EL MONTE, CA – It was an API mobilization weekend on October 13, at the Mike Eng for Senate Campaign Headquarters in El Monte, hosted by Rachelle Arizmendi, the first minority and first Filipino American ever elected to the Sierra Madre City Council in 2014. She’s the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment.
Mike Eng, who is running on Nov. 6, for the California State Senate, District 22, was overwhelmed that some hundred supporters showed up at the rally.
He also has the support of Senate President Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, along with Senator Ed Hernandez who asked Mike to succeed him in the 22nd Senate District; Los Angeles County Supervisors Kathryn Barger, Janice Hahn, Hilda Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas. Congresswomen Grace Napolitano, Norma Torres, Karen Bass and Judy Chu have also endorsed Mike along with a total of 20 current and recently retired State Senators and over 80 elected mayors and councilmembers, school board members and water district board members that all serve the 22nd Senate District.
SHARING SOME COMMENTS
Among special guests “who traveled hundreds of miles,” said Rachelle, “were State Assemblymember Rob Bonta of the 18th Assembly District, and Assemblymember David Chiu, 17th Assembly District.
Rob is the president of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the State Legislature, elected head of the twelve sitting Assembly and State Senate members, and “someone who has broken barriers,” Rachelle added.
“I love the energy….” announced Rob. “I was super excited and got up at 5 am! We’re in the red zone,” he continued, “what we do between today and election is critical. Let’s go full speed till election. We need Mike Eng in the Senate. He’s gonna fight for us. We need that powerful and effective voice like Mike’s.”
David chairs the Housing and Community Development Committee and served for six years as the president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
“We won’t be where we are without Mike,” proclaimed David. “Mike paves the way… Immigrants are under attack and who better to fight for the rights of immigrants but Mike!”
From San Gabriel Valley, Rachelle introduced “the man who was preceded by both Congresswoman Judy Chu and our candidate Mike Eng in the 49th Assembly District – Assemblyman Ed Chau, who chairs the highly influential and relevant Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection.”
“Mike will win,” asserts Ed, “because he’s the most qualified. He knows the system and he cares for the community.”
Mayor Jeffrey Maloney from the City of Alhambra received a special treat from guests when they all sang happy birthday. He was grateful that “Mike was there at my first event.”
The last speaker was Mike Eng who assured everyone: “We have every right to be here. It’s our time. I’m here to give people a voice.” He rallied the crowd chanting, “It’s time for people of faith, time for young people, time for veterans, time for the homeless, time for working families, time for environmentalists, and time to vote! And who we gonna vote for? someone yelled. MIKE ENG!