Cal Poly Pomona hosted a candidate forum for candidates of California’s 53rd Assembly District, which includes the cities of Pomona and Montclair, as well as portions of Ontario, Chino and Upland.
Four of five candidates on the March 5 primary ballot — Carlos Goytia, Javier Hernandez, Robert Torres and Nick Wilson — discussed a variety of issues, including state budget priorities, promoting economic growth in the district, providing resources to undocumented individuals, and addressing the mental health crisis in California and the region.
Over 100 people attended the Feb. 9 event virtually and in-person, which was moderated by Jill Hargis, interim associate vice president for Faculty Affairs at Cal Poly Pomona.
The California State Assembly, along with the State Senate, form the legislative body for California, proposing and enacting laws that affect the state’s nearly 40 million people. The current representative, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, has represented the 53rd District for 12 years and will complete his term at the end of 2024.
This candidate forum was held in partnership with Cal Poly Pomona, NAACP Pomona Valley Branch, Latino & Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley and the Pomona Chamber of Commerce.