Corporate-free Candidates Run Against the Establishment in LA’s AD 51

When Congressman Xavier Becerra was appointed Attorney General, after AG Kamala Harris was elected US Senator, he left his congressional seat open. Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, representing the 51st district, was elected to fill his seat in a special election, thus leaving his own Assembly seat open.

While Gomez still hasn’t resigned from the Assembly (or assumed his duties in Washington),  when he does there will be an election for AD 51. There are already quite a few candidates for that Assembly seat. In a district won by Bernie Sanders, it’s not surprising that several of these are a couple of #Unbought (candidates that reject corporate and law enforcement PAC money and who support a progressive rights-based agenda).

Here are the Corporate-free candidates we know.  We will add others as we determine their positions

Ron Birbaum

Ron Birbaum

An Argentinian-American doctor, father of three, and a community activist, Ron Birbaum is a man on a mission:  pass single payer healthcare NOW, before more people die for lack of insurance or money to pay skyrocketing co-pays.  Time after time he’s seen the consequences of people who wait too long to go to the doctor because they can’t afford to go earlier, he is committed to changing that dynamic forever.

He’s also an all-around Progressive who supports raising the minimum wage, expanding affordable housing, protecting immigrants and unions and making the Democratic Party democratic.  He’s not going to be a Rendon stooge if elected.

Follow Ron on Facebook.

wendy carrillo

Wendy Carrillo

After unsuccessfully running for Xavier Becerra’s Congressional seat just last March, Wendy is now trying her hand at Assembly.    Wendy is a Salvadorean-American who first came to America as an illegal immigrant, fleeing the war in her home country.  She’s very concerned about immigrant rights, but otherwise she does not seem to have published a platform.

At this point, we don’t know for sure if she will reject donations from corporations and law enforcement PACs, but all her contributions when she ran from Congress seem to have been from individuals.  We have also heard that Carrillo opposes the election audit for Chair of the Democratic Party.  If true, this would show either a lack of commitment to democratic principles or, more worrisome, the possibility that she has been #bought by the Party’s establishment.

Follow Wendy on Facebook and  Twitter.

We’ve contacted other candidates to ascertain their positions on corporate money.

Corporate candidates include:

Mike Fong, a community college trustee and Alex de Ocampo, a Young Democrat (this group is usually made up of establishment political climbers)  supported Eric Bauman, a sure sign of putting political careerism above progressive concerns. Don’t vote for them.