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L.A. City Clerk Rejects Challenge to Marina Torres’s Ballot Title for Los Angeles City Attorney

Clerk upholds Torres’s “Federal Corruption Prosecutor” ballot designation


February 16, 2022 Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel

(559) 920-0534

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Today, the Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office rejected a challenge to

Marina Torres’s ballot title submitted by opponent Richard Kim. Just yesterday, Kim filed a

challenge to Torres’s ballot designation as a “Federal Corruption Prosecutor” and baselessly

accused Torres of deceiving voters.

The Office of the City Clerk corroborated that Torres prosecuted corruption in her role as a

federal prosecutor for the Central District of California and upheld Torres’s ballot


“As expected, the Office of the City Clerk has rejected a brazen political attack and upheld

Marina Torres’s ballot designation based on her work prosecuting corruption,” said

campaign strategist Michael Trujillo. “It is clear political insiders are worried because they

see the stars of the Democratic Party coalescing behind her as a former political appointee

to President Barack Obama along with her strong record on fighting corruption and her lead

in polling. Voters want a leader who will clean up City Hall and Marina Torres will do just that

as the next Los Angeles City Attorney.”

View the LA City Clerk's letter below.

Response Letter Regarding Candidate Marina Torres’ Occupational Designation (1)
Download PDF • 425KB


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.

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