My name is Godfrey Santos Plata.

I’m not your average candidate. I'm not a party politician. I don't even own a business suit.

I’m a gay Filipino immigrant, a Koreatown renter, and if elected, I'd be the FIRST person in the California Assembly's 140-year history to be an out LGBTQIA+ immigrant. I'd also be the ONLY renter in the CA State Assembly, out of 80 assemblymembers, where more than 25% of our leaders are landlords.

I’ve spent my career as an educator and organizer, supporting youth, families, and teachers to understand systems of power and develop skills to fight against unjust policies and systems. Our representatives aren't doing enough. Developers and corporations thrive while our legislators stay silent on our everyday realities: rising rents that push us out of our communities and homes, low wages that can't keep up with the cost of living, and underfunded schools that under-cut the potential of our future generations.

A different way is possible. Our leaders can prioritize people over politics, and our survival over profits. To do that, we need a different type of leader. I'm not your average candidate, and that's my greatest asset. My work with youth and schools roots me firmly in the most urgent challenges we face as Californians. We cannot wait for our legislators to catch up to us. Our needs are now. Our time is now. With your vote on March 3, 2020, we can build the world we deserve.

Let's go.

Quotes from Voter Guides and the Media

Genuinely progressive challenger to a milquetoast establishment Democrat with a truly disappointing record on housing policy. The incumbent, Miguel Santiago, has a long history of taking fossil fuel and cop union money while claiming to be progressive champion. He’s not. Vote for Godfrey.

The KNOCK.LA Progressive Voter Guide for March 2020

Godfrey Santos Plata is sharp and focused on building up communities of color. We need more courage in Sacramento to stand up for students of color in Los Angeles.

The Hood Digest

Plata is running a scrappy, energetic campaign based on a deep understanding of the material challenges facing all of his working-class constituents. It’s a tough hill Plata is climbing as he attempts to unseat the established centrist incumbent, Miguel Santiago. If he’s able to pull it off, it will be a sharp tug left for city and state politics. Plata’s policy positions are all good, encompassing sophisticated and nuanced takes on everything from rent control and health care to education and social justice.

DSA-LA 2020 Primary Voter Guide

35-year-old Godfrey Plata is looking to break the mold of politics.

Balitang America

Plata embodies the optimism of the progressive new class of leaders seeking to demographically and ideologically shift the Democratic Party.

Klarize Medenilla, Asian Journal

This downtown seat is currently held by Miguel Santiago, who’s been decent with regard to expanding public banks but is otherwise a centrist voice in the state. Godfrey Santos Plata is running an exciting upstart campaign: he’d be the only renter in the State Legislature, and he’s a true progressive.

LA Podcast 2020 Voter Guide