Alhambra Councilman Luis Ayala has officially entered the race for State Assembly — and has begun the battle for campaign funds to send him to Sacramento. Assemblyman Mike Eng, a Democrat from Monterey Park who represents the 49th district, will be termed out of his seat in 2012.
The Pasadena Star-News is reporting that Ayala sent an email to colleagues explaining his incentives. "My humble beginnings as the son of migrant farm workers have served as my incentive and commitment to public service over the last 14 years," Ayala said in a statement. "At this critical time, when California's economic stability is in very poor condition, more and more people are losing their jobs and people's mistrust of Government is at an all-time high, I feel confident in stepping up to give voters a choice to elect a candidate with experience, strong leadership skills and faith in making Government work for the people."
Ayala also sent an e-mail to friends and constituents announcing a fundraiser at Fronteras Mexican Grill & Cantina for his candidacy on June 2. In an attached bio he outlines some of his accomplishments as an Alhambra Council member since 2006. "Luis has advocated for the completion of the 710 Freeway and helped bring new economic development and open space opportunities for the City," the bio states. "Luis is also the City’s representative on the League of California Cities, where he advocates for legislation that benefits Alhambra and all of the State’s Cities. Luis prides himself in efficiently addressing constituent concerns and holding Government bodies accountable to its constituents."
Ayala, the oldest of four children of migrant farm workers, received a scholarship to play college football at Santa Clara University. He received a BA in History from Santa Clara and a Masters in Planning, Administration and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the Director of Government Affairs for the Los Angeles County Medical Association, a professional association representing physicians. Ayala was reelected, unopposed, to City Council last fall. He lives in Alhambra with his wife and two children.