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A group of local Filipino American leaders sent a letter to California’s Governor this morning backing Assemblyperson Rob Bonta (D-Fremont) for Attorney General.
Bonta would replace Xavier Becerra who President-elect Joe Biden chose to be his nominee for Health & Human Service Secretary.
“Mr. Bonta has demonstrated himself to be one of the most effective and capable leaders in the legislature during his tenure. He has an excellent track record of authoring bold, ground-breaking legislation and building strong coalitions,” the letter reads, according to the Hews Media Group which obtained a copy.
Bonta has 15 years experience as a practicing attorney. He graduated from Yale Law School and is the child of parents who organized Filipino American and Mexican American farm workers, and went on to become the first Filipino American elected to the California state legislature.
The National Filipino American Lawyers Association, as well as six Fil-Am affiliate organizations in the state, endorsed Bonta earlier this month, reported the Asian Journal.
“He has distinguished himself as a groundbreaking and effective legislator, leader, and strong community advocate, especially for California’s most vulnerable populations,” Mary Tablante, national co-chair of KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress, said to the Asian Journal.
According to the Sacramento Bee, Bonta also won the endorsement of Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell). Others mentioned for the job include Assemblyman Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco).
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