Assembly candidate Efren Martinez continues to build a strong coalition of community partnerships to provide valuable resources to the residents in the 59th Assembly District.
Martinez continues to use his platform and campaign resources to provide food giveaways throughout the district.
Martinez has partnered with Sen. Lena Gonzalez and members of the Huntington Park City Council to provide much needed relief to first responders and the community at-large. Martinez also appears to utilize his business acumen and bring in resources as Executive Director of the Florence-Firestone Chamber of Commerce. As a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps he’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves to get the job done.
Meanwhile, his opponent, incumbent Reggie Jones-Sawyer, has posted many photos of him standing around at community grab and go’s at local schools, while wearing an embroidered jacket with his name on it, looking more like a photo op than someone who is genuinely concerned about the community.
Jones-Sawyer has yet to announce partnering with anyone in the district, most notably his alma mater USC, to provide any giveaways in coordination with his office. His social media account shares photos of him at events he is merely “volunteering” at. After serving #AD59 since 2012 one would think Jones-Sawyer would have built more solid partnerships with the business community by now.
Martinez managed to earn nearly 3,000 more votes than Jones-Sawyer and appears poised to soundly defeat the incumbent in November.
The biggest sign of the community failing to recognize the incumbent was an article related to a shooting in Jones-Sawyer district, where the victim was the son of his colleague Mike Gipson. The news took the time to interview Gipson and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, despite Jones-Sawyer push for legislation related to recidivism and public safety.
The community is aware Jones-Sawyer put in little to no effort into his campaign given that the previous election cycles saw him with no challenger.
This race will come down to who wants it more. Who do you plan on voting for in Assembly District 59?