Democratic Assemblymember Chris Holden has entered the race for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors 5th District. In a video posted to his social media channels, Holden outlines his decades of leadership on regional issues that have impacted the lives of Los Angeles County residents.
“Throughout my public service, I’ve worked to ensure people feel like their government is responding to their needs. I’ve brought people together to pursue progressive solutions that work for Los Angeles County. I’ll continue solving our biggest challenges as your next County Supervisor,” stated Holden.
Holden has fought for equity and justice in the classroom, the workplace, transportation, and the criminal justice system. He’s running for County Supervisor to bring a more urgent response to Los Angeles County’s challenges.
“I’ve advanced progressive policies that have impacted Californians’ lives such as expanding educational equity, improving workplace conditions, protecting reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights, and delivering millions in state funding for the Metro Gold Line, public libraries, hiking trails, and our beloved Rose Bowl and Pasadena Playhouse. The challenges we face need to be more urgently addressed. It’s time for Democratic leadership with a proven track record of getting things done for our County,” he said.
Holden was elected to the Pasadena City Council at 28-years-old and was the second African-American to serve as Mayor in the city’s history. Under his leadership, Pasadena created its first living wage ordinance to ensure that workers could earn decent pay for their hard work and contribute to the local economy. Assemblymember Holden was appointed to the Pasadena Light Rail Alignment Task Force. He was instrumental in the planning and execution of the initial stops connecting Pasadena to Downtown LA. Assemblymember Holden continued to help extend the Gold Line further, securing $290 million in state funding for six new stations and introducing a plan to have the Gold Line connect the Burbank and Ontario airports.
Los Angeles County Supervisorial District 5 includes the cities in the Antelope, Crescenta, and Santa Clarita Valleys, and portions of the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys. The district is currently represented by Republican Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
The election will take place March 5, 2024. The 2021 redistricting process drew new boundaries for the 5th district with 46% registered Democrats, 24% Republicans, and 23% No Party Preference. President Joe Biden won the district by a 24% margin.