NOTE: Patch incorrectly reported that Eva Longoria cannot vote for Kate Anderson. She does live in the district and plans to vote for her.
Desperate Housewives starlet Eva Longoria is out stumping for a candidate in a hotly contested race for District 4 Los Angeles Unified School District seat.
Longoria supports Kate Anderson against incumbent Steve Zimmer for the oddly-drawn district that stretches from Hollywood to Venice to the Westside.
Longoria, who has a foundation that sponsors programs in LAUSD to help Latinas graduate high school college-ready, said at a press conference:
“This election is a critical turning point for Los Angeles schools. Kate’s leadership on the Board will be crucial to ensuring that LAUSD continues to move toward giving every student a high-quality education.
“Every Los Angeles resident, whether or not they have children in the public school system, has a stake in the quality of LA schools. The children attending LAUSD schools today will be our neighbors, our business-owners and our political leaders tomorrow. Kate has the strength and knowledge to put these students first and ensure that they have access to the quality schools they deserve.”
Anderson is also getting support from New Your City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who donated upwards of $1 million to an independent fund that supports Anderson.
Longoria has become more active in politics and is a strong support of President Obama.
The actress said, “There are important changes that need to be made, and we should be at the forefront of those changes and of that progress. So for me going from the national campaign of Obama to local politics, I feel the weight is just as heavy.”
Anderson, who has twin daughters in third grade, said:
"The way we judge who is in front of my daughters, we judge it based on seniority and we don’t look at teacher effectiveness. This is the biggest thing we have to change."
Longoria also tweets out endorsements for Anderson, writing:
“Angelenos! Be sure to vote March 5th for Kate Anderson for LAUSD School Board! Putting students first!”
Some of the press however, cared more about who she was wearing rather than what she was endorsing.
JustJared.com reported: “FYI: Eva is wearing a Naven blazer and Henry & Belle jeans.”
See a speech by Anderson in the video above.