The field of candidates vying for the 49th Assembly District, which includes Alhambra, continues to grow. At least six men have now announced their intention to run for the seat which Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) will vacate when he is termed out.
A surgeon and former San Marino mayor, Matthew Lin, announced his candidacy over the weekend. He is running with the slogan that "it doesn't take a doctor to notice that California is sick." Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and Supervisor Mike Antonovich were among Lin’s supporters as he formally launched his campaign this weekend at Garfield Medical Center, according to the LA Times.
Others interested in the seat include Alhambra Councilman Luis Ayala, Montebello school board member Edwin Chau, Monterey Park Councilman Mitchell Ing, retired teacher and senior advocate David Siegrist, and El Monte Union High School District board member and former Rosemead mayor John Tran. Ayala has the endorsement of Alhambra School Board President Adele Andrade-Stradler; Chau has the endorsements of Eng and his wife, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park).
The primary elections will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.