Local labor leader could run for state assembly

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego's top labor leader said this week she plans to run
for a South Bay Assembly seat, which might become available next year.

Lorena Gonzalez, CEO of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor
Council, said in her announcement that she would run for the 80th Assembly
District, should current office-holder Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, win a special
election to fill the state Senate seat.

That seat was held by a new Congressman, the recently elected Rep. Juan
Vargas, D-San Diego.

The Assembly district encompasses south San Diego, Chula Vista and
National City. Gonzalez is the first minority and first woman to lead the
umbrella organization for all the unions in San Diego, representing around
200,000 workers.

“I've hammered out tough compromises between business and workers, between
teachers and our school board, and between developers and environmentalists by
putting practicality ahead of ideology,” Gonzalez said.”That approach worked
in San Diego County and it will work in Sacramento.”

Gonzalez has been widely credited over the past month with organizing
the Democratic sweep of major races in the general election in San Diego
County, including the victory by new San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

A special election will need to be called after Vargas takes his
congressional seat on Jan. 3, and Hueso has already announced he will try to
switch to the upper chamber of the Legislature.

She said if Hueso remains in the Assembly, she'll wait to run until
2016, when he is termed-out.

A single mother of two who lives in Sherman Heights, the Stanford alumna
is the sister of environmental attorney Marco Gonzalez, whose lawsuits
challenging fireworks displays have been in the news. Their parents were an
immigrant farmworker and a nurse, she said.

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