LOS ANGELES – Today, Los Angeles City Councilmember, Gilbert Cedillo, announced his endorsement of George Gascón for Los Angeles District Attorney.
““I am proud to support George Gascón for District Attorney,” said Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo. “We are at a point in our nation’s history where the City and County of Los Angeles, home of 3.5 million immigrants, needs to have a voice when it comes to defending our Angelenos. We need a D.A. that will stand firm on our commitment to our diverse population and honor the role they play in making the City vibrant and culturally rich by protecting and promoting public health and safety within its boundaries. I am confident George is that leader, and that is why I am proud to support him for LA County District Attorney.”
“The immigrant community contributes so much to the social, cultural and economic fabric of Los Angeles,” said former District Attorney and Assistant Chief of the LAPD, George Gascón. “Councilmember Cedillo has long been an advocate for this community, and that’s why I’m so proud to have his support. We must do everything we can to encourage cooperation and participation from marginalized communities, as such cooperation and participation helps make sanctuary jurisdictions safer than non-sanctuary jurisdictions.”
George Gascón grew up in Los Angeles after his family immigrated from Cuba. An army veteran, Gascón served as a Los Angeles Police Department Officer for 30 years, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief of Operations. In 2006 he became Chief of Police in Mesa, Arizona, where he stood up to the hateful and anti-immigrant policies of then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In 2009, then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Gascón Chief of Police. Newsom turned to Gascón again in 2011 when he tapped him to be District Attorney to fill the seat vacated by an outgoing Kamala Harris who had been elected Attorney General. During his tenure Gascón implemented reforms that are being duplicated across the country while overseeing violent crime and homicides drop to rates not seen in 50 years. After being elected to two terms, Gascón returned to Los Angeles to care for his elderly mother and to be closer to his two daughters and grandchildren in Long Beach. Gascón is married to Fabiola Kramsky, a three-time Emmy Award winning journalist and recipient of the “Premio Nacional de Periodismo,” the highest recognition given to journalists in Mexico.
For more information about George Gascón go to www.GeorgeGascon.org.