Former U.S. Secretary of Labor
Solis has been fundraising for nearly a year in the race to replace termed-out Supervisor
She was joined by supporters including United Farm Workers Union co-founder Dolores Huerta, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor leader Maria Elena Durazo and Congresswoman
"I think it's a blessing for everyone in Los Angeles," Huerta said of Solis' run. "It's Obama's loss -- it's Los Angeles' gain."
Durazo, whose federation took the unusual step of endorsing Solis last year long before the deadline for other candidates to join the race, described her as a "warrior for working people," pointing to her efforts to raise the California minimum wage and to prevent human trafficking while in the state legislature.
Solis has raised more than $600,000 and is widely expected by political observers to easily defeat her two opponents, El Monte Councilman Juventino "J" Gomez and police officer April Saucedo Hood, a Pico Rivera resident.
But Solis urged her supporters not to take her victory for granted.
"Please take to heart that I have an opponent, and you know who that opponent is?" she said. "It starts with an 'a' -- apathy."