Assemblyman Edwin “Ed” Chau (D - Alhambra) took the oath of office Monday to represent the 49th Assembly District, which includes Arcadia, among other San Gabriel Valley cities.
"This is truly an honor," he said. "Working at the local level, I have had the opportunity to learn about the issues that are important to the families in the San Gabriel Valley. I am eager to join my colleagues in producing solutions to problems impacting the residents in the State of California."
Chau previously served as an elected member of the Montebello Unified School District Board of Education for the past 12 years. He has been a small business owner for nearly 20 years and served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior court for the past 10 years.
A flap over campaign mailers made for a contentious race between Chau and his Republican challenger, physician Matthew Lin.
Lin's wife won an injunction barring Chau's campaign from disseminating any materials imprinted with her social security number. Joy Lin filed a legal complaint Oct. 26 after Chau's campaign released several mailers displaying her full name, home address and social security number.