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Supervisor Gloria Molina endorses Ana Cubas in South LA

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The first Latina to serve on the Los Angeles City Council endorsed a candidate Friday who, if elected, would be the second Latina to ever serve at City Hall.

Supervisor Gloria Molina backed Ana Cubas, a former chief of staff to Councilman Jose Huizar. Molina was the first Latina to join the council back in 1987. She was also the first Latina elected to the state Legislature and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. If she is elected, Cubas — born in El Salvador — would be the first city council member from Central America.

The supervisor called Cubas “a successful community advocate and proven bridge builder who will be an ethical policy maker.”

Cubas is running against State Sen. Curren Price to represent South Los Angeles’ Ninth District. This week, the Los Angeles Police Protective League and United Firefighters of Los Angeles City endorsed Price.

Price is “a trusted partner with a strong record of prioritizing public safety. He is a strong voice for protecting the health and safety of his constituents, and for increasing and improving service in Southeast LA,” said UFLAC President Frank Lima.

Price and Cubas will face off in the May 21 runoff.

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