Pasadena-area pulmonologist Asif Mahmood announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor Wednesday, describing himself as “a triple threat to” President Donald Trump as a Muslim immigrant to California.
“I’ll be a strong voice for all the people he is trying to silence,” Mahmood, a Democrat, said outside the downtown Los Angeles office of U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, known by its acronym ICE.
“Let’s get tough on the right things — on hate, division, poverty and poor health care.”
However, the office of lieutenant governor is sometimes derided as having little real power unless the governor dies or leaves office before ending his or her term. That argument is similar to the one about the nation’s vice president.
According to biographical information supplied by his campaign, Mahmood was raised in a poor village in rural Pakistan, where most of his elementary school classes took place outside under trees because the local school had no roof or desks.
Mahmood became the first student in his village to be accepted to medical school. He immigrated to the U.S. two decades ago.
Mahmood said he supports a single-payer health care system and free community college.
Mahmood resides with his wife and three teenage children in the San Gabriel Valley community of Bradbury.
Mahmood is the second doctor from the San Gabriel Valley to declare his candidacy for lieutenant governor, following Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, an optometrist.
There was no immediate response to an email sent late Wednesday to the Hernandez campaign seeking comment.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is barred from running for re-election because of term limits and is running for governor.
—City News Service
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