Yolanda Anguiano, one of the women to accuse former California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D) of sexual harassment, has announced she will run to fill his vacant seat.
San Fernando resident Yolanda Anguiano, a Democrat who works for a nonprofit and served as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s appointee on a planning commission, filed fundraising papers this week to run to replace Bocanegra in Assembly District 39 in April.
Bocanegra resigned in November after The Times detailed the accounts of six women who said they faced unwanted sexual attention or unwelcome communication from him.
Anguiano wasn’t one of the women who said they’d been harassed by Bocanegra. She did tell The Times that Bocanegra, then a chief of staff, harassed her co-worker Jennifer Borobia when they all worked for then-Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes.
Though she readily acknowledges that voicing accusations toward Bocanegra could hurt her with certain constituents, Anguiano decided to take her chances anyway:
“People are going to say what they want,” Anguiano said.
She said she changed her mind after community members urged her to run. The district, which includes the neighborhoods of Sylmar, Pacoima and North Hollywood, needs a representative who will be an advocate for women, she said.