On Tuesday, 1 October 2019, the Campaign published its first official statement announcing Dana LaMon's candidacy for the California State Senate, District 21.
The text of that announcement is as follows:
Because of the urgency of the challenges faced by California and by its 21st Senate District, because his experiences, ideas, and feelings make him a valuable voice in governmental discussions about those challenges, because people with a better vision for the future must involve themselves with politics, and because he is such a person, Dana LaMon is campaigning to serve the people of the 21st California Senate District, which includes Victor Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and the Antelope Valley.
Born on 14 September 1952, LaMon grew up in Compton, California. He attended Yale, where he earned a B.A. in mathematics. LaMon then returned to his home state to attend the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor. While a resident of the City of Los Angeles, LaMon worked in the office of Los Angeles City Councilwoman Pat Russell, where he developed an appreciation for constituent service. LaMon thereafter became the Executive Director of the Disabled Resources Center in Long Beach, California. In 1981 LaMon began working as an administrative law judge for the California Department of Social Services; he heard and wrote decisions for approximately 7,500 cases. Fewer than one hundred of his decisions were appealed, and of those few appeals most of the final judgements affirmed his conclusion. LaMon retired from his role as a judge in 2010.
Dana LaMon has been a resident of Lancaster since 1987, and each of his four children attended public schools in the Antelope Valley.
In 1992 Dana LaMon won the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking. He has spoken to tens of thousands of people in 36 states and 9 countries, and for 28 years LaMon has mentored students of District 21 in speech and essay competitions. Throughout those years the students he has mentored have earned more than $75,000 in scholarship money. LaMon has also, on numerous occasions, spoken to local students, both within and beyond District 21, to motivate them about the importance of meaningfulness, the components of excellence, the value of courage and a good work ethic, and many other topics. Dana LaMon has authored and published four books: The Soul’s Mirror, The Excellence Book, Master the Ceremonies, and Making the Moment Meaningful.
When LaMon was four years old, he became blind. Despite this challenge, he has succeeded in many endeavors. As a Democratic candidate he will continue his record of achievements and inspiration, and if chosen by the voters of District 21, he will continue his work for a better California and a more loving world in the California State Senate.
Dana LaMon’s campaign is A Better Vision for California, and the campaign’s theme song is “What a Wonderful World” as performed by Louis Armstrong. Interested persons can email LaMonforSenate@gmail.com to volunteer in the campaign. Press related queries should also be emailed to LaMonforSenate@gmail.com. The campaign phone number is 760-887-4044. Additional information about Dana LaMon and his stances on important issues can be found online at LaMonforSenate.org