square form the hideous beast it is now to a beautiful and accessible public space for the DTLA community.
I love the reason she got involved with politics. She was and educator and learned first hand how certain well intentioned policy can do more harm than good in the public school system.
Sara watched her students work so hard knowing that for many higher education would just not be possible. This only inspired her to found her own non profit(H.Y.P.E) to help low income kids get into college.
She spoke of one student in particular who told her the reason he worked so hard was because he was doing his part while his mother worked to keep him in school. Because of Sara’s non profit he just recently graduated Georgetown University. Making a positive change one life at a time speaks volumes to her character.
I personally want someone representing my district and myself that resides in and loves the district they wish to represent.
After Meeting with Sara she embodies that. She sees and hears all the people in her district.
I urge all my neighbors to take part in this special election by casting your vote. Who represents us matters. And Im not asking you to vote for Sara , vote for who you feel represents yourself and community best, just please use to your voice.
Our poling place is On 6th st in case you forgot DTLA residents. 🙂
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