Latina City Council Member, Ruth Luevanos, Announces Bid for Congress

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Ruth Luevanos, who became the first Latina elected to Simi Valley City Council in 2018, is now running for Congress. 

On Monday, the 47-year-old Democrat announced she would be running in the 25th Congressional District located in a northern Los Angeles county. This district is key because CD-25 could determine the party that controls Congress, Los Angeles Times stated. 

Ruth Luevanos’s experience as a City Council member has her revved up for this upcoming election. 

“We have a lot of disenfranchised communities in CD-25 that haven’t been listened to, that haven’t been heard. They haven’t been represented,” Luevanos said. “And this is an opportunity for me to be that voice for the community.”

Luevanos prides herself on being a mother, a teacher, a wife, a union leader, an activist, a law school graduate, a youth mentor, and a Latina breaking down barriers. Her strength lies in being unapologetically progressive and working towards creating change, rather than only speaking about it. 

Congressional District 25 was once predominantly Republican, but Democrat Katie Hill changed that in the 2018 midterm elections. Unfortunately, this victory was short-lived because Hill had to resign less than a year later due to a scandal regarding the non-consensual publication of some of her pictures. Republican Mike Garcia later filled her seat. 

Congressman Garcia’s seat has been challenged by former Assemblywoman Christy Smith twice without success. Nevertheless, Smith plans on running for the seat once again this year.

When Ruth Luevanos was questioned about her thoughts regarding Smith going after the seat again, she declined to comment. However, she did make it a point to reiterate her ultimate vision.

“They know that I’m not going to back down, and I’m going to fight for working families and community needs,” she said.

A primary election is scheduled for June. The top two candidates with the most votes will get to take on the election in November. Stay tuned for more.