An Interview with Assembly Candidate Ed Chau

Democrat Ed Chau, the runner up in the June primary, talks to the Temple City Voice.

Written by PROMISE LI / Published on November 2, 2012

Democrat nominee Edwin Chau is locked in a fierce competition with Republican nominee Matthew Lin for the position of Assembly member of the newly drawn 49th Assembly District.

The campaigns of the two nominees have intensified as Election Day, Nov. 6, edges closer.

Chau identified that a focus on education will be one of his top priorities upon election.

“This campaign is about protecting education,” he explained. “I would like to continue to advocate on behalf of the students. When we talk about the economy and the recovery that we are currently undergoing, we have to look at education as the ultimate solution.”

He also stressed the importance of the role of small businesses in our society, describing them as ‘the lifeblood of our economy’.

Chau details his previous background and occupation as a lawyer in being a qualification for the role.

“As the principal owner of my law firm, I am also a small business owner. I have to look at my bottom line every single month. I have a payroll to meet, employees, workers’ compensation, rent. I also understand the struggles and issues that small businesses face on a daily basis.”

Chau firmly denied the accusations of ‘district shopping’ from his detractors.

“I’ve been serving the community and the assembly district for a long time,” Chau said. “I’ve been on the Montebello School Board for the last 12 years. And the school district overlaps with many portions of the assembly district, such as parts of Montebello, Monterey Park, South San Gabriel, and Rosemead.”

He describes himself as being an ‘independent leader’ and a ‘problem solver’ who possesses the legal and fiscal prowess to revive the down-turning economy of the state in the current times.

Ed Chau has received endorsements from eminent public figures such as Congress Member Judy Chu, incumbent Governor of California Jerry Brown, and noteworthy organizations such as the California Small Business Association and the Alhambra Teachers Association.

More information regarding Edwin Chau and his campaign can be located at


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