The following is a press release from the Holden Campaign. All inquiries should be directed to Doug Herman at 626-535-0710.
John Van de Kamp, a Pasadena native who served as California Attorney General and Los Angeles County District Attorney, has endorsed Chris Holden for State Assembly, the Holden campaign announced Monday.
"Chris Holden has shown through his public service over the years that he will stand up for our communities, including promoting economic growth, creating jobs and improving our schools," Van de Kamp said. "With California facing so many challenges today, we need Chris' sound leadership to make sure that state government is working for us."
"I am privileged to have the support of a true statesman who's dedicated his career to improving people's lives in Southern California and throughout our state," Chris Holden said.
Holden is a business leader who has served for more than two decades on the Pasadena City Council. In 1997, Holden became the first African American man to serve the city as Mayor. He led the fight to create the city’s first living wage ordinance, helped manage utility deregulation and fought for the Gold Line rail line that connects Pasadena to Los Angeles.
Holden also created the task force that led to the creation of Paseo Colorado and reconnected the historic civic center and new convention center, a key project in the revitalization of downtown Pasadena.
The newly drawn 41st Assembly district includes Atladena, Claremont, La Verne, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Dimas, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland.
Holden faces South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti and businesswoman Donna Lowe for the State Assembly's 41st district seat.