The Cook Report calls California’s 31st District race “by far, Democrats’ best House takeover opportunity in the country in 2014.”
The progressive Democrat in the race is Eloise Gomez Reyes, an attorney and community activist who has fought for working families throughout her entire career. She is one of four Democrats in the race, which has become an expensive primary battle.
Gomez Reyes has earned endorsements from Representatives Xavier Becerra, Raul Grijalva, Alan Lowenthal, Grace Napolitano, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Jackie Speier, as well as former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.
The top two vote-getters in the June 3 primary, regardless of party, will move on to the general election.
Progressive Credentials: There is no one better suited to vouch for Gomez Reyes’ progressive credentials than Rep. Raul Grijalva, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
“Eloise has always been on the side of working families against powerful interests. We need more progressives in Congress, and I am proud today to give her my full and energetic support. She’s the real progressive in the race,” said Grijalva in his endorsement of her candidacy.
Why We Like Her: Gomez Reyes recently represented residents on the south side of Colton, California, in their fight against a toxic dump site planned near their low-income housing project. She brought together local community groups and defeated the planned toxic dump.
On Earth Day, actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. endorsed Gomez Reyes. “Our precious environment needs more friends and advocates like Eloise in Congress who aren’t afraid of a tough fight, and I believe Eloise will be a strong friend to the environment and a strong advocate for clean water, clean air and clean renewable energy,” said Begley in a statement.
Candidate Quote: “I worked in the fields topping onions every summer as a teen. Pull, clip, clip — hardest work I’ve ever done. I worked three jobs in college, then law school. Became the first Latina to ever open a law firm in San Bernardino County. I made the journey, but for people these days, that journey has become so much harder. In Congress, I’ll fight for families working hard to join the middle class, and those struggling to stay there.”
Candidate Sites: To learn more about Eloise Gomez Reyes, visit her website, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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