Updated: San Marino School Board VP Flip Flops on Assembly Endorsement?

San Marino Unified School District Board of Education Vice President C. Joseph Chang has been linked to endorsing three different local State Assembly candidates and is currently listed as endorsing two competing candidates. What is the truth?

Updated Tuesday, April 3, 12:55 p.m.:

Chang was not present at Assembly candidate Matthew Lin's press conference Friday to announce endorsements from City and school officials.

When Patch informed Assembly candidate Matthew Lin of Chang's double endorsement and asked him about it Friday, he said, “As long as people endorse me, I don’t care. I don’t mind.”

Lin said he’s known Chang for over 20 years, they have worked in hospitals together and Chang endorsed him some time in January or February.

Patch contacted Chang and is waiting for a response. Check back for updates.

Original article, published Thursday, March 29:

announced in a press release Wednesday that all members of and would be endorsing him as a 49th State Assembly District candidate at an event in front of Friday morning.

The 49th District includes San Gabriel Valley cities such as San Marino and Arcadia.

Included on the list of endorsements for the Republican candidate is and told Patch last month that he endorsed Lin’s Democratic opponent Ed Chau. Chang is even listed on the page of endorsements on Chau’s website, which you can find here

But Chang is also listed as an endorsement on Lin’s website, found here.

This isn’t the first time Chang’s Assembly candidate endorsement has been in question.

Former candidate and Rosemead Mayor , named Chang and Arcadia Unified School District board member Cung Nguyen as endorsements in a release, but

When Patch followed up in February with someone who worked on Tran’s campaign but chose to remain nameless, the source said Tran sent along the list of endorsements but the campaign worker did not know anything of a relationship between Tran and Chang.

Chang told Patch again at a San Marino schools event in late February that he never endorsed Chang and instead endorsed .

Chau also told Patch earlier this month over the phone that Chang endorsed him some time around October 2011.

So, while there was no way to prove Chang ever endorsed Tran, his endorsement is in black and white on Chau’s website and Lin’s website and Chang told Patch he endorsed Chau.

So why is Chang listed to appear at a Lin endorsement event Friday? Who does he really support and why?

Check back on Patch for coverage of Lin’s San Marino endorsement event and our follow up about Chang’s Assembly candidate endorsement.

What do you think of the contradictions surrounding Chang's Assembly candidate endorsement? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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