A reception supporting Al Muratsuchi, the Democratic candidate in the 66th Assembly District, will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo.
Muratsuchi, the top vote-getter in the June primary, will face off with Republican businessman Craig Huey in November.
The district, which includes Gardena, Torrance and the Palos Verdes Peninsula, is 24 percent Asian and Pacific Islander, with Japanese Americans forming the largest Asian ethnic group.
“This is one of the most competitive races in the state,” event organizers said in a statement. “With our help, it’s a winnable race.
“As a Torrance School Board member, Al has a proven record of being fiscally responsible and saving for a rainy day — values he learned early on from his Nisei father and Issei mother. As a state prosecutor with the California Department of Justice and a Torrance School Board member, Al is running to fight for good jobs, good schools, safe neighborhoods, and a clean and healthy environment.
“He has also served as the JACL Pacific Southwest regional director, board member of the Little Tokyo Service Center, and member of the U.S.-Japan Council.
“Distinguished community leaders like U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, former U.S. Secretary (of Transportation) Norman Mineta, and many other elected officials are supporting Al … But Al is a unique, truly bipartisan candidate. So he has the support of Republicans and Democrats, including Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and two Republican mayors in the district.”
Honorary co-chairs of the event are Mineta, Assemblymember Warren Furutani and former Assemblymember George Nakano. Co-chairs are Ernest Doizaki, Gerald Fukui, Toshio “Terry” Handa, Thomas Iino, Kenneth Inouye, Bill Imada, Lillian Kawasaki, Patti Kinaga, Joshua Morey, Audra Mori, Henry Ota, Dr. Paul Song, Bill Watanabe, Peter Wong and Mike Yamaki.
RSVP to (562) 981-2111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Muratsuchi was recently endorsed by Palos Verdes Estates Mayor George Bird, former Lomita Mayor Mark Waronek, Torrance City Councilmember Bill Sutherland, and Water Replenishment District of Southern California board member Rob Katherman, all of whom supported Republican Nathan Mintz in the primary; Manhattan Beach City Councilmembers Amy Howorth and Richard Montgomery; Redondo Beach City Councilmember Bill Brand; and the California chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).
The grand opening of Muratsuchi’s new campaign headquarters in Torrance was held on Sept. 8. Among those showing their support were Reps. Janice Hahn, Maxine Waters and Henry Waxman; Assemblymembers Furutani and Betsy Butler; and State Controller John Chiang.