Standing outside a center for foster kids awaiting placement Thursday, Los Angeles County Supervisor
Offering one of the more prized endorsements in the race, Molina spoke of Solis' dedication to service and "grass roots history in our county as one of our champions."
The women met when Solis was a
Molina, who is leaving the board due to term limits after 23 years, said she asked Solis to run for her 1st District office, which represents downtown and the eastern areas of the county.
Molina said she regretted not recruiting a successor when she left the
The supervisor said she had held off on endorsing until now because she wanted to watch how Solis ran her campaign. "I have watched [Solis] closely," Molina said. "I know what she's about. I know how committed she is."
Two other candidates are running for the post: El Monte Councilman Juventino "J" Gomez, and school police officer April Saucedo Hood.
Solis returned Molina's praise, calling her an "iconic" figure and promising to carry on the county board's work in reforming the troubled child welfare system.