MUSD Board Member Runs For New ‘Asian’ 49th Assembly District

Eastern Group Publications (Los Angeles County, CA) - Thursday, September 15, 2011
EGP News Report

Ed Chau kicks off fundraising campaign. 

Montebello School Board President and attorney Ed Chau kicked off his fundraising campaign to run for the 49th Assembly District seat, which following this year’s redistricting process now includes north Montebello, Monterey Park, Alhambra, Temple City and Arcadia. 

The boundary line changes have converted the 49th District from a Latino majority district to one that now has a majority Asian population. 

Chau garnered the endorsement of husband and wife team Congresswoman Judy Chu and Assemblyman Mike Eng, who represents the current 49th district but will be termed out in 2012. 

Eng pointed out Chau speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin. “That’s significant, the ability to communicate to the constituents in his district… many of you asked me to speak mandarin… [Chau] will be able to give you a two hour speech in Mandarin,” he told a room of mostly Chinese language media last month. 

Eng added that, “with some of the issues we need to deal with, some people are reluctant to bring them to the forefront because of the language barrier.” 

Montebello, where Chau is a resident, is a new member of the 49th district. Chau is best known for having served for the past twelve years on the Montebello Unified School District, where he represented a predominantly Latino population. 

Chau says the common theme for all families is the opportunity for a good education. 

He is expected to run against Alhambra City Councilman Luis Ayala, Garvey School Board member Henry Lo, and El Monte School Board member John Tran, who have also begun fundraising. Monterey Park Councilman Mitchell Ing is rumored to be considering a run for the seat.