By Victor Victoria (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons
Maria Elena Durazo. Photo by Victor Victoria (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons
Immigration, civil rights and diversity labor leader Maria Elena Durazo announced her candidacy for the state Senate seat held by that body’s President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon who will be termed out of office next year.

“I am, in every way, a daughter of California,” Durazo said in a two- minute, 30-second video released on her campaign’s website.

“I am not asking you to send me to Sacramento. I am asking you to come with me to the state Capitol because I believe more in the power of people coming together than I do in the power of government.”

Durazo has been general vice president of immigration, civil rights and diversity for the UNITE HERE International Union, which represents more than 270,000 hospitality workers in the United States and Canada.

Durazo was secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor from 2006-14, the first woman to lead the nation’s second largest labor council.

Durazo was re-elected in February as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, a position she has held since 2013. She is a board member of LA 2024, the group seeking to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles.

The predominantly Democratic 24th Senate District stretches from Koreatown and Hollywood in the west, south to Arlington Heights, north to Eagle Rock and east to East Los Angeles. It also includes Silver Lake, Echo Park, Boyle Heights, Glassell Park and Highland Park.

—City News Service

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