February 16th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News

GRASSROOTS, LGBTQ ACTIVISTS COALESCE AROUND HERNANDEZ’ LT. GOVERNOR BID

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

February 15, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

GRASSROOTS, LGBTQ ACTIVISTS COALESCE AROUND HERNANDEZ’ LT. GOVERNOR BID

San Diego Democrats for Equality Endorse Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Propelling his campaign forward with more robust support, today State Senator Ed Hernandez secured a major endorsement from the San Diego Democrats for Equality in his campaign for Lieutenant Governor.

San Diego Democrats for Equality is the largest Democratic club in San Diego County. Since 1975, the club has advocated for the equality of the LGBTQ community in the intersectional struggle for social and economic justice. In making their endorsement public, San Diego Democrats Vice-President of Resource Development Ryan Trabuco released the following statement:

“The San Diego Democrats for Equality are proud to endorse Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor. For over a decade, Senator Hernandez has served Californians in the State Legislature, fighting for the issues that matter most to working families such as universal healthcare, access to affordable higher education, and aggressive environmental regulations. We can count on Ed Hernandez to continue expanding opportunities for all Californians as our next Lieutenant Governor.”

Recently, State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez rolled out a new digital video ad, titled “Proven Progressive,” in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor. The ad highlights some of the Senator’s high-powered endorsements, including from the California Nurses Association and the California Teachers Association, along with his 100% legislative voting scorecard from organizations like the California Labor Federation* and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Advocates*.

To view Senator Hernandez’ video ad, “Proven Progressive,” click here.

Significantly, recently California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’ groundbreaking drug transparency bill, SB-17, into law.  Senator Hernandez’ latest digital video ad, titled, “Life or Death,” features a moving testimonial from Kendall Renee, who is allergic to more than 95% of foods and carries at least four EpiPens with her at all times. Renee highlights Senator Hernandez’ efforts to combat skyrocketing drug costs in the ad.

View Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot.

To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here.

View Senator Hernandez first digital video, titled  “A California Story,“.

A husband, father, grandfather, practicing optometrist, and local businessman, “Dr. Ed” (as he is known to his patients) has spent his life bringing quality eye care to predominantly low-income communities.  As a health care provider, the need to improve access to health care for all Californians is what first drove him to run for office.

Since being elected to the Assembly in 2006 and the Senate in 2010, Dr. Ed Hernandez has been a leader on the implementation of federal health care reform – helping expand access to affordable health care, control costs, and improve the network of providers so people can actually get quality care when they need it. Dr. Ed has been a champion by expanding educational opportunity to qualified students overlooked by our public schools and universities, as well as a major proponent for government reform, including fixing a broken initiative system too often hijacked by billionaires and wealthy corporations. Dr. Ed Hernandez is running to take this experience, leadership, and vision to the next level by serving the people of California as their Lieutenant Governor.

For more information, please visit www.edhernandez4ca.com.

 

February 16th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News

LARA AMASSES MORE SUPPORT FROM PROGRESSIVE, LGBTQ ACTIVISTS

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

February 16, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

LARA AMASSES MORE SUPPORT FROM PROGRESSIVE, LGBTQ ACTIVISTS

San Diego Democrats for Equality Join LGBTQ Coalition Backing Ricardo Lara’s Statewide Campaign

LONG BEACH, CA —  Illuminating the excitement around his campaign from the LGBTQ community, today State Senator Ricardo Lara locked down a formidable endorsement from the San Diego Democrats for Equality in his statewide bid for Insurance Commissioner.

San Diego Democrats for Equality is the largest Democratic club in San Diego County. Since 1975, the club has advocated for the equality of the LGBTQ community in the intersectional struggle for social and economic justice. In announcing their endorsement, San Diego Democrats Vice-President of Resource Development Ryan Trabuco released the following statement:

“Ricardo Lara will make an excellent Insurance Commissioner because he is a battle-tested progressive that will protect California’s consumers and working families. His unparalleled record of fighting for social and economic justice, single-payer healthcare, immigrant rights, and anti-discrimination policies demonstrate his compassion for the people of our state. We are thrilled to have unanimously endorsed Ricardo Lara’s historical campaign for Insurance Commissioner and we plan to do everything we can to help him become the first openly gay statewide official.”

