Sen. Ricardo Lara vows to be ‘defender’ against Trump in 2018 bid for State Insurance Commissioner

One month after proposing a single-payer healthcare system in California, State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, announced he will run for State Insurance Commissioner in 2018.

 

One month after proposing a single-payer healthcare system in California, State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, announced he will run for State Insurance Commissioner in 2018.

In the announcement, Lara, who represents the 33rd Senate District, said he wants to be the state’s next “insurance watchdog” at a time when federal legislators are working to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“I’m running to be California’s next State Insurance Commissioner because I believe at my core that California needs a strong defender, and a counterpuncher, who will stand up to fight our bullying President, Donald Trump, and his increasingly reckless federal government on issues from healthcare access to economic security and more,” he said in a statement.

The statewide elected office is tasked with protecting consumers, enforcing insurance regulations and safeguarding Californians’ economic and health security. Current State Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, first elected in 2010, has said he will run for California Attorney General in 2018.

In his current role as state senator, Lara represents nearly 1 million people, roughly 70% of whom are Latino. His 33rd Senate District is located in the heart of the South Bay and stretches from Long Beach to Lynwood, and from Huntington Park to Lakewood and Los Angeles.