ALHAMBRA, Calif. — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, endorsed Mike Fong for Assembly District 49 ahead of the February 15 special election to replace former Assemblymember Ed Chau, whom Governor Newsom appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in November 2021. Fong currently serves on the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees and as a Director of Policy and Government Relations for the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.
“Mike Fong has dedicated his life to serving his community and empowering students throughout LA County,” said Equality California Executive Director Tony Hoang. “Mike has been a dedicated ally to the LGBTQ+ community at LACCD, and we’re excited to continue working together to advance civil rights and social justice in the Legislature.”
Fong partnered with LACCD Trustee David Vela to establish an LGBTQ+ Bill of Rights and improve LGBTQ+ data collection to better support the district’s LGBTQ+ students and employees. He and Vela also advocated for a $10 million budget allocation to support LGBTQ+ centers on community college campuses. In the Assembly, Fong has pledged to continue advocating for LGBTQ+ students and to help advance full, lived equality for all LGBTQ+ Californians.
“I’m honored to have the support of Equality California in my campaign for State Assembly,” said Fong. “As the largest statewide LGBT organization in the United States, Equality California is a watchdog for civil rights and equal treatment for all Californians.”
Fong faces Republican Burton Brink in the February 15 special election for the overwhelmingly Democratic district. Every registered voter in the district has already received a mail-in ballot, which must be returned via mail, to an official dropbox or to a designated vote center by 8:00pm PT on the 15th.
In addition to Equality California, Fong has been endorsed by Chau, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, Attorney General Rob Bonta, Controller Betty Yee, Treasurer Fiona Ma, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, Legislative LGBTQ Caucus Chair Assemblymember Evan Low, former Assemblymember Mike Eng, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, dozens of labor organizations and the California Democratic Party,
For a complete list of Equality California’s 2022 endorsements, visit eqca.org/elections.
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