Recently, State Senator Ricardo Lara’s campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner released a new digital video ad, titled “United Dreamers.” To view Senator Lara’s ad, “United Dreamers” click here.

Previously Senator Ricardo Lara’s released a digital ad, titled “Embolden.” Click to watch:

Since the inception of his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator Ricardo Lara has amassed wide-ranging support from leaders and organizations, including:

Elected & Community Leaders

  • United States Senator Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Congresswoman and State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass
  • U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal
  • U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu
  • U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • U.S. Congressman Jimmy Gomez
  • U.S. Congressman Lou Correa
  • U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley
  • U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres
  • U.S. Congressman Mark Takano
  • U.S. Congresswoman (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Toni Atkins
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez
  • State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Steven Bradford
  • State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Bill Monning
  • State Senator Henry Stern
  • State Senator Josh Newman
  • State Senator Cathleen Galgiani
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Senator Richard Roth
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
  • State Assembly Member Todd Gloria
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Shirley Weber
  • State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
  • State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez
  • State Assembly Member David Chiu
  • State Assembly Member Ash Kalra
  • State Assembly Member Monique Limon
  • State Assembly Member Jim Frazier
  • State Assembly Member Kansen Chu
  • State Assembly Member Ed Chau
  • State Assembly Member Chris Holden
  • State Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula
  • State Assembly Member Jim Cooper
  • State Assembly Member Jose Medina
  • State Assembly Member Eloise Reyes
  • State Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman
  • State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  • State Assembly Member Kevin Mullin
  • State Assembly Member Rudy Salas
  • State Assembly Member Autumn Burke
  • State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto
  • California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman
  • California Democratic Party Chair John Burton (Ret.)
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Democratic Party Controller Dan Weitzman
  • California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark Gonzalez
  • San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jessica Hayes
  • San Diego County Democratic Party Chair (Ret.) and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee
  • Democratic Party of Sacramento County Chair Terry Schanz
  • California Democratic Party Region 4 Director Amy Champ
  • California Democratic Party Region 8 Director Humberto Gomez Jr.
  • California Democratic Party Region 10 Director David Atkins
  • California Democratic Party Region 12 Director Larry Gross
  • California Democratic Party Region 13 Director Carol Robb
  • California Democratic Party Region 14 Director Miguel Martinez
  • California Democratic Party Region 16 Director Sergio Carrillo
  • California Democratic Party Region 18 Director Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik
  • California Democratic Party Region 19 Director Norberto Gonzalez
  • Labor Leader Dolores Huerta

Organizations Representing Working People

  • California Teachers Association
  • State Council of Building and Construction Trades Council of California
  • California State Association of Electrical Workers
  • Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • UNITE HERE, AFL-CIO
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • Southern California Pipe Trades District Council #16
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • California Conference Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • United Steelworkers Legislative Education Committee for Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 16
  • United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 94
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277
  • American Federation of Musicians Local 47
  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 36
  • California Faculty Association
  • Association of California State Supervisors

Organizations 

  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • California Young Democrats
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • HONOR PAC
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • San Diego Democrats for Equality
  • West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club
  • San Fernando Valley Young Democrats
  • Contra Costa County Young Democrats
  • Fresno County Young Democrats
  • Sacramento County Young Democrats
  • Santa Clarita Valley Young Democrats
  • Southeast LA Democratic Club
  • YES WE CAN Democratic Club of Long Beach
  • Burbank Democratic Club
  • Tri-Counties Democratic Club

For more information please visit www.RicardoLara.com.

February 16th, 2018 | Action Alerts, News

Convention Preview: Announcing Keynote Speakers

Convention Preview

For our 2018 California Democrats State Convention, we are proud and honored to announce these Keynote Speakers:

Maxine Waters

 United States House of Representatives

Kamala Harris

 United States Senate

Jeff Merkley

 United States Senate

Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader, United States House of Representatives

Tom Steyer

Founder & President, NextGen America

Lupe Valdez

Former Dallas County Sheriff

Democrat for Texas Governor

Eric Garcetti

Mayor, City of Los Angeles

These Keynote Speakers represent the best of what our Party stands for – thoughtful, inclusive and progressive leadership. We are honored and grateful to welcome them to our stage.

February 16th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Events, News

Join me this Tuesday for Coffee & Conversation!

