MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS RECEIVES COVETED WOMENS ENDORSEMENT

MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS RECEIVES COVETED WOMENS ENDORSEMENT

“The National Organization for Women enthusiastically endorses Mary Ann Lutz for Congress”

– Christian F. Nunes, NOW Pac Chairwoman

LOS ANGELES (1/19/24) – Mary Ann Lutz for Congress proudly announces a significant endorsement from the National Organization for Women (NOW), a leading advocate for women’s rights in the United States.

“At this time of crisis in our nation, Mary Ann Lutz is the candidate we need in Congress to fight to protect equal rights and equal access; especially now while conservative extremists attack our most fundamental rights. Mary Ann has worked tirelessly to protect reproductive rights, equal pay, gender equity, and has helped countless women get elected to office.  The National Organization for Women enthusiastically endorses Mary Ann Lutz for Congress.” stated Christian F. Nunes, NOW Pac Chairwoman.

“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of the National Organization for Women,” said Lutz, candidate for the 31st Congressional District. “NOW’s commitment to advancing gender equality, reproductive rights, and social justice aligns closely with the values and policies that are central to my campaign. This endorsement is not just a support for me but a recognition of our shared vision for a more equitable and just society.”

The Lutz campaign has prioritized issues such as equal pay, reproductive rights, and combating violence against women. This endorsement from NOW highlights the campaign’s commitment to these critical issues and reinforces Mary Ann Lutz’s role as a champion for women throughout California and the nation.

The Mary Ann Lutz for Congress campaign is grateful for the support of the National Organization for Women and looks forward to working together to advance the cause of women’s rights and equality.

LOCAL LEADERS IN EDUCATION ENDORSE MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS

LOCAL LEADERS IN EDUCATION ENDORSE MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS

LOS ANGELES (December 5, 2023) – In a notable development for the District 31 congressional race, Mary Ann Lutz, a prominent advocate for accessible and quality education, has garnered pivotal endorsements from esteemed community college trustees in the region.

Twenty leaders in education at the community college level have come together to endorse Lutz – endorsements that underscore her unwavering commitment to education and her proven track record in championing policies that enhance educational opportunities for all.

“Education is the cornerstone of our society, and Mary Ann Lutz’s dedication to ensuring access to quality education aligns perfectly with our values,” said Andra Hoffman, President Community College League Board (CCCT) and Trustee, Los Angeles Community College District.  “We are confident that her leadership will bring about significant advancements in educational funding, policy, and accessibility.”

Throughout her career and as a Trustee of Citrus Community College, Lutz has been a vocal advocate for comprehensive educational reform. Her efforts have been focused on expanding access to quality education, improving educational infrastructure, and ensuring that every individual has the opportunity to reach their full potential through learning.

This collective endorsement from respected educational leaders marks a significant moment in the congressional race, highlighting Lutz’s strong alignment with educational priorities that resonate deeply within the community.

Community College Trustees Endorsing Mary Ann Lutz for Congress include:

President Community College League Board (CCCT) / Board Trustee Andra Hoffman, Los Angeles Community College District

Board Vice President Anthony Contreras, Citrus Community College

Board Trustee Cheryl Alexander, Citrus Community College 

Board Secretary Patricia Rasmussen, Citrus Community College 

Board Vice President, Trustee Nichelle Henderson, Los Angeles Community College District    

Board Trustee Trisha Murakawa, El Segundo Community College         

Board Trustee Barry Snell, Santa Monica College   

Board Trustee Yvette Davis, Glendale Community College      

Board Trustee Desiree Portillo-Rabinov, Glendale Community College  

Board Trustee Ann Ransford, Glendale Community College

Vice President CCCT Board/ Board Trustee Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Kern Community College District

Board Trustee Yovani Jimenez, Kern Community College District

Board Trustee Greg Pensa, Allan Hancock College

Board Trustee Deana Olivares-Lambert, Chaffey College

Board Trustee Deborah Ikeda, State Center College

Board Trustee Dr. Sharoni Little, Compton Community College

Board Trustee Barbara Jean Calhoun, Compton Community College

Board Trustee Barbara Dunsheath, North Orange County College District

Board Trustee Tammy Silver, Pasadena City College, City of Pasadena

Board Trustee James Osterling, Pasadena City College, City of Pasadena

HONORABLE JACKIE GOLDBERG ENDORSES MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS

HONORABLE JACKIE GOLDBERG ENDORSES MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS

Los Angeles (Nov 27, 2023)– Mary Ann Lutz for Congress (District 31) is proud to announce the endorsement of LAUSD Board of Education Member, former State Assemblymember and Los Angeles City Councilmember Jackie Goldberg. Goldberg, whose extensive experience has focused on improving the lives of children and families by serving at both the state and local levels, has endorsed Lutz for her much-needed leadership in Congress and her ability to deliver for the District.

