Recall Candidate Lozano Chooses Hometown to Cast Ballot

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

San Marino resident David Lozano was in good spirits on Tuesday morning as he made the short drive to Valentine Elementary School.
His purpose on this day was different than most as Lozano, his wife Dawn and eldest son Christopher eagerly paid a visit to the local campus to cast their votes in Tuesday’s 2021 California gubernatorial recall election. But what further crested Lozano’s enthusiasm was the fact that his own name appeared on the ballot. A six-year resident of San Marino, Lozano was among the 46 people who made the list of official candidates that California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber initially released in July.

Photo by Mitch Lehman / TRIBUNE David Lozano looks over his ballot before voting for himself in Tuesday’s recall election.

Lozano, a Republican, claimed he was uniquely qualified to lead California, which has the largest budget of any state, and tackle what he considers its No. 1 problem: homelessness.
Lozano crafted a plan to build three cities, each with the capability of housing more than 50,000 individuals. He also vowed to implement police reform, protect veterans, press for legal immigration, reduce state and local taxes and implement water management standards.
Lozano said the campaign has been “an incredible experience” for him and his family.
“Everything, every part of this journey has been positive,” he said. “I have loved every step and learned a lot in the process.”
Lozano has been an attorney for 28 years, specializing in finance, civil litigation, bankruptcy law and as a negotiator. Prior to attending law school, he spent six years in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and two years as a reserve police officer for Monterey Park. Lozano, 63, graduated in 1976 from San Gabriel High School after prepping at St. Therese School in his native Alhambra. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Cal State Los Angeles, where he was elected to the student government board of directors. He also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he received the Thurgood Marshall Award and the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, and was chosen to be a student legal analyst for the Connecticut legislature. Lozano was also the first sophomore in the school’s history to be elected student body vice president.
The Lozanos have two sons: Christopher graduated from San Marino High School in 2020 and William is a senior at SMHS.

Now in his 25th year at The Tribune, Mitch Lehman is Editor and Sports Editor in addition to being the public address announcer for ten sports programs at San Marino High School. Mitch is one of only a handful in the community to receive the ‘Very Special Person Award’ from the San Marino PTA at the annual Founder’s Day ceremony, was acknowledged as a 'Terrific Titan' by the San Marino High School PTSA, was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of San Marino and received a National Honorary Merit Badge in Journalism from the Boy Scouts of America. He has received two independent Pulitzer Prize nominations and in the past three years, Mitch has won seven awards and is a thirteen-time finalist in the California News Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest. In 2015, the press box at Titan Stadium was re-named 'Lehman's Loft' in his honor. You can reach Mitch at mitchlehman@sanmarinotribune.com.

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