**REMINDER**
Women of the Year 2018 Nominations!
Nomination Deadline: Thursday, March 1st, 2018

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Council President Soria is excited to host her 4th Annual Women of the Year Awards. The Women of the Year Awards recognize exceptional women in District One, who embody courage, hard work, and are passionate about strengthening our community. Please tell us about the remarkable women who live, work, or volunteer in District One and deserve a little more appreciation for all they are doing to make Fresno and District One a better place.

District One encompasses areas in West Cental Fresno, Tower District, Fresno City College, Central High School, Fresno High School, Highway City, Inspiration Park, Quigley Park, Lions Park, and neighborhoods west of Highway 99. A woman must be nominated in one of the six categories.

The categories include: Business, Community Engagement/Advocacy, Education, Health & Wellness, Youth (Ages 14-22), Arts & Culture, and Public Safety/Military.

To nominate a Woman of the Year, please download the application here. Submissions are due Thursday, March 1st, 2018 and can be emailed to District1@fresno.gov or mailed to:

Office of Council President Esmeralda Soria
2nd Floor, 2600 Fresno St. 
Fresno, CA 93721

Contact our office with any questions at (559) 621-7816 or at District1@fresno.gov.

 

February 16th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News

DOLORES HUERTA BACKS RICARDO LARA IN STATEWIDE BID

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

February 15, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

DOLORES HUERTA BACKS RICARDO LARA IN STATEWIDE BID

United Farm Workers Co-Founder, Labor Icon Endorses Ricardo Lara for California Insurance Commissioner

LONG BEACH, CA —  Picking up more steam as he campaigns for California State Insurance Commissioner, today State Senator Ricardo Lara received a milestone endorsement from labor icon and co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Dolores Huerta.

One of the most widely respected leaders in the labor movement, Huerta’s endorsement carries substantial weight within the labor community, throughout the Central Valley and across the state. In making public her endorsement of Lara, Huerta released the following statement:

“I’m proud to endorse Ricardo Lara for California State Insurance Commissioner. He’s been a warrior on behalf of working people, immigrants, seniors, young people and disadvantaged communities. Ricardo also led the fight in the State Senate to get overtime for farm workers. He is the only proven champion for progressive causes in the race and I know he will fight hard every day to keep Californians in control of their lives and their futures as Insurance Commissioner.”

Recently, State Senator Ricardo Lara’s campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner released a new digital video ad, titled “United Dreamers.” To view Senator Lara’s ad, “United Dreamers” click here.

Previously Senator Ricardo Lara’s released a digital ad, titled “Embolden.” Click to watch:

Since the inception of his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator Ricardo Lara has amassed wide-ranging support from leaders and organizations, including:

Elected & Community Leaders

  • United States Senator Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Congresswoman and State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass
  • U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal
  • U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu
  • U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • U.S. Congressman Jimmy Gomez
  • U.S. Congressman Lou Correa
  • U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley
  • U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres
  • U.S. Congressman Mark Takano
  • U.S. Congresswoman (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Toni Atkins
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez
  • State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Steven Bradford
  • State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Bill Monning
  • State Senator Henry Stern
  • State Senator Josh Newman
  • State Senator Cathleen Galgiani
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Senator Richard Roth
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
  • State Assembly Member Todd Gloria
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Shirley Weber
  • State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
  • State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez
  • State Assembly Member David Chiu
  • State Assembly Member Ash Kalra
  • State Assembly Member Monique Limon
  • State Assembly Member Jim Frazier
  • State Assembly Member Kansen Chu
  • State Assembly Member Ed Chau
  • State Assembly Member Chris Holden
  • State Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula
  • State Assembly Member Jim Cooper
  • State Assembly Member Jose Medina
  • State Assembly Member Eloise Reyes
  • State Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman
  • State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  • State Assembly Member Kevin Mullin
  • State Assembly Member Rudy Salas
  • State Assembly Member Autumn Burke
  • State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto
  • California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman
  • California Democratic Party Chair John Burton (Ret.)
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Democratic Party Controller Dan Weitzman
  • California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark Gonzalez
  • San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jessica Hayes
  • San Diego County Democratic Party Chair (Ret.) and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee
  • Democratic Party of Sacramento County Chair Terry Schanz
  • California Democratic Party Region 4 Director Amy Champ
  • California Democratic Party Region 8 Director Humberto Gomez Jr.
  • California Democratic Party Region 10 Director David Atkins
  • California Democratic Party Region 12 Director Larry Gross
  • California Democratic Party Region 13 Director Carol Robb
  • California Democratic Party Region 14 Director Miguel Martinez
  • California Democratic Party Region 16 Director Sergio Carrillo
  • California Democratic Party Region 18 Director Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik
  • California Democratic Party Region 19 Director Norberto Gonzalez

