MONTEBELLO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Former State Assemblymember and Montebello Unified School District Board Member Tom Calderon announced his campaign for State Assembly today. Calderon will run in California’s newly created 58th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Artesia, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Cerritos, Commerce, Downey, Montebello, Pico Rivera and portions of Norwalk.

“I grew up in this district, I raised my family here and I am proud to have represented the majority of it during my previous tenure in the State Assembly,” Calderon said. “My family and I have had the honor to serve these communities for decades and understand the unique challenges and opportunities that exist here. In order to jump start our local economy, attract businesses, create jobs and ensure that our neighborhoods and schools are safe, we need experienced leadership from this area and someone who can be counted on to fight for us. That is precisely the reputation I am proud to have earned in the State Assembly. When I left the legislature in 2002, California was enjoying strong economic times and unemployment was half of what it is today. I am energized to launch this campaign and bring back strong and effective leadership to make California work again.”

Tom represented the 58th State Assembly District from 1998-2002 and previously served on the Montebello Unified School District.

Tom comes from a family of local public servants that have represented the Gateway Cities and San Gabriel Valley in some capacity for most of the last 30 years. His older brother, Charles Calderon, has served in the State Legislature for over twenty years and is the first person to serve as Majority Leader of both the State Senate and State Assembly. He is a former Montebello Unified School District Board Member and State Senator, and he currently serves as Assembly Majority Leader.

Tom’s younger brother, Ron Calderon, succeeded him in the State Assembly and currently represents the 30th State Senate District. Ron recently announced his campaign for Congress in a district with significant overlap. Tom’s wife, Marcella Calderon, is currently serving as a member of the Montebello Unified School District Board.