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STATEMENT: LA City Council Candidate Hugo Soto-Martinez Refuses to Debate Mitch O’Farrell at Los Angeles LGBT Center
October 7, 2022 at 11:46 am

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October 7, 2022

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (213) 355-3057/MOBILE: (213) 355-3057/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles City Council District 13 candidate Hugo Soto-Martinez dropped out of a debate against openly gay City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell Friday, just hours before the forum — hosted by the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council — was scheduled to begin at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Anita May Rosenstein Campus Pride Hall. District 13 includes the heart of the City’s LGBTQ+ community and has the highest concentration of LGBTQ+ residents of any Council district.

Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, has endorsed O’Farrell and released the following statement from Political Director Tom Temprano Friday evening:

“It’s deeply disappointing that a candidate running to represent LA’s LGBTQ+ community would not even bother showing up to a debate hosted by our community, for members of our community. This is exactly why representation matters. How can we trust Hugo Soto-Martinez to show up for LGBTQ+ Angelenos on the City Council, when he won’t even show up for us at a debate?

“We’re proud to stand with Mitch O’Farrell, who has fought for LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice throughout his career — including creating gender inclusivity training for city employees, expanding healthcare access for LGBTQ+ Angelenos and leading the city’s fight to protect abortion rights.”

O’Farrell is one of just two openly LGBTQ+ members of the Los Angeles City Council and will be the only out LGBTQ+ elected official in City government if he wins re-election this November. If O’Farrell is not re-elected, Los Angeles will become the nation’s largest city without any out LGBTQ+ representation in municipal government.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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