Never mind U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, the more liberal Sanchez in the U.S. Congress is her sister Linda, who is running for reelection in the redistricted 38th Congressional District, which includes only a sliver of Orange County, in La Palma. The rest of the 38th is in Los Angeles County, including Cerritos, Norwalk and Whittier.
“This seat is a stronghold for Democrats who have over a 20 point advantage in registration. Looking at the numbers from 2010, no Republican for any major office ended up winning in this district. The only victory here that was not supported by the Democratic Party would be Proposition 8 passing by around 20 points,” according to the OC Political blog.
There are two Latino Republicans running against Sanchez, for the right to advance to the November general election. They are Jorge Robles, a law enforcement officer who apparently also owns a small business, and Benjamin Campos, a CPA.
Sanchez, like Loretta, married a defense lobbyist. Sánchez previously served as the first female Executive Secretary-Treasurer for the Orange County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, according to her website.
According to his website, Robles was born and raised in Los Angeles, he is the second oldest of five siblings. He is the son of Gabriel and Arcelia Robles who have been married for over 37 years. He grew up in Monterey Park where he attended Garfield High School in East LA. He attended Rio Hondo College where he studied Criminal Justice.
In 2003, Robles decided to pursue a career in Law Enforcement. To this date he continues to serve in public safety. Robles has continued to live in the 38th District his whole life. He has been a resident of the city of Montebello and currently lives in the city of Pico Rivera.
Campos’ parent’s Benjamin and Josefa immigrated to the United States from Momax, Zacatecas, Mexico before he was born, according to his website. He served in the army then earned his college degree and became a CPA. He appears to have more education than Robles.
Campos’ platform sounds distinctly Libertarian. Robles focuses on the national debt, in his own campaign statement. Either one would be a massive improvement over Sanchez, but neither one figures to win in November. But I am glad they are at least fighting the good fight. Too bad they belong to a political party that pretty much hates Latinos…