Yolie Flores

If there’s any one assumption in Tuesday’s special congressional election to replace the long-time representative who was tapped to be the state’s attorney general, it’s that the eventual winner won’t be a fan of Donald Trump.

Of the three Democratic candidates returning surveys to City News Service about their views from the overwhelmingly Democratic district, all derided President Trump and his policies.

Yolie Flores said she is running in Tuesday’s special election in the 34th Congressional District “to be the stronger, louder voice for children and families that we need in Washington,” now that “everything we believe in and have ever fought for is in jeopardy.”

“The 34th Congressional District needs a fearless leader in our nation’s capital to protect and advance the collective progress that we have made over the last 50 years,” Flores said in response to a set of questions from City News Service.

“We need a leader that reflects the courage, resiliency and ingenuity of the people of the 34th Congressional District who will unwaveringly deliver the message that our country cannot, will not, turn back.

“I stand ready to represent our district and to fight to protect America’s sacred freedoms by ensuring that every child, every family, and every person lives to fulfill their American dream.”

Flores was the third candidate of the 23 on the ballot to respond to questions following journalist/community advocate Wendy Carrillo and multicultural community advocate Alejandra Campoverdi. The three are among 19 Democrats on the ballot in the overwhelmingly Democratic district.

Flores is a Highland Park resident who will be listed on the ballot as an “education non-profit director.” She has been chief program officer for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading since 2014.

Flores was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Huntington Park, graduating from Huntington Park High School. She was the first person in her family to attend college, according to information supplied by her campaign.

Flores received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands in communicative disorders and a master’s degree in social welfare from UCLA.

The field also includes Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Eagle Rock. There is one Republican on the ballot, business owner William “Rodriguez” Morrison and one candidate each from the Green and Libertarian parties, certified public accountant Kenneth Mejia and tenants’ rights paralegal Angela E. McArdle.

Immigration law administrator Mark Edward Padilla did not state a party preference.

The special election was necessitated when Xavier Becerra was appointed as California’s attorney general, succeeding Democrat Kamala Harris after she was elected to the U.S. Senate.

The district approximately stretches from Koreatown in the west to the Long Beach (710) Freeway in the east and from the Santa Monica (10) Freeway in the south to the Ventura (134) Freeway in the north. It includes downtown Los Angeles, the Westlake district, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights.

If no candidate receives a majority Tuesday, a runoff between the top two finishers will be held June 6. Because of the large field, no candidate is expected to receive a majority.

—City News Service

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