Alejandra Campoverdi, most recently Director of Multicultural Content for the Los Angeles Times, today announced she’s jumping into the race to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra, representing Los Angeles’ 34th Congressional District. A USC and Harvard Kennedy School of Government graduate, Campoverdi is a former White House Deputy Director of Hispanic Media for the Obama administration, who spent two years as Senior Advisor for Innovation and Communications Strategy for Univision Network News and Fusion.
Alejandra plans to go after Xavier Becerra’s vacant seat in California’s 34th district. She also just made public, that she has a rare gene mutation making her highly likely to develop breast cancer. Similar to Angelina Jolie, who in 2013 disclosed getting a preventive double mastectomy after doctors gave her an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer, Campoverdi has chosen to undergo the same surgery. Now that Congressional Republicans have introduced an Affordable Care Act replacement bill, she’s worried about her own health coverage.
She is the second Latina journalist entering a now crowded race. Wendy Carrillo announced her run in December. According to the The LA Times, there are currently a total a whopping 23 candidates that will participate in a special election for the seat.
“Breast cancer took my grandmother’s life, and it nearly took my mom’s,” the candidate says in a new ad released recently. “I’ve inherited the harmful BRCA2 gene mutation, which has increased my risk of breast cancer to 85 percent. Because of this pre-existing condition, I could be denied coverage without Obamacare. If Donald Trump wants to have a conversation about women’s bodies, let’s start with mine.”