Organizations Representing Working People

  • California Teachers Association
  • State Council of Building and Construction Trades Council of California
  • California State Association of Electrical Workers
  • Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • UNITE HERE, AFL-CIO
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • Southern California Pipe Trades District Council #16
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • California Conference Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • United Steelworkers Legislative Education Committee for Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 16
  • United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 94
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277
  • American Federation of Musicians Local 47
  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 36
  • California Faculty Association
  • Association of California State Supervisors

Organizations 

  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • California Young Democrats
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • HONOR PAC
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club
  • San Fernando Valley Young Democrats
  • Contra Costa County Young Democrats
  • Fresno County Young Democrats
  • Sacramento County Young Democrats
  • Santa Clarita Valley Young Democrats
  • Southeast LA Democratic Club
  • YES WE CAN Democratic Club of Long Beach
  • Burbank Democratic Club
  • Tri-Counties Democratic Club

For more information please visit www.RicardoLara.com.

February 16th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News

PROGRESSIVE, LABOR CHAMPION ENDORSES ED HERNANDEZ FOR LT. GOVERNOR

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

February 15, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

PROGRESSIVE, LABOR CHAMPION ENDORSES ED HERNANDEZ FOR LT. GOVERNOR

United States Representative Jimmy Gomez Back Senator Ed Hernandez in Statewide Contest

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Expanding his wide-ranging list of support, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez landed a crucial endorsement from United States Congress Member Jimmy Gomez in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor.

A past Political Director at AFSCME UNAC/UHCP, Gomez previously served in the California State Assembly before being elected to the United States House of Representatives. In making public his backing of Senator Hernandez, Congress Member Gomez released the following statement:

“Senator Ed Hernandez has proven himself as a champion for working families. He’s backed healthcare for all, raised California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, equal pay and supported tough environmental protections. I know he will make an extraordinary Lt. Governor and I’m proud to endorse him.”

Recently, State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez rolled out a new digital video ad, titled “Proven Progressive,” in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor. The ad highlights some of the Senator’s high-powered endorsements, including from the California Nurses Association and the California Teachers Association, along with his 100% legislative voting scorecard from organizations like the California Labor Federation* and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Advocates*.

To view Senator Hernandez’ video ad, “Proven Progressive,” click here.

Significantly, recently California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’ groundbreaking drug transparency bill, SB-17, into law.  Senator Hernandez’ latest digital video ad, titled, “Life or Death,” features a moving testimonial from Kendall Renee, who is allergic to more than 95% of foods and carries at least four EpiPens with her at all times. Renee highlights Senator Hernandez’ efforts to combat skyrocketing drug costs in the ad.

View Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot.

To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here .

View Senator Hernandez first digital video, titled  “A California Story,“.

A husband, father, grandfather, practicing optometrist, and local businessman, “Dr. Ed” (as he is known to his patients) has spent his life bringing quality eye care to predominantly low-income communities.  As a health care provider, the need to improve access to health care for all Californians is what first drove him to run for office.

Since being elected to the Assembly in 2006 and the Senate in 2010, Dr. Ed Hernandez has been a leader on the implementation of federal health care reform – helping expand access to affordable health care, control costs, and improve the network of providers so people can actually get quality care when they need it. Dr. Ed has been a champion by expanding educational opportunity to qualified students overlooked by our public schools and universities, as well as a major proponent for government reform, including fixing a broken initiative system too often hijacked by billionaires and wealthy corporations. Dr. Ed Hernandez is running to take this experience, leadership, and vision to the next level by serving the people of California as their Lieutenant Governor.

For more information, please visit www.edhernandez4ca.com.

 

February 16th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News

SEIU CA and California Nurses Association endorse Kevin!

