Culver City Vice Mayor Daniel Lee opted to kick off a run for the State Senate in a modern zoom call with an old fashioned prayer. Pastor Kirkpatrick Tyler, of the St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church offered words of strength and support for Lee and his vision for the 30th District.
The seat, which is vacant owing to Holly Mitchell’s win on her run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, will be filled by a special election, with a primary on March 2, 2021. If there is no clear winner, the top candidates will run-off on the general election on May 4.
Focusing on housing and health care, Lee offers. “In Sacramento there is a tendency to pat ourselves on the back and to hold up California as a bastion of progressivism or a liberal utopia. This simply is not true. In 2016 California ranked 37th in education spending. When it comes to income inequality California ranks #4 out of all 50 states. In Los Angeles County alone nearly 900 people have been killed by police since the year 2000, but only two officers have been charged. We are a state in need of transformation.
When it comes to equitable healthcare, California has also failed repeatedly. SB 562 is the latest iteration of this failure but it does not stand alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has opened hearts and minds to the absolute necessity of a single payer healthcare system, but we still lack the political will to make it happen.”
Friends on the zoom call were treated to a performance by Aloe Blacc, and comments from Burbank City Council Member Konstantine Anthony, President of the Board of Directors of Downtown Crenshaw Rising Niki Okuk, Former LA City Controller Rick Tuttle, Chair of the Culver City Equity and Human Relations Advisory Committee Rebecca Rona Tuttle and Found of the Burbank Tenant Rights Committee Margo Rowder.
Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager is the only other declared candidate running for the position so far. The deadline for candidates to file is January 7, 2021.
For more information on the campaign, go to https://danielwaynelee.com/why-district-30-2021