Across the street from the church downtown where she was baptized, U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez held a small rally on Monday urging voters to support her on election day.
For the first time in 24 years, California voters have the opportunity to elect a new senator to replace current Sen. Barbara Boxer (D). Sanchez is fighting for the ticket against Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) in the first ever Democrat versus Democrat senatorial race in California.
For nearly 25 years, California's two U.S. senators have been from the northern part of the state. Sanchez believes, if elected, she has the power to bring more senatorial assistance to Southern California.
Sanchez said. "For once we'll have parity of moneys coming for transportation, for homelessness, for helping with rent, for helping with water."
At the rally, Sanchez was joined by several Democratic members of Congress from various parts of Southern California. Each had a turn to speak about why they believe Sanchez is the favorable candidate for Senate.
"I experienced and saw how leadership positions, such as the U.S. senator position matters in the agenda for the issues that concern people," said Richard Polanco, former California Senate majority leader. "Water, immigration, jobs, the economy, our security here in the homeland. Loretta has all of that and her opponent, who happens to be the California attorney general, just doesn't bring it."
Both Sanchez and Polanco have been active in representing the Hispanic population in California. If Sanchez is elected, she will be the first Latina senator in the U.S.
"We have never had a Latina in the United States Senate, even though we are standing in a state that is almost 50 percent Hispanic," Sanchez said. "So it would be very, very historic, but most importantly, we would be sending the most experienced and qualified candidate."
Congresswoman Judy Chu has worked with Sanchez and vouches for her qualifications. "I've observed her expertise particularly as a senior member of the Armed Services and Homeland Security committees," Chu said. "She has vast experience with foreign policy issues….she organized a congressional delegation of women to go to Afghanistan so we could understand first hand what was going on with the war."
Above all, those in attendance urged California residents to go out and vote on Nov. 8.
"I believe with Southern California coming out to vote, and supporting her, we can win this election," Polanco said.