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Wendy Carrillo wins election for LA-area assembly seat

Wendy CarrilloFormer radio host, reporter, producer and labor activist Wendy Carrillo is officially a state elected representative. She won yesterday’s special election, making her the newest California Assembly member from Los Angeles.

Carrillo beat her opponent, fellow Democrat Luis López, with a 943-vote margin, leading the race 52.83% to 47.17%.

She’ll be serving out the term of former assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, who was elected to Congress in June. She heads to Sacramento in January, representing Assembly District 51, to start the second year of a two-year term.

Carrillo ran against Gomez for the congressional seat vacated by Xavier Becerra. Gomez later endorsed her for his assembly seat.

In a Facebook post, Carrillo shared the LA Times article acknowledging her win: “Don’t wait to be tapped on the shoulder. Work hard. Believe in yourself. Build support. Organize. Mobilize. Empower community. Stay focused. Do the work,” she wrote. “THANK YOU to all our volunteers, supporters, Labor family, and all our donors that gave big or small and made this possible. When we fight, we win.”

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I'm an Emmy award-winning journalist, who's worked as an on-air reporter in Spanish and English-language television news. I've worked for Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español and Los Angeles Fox and UPN stations before diving into a convergence model at the San Jose Mercury News. I was president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 2004 to 2006, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in August of 2016. As an online news manager, I was West Coast Web Editor for impreMedia and Managing Editor of IntersectionsSouthLA.org. In addition to running Media Moves, which I founded in June of 2007, I'm a regular contributor to Forbes and also do freelance work as writer, reporter and producer.
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