The number of candidates fighting to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra is now at nine, with L.A. County prosecutor Steven Mac the latest to jump in.
Mac, 35, filed papers with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday. He previously lived in Glendale, but moved to Eagle Rock this week due to rising rent, he said.
In an interview, Mac said that he was running to "hold the [Trump] administration accountable for the truth" and that his past experience as an active-duty Army intelligence officer and Judge Advocate General's Corps officer has helped him prepare for that.
Mac, whose parents emigrated from Vietnam but are ethnic Chinese, was raised in South Los Angeles and later in Montebello. He says he understands the immigrant experience that permeates the lives of many residents in the 34th Congressional District: His mother worked in the garment district in downtown Los Angeles, while his father worked in Chinatown restaurants for years.
"No matter what country you come from, you come here and you start from nothing and work your way up," he said. "I think I share that with everybody in the district."