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March 12, 2009

EMILY's List endorses Chu

EMILY’s List is taking sides in a competitive special election to ensure that a woman succeeds newly confirmed Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis in Congress.

The women’s group endorsed Judy Chu, a former state assemblywoman who currently serves on the state’s Board of Equalization. Chu is running against state Sen. Gil Cedillo and investment banker Emanuel Pleitez in the May 19 special election primary.

“While serving in the state Assembly, Chu authored a landmark tax amnesty bill that brought $4.8 billion in revenue to the state budget without raising taxes and passed vital legislation to protect victims of sexual assault and hate crimes,” EMILY’s List President Ellen Malcom said in a statement.

“She will bring this record of service and problem-solving experience to Congress."

If the vote divides along ethnic lines, Chu will face a tough challenge. Nearly two-thirds (62.3 percent) of the voters in the district are Hispanic and may be inclined to support Cedillo. Cedillo has won the support of many Hispanic members of Congress, including Reps. Xavier Becerra, Dennis Cardoza, Grace Napolitano, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Linda Sánchez.

But the district also has the second-highest concentration of Asians in Southern California, and Chu has won support from Hispanic groups in her previous bids for elective office.

EMILY’s List endorsed state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz in the Illinois special election for Rahm Emanuel's seat; she finished third in the primary.