According to a spokesperson, California Assembly Member Holly Mitchell is primed to win the September 17 primary election vacated by former State Senator Curren Price, who left the seat after being elected to the Los Angeles City Council, District 9 in June.
Mitchell was elected in November 2010 to represent the 47th Assembly District. She chairs the Assembly’s Budget Sub-committee on Health & Human Services, and is a member of the Committees on Accountability & Administrative Review, Appropriations, Budget, Health, and Public Safety.
She comes to the State Assembly from leadership in California’s non-profit sector where she championed statewide family-focused policymaking for seven years prior to taking public office. As the CEO of Crystal Stairs, one of the largest childcare agencies in California, she worked to assure access to quality, affordable services for 25,000 children and their families, while fundraising and meeting a monthly payroll for hundreds of employees.
Before that, Mitchell worked in the Los Angeles district office of State Senator Diane Watson, where she provided community and constituent services. As a policy analyst for the California Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee, she sought fiscally sound ways to expand health care and other vital services. She helped develop the groundbreaking Healthy Families program as the Legislative Advocate of the Western Center for Law and Poverty. Later, she served as executive director of the Black Women’s Health Project in Los Angeles where she fought to further improve access to affordable care.
As the mother of a middle-schooler, Mitchell said she “understands the concerns of working families and advocates legislative policy to meet their needs.”
And, as the daughter of two public service employees, she understands the importance of public service, and the need to protect critical services while growing a sustainable economy. In the Assembly, Mitchell said she seeks to improve the quality and accessibility of the state’s health and education systems. She focuses on job creation and finding a balance between business, human and environmental needs that expands economic opportunity while protecting natural resources.
Mitchell is running against Mervin Evans who is listed on the ballot as an author and management consultant. So far she has been endorsed by almost every elected official in the region and is confident that she has what it takes to continue moving California in the right direction and bringing valuable resources to the communities in which she will serve.
For these reasons and many more The Los Angeles Sentinel is proud to endorse Holly J. Mitchell for the California State Senate, District 26.