Mario Trujillo, the openly gay candidate for LA County District Attorney, has decided to "not go forward" with his campaign. Trujillo explained early Friday morning that he is dropping out of the race in order to be a better father.
LA Deputy DA Mario Trujillo with his partner Leonard and their 26 month old son Gabriel (Photo by Karen Ocamb)
In an interview for Frontiers last September, Trujillo said his family is the center of his world. A health scare during the course of a regular colonoscopy recently "precipitated a review of my personal life," Trujillo said. "I realized that my teenage son was preparing to go to college and my daughter is preparing to go into high school, so this is a critical time for them. We need to get them ready and prepared."
Trujillo said his partner Leonard "is fantastic. I'm blessed to have him." But "the picture changed" when they welcomed Gabriel into their family last June. "I'm a very active father and I can't be active if I'm on the campaign trail and I can't protect the residents of the county when I'm trying to bond with a baby at home."
He said his campaign had been "looking great," having raised nearly half a million dollars with endorsements from prominent elected officials. He also said he is particularly pleased that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, LA County Sheriff Lee Baca and LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich agreed with him on the public safety issue of giving undocumented workers drivers licenses.
"We were doing great and I love being out there on the campaign," Trujillo said. "But family comes first. And I'm young enough to still get another shot at it." But first, "I want to make sure my kids are alright."
Trujillo is 43. He and his partner Leonard have been together for "eight great years" and are "thinking about" getting married, Trujillo said. "I can't see my life without him." Trujillo may take some time off work "to bond with the baby."