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The legacy of County Fed leader Maria Elena Durazo
The legacy of County Fed leader Maria Elena Durazo

Like her or loathe her, there can be little doubt that Maria Elena Durazo has become one of the most powerful figures in Los Angeles politics and that she has lifted the plight of low-wage workers into the public consciousness. Durazo announced Wednesday that she is leaving her powerful position as leader of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, but her impact is likely to be felt in the region for a long time to come. In a city historically hostile to organized labor, Durazo presided over a movement that made labor possibly the greatest single power in L.A. electoral politics. The County Fed, as it is known, vets candidates for state and local offices and has become adept at...

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