FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Former Norwalk Mayor Marcel Rodarte endorsed Marina Torres in her campaign to become Los Angeles City Attorney. Marina A. Torres enjoys the support of numerous elected officials, judges and community leaders and has quickly built a financial war chest in advance of the 2022 election for LA city attorney.
“I have devoted myself to service in the military, community organizations and in elected office and I know that Marina would be a team member I want by my side,” said Rodarte.
“I have devoted myself to service in the military, community organizations and in elected office and I know that Marina would be a team member I want by my side,” said Rodarte. “Los Angeles will be lucky to have such a values-driven leader in the city attorney’s office. I am proud to endorse Marina’s campaign and vision for Los Angeles City Attorney.”
Rodarte was raised and educated in Norwalk, joined the Navy then the Air Force reserves and continues to be an active member of his American Legion and VFW posts. After working for the Defense Department and founding a nonprofit to support Norwalk youths, He served as both mayor of Norwalk and on the city council before becoming the executive director of California Contract Cities Association.
“I am thrilled to have my friend Marcel support my campaign for LA City Attorney,” said Torres. “Not only is he a passionate civil servant who has served his country in multiple capacities, he also values the importance of new ideas from young people and is willing to step aside to make room for their influence. I look forward to working with him to improve the lives of all Angelenos, both young and old.”
Torres is the daughter of undocumented parents who, like many others, came from Mexico in pursuit of a better life. She was born in Los Angeles County before her parents moved to a struggling neighborhood in the Inland Empire. Her father worked at the Sunkist Factory in Ontario until he passed away when Torres was just two-and-a-half years old. Her single mother worked a variety of jobs to keep the family afloat. As the oldest of three, she helped look after her younger brothers while her mother was at work. Growing up, the fear of her mother’s deportation was never too far away.
Although English was her second language, Torres understood that education was the only way to help her family and community move forward. While working as a cashier at Burger King to afford the fees for her Advanced Placement tests, she graduated near the top of her high school class and was admitted to the University of California, Berkeley when she was just 16 years old. Torres juggled a full class schedule, many student government activities and a 20-hour work week to send money home to help support her family. She graduated in 2004 with a double major in Political Science and Rhetoric, a minor in Ethnic Studies, and with honors.
After college, Torres served as an AmeriCorps Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, traveling across Illinois to provide litigation aid to migrant farmworkers who were victimized by recruiters and employers. She returned to California to attend Stanford Law School, where she served on the executive board of the Stanford Law Review and was co-president of the Stanford Latino Law Students’ Association. After being appointed by President Obama to work in the Department of Homeland Security, Torres became a federal prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice under President Obama and now under President Joe Biden.
For more information, please visit www.MarinaTorres.com.
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