Where Latino Power Roams

Southeast Cities Voters to Decide on Numerous Races
State Sen. Bob Archuleta, D-Pico Rivera, is running against nine other candidates for the 31st Congressional District seat being vacated by Grace Napolitano, D-Norwalk, who is not seeking re-election and has endorsed Archuleta.

By Arnold Adler
Contributing Writer

Voters in area Southeast cities will determine city, county, legislative and congressional office holders in California’s Presidential Primary March 5.
Most of the districts in the Southeast cities are heavily Latino, and the large Latino representation in the area is likely to continue into the near future.

City Council
Eight candidates are on the ballot in Bell where City Councilmembers Ali Salah and Monica Arroyo are seeking reelection against challengers Pablo Sifuentes, Elizabeth De La Torre, Violeta Alvarez, Lizette Colin, Francis Flores and Nestor E. Valencia.
In Huntington Park, incumbents Arturo Flores and Eduardo Martinez are being challenged by Stacey Martinez, Jonathan Sanabria, Vicente Cadena, Esmeralda Castillo-de la Cruz and Valentine Amezquita, reports Assistant City Clerk Nick Morales.
Paramount Mayor Isabel Aguayo and Councilmembers Vilma Cuellar Stallings and Brenda Olmos are being challenged by Yesenia Maria Cuarenta, Carmen Patricia Gomez and Jose De Leon, said City Clerk Heide Luce.
The offices in those three cities are city-wide.

Board of Supervisors
Janice Hanh is seeking reelection to her District 4 seat on the county’s Board of Supervisors, facing John Cruikshankt and former County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
The district stretches from Torrance and the Palos Verdes Peninsula through Long Beach and the Gateway Cities.

State Assembly
Candidates running for the 64th State Assembly District are former Downey Councilmember Blanca Pacheco, a Democrat, and Raul Ortiz, Jr. of La Mirada, a Republican.
The district covers Commerce, Bell, Bell Gardens, Downey, Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk, La Mirada and La Habra.
In the 62nd State Assembly District Lynwood Mayor Jose Luis Solache, and Maria Estrada are Democratic candidates facing Republican Paul Jones, seeking to succeed incumbent Anthony Rendon, a Democrat from Lakewood, who is termed out.
That district extends southeast from Huntington Park to Lakewood, through all or parts of the cities of Maywood, South Gate, Lynwood, Paramount and Bellflower and the community of Walnut Park.

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, D-Whittier, is seeking reelection in her 38th District facing three Republican candidates: Eric Ching, Robert Zhang Ochoa and John Sarega.
The district includes the cities of Whittier, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Diamond Bar, La Mirada, Walnut, and Santa Fe Springs, as well as the census-designated place Hacienda Heights.
Congresswoman Nanette Barragan, a Democrat, is seeking reelection in her 44th District by Republican Roger Groh.
The 44th Congressional District includes the cities of Bellflower, Carson, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Paramount, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, West Carson, and Wilmington.
In the 31st Congressional District, State Sen. Bob Archuleta, D-Pico Rivera, is running against nine other candidates for the seat being vacated by Grace Napolitano, D-Norwalk, who is not seeking re-election and has endorsed Archuleta.
Other candidates are Democrats Gil Cisneros, Gregory Hafif, Kurt Jose, Mary Ann Lutz and Susan Rubio; Republicans Pedro Casas and Daniel Martinez; and Y Marie Manvel and Erskine Levi, no party preference.
The 31st District takes in the cities of El Monte, West Covina, Baldwin Park, Azusa, Monrovia, San Dimas, La Verne, Duarte, South El Monte, and the south side of Glendora.
In the 28th Congressional district, Representative Judy Chu, D, Monterey Park, is seeking reelection and opposed by Republican April A. Verlato, Libertarian Jose Castaneda and William Patterson of the Peace and Freedom Party.
The 28th District takes in the north side of the cities of Glendora and Monrovia, the cities of Pasadena, Alhambra, Monterey Park, Arcadia, Glendora, Rosemead, San Gabriel, Claremont, Temple City, and La Cañada Flintridge, as well as the census-designated place Altadena