D — Candidate for State Assembly, 54th District
Sydney Kamlager, a Democrat, is running in a special election for an open seat in the California State Assembly from the 54th District, which covers part of the west side of Los Angeles County. The district includes Culver City, Ladera Heights and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Baldwin Hills, Century Hills, Crenshaw, Leimert Park, Mar Vista, Mid-City, UCLA, West Los Angeles and Westwood. The seat is available because Sebastian Ridley-Thomas resigned due to health issues.
Sydney grew up in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles to study political science at USC. Motivated by the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Sydney started working at Rebuild LA, a nonprofit formed to help job creation efforts and restore the communities most affected by the riots. Sydney has worked in public service for twenty years, also earning a degree in public policy and arts management from Carnegie Mellon University. She serves as district director for State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, so she already has deep experience with the people and issues she will encounter in Sacramento. President of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, ydney established a pipeline between the district and the courts system to optimize supportive services for students who were formerly in the foster care system and/or incarcerated. Sydney has served on the Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families since her appointment in 2013.
As a legislator, Sydney will be a strong advocate for corrections reform, education and fiscal prudence. From her time on the Los Angeles Community College Board, Sydney has learned firsthand the importance of controlling unfunded retirement liabilities and maintaining a healthy reserve. She also understands that when budgets are mismanaged, vulnerable citizens like the students of public schools and community college pay the price. Sydney is very passionate about reforming the criminal justice system, diverting youth from a path of recidivism, California’s increased use of solitary confinement in state prisons and growing per-prisoner expenditures. She is committed to reforming Medi-Cal to control cost growth, reduce ER use, and ensure recipients have access to high quality preventative care. A supporter of charter schools, Sydney wants to make sure every child has a high quality education. She is also focused on reforming vocational education so that students are prepared for a career. Sydney will be a strong leader in legislature from day one because of her temperament and experience.
Party Registration in AD54 is 62.3% Democratic, 9.0% Republican, and 24.2% Decline To State, a safe Democratic seat with a large African American population that is a good fit for Sydney. Sydney faces a major opponent in the primary, Tepring Piquado, who advance to the runoff with Sydney. Sydney should prevail because of her far stronger endorsements, deeper record of public endorsements, and better political instincts.