Abundant Housing LA is excited to endorse Elizabeth Alcantar’s candidacy for Assembly District 64, because her understanding of housing is grounded in her experience as a renter and as a local elected leader on the front lines fighting for her constituents.
Elizabeth grew up in Southeast Los Angeles. She attended Teresa Hughes Elementary School and Elizabeth Learning Center before pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology at California State University, Long Beach.
While attending college, Elizabeth still made time to advocate for a better world. She worked with students and alumni of Elizabeth Learning Center to host educational workshops on applying to college, obtaining financial aid, and even fundraised for scholarships for Cudahy students. She also worked alongside carwash workers with the CLEAN Carwash Campaign and later went on to serve as a Field Deputy for former Secretary of Labor, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. She now works for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) where she works to educate and organize communities on the issue of immigration and ensures immigrant community members from Northeast L.A. to Southeast L.A. know their rights and feel confident in their fight for achieving a just society for all, regardless of status.
Despite a meaningful full-time job serving people, she knew from her experience as a field deputy how government can have a positive impact on the lives of constituents when advocating for meaningful impacts, so she ran for and was elected to city council in Cudahy in 2018. As a local elected leader, she focused on the critical needs of housing and environmental justice. Residents of Cudahy are predominantly renters, yet there are no renter protections. Additionally, the city is at the intersection of 4 highways that have significantly impacted the quality of air for residents, especially kids.
Keeping her commitment to community, she has introduced items in council to address housing, including an eviction data collection ordinance. And she has the vision to support Senate Bill 50, Senate Bill 9, and Assembly Bill 71, which Abundant Housing LA strongly supported.
Elizabeth represents an unrepresented demographic, young renters. We need their voices in leadership positions across our state, and electing Elizabeth, who is a renter and proven leader, takes us one step closer to achieving this goal.
We are honored to endorse Elizabeth. Our endorsement committee recommended this endorsement after reviewing candidates’ responses to a policy questionnaire and conducting interviews with the candidates. Please consider becoming a member today so we can continue vetting candidates and help elect truly pro-housing leaders all across LA County.
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