Alex De Ocampo is proud to announce Women for Alex. This group of women from who live or work in California’s Assembly District 51 are fully supporting De Ocampo’s bid for the Assembly on Tuesday, October 3rd.
Recognizing the work Alex De Ocampo has done for women and girls in the community, the following women have joined Women for Alex.
Alicia De Aragon
“I’m supporting Alex De Ocampo because he'll fight to ensure California remains a place where if you work hard, you can succeed. By attending Dayton Heights Elementary, Lockwood Elementary, Thomas Starr King Middle School, and John Marshall High School, Alex knows that public schools provided him with the opportunity to rise into the middle class. I followed the same footsteps that Alex did and I know he'll make sure these opportunities are available for everyone, no matter their background. That's why he's my choice for the Assembly,” said Cinthia Flores, community activist.
Alex De Ocampo has a track record of providing opportunity for women through education and job training. He helped establish the Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation for Women and Girls and managed a $10 million initial fund. Under his management, the foundation provided funding for scholarships for women of color and to the training program, Girls Who Code.
De Ocampo continues to gain support from community leaders and elected officials in his campaign. In addition to Vice Chair Dino, De Ocampo has earned support from Board of Equalization member Fiona Ma, former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, Congressman Brad Sherman, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Assemblymember Dababneh, Los Angeles City Councilmen Mitch O’Farrell and Bob Blumenfield, and Equality California.
Alex De Ocampo participated in the AAPI Democratic Forum on September 5th at the Pilipino Worker Center. The Asian Journal covered the forum and here are excerpts from their story:
Charitable foundation adviser Alex De Ocampo, the only Filipino-American in the race, shared his experience growing up with a mother who needed long-term care, a story that resonated with many of the Filipino constituents.
“I’m going to be a fierce advocate to make sure we expand in-home support services. I also plan to lobby to make sure Medicare covers more and more of these services, so I am going to be that voice because I’m living it as we speak,” De Ocampo said, adding he promises to ensure more funding into vocational health services to breed more doctors, nurses and health care professionals.
In terms of addressing AAPI concerns specifically, De Ocampo addressed the diversity of the AAPI electorate and promised to listen to all groups under the AAPI label.
“Sometimes with the AAPI community we all get clumped together but we have to understand issues in the Vietnamese community, in the Chinese community and the Filipino community can be vastly different,” De Ocampo noted. “I’m gonna make sure I’m reaching out to you, listening to your needs and delivering what each community needs.”
If elected, De Ocampo would be the second state legislator of Filipino descent after state Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), and the first from the Los Angeles area.
The impact of Filipino voters
Fil-Am voters in AD 51 have a tremendous impact on the election and have notable power to sway the election. Fil-Ams comprise the largest AAPI voting group in the district with about 4.6 percent of the AAPI electorate (about 10,160 voters).
Moreover, they historically have a larger turnout at the polls with about 19 percent, whereas the largest ethnic group, Latinos, come out at about 12 percent. In turn, if the Fil-Am community can increase turnout, it can be a powerful force in this election, and in the city in general.
Read the full story here: