Saturday, December 28, 2019

Professor who accused Virginia Lt. Gov of sex assault seeks local Assembly seat

Vanessa Tyson (from APNews)

A Whittier college professor who accused Virginia's lieutenant governor of sexual assault in February has publicly announced that she is one of the nine candidates seeking the open 57th District Assembly seat in March 2020. 

Vanessa Tyson, 42, a Democrat, made news headlines across the nation during the height of the #metoo controversy after she accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of forcing her to engage in oral sex during the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004. 

Tyson claimed cited a repressed memory of the event as the reason she reported it close to 15 years later. Fairfax has denied the accusation.

Tyson, who teaches political science champions women's rights, the environment and affordable housing on her platform.

Also on the March 3, 2020 ballot for the 57th Assembly District are:
Josue Alvarado-  A Whittier city councilmember
Dora D. Sandoval- A Little Lake School District board member
Oscar Valladares-  Rio Hondo College Dist, trustee
Gary Mendez- Also a Rio Hondo College Dist. trustee
Lisa Calderon- A businesswoman
Sylvia Rubio- A businesswoman
Primo Castro- A cancer patient advocate

Jessica Martinez, an educator is the sole Republican on the ballot.

The 57th District seat became an open one after Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon announced last month he was not going to seek re-election in order to spend more time with family. 

The 57th District covers an area that extends from La Puente and into Hacienda Heights and over the hill to include La Mirada, Whittier, and Norwalk.

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