Citing his results-driven career and ability to move the ball on challenges such as the city’s homeless crisis, young Democrats and Democratic clubs continue to show strong support for Mark Ridley-Thomas for City Council District 10.
Coming on line in just the last week are a slew of endorsements from a diverse set of the city’s most politically engaged and informed residents. These include:
- USC College Democrats
- Black Los Angeles Young Democrat
- New Frontier Democratic Club
- Westside Young Democrats
- Southern California Armenian Democrats
MRT’s leadership and preparedness on the issues of homelessness and his authorship of Measure H, the $355 million bond that so far has helped house 35,000 people, were central to earning Democrats’ strong support
“I’m proud to announce that the College Democrats at USC have endorsed Mark Ridley-Thomas for City Council. From his years of public service, we have no doubt that he has what it takes to address our city’s homelessness crisis starting on Day One,” said Ben Pearce, president of the club.
Almost as important to these community leaders as his work on homelessness has been MRT’s history of engaging with activists to support arts and culture, progressive environmental policies and job opportunities. His bona fides with regard to justice system reform and constitutional policing were also important to the clubs when determining whom to support.
Currently embattled with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who, among other morally questionable steps, has reinstated a deputy fired for sexual harassment, MRT, who led the County to sue the Sheriff, is someone they said could be trusted to speak truth to power.
“Los Angeles needs bold leadership that is willing to work with the community to implement lasting change that will be felt for generations to come. We trust MRT to hear our concerns, respond, and lean on those most impacted by failed and discriminatory policy decisions to move District 10 forward,” said Charity Chandler-Cole, President of Black Los Angeles Young Democrats.
“I’m always honored and pleased to have the support of the district’s residents,“ MRT said, “But it does give me special pleasure to have such engaged and empowered activists marching alongside me as we prepare to make the kind of substantive changes necessary to improve the economic, environmental and public safety health and welfare of our communities.”