Female Accuser of California Assemblyman Will Now Run For His Vacated Seat

Politics

Yolanda Anguiano, the woman who made headlines with accusations against Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra regarding inappropriate sexual advances toward a co-worker, has decided now that she will attempt to occupy the seat vacated by Bocanegra.

Anguiano, who is a registered Democrat and resident of San Fernando has filed the necessary paperwork to begin fundraising in her quest for Assembly District 39.

Bocanegra vacated the seat this past November when six women gave detailed accounts of unwanted sexual advances on the part of Boconegra. Anquiano was not a victim but did report witnessing co-worker Jennifer Borobia endure harassment from Boconegra.

A story in the L.A. Times surfaced explaining how Bocanegra had been previously disciplined by members of the state legislature in 2009 in response to allegations by a woman that he had groped her. It was then that Borobia and Boconegra decided to seek redress against Bocanegra from the Assembly Rules Committee.

Anguiano was asked by an L.A. Times reporter at the time the allegations were made about any political aspirations she may have. At the time Anquiano expressed that she had none.

Bocanegra in a statement announcing his resignation expressed that he was ‘not perfect’ but felt that the allegations against him were made in the spirit of ‘political opportunism.’

Anguiano is aware that some may be critical over her decision to now run for the seat of the assemblyman that she filed a report on but says her change of mind was a result of community members encouraging her to run. She says that the people in District 39 need a woman that is going to be an advocate to women.

Allegations of inappropriate sexual advances have rocked the California state Capitol and resulting in both Bocanegra and Assemblyman Matt Dababneh relinquishing their positions. Senator Tony Mendoza who has also been accused of acting inappropriately has announced that he will take a leave of absence while an investigation is done.


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