Editorial: Voters in Los Angeles and California elected a wave of women, young people and people of color to state office. This included the first African-American woman and first Latino woman elected to Congress. The election also saw a surge of young people who have been denied public office. These victories put California on the right path and have inspired hope that a new progressive majority can take over the country.
“When we’re on the right path and then there’s the inevitable wave coming down, we get to a place where we’ve turned the ship, we’re a nation again,” said California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. “And that’s what we need to be doing.”
The election results are significant. They mean that the electorate is changing. The people who voted for the California “Blue Wave” were electing leaders who are fighting for the people. They voted for bold progressive policies that will restore opportunity and dignity for all people. They voted for candidates who are on track to take the state and the nation in a new direction.
At the same time, they rejected the ideas of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, who are anti-immigrant and anti-multicultural.
“I am proud of the young people who have the courage to elect this group of women,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. “They are the next generation. They will continue to stand up against the worst elements and take on the forces of populism.”
California Democrats will be facing a tough challenge in the upcoming election. The party is in turmoil with a presidential primary. They lost the gubernatorial election, and their Senate candidate was a moderate Republican, Kate Brown, who will be up against primary candidate, former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
California’s Democrats should take heart. They won this election. They will continue to win. This time is different because the voters are choosing leaders who care about people and fight for policies that will improve lives for