“I’m proud to endorse Mary Ann Lutz for Congress.  Mary Ann has the experience and levelheaded leadership we need in Congress to tackle the issues that impact our local communities and our nation, while bringing federal funding back to the district to invest in programs that improve neighborhoods,” stated Goldberg.

Jackie Goldberg is one of our most respected and revered public figures. Receiving her endorsement is a tremendous honor,” stated Lutz.  “Jackie’s years of public service has benefited all of us and serves as an example of what can be accomplished when you’re able to work with others while remaining true to those you serve. Her support reinforces my commitment to be a voice for all in the San Gabriel Valley and to bring positive change and investments to our District.”

FOOTHILL COMMUNITY DEMOCRATS ENDORSE MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS

FOOTHILL COMMUNITY DEMOCRATS ENDORSE MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS

LOS ANGELES (November 9, 2023) –Mary Ann Lutz for Congress is honored to announce that it has received the official endorsement of the Foothill Community Democrats for the upcoming Congressional race for District 31.

“We’re proud to endorse Mary Ann Lutz for Congress,” said Jason Willoughby, President of Foothill Community Democrats.   “Mary Ann understands firsthand the challenges facing voters in the district and has the vast experience needed to address those challenges and create a better future for us all.”

Lutz, a proven leader and dedicated public servant, has earned widespread support for her commitment to progressive values and her record of effective governance. The endorsement from the Foothill Community Democrats, a respected and influential political organization in the region, is a significant affirmation of Lutz’s vision for a more inclusive, prosperous, and sustainable future for all constituents.

“As someone who has always worked to put the needs of people first, I am truly humbled by the Foothill Community Democrats’ endorsement,” said Lutz. “Their confidence in my ability to represent our district’s values and priorities in Congress reinforces the strength of our campaign. Together, we will work toward comprehensive solutions to the challenges we face as a community and a nation.”

The Foothill Community Democrats’ endorsement provides a substantial boost to Lutz’s visibility and momentum. 

EAST AREA PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS ENDORSE 

EAST AREA PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS ENDORSE MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS

LOS ANGELES (October 31, 2023) — The East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD), a prominent political organization dedicated to promoting progressive values and candidates, has endorsed Mary Ann Lutz for Congress – District 31. 

“East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD) are delighted to endorse Mary Ann Lutz for Congress. From her service as mayor of Monrovia to her leadership for community colleges as a crucial pathway of opportunity, Mary Ann has shown determination to serve others and advance equal rights. We stand with her to win and represent the San Gabriel Valley and Foothills Communities of the 31st District,” stated Hans Johnson, President, EAPD.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of the East Area Progressive Democrats,” said Lutz. “This organization has been at the forefront of advocating for policies that create a more just, equitable, and sustainable society. Their support reinforces my campaign’s commitment to fighting for a brighter future for everyone.”

Throughout her career in public service, Lutz has demonstrated unwavering dedication to the communities she serves by consistently advocating for policies that uplift the marginalized and protect the environment. Her track record as a local leader showcases her ability to bring people together and create meaningful change. Lutz’s comprehensive policy platform addresses the most pressing issues of our time, reinforcing her leadership as a champion for working families, public safety, education, climate justice, immigration reform and women’s rights. 

MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS RECEIVES COVETED ENDORSEMENT FROM THE WOMEN’S POLITICAL COMMITTEE

MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS RECEIVES COVETED ENDORSEMENT FROM THE WOMEN’S POLITICAL COMMITTEE

LOS ANGELES (10/24/23) – Today, Mary Ann Lutz’s campaign for Congress proudly announces its endorsement from the esteemed Women’s Political Committee (WPC). This endorsement recognizes Lutz’s decades of championing women’s rights, gender equality, and supporting policies that uplift all members of our society.

“I am profoundly honored to have the support of the Women’s Political Committee,” says Lutz. “Their long-standing work to amplify women’s voices and leadership in the political arena aligns with the core values of my campaign. Together, we will work tirelessly to create an inclusive America where everyone, regardless of gender, has the opportunity to thrive and where our rights are guaranteed.”

The Women’s Political Committee is the oldest political action committee in the country focused on supporting pro-choice women running for political office across the country.  Their endorsement of Lutz signifies a shared vision for a more equitable future, emphasizing Lutz’s dedication to championing issues that directly impact women and marginalized groups.

The Lutz campaign welcomes the support from WPC and pledges to remain devoted to the cause of equality, representation, and justice. With this endorsement, the campaign is even more energized, ensuring a brighter future for all.

