For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Contact: Ulisses Sanchez; firstname.lastname@example.org
Strong Lead a Testament to de León’s Support
Among Working Families, Angelenos Looking for Bold Leadership
Los Angeles, CA – Kevin de León’s bid for the Los Angeles City Council’s 14th District is off to a strong start after raising more than $320,000. This outright display of support is a testament to the momentum of the former State Senate Leader’s campaign.
“It is absolutely humbling to receive such broad support this early in the race,” said de León. “Our campaign is powered by contributions from hardworking families, community leaders, and grassroots activists. In the coming months we aim to lead an honest conversation with the families of the 14th District about how we can fight together for safer streets, shorter commutes, and tackle our district’s affordability crisis.”
As the first Latino to lead the California State Senate, de León cracked down on gun violence by passing a law requiring background checks on ammunition sales. He secured $68M to revitalize the Los Angeles River, $26M to build the Los Angeles State Historic Park, and $176M to clean up neighborhoods contaminated by the Exide Technologies plant.
In 2018, the former Senator successfully placed “No Place Like Home” on the ballot. The measure funded a housing-first approach to solving chronic homelessness by setting aside $2B to speed the construction of permanent supportive housing. Voters overwhelmingly supported it.
De León’s vision for a smogless LA was born during his time in the State Assembly, prior to his election to the State Senate. He was a primary architect of Prop 39, which reduced the tax burden on Angelenos by making schools more energy-efficient. In 2015, he set California on the path to 50% clean energy, and doubled down last year when he passed his landmark 100% renewable energy law as pro Tem Emeritus.
Today, he teaches public policy at UCLA's Luskin School and leads an initiative at the University of Southern California’s Schwarzenegger Institute to fight childhood asthma by advocating for transportation electrification.
Kevin de León cut his political teeth in LA’s 14th District. In 1994, he organized one of the largest civil rights protests in the city’s history against Proposition 187. Marchers started at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, and ended at the steps of City Hall in Downtown LA.