Angel has known the highs and lows of the American experience. Always a bright student and hard worker, Angel earned a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation scholarship to attend UC Berkeley and become the first in his family to graduate college, paving the way to the kind of life his immigrant parents dreamed for him.
But he’s also acutely aware of what it’s like to be an outsider. Angel has felt the tension in his community when ICE raids a nearby field or grocery store. He’s experienced the loneliness of being brown-skinned in a sea of white faces in places like the U.S. Senate. And he’s overcome stigma as an openly gay man who came out in high school.
Angel was raised to work hard. Both his parents immigrated from Mexico and his father worked three or four jobs at any given point to support their family. The oldest of five boys, Angel forged a path forward for his four younger brothers.
Whereas once, Angel had no idea how he would ever attend or finance college, his younger siblings would later take it for granted that they’d attend top universities thanks to Angel’s example.
Angel has dedicated himself to a career of social impact – working on the frontlines of California’s homelessness crisis as a care coordinator for unhoused individuals. Angel has also worked to mobilize young people and in the office of California Senator Dianne Feinstein where he became inspired to run for Congress. After witnessing Republicans’ attempts to undermine American democracy by eliminating voting rights and refusing to hold Donald Trump accountable for his efforts to subvert the 2020 election results, Angel knew it was time to step up.
Angel’s candidacy—indeed his whole story—is an unlikely American success story. He’s running to make stories like his a little less unlikely. Angel is tired of politicians only visiting communities like his during election season, if at all. He’s tired of the same problems being ignored for generations. Angel is ready to fight for affordable healthcare, immigration reform, and protecting our Democracy in Congress.
Most of all, he’s tired of the Central Valley’s cries for help falling on deaf ears. The Central Valley is Angel’s home. Our community was hit hard this past year. We need a leader who will always put the community first. That’s Angel Lara.