Candidate Cabildo Gets JA Support


Congressional candidate Maria Cabildo talks with supporters.


Maria Cabildo, one of the candidates in the 34th Congressional District election on April 4, is getting support from the Japanese American community.

Cabildo, a Democrat, and 23 others are seeking the House seat vacated by former Rep. Xavier Becerra, who is now California’s attorney general. The district includes Boyle Heights, Downtown, Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Bangladesh and Little Tokyo.

An urban and economic developer and housing advocate, is co-founder and past president of the East L.A. Community Corporation and served on the Los Angeles Planning Commission.

Dean Matsubayashi, executive director of the Little Tokyo Service Center, and Leslie Ito, president and CEO of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, are endorsing Cabildo as individuals. In an open letter to district residents, they wrote:

“For 20 years we’ve worked with Maria Cabildo as she’s fought to create economic opportunity and affordable housing. That’s why we’re urging you to vote for Maria Cabildo for Congress in the special election on April 4.

“What stands out about Maria are her core values and her compassion for serving those in need. She cares about people, and she understands the importance of family to us.

“Maria Cabildo has a long track record of delivering results that make a difference in people’s lives. Because of Maria’s work, thousands of local families have a place to live, and a home that allows their children to thrive. Thousands more have economic opportunity.”