When one election season ends, a new one begins. This is the case with a big announcement recently by State Senator Ricardo Lara on his run for California State Insurance Commissioner in 2018.
Lara currently serves as California State Senator of District 33. This district covers a large swath of Long Beach, and includes other Los Angeles cities, Cudahy, Bell, Bell Gardens, Lynwood, Maywood, Signal Hill, Paramount, South Gate, Vernon, Walnut Park, and Huntington Park.
If Lara succeeds, a seat will open up for a Long Beach candidate to potentially run.
In Lara’s announcement he said, “I’m running to be California’s next state insurance commissioner because I believe at my core that California needs a strong defender, and a counterpuncher, who will stand up to fight our bullying President, Donald Trump, and his increasingly reckless federal government on issues from healthcare access to economic security and more.”
Ricardo Lara age 42 made history by becoming the first openly gay person of color elected to the California State Senate and currently chairs the very powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.
Two other candidates have filed paperwork to run. They are former Assembly member Henry Perea and former leader of Courage Campaign, Paul Song. Susan Bonilla another initial candidate and former Assembly member recently backed out of the race for Insurance Commissioner and backed Senator Ricardo Lara.