WAVE OF LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS ENDORSE MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS

WAVE OF LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS ENDORSE MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS

LOS ANGELES (September 14, 2023) – Today, Mary Ann Lutz for Congress (District 31) proudly announced a wave of significant endorsements from eighteen local mayors, councilmembers, and other city officials.

These leaders have chosen to endorse Lutz because of her dedicated record of public service and her commitment to addressing the challenges facing our collective communities by bringing their voice to Washington, D.C.

“I’m honored to receive the endorsements of such respected officials,” stated Lutz. “Having served as a mayor and councilmember, I know firsthand that those elected to local office grapple each day with issues facing those who live and work in our communities. When elected to Congress, I look forward to continuing to collaborate with them to bring the real solutions and lasting change we all need and deserve.”

Those endorsing Mary Ann Lutz for Congress include: 

Mayor Adele Andrade-Stadler, City of Alhambra 

Mayor Bruce Lathrop, City of Bradbury

Mayor Jody Schulz, City of Duarte

Mayor Pro Tem Larry Spicer, City of Monrovia

Former Mayor Lois Gaston, City of Duarte

Former Mayor Gary Kovacic, City of Arcadia

Former Mayor David Berger, Lima, OH

Councilmember Sam Kang, City of Duarte 

Councilmember Rick Crosby, City of La Verne 

Councilmember Tamala Kelly, City of Monrovia 

Councilmember Nora Garcia, City of Pomona 

Councilmember Chelsea Beyer, City of West Hollywood 

Councilmember John Edelston, City of Agoura Hills 

Former Councilmember Liz Riley, City of Duarte

Former Councilmember Denis Bertone, City of San Dimas 

Treasurer Janet Wall, City of Monrovia

Former City Clerk Linda Proctor, City of Monrovia

CITRUS COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEES ENDORSE MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS

CITRUS COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEES ENDORSE MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS

In a significant show of support, Citrus Community College District Trustees Cheryl Alexander, Patricia Rasmussen, and Anthony Contreras announced today their endorsement of fellow Trustee Mary Ann Lutz in her bid for Congress.

Trustees Alexander, Rasmussen, and Contreras join forces to support Lutz, citing her unwavering commitment to education, strong leadership, and passion for public service as critical attributes she will bring to the halls of Congress.

“Mary Ann Lutz has demonstrated exemplary leadership during her time as a Trustee and in her other elected positions,” stated Cheryl Alexander. “Her vision and steadfastness are exactly what we need in Congress, and I am proud to stand with her.”

“Mary Ann is an advocate for affordable, quality education and is dedicated to the service of our community,” said Patricia Rasmussen. “Her extensive experience and commitment make her the ideal candidate for Congress.”

Anthony Contreras echoed these sentiments, adding, “Mary Ann Lutz has the skills, the integrity, and the passion to represent us effectively in Washington, D.C. She is the clear choice for those who care about the future of education in the United States.”

Mary Ann Lutz is running for the 31st Congressional District to represent the people of the San Gabriel Valley.  As a business owner and having served as Mayor and Councilmember along with Trustee, Lutz is uniquely qualified to champion the issues that matter most to her community, including education, healthcare, and economic development.

“I am incredibly honored to have the support of my esteemed colleagues, Cheryl, Patricia, and Anthony,” said Lutz. “Their endorsements speak to the strong, collaborative relationships we’ve built while serving our community. Together, I believe we can bring about the change and leadership our district desperately needs.”

This endorsement is a significant step in solidifying Lutz’s candidacy as the one to watch in the upcoming Congressional race. Her campaign continues to gain momentum as she earns the trust and support of key stakeholders in the community.

MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS RECEIVES COVETED ENDORSEMENT OF ASSEMBLYMEMBER LAURA FRIEDMAN

MARY ANN LUTZ FOR CONGRESS RECEIVES COVETED ENDORSEMENT OF ASSEMBLYMEMBER LAURA FRIEDMAN

LOS ANGELES (July 26, 2023) – In a significant show of support, Assemblymember Laura Friedman (AD 44) has officially endorsed Mary Ann Lutz for the United States Congress (District 31). The endorsement underscores Lutz’s dedication to public service and her commitment to addressing the pressing issues that impact our communities.

Friedman, a respected leader known for her tireless advocacy on behalf of her constituents, believes that Lutz possesses the vision, experience, and integrity needed to effectively represent our district at the federal level. With a proven track record of collaborative leadership and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by constituents, Lutz is the clear choice to champion the interests of the community.

“Mary Ann Lutz is an exceptional leader with a proven track record of championing the needs of her constituents. Her unwavering commitment to public service and tireless efforts in promoting a better future for California make her an outstanding candidate for Congress. “I proudly endorse Mary Ann Lutz abnd full confidence in her ability to use the national stage to bring positive change to the district.” stated Friedman.

