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The Nation: These Progressive Candidates Want to Transform LA in 2022

Updated: Jan 1, 2022

While the pandemic has made grassroots campaigning more difficult, many candidates see this moment as an opportunity.

"Bryant Odega, a 23-year-old recent University of California–Los Angeles graduate, is running in CD-15. Odega has a background in environmental organizing and readily identifies the ways pollution has shaped the community. “My district…has 2,347 oil wells, the highest amount of oil activity in all of the city of LA,” he said. “We also have a lot of warehouses—I live next door to a warehouse. We have folks who live next door to freeways, industrial waste. In Watts, in particular, the water there is contaminated with lead that still hasn’t been addressed. A lot of these issues relate to the climate crisis. That’s what’s fueling it.”

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