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In a complicated game of political musical chairs, a Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees member Friday announced his candidacy for the Eastside Assembly seat soon to be vacated by Rep.-elect Jimmy Gomez.

It all started at the top when Barbara Boxer decided to retire from the U.S. Senate.

The Gomez Assembly seat is now open because Gomez was elected to Congress to fill an empty seat after then-Rep. Xavier Becerra was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to fill the vacated post of state attorney general.

The attorney general position was open because then-Attorney General Kamala Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate, filling the seat of retired long-time Sen. Boxer.

And thus, Mike Fong now wants to join the California Assembly. If he wins, of course, it would open up his seat on the Community College Board of Trustees.

Democratic candidate Fong focused on diversity in announcing his campaign plans.

“I am running to advocate and fight for the progressive values of the residents in the dynamic and diverse communities of Assembly District 51 and embrace their hopes and aspirations for a better tomorrow,” said Fong.

“My priorities will include fighting the policies of the Trump administration and continuing to help lead the resistance in California, improving the quality and access to health care, fighting for immigrant rights and civil rights, increasing educational opportunities, expanding workforce development and high growth sector training programs, creating jobs, protecting the environment, and creating additional housing and addressing homelessness.”

Fong was elected to the board in 2015. He is also director of policy and government relations for Los Angeles’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

Fong was previously East Area director for then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a field deputy for then-Councilman Ed Reyes.

Fong received a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, majoring in psychobiology, and a master’s degree from Cal State Northridge in public administration in public sector management and leadership.

Gov. Jerry Brown will call a special election following the resignation of Gomez, D-Eagle Rock, from the Assembly to take the 34th Congressional District seat he won in a special election Tuesday.

Gomez’s victory is scheduled to be declared official by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on June 20, Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan said.

Other candidates to declare their candidacies include Franky Carrillo, who spent 20 years in prison before his murder conviction was overturned, and community advocate Wendy Carrillo. The Carrillos are not related.

—City News Service

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