HAWTHORNE, CA – A councilwoman from the city of Hawthorne has tossed her hat into the ring to vie for an open Assembly seat created by the vacancy of Autumn R. Burke.
Yes, to confirm. I will seek the 61st Assembly District seat made available effective Feb 1st as announced by former member Autumn Burke resignation. (the AD has changed to the 61st)— Angie Reyes English, Councilwoman (@angie4hawthorne) February 3, 2022
Assemblywoman Burke Announces Resignation – https://t.co/RhyrYvpDmk pic.twitter.com/EXpShaGfj8
Now known as Assembly District 61, Reyes-English will challenge Burke’s staffer, Robert Pullen-Miles, who also serves as the mayor of Lawndale.
Latino civil rights advocates said the increase in political power — which probably will lead to an increase in the number of Latino representatives — was fitting since much of the state’s population growth over the past decade has taken place in their communities.
“This is a substantial increase in the potential for candidates supported by the Latino community to be elected to Congress,” said Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
“It’s a long time coming and appropriate for a state that is now 40% Latino in population and 27% of registered voters,” Saenz said.
Angie Reyes English was elected to the City of Hawthorne’s City Council 2009 after serving as City Clerk for four years and was re-elected to the City Council in 2020.