Lutz, a seasoned public servant, expressed her gratitude for Friedman’s endorsement, recognizing the significance of the endorsement in gaining momentum for her campaign. “I am truly honored to receive Assemblymember Laura Friedman’s endorsement – a leader who works tirelessly to improve the lives of constituents by fostering a brighter future for all.”

The endorsement by Friedman serves as a testament to Lutz’s commitment to public service and her ability to bridge divides to find common-sense solutions for the community’s most pressing issues. As the election date draws near, Lutz’s campaign gains momentum with this significant show of support.

ALL THE CANDIDATES LINING UP TO REPLACE REP. GRACE NAPOLITANO

All the candidates lining up to replace Rep. Grace Napolitano

By LARRY WILSON | lwilson@scng.com | Pasadena Star News

PUBLISHED: July 19, 2023 at 10:16 a.m. | UPDATED: July 19, 2023 at 10:53 a.m.

With Grace Napolitano — such a kind and honorable woman; such a pleasure to visit with during the three or four times I’ve sat in editorial boards with her over the last 15 or so years — announcing that she will retire from Congress next year, there has naturally been a flurry by local politicians filing to replace her.

Cush, important job, representing the vast center of the San Gabriel Valley in the House of Representatives.

What a diverse group of communities the 31st Congressional District encompasses: El Monte, West Covina, Covina, Baldwin Park, Azusa, Bradbury, Duarte, Irwindale, South El Monte, Industry, La Puente, Avocado Heights, West Puente Valley, Valinda, Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne and Monrovia.

As staffer Georgia Valdes reported last week, Napolitano, now 86, worked on a Ford assembly line after moving from Texas to California with her husband and five children. She was elected to the Norwalk City Council in 1986, moving on to the state Assembly in 1992 and Congress in 1998.

As a former union leader and champion of working people, Grace has concentrated on their issues. But not just in general — I like her career-long focus on water in Southern California, and on mental health care for everyone. I like what county Supervisor Janice Hahn said about her career: “she has been perhaps the single greatest champion in Congress on all things water, from access to safe clean drinking water to investing in our port infrastructure.”

Water for drinking and irrigation, water floating the ships in the Long Beach port — why not.

Valdes notes Napolitano’s service on the House Committee on Natural Resources, advocating for conservation, water recycling, desalination and groundwater management as solutions to our valley’s dire water needs.

It was indeed fitting that when she announced her retirement July 8, it was at La Puente’s new Nature Education Center, named in her honor.

So a well-deserved retirement to her, with great thanks for her service to the SGV.

As for the race to replace her, with four well-known candidates jumping in quickly so far, the only thing we know for sure from the district demographics is that it will be a Democrat who will do so. (A Republican, lawyer and Damien High educator Dan Martinez, whose website calls him a “Progressive dreamer grounded in Libertarian reality,” is also entering the race.)

The early contenders are strong ones: state Sen. Bob Archuleta, D-Pico Rivera, Citrus Community College Trustee and former Monrovia Mayor MaryAnn Lutz, Baldwin Park Planning Commissioner Ricardo Vazques and state Sen. Susan Rubio, D-West Covina.

El Monte and West Covina are the big cities at 110,000 in the mix. For those from the smaller in-the-flats communities and the perhaps more insular foothill cities mostly north of the 210 Freeway such as Monrovia and Glendora, it can be hard for a pol to get name recognition throughout the district.

Certainly Archuleta has been on the scene a long time, serving on the Pico Rivera City Council before being elected to the Legislature in 2018. At 78, making a first bid for Congress, age could be an issue — but Grace has already endorsed him, so that’s a hand-up.

Vazques, also a Baldwin Park teacher who has run for City Council there, looks to be the youngest of the candidates.

Lutz, who formerly worked as a policy advisor for Napolitano, was always such a resource and great pleasure to work with when she was on the Monrovia City Council and served three terms as mayor there. She’s a classic civic volunteer who has plunged in at so many levels of SGV politics.

Rubio, whose state Senate district, in addition to going way east to Pomona and Ontario, also already almost mirrors much of the congressional district, may have it easiest on the name-recognition front for local voters. With her sister, local Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, the pair make up a powerful one-two punch in the valley. She has strong ties here with two degrees from Azusa Pacific, a long career as a schoolteacher and Baldwin Park City Council member before being elected to the Legislature. She’s a business-friendly Democrat, which makes her attractive to Republicans such as Monrovia’s Tom Adams, who has endorsed her.

Bless Grace. Her retirement is going to make for some interesting politics around here in the run up to the November 2024 election.