Pitzer College Graduate and Political Leader Kevin de León ’03 Enters Los Angeles Mayor’s Race

Kevin de León ’03

Claremont, Calif. (September 24, 2021)—Pitzer College alumnus Kevin de León ’03 announced that he would enter the Los Angeles mayor’s race on September 21. De León, who is a Los Angeles City councilman and former California State Senate president, unveiled his candidacy from the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, pledging to help people in the city who are “barely holding on,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

De León, who majored in politics in education at Pitzer, was elected to the California State Senate in 2010 after serving for four years in the California State Assembly. In 2014, his colleagues elected him California State Senate president pro tempore, and he became the first Latino to lead the State Senate in over a century. He has represented Los Angeles City Council District 14 since 2020.

In 2018, when de León ran for a U.S. Senate seat, he held a campaign rally at Pitzer. “This is where it all started for me—my political activism, my political organizing,” he said, standing in front of the College’s McConnell Center.

De León has stayed actively involved with Pitzer since graduating in 2003, coming campus to speak about everything from the climate crisis to political activism. As a student at Pitzer, he was part of the New Resources Program for non-traditionally aged college students, and he returned in 2017 during his tenure as California State Senate president to celebrate the re-opening of the program’s student lounge.

The Los Angeles mayoral primary is scheduled for June 2022.

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