Former Compton councilwoman picks up key endorsement in 35th District race

(The Bulletin) – Former Compton City Councilwoman Michelle Chambers is running for office again. Chambers, who once represented District 1, has her eyeballs on securing Sen. Steven Bradford’s seat. Chambers now has Bradford’s blessing to go for it. 

“I am proud to support Michelle Chambers for State Senate. Michelle is a true public servant,” Bradford said. “She has worked tirelessly at the federal, state, and local level of government serving the public and supporting the needs of the community. I am confident that Michelle possesses the knowledge, integrity, and commitment to get things done and will continue to provide the leadership that the residents of the 35th Senate District deserve and expect.”

Chambers was a member of the Compton City Council from 2019 until 2022. She beat out Janna Zurita for the council seat and stayed there until she resigned in March 2022. Chambers now join an ever-growing list of candidates, that includes Laura Richardson, who once represented the state’s 37th congressional district. Chambers believes she is up for the challenge.

“The issues plaguing Senate District 35 demand an experienced representative who is respected and builds bridges in our communities,” said Chambers. “I intend to continue Bradford’s practice of standing up against injustice, demanding police accountability and advocating for the economic revitalization of our communities. I will focus on livable wages, affordable housing, and creating good job opportunities and I am ready to hit the ground running.”

It’s been a good run for Bradford, who took over his state senate seat in 2016. His term ends in 2024. Chambers is grateful to receive support and backing from Bradford.

“I am humbled to have my State Senator, Steven Bradford standing with me in my campaign to represent Senate District 35,” Chambers said. “We have worked together to improve conditions for years and I am honored that he believes that I am the best choice to succeed him in the California State Senate.”

Bradford’s support is not the only public backing that Chambers has received thus far. Sen. Lola Smallwood-Cuevas (D-28), Sen. Lena Gonzales (D-33), and Assemblywoman Tina McKinnor (D-61) have also thrown their backing behind Chambers.

“I am ready to partner with elected officials, faith-based leaders, community-based organizations, and unions to improve our communities. Senator Bradford tops a growing list of local and statewide supporters,” Chambers added.

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