Archived: EGP Endorsements – June 3 Primary Election


Eastern Group is adding to its list of endorsements of Secretary Hilda Solis for County Supervisor, with the following candidates:


 Sheriff Los Angeles County—James Hellmold is our choice for Los Angeles Sheriff. We understand the sentiment to elect an outsider to this post given the department’s many scandals.

But we aren’t interested in blaming every member of the Sheriff’s Department for the abuses, lack of supervision and downright lawlessness of some.

In our view, there is a need for a strong leader who understands how to manage a law enforcement department that has in far too many instances forgotten its mandate to serve and protect the public, not to abuse them.

It sometimes takes a person who already knows an organization’s weakness and where the bodies are buried, or will be buried, to maneuver around the land mines that are sure to be set in an attempt to maintain the status quo.

Mr. Hellmold has been endorsed by members of communities such as Watts who are patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department and who have too often been the recipients of strong-arm and heavy handed policing. He has, however, been able to build trust in Watts because he has taken the time to be involved with the community’s young people who for far too long have been alienated by bad or over zealous law enforcement.

We believe James Hellmold will be able to steer the Sheriff’s Department into a more professional, and yes, law abiding organization, an organization the county and department can be proud of.


Secretary of State—Our choice is Alex Padilla. State Senator Alex Padilla was first elected to the Los Angeles City Council at age 26, and after only two years on the council was elected its president.

Padilla quickly moved on to the California State Senate in 2006. During his time in office, he has demonstrated an ability to build consensus for and pass legislation in such areas as public safety, health, education, green energy, and technology, which is important to the people in California. He has also demonstrated an understanding of the many struggles that businesses in the state face and has sought to seek compromises that protect both the public interest and the ability to do business in California.

We recommend Padilla for Secretary of State.


State Senator, 24th District—Our endorsement goes to State Senator Kevin de Leon who has been a productive advocate for his constituents in the legislature. His brokering of a deal to keep the city of Vernon as an incorporated entity, while at the same time creating a path to reform, in our view is one of his stellar accomplishments.

De Leon’s appointment as chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which reviews all bills with a fiscal impact, has given him experience in the assembly legislative process that will continue to prove useful to his district.


Member of the State Assembly, 51st District.—As a new member of the State Assembly Jimmy Gomez has proven him self to be an astute legislator for his district and has helped to facilitate legislation to facilitate graduation of community college nursing and allied health students.

He has established a partnership with State Senator Kevin de Leon to promote healthy living for inner city kids. We believe he will continue to be a new and important voice in the State Assembly.

We endorse his re-election.

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