Monterey Park Mayor to endorse Romero

Monterey Park Mayor Frank Venti announced he will endorse Gloria Romero in her run for Rep. Hilda Solis’ seat a day after former Mayor Judy Chu said she is vying for the same seat.

“No doubt in my mind Gloria Romero is the better candidate,” Venti said. “Not willing to allow such a precious seat to someone that I believe is a lightweight legislature.”

Chu is on the California Board of Equalization.

In 1988 she was elected to the city council of Monterey Park, where she served as mayor for three terms. She ran for the California State Assembly in 1994, but lost the Democratic primary to Diane Martinez; in 1998, she lost the primary to Gloria Romero.