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California - 32nd District

Incumbent -- Judy Chu (D) ; Running for re-election

Safe Democratic
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CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

The 32nd takes in a small chunk of the city of Los Angeles and extends east into largely Hispanic and Asian working-class suburbs. It includes the southern and central San Gabriel Valley, and reaches east to Azusa and Covina, capturing a few good-size cities.

The district lacks a dominant industry, although manufacturing is key in several areas. Many residents commute out of the 32nd for work, but cities in the San Gabriel Valley have suffered from higher unemployment rates than the rest of the nation despite consistent population growth. Once a small farming town, El Monte became home to some small aerospace factories and is now a light manufacturing area with a retail auto complex.

Irwindale, dominated by rock quarries and landfills, is among the district's industrial centers. Rosemead has a large ethnic Chinese population, and it is the headquarters for the Panda Express food chain. The 32nd's small piece of the city of Los Angeles hosts a California State University campus.

As city dwellers continue to leave Los Angeles, local officials in the 32nd have focused on residential and commercial development over the past decade. Two-fifths of the population here is foreign-born, and many residents speak a language other than English at home. Monterey Park (shared with the 29th) has strong Taiwanese and other Asian immigrant communities. Another large Asian population lives in wealthy, Democratic-leaning West Covina.

El Monte, in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, and Baldwin Park, to the east, are blue-collar cities that form the 32nd's Democratic base. Although there had been pockets of Republicans and older white voters in Azusa, these groups are shrinking, and the city supported Democrat Jerry Brown in the 2010 gubernatorial election. He won here with 65 percent of the district's vote.

Major Industry

Service, light manufacturing, higher education

Cities

El Monte, 113,475; West Covina, 106,098; Baldwin Park, 75,390; Rosemead, 53,764; Covina, 47,796; Azusa (pt.), 46,248

notable

The first In-N-Out Burger restaurant opened in 1948 in Baldwin Park.

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