*Originally published 2.24.2012
Alhambra Mayor Luis Ayala endorsed Montebello School Board member Edwin Chau on Friday morning for State Assembly, and promoted the idea of a multiethnic ticket.
"I strongly endorse Ed Chau because we have similar backgrounds and we both believe in the value of coalitions and partnerships," said Ayala, who dropped out of the race last week citing the need to spend more time with family.
Ayala emphasized a common ability to build partnerships across ethnic divides, noting both got elected in a city where Asian Americans make up almost half the population and Ed was elected in a school district that is over 70% Latino." Both men grew up in "modest immigrant" households, achieved academic success and advanced degrees, and even send their children to the same Alhambra trilingual preschool.
Ayala was joined by Congresswoman Judy Chu, Assemblyman Mike Eng, Alhambra Unified School District member Adele Andrade-Stadler, and Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District president Charles Trevino.
The race for the 49th District, which Mike Eng is vacating, now looks like it will be a battle between Chau and surgeon and former San Marino mayor Matthew Lin. The two have each raised more than $200,000 in campaign contributions. Mitchell Ing, the mayor of Monterey Park, also intends to run for office. He has yet to file campaign contributions.
The district is the first majority Asian one by population in California, but Assemblyman Eng noted that the Latino and Anglo registered voters still are more than half of the population.
"In a district where Latinos and Anglos make up over half the registered voters, I believe that Ed Chau had a distinct advantage now that he has significant Latino support," said Eng.
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