Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Support for Senator Holly Mitchell's Bid for County Supervisor Grows with Endorsements from Local Leaders in Compton
COMPTON, CA – Senator Holly Mitchell continues to prove her ability to bring leaders together across industries and throughout the Second Supervisorial District with endorsements from Compton City Councilmember Michelle Chambers, Compton Community College District Trustees Sonia Lopez and Barbara Calhoun, and long-time resident and community advocate Candace Leos.
In response to the support of local leaders and residents in Compton, Senator Holly Mitchell states "COVID-19 has shown us that we cannot go back to business as usual. The Board of Supervisors is at the helm of moving LA County forward and that requires addressing the economic and health disparities that impact cities like Compton. This is why I'm in this race and honored to have the support of Compton leaders and residents."
Mitchell, who currently represents nearly one million Los Angeles residents in California's 30th Senate District and is also the first African American to serve as Chair of the CA Senate Budget Committee, secured her spot in the run-off for County Supervisor with less than one percentage point in votes from her opponent - despite being outspent 3-to-1.
"Holly Mitchell is a fighter" declared Michelle Chambers, Compton City Councilmember, who went on to say, "her understanding of the state budget and how to fairly shepherd resources for homelessness, public safety, and better infrastructure is what Compton needs."
Prior to serving in elected office, Sen. Mitchell was the CEO of Crystal Stairs, the largest child and family development non-profit in California. In this role, she provided child care services and assistance with accessing Medi-Cal and the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for thousands of families in Compton and throughout the Second Supervisorial District.
Barbara Calhoun, Compton Community College District Trustee spoke about her experience working with Senator Mitchell during that time "I've known Holly since her days at Crystal Stairs where she worked to ensure families in Compton had access to the vital services they needed. We need her service provider and budget expertise now more than ever."
The Second Supervisorial District encompasses nine cities, including: Compton, Carson, Culver City, Gardena, Hawthrone, Inglewood, Lynwood, parts of Los Angeles and 18 unincorporated areas. It is one of the most culturally and economically diverse districts in LA County that "needs a fierce advocate with the acumen to pass policy that improves lives "says Sonia Lopez, president of Compton Community College District Board of Trustees.
Lopez continued "During the seven years I've been on Sen. Mitchell's team, we've fought side-by-side for budgets, laws and progress for Angelenos. As County Supervisor, I know she will offer leadership in helping to eliminate food and housing insecurities for Compton's students."
Long-time Compton resident and community advocate, Candace Leos shared "Holly Mitchell has shown that she has the experience and integrity to stand up for change. I am proud to endorse her for the Board of Supervisors."
Senator Holly Mitchell is on the ballot for the open seat to serve as County Supervisor for the Second District. She has the support of her former opponent Jorge Nuño, The LA Times, Culver City Councilwoman Meghan Sahli-Wells, SEIU United Healthcare Workers West, the Black Women's Democratic Club and many more. For a full list of her endorsers and additional information visit www.HollyJMitchell.com