Los Angeles City Council District 13: The Far-Right Candidate

Endorsement: Hugo Soto-Martínez for Los Angeles City Council District 13

Los Angeles City Council District 13, a district represented by one of the most progressive and well-known officials in the California state legislature, is facing a serious and critical challenge from the far-right candidate for the seat.

The seat is being vacated by the retiring Antonio Villaraigosa. Though the incumbent has run a very strong campaign, his opponent has been the one constant in the Democratic Party’s primary, and he has made this district a focus of his election campaign.

The incumbent is Hugo Soto-Martínez. As a former Assembly member representing Los Angeles, Soto-Martínez’s district includes many neighborhoods that rely on the city’s transit system. He has also authored and passed legislation that has helped make Los Angeles more affordable for working-class and middle-class families, which the candidate has used to attack his opponent, the far-right ideologue of the “alt-right” movement, Robert Spahn.

Hugo Soto-Martínez on Council

Hugo Soto-Martínez, the candidate, has run a highly qualified campaign that has featured bold, progressive positions on many issues. The incumbent, however, has been criticized by the alt-right for voting against marriage equality and for supporting an ordinance that would have allowed developers to build taller buildings in certain areas of Los Angeles. Alt-right’s support of Soto-Martínez has been one of the biggest storylines in the race so far. Other issues that have gained traction among voters include Soto-Martínez’s plan to build a streetcar line through the city, which is supported by a coalition of labor unions, other advocacy groups, and several major city contractors. This is a critical infrastructure that could greatly enhance Los Angeles’ economy and jobs.

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