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San Diego City Attorney Mara Woodworth Elliott Endorses Marina Torres for LA City Attorney


February 4, 2021

Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott endorsed Marina Torres in her campaign to become Los Angeles City Attorney.

“Marina has the prosecutorial experience to improve lives and the personal ethics to prioritize service over politics. Los Angeles will be in good hands with Marina as the City Attorney.”

“A city attorney must focus on serving the people of a city, providing legal counsel to city leaders, and fighting for justice for all citizens. I know Marina will fight for these very priorities,” said Elliott. “Marina has the prosecutorial experience to improve lives and the personal ethics to prioritize service over politics. Los Angeles will be in good hands with Marina as the City Attorney.”

Mara Elliott is the first woman and first Latina to serve as San Diego City Attorney. After working in the city attorney office, she was one of four to run for city attorney and upset her opponents who vastly out-raised and out-spent her campaign. She prioritizes legal counsel to the City Council and mayor over the politics of being a public figure.

“I am humbled to have City Attorney Elliott supporting our campaign,” said Torres. “I admire her entire approach to her position and her commitment to public service and the law. I know I will have a partner for justice and equity between our two great cities.”


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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