Former state lawmaker and state Democratic Party chairman Art Torres endorsed
Torres is the latest Democrat to back Harris before other Democrats, notably former Los Angeles Mayor
The endorsement by Torres, who represented the Eastside of L.A. in the state Senate and Assembly, comes amid concerns among some Southern California Latino politicians that Bay Area Democratic leaders are ignoring the fast-growing Latino electorate and effectively anointing Harris as the party choice for the Senate seat.
Harris' campaign has pushed back against that narrative by announcing endorsements by Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera and Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside) as well as Torres' backing.
Medina, in endorsing Harris last week, said she "has championed so many issues that are of importance to our state's Latino population."