Heather Hutt (File Photo)

Kamala Harris’s Former California State Director Kicks Off AD-54 Campaign, Rolls Out Wave of High-Powered Endorsements from Several Legislative Black Caucus Members

Heather Hutt, a former Senior Advisor & State Director for then-U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, who served as California’s first Black U.S. Senate State Director, officially launched her campaign for California State Assembly District 54.

In addition to formally announcing her campaign, Hutt also rolled out several high-profile endorsements from a majority of current and former members of the California Legislative Black Caucus:

  • Assemblymember Autumn Burke
  • Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • Assemblymember Mike Gipson
  • Assemblymember Jim Cooper
  • Senator Isadore Hall (Ret.)
  • Senator Kevin Murray (Ret.)
  • Assemblymember Willard Murray (Ret.)

Heather Hutt released the following statement as she formally entered the race for Assembly District 54:

“I first would like to commend Sydney Kamlager-Dove for her exceptional service on behalf of the 54th District; it’s clear that she has been an extraordinary leader during this extremely difficult time, advancing innovative solutions and uplifting the most vulnerable in our community. I know she will be a wonderful State Senator.

These past four years, it was my honor to serve our trailblazing new Vice President Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate, where I saw her bold and visionary leadership up close. Her consummate commitment to public service, record of fearless advocacy, and shattering of glass ceilings were unbelievably inspiring to watch every single day, particularly as she historically ascended to the Vice Presidency.

In the Senate, I was our state’s conduit between the U.S. Capitol and California, working to provide critical aid to California’s small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, eliminate inequities in our healthcare system, and combat the Trump Administration’s assault on Dreamers. Now, I am eager to continue this service in the community I grew up in.

This district has been my home my entire life. I’m running for State Assembly because I am committed to making sure the people in the 54th District have an effective, unrelenting advocate that delivers on our community’s wide variety of needs during this challenging time. This includes COVID-19 relief resources, rebuilding our small business community, helping to lift up working families, and strengthening the safety net for our most vulnerable. In Sacramento, I’ll fight for these critical relief efforts and more, including climate justice and ensuring our healthcare, housing, and education systems are more equitable for all Californians.

Heather Hutt (File Photo)

It would be an honor to serve as the peoples’ voice across the 54th District in the California State Assembly. Join me and let’s help revive the California Dream.”


Upon learning of Hutt’s bid for State Assembly, several current and former members of the CA Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements endorsing Hutt’s campaign:

“I am very excited to endorse Heather Hutt for Assembly because she has the experience and proven track record needed to advance a working family agenda as we address the unprecedented crises facing California. Heather is a mother who personally knows the trauma of having her sons the victims of gang violence.  As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, I know that her real-life trauma of having a son shot by a gang bullet and her advocacy for smart justice reforms will be essential in Sacramento. Heather has my full and enthusiastic support.”
-Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, CA Legislative Progressive Caucus Co-Founder

“I’m excited to endorse Heather Hutt for Assembly, because her unique background gives her the ability to deeply understand the everyday challenges facing the people in her community. Heather is the real deal, and I am proud to endorse her for State Assembly.”
-Assemblymember Mike Gipson

“We need Heather Hutt in the State Assembly, an effective and forward-thinking leader. Her background is expansive, including deep experience in public service, running a small business, being a mom and a public advocate. I know that this experience gives her the wide-ranging perspective needed to be an effective representative, and I look forward to helping her get elected.”
-Assemblymember Autumn Burke

“Heather is battle-tested, tenacious, and has the vision and life experience needed to deliver for California’s working families at this incredibly challenging moment. I’m excited to endorse her bid for the Assembly, because having her proven leadership in Sacramento is more important than ever.”
-Assemblymember Jim Cooper

“Heather is like family to me. She’s worked alongside me for nearly a decade, fighting for working people and marginalized communities. I’ve witnessed firsthand her heart, grit and unyielding passion for lifting up all communities. Heather has my enthusiastic endorsement and I plan to do everything I can to ensure she wins this race.”
-State Senator Isadore Hall (Ret.)

Heather Hutt was born and raised in Los Angeles and has dedicated her life to Democratic activism, public service, and the community. Heather recently served as the first Black U.S. Senate State Director in California’s history, and in her capacity serving Senator Harris, was the principal representative among constituents and elected leaders throughout California. She used her position to stand up for women by bringing together healthcare professionals to discuss implicit bias in health care, especially for women and women of color as well as advocating for DACA recipients and fighting against the Trump Administration’s assault on Dreamers and immigrants.

Prior to her work in the U.S. Senate, Heather championed environmental justice policy changes for Watts and South Los Angeles while serving as the District Director for California State Senator Isadore Hall. She also organized the Assembly Select Committee on Community Resources Impacted by AB109 Re-Entry as well as the Assembly Select Committee on Human Rights, Diversity and Race Relations.

Through her work as a California Democratic Party delegate and Treasurer of the CDP Black Caucus, Heather has been an activist and organizer working tirelessly to ensure civil rights, human rights, women’s rights, equality, economic and social justice for all people. In addition, she launched the “VOTE LA“ campaign, LA Cities Clean Air-Clean Water campaign, and shaped critical outreach to pass the “Durbin Bill” which provided aid for small businesses. Heather is also the single mother of three sons.

Heather Hutt is a candidate for the California State Assembly’s 54th District, which includes the communities of Baldwin Hills, Crenshaw, Culver City, Ladera Heights, Leimert Park, Mar Vista, Mid-City Los Angeles, Palms, West LA, Westwood and Windsor Hills in Los Angeles County.

For more information, visit www.heatherhuttca.com.