We’ve got some great news:

Because of his work in the California Senate fighting for Workers rights,  Immigrant Rights,  Medicare For All and a $15 minimum wage, the California Nurses Association and the Services Employees International Union (SEIU) California have both endorsed Kevin for Senate!

This is good news for Californians everywhere looking for a progressive champion to take California values to Washington, DC.

The LA Times agrees, writing that “the endorsement gives de León a burst of momentum in the lead-up to the California Democratic Party’s convention next week.”

Help keep the momentum going by chipping in to our grassroots campaign.

Michael, we’ve got a big financial gap to close in this Senate race, but we want to do it the right way: with thousands of Californians contributing what they can afford in grassroots donations to fuel our scrappy campaign.

Read why the CA Nurses Association and SEIU endorsed Kevin, then chip in whatever you can afford to our campaign.

“At a time when 15 million Californians still have no health coverage, or pay for premiums and still can’t afford to get the medical care they need, Kevin de León demonstrated outstanding political courage and leadership in shepherding passage of SB 562 in the California Senate.”

—Malinda Markowitz, RN, co-president of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United

 “Kevin de León is a leader who speaks up for California values. His leadership on the most pressing challenges facing California stands in stark contrast with the dysfunctional political establishment in Washington, D.C.”

—David Huerta, SEIU California executive board member 

Thanks for standing with Kevin,

Team KDL

February 15th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News

Melissa Hurtado Announces Candidacy for State Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Contact: Lisa Gasperoni
Lisa@LGcampaigns.com
(916) 803-0433

Today, healthcare advocate and Sanger City Councilmember Melissa Hurtado announced her campaign for State Senate District 14.

Hurtado, who is currently the only woman serving on the Sanger City Council, has spent her career fighting for greater access to quality healthcare, education and high paying jobs. As a healthcare advocate, Hurtado fought to protect Medicare and Medi-Cal while increasing access to quality healthcare for all Californians.

“I am excited to announce my candidacy for State Senate,” said Hurtado. “On the Sanger City Council, I’ve seen the critical need for true leadership for our region, which is one of the most underserved areas in California. That’s why I’m running for State Senate: to fight for access to quality healthcare and education, stand up for working men and women and create good paying jobs for the Valley.”

Hurtado begins her campaign with several key endorsements, with Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), Sanger Mayor Frank Gonzalez, Arvin Mayor Jose Gurrola, Wasco Mayor pro Tem Alex Garcia, and Farmersville Councilmember Gregorio Gomez throwing their early support behind Hurtado.

The Primary election for SD 14 will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

February 15th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News

Another Win! CA National Organization for Women Endorses Dave Jones for Attorney General!

California National Organization for Women (NOW) PAC endorses Dave Jones for Attorney General

Jones’ record of leadership on a wide range of women’s rights and social justice issues makes him our choice to be California’s next AG.

The California National Organization for Woman (NOW) PAC announced its endorsement today of Dave Jones for Attorney General.

“Dave Jones has a decades long history of fighting to improve the lives of women and girls.  Jones is a champion for fair pay, reproductive justice, LGBT rights, violence prevention and gender and racial equality. Dave Jones has taken on insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals systems on behalf of consumers and won in court over and over again.

Dave Jones isn’t afraid to take on powerful special interest groups to fight for the rights of those who often feel powerless.  Dave Jones has spent the last seven years leading a statewide consumer protection and law enforcement agency.  With Dave Jones, we will have an Attorney General with the experience to defeat the Trump Administration in court and the courage to fight here at home for criminal justice reform, single payer health care, and against the corporate greed that perpetuates income inequality,” explained Kolieka Seigle, President of California NOW.

“I am proud to have the endorsement of the California National Organization for Women,” said Dave Jones, candidate for Attorney General.  ” I look forward to continuing to work with NOW’s leaders to make further progress as we pursue gender and racial equality and social justice.”

February 15th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News, Events

You’re invited to Ask Andrew! A TownHall Event (Mar 3, 2018)

Ask Andrew! A TownHall Event

Join Central Valley Indivisible and Fresno County Young

Democrats in a Townhall Event to ask Andrew Janz about the

issues that are important to you!

Moderated by Tom Bohigian

Learn about:

Andrew’s background and qualifications

Andrew’s strategies to flip this district

Be sure to register and obtain your free tickets here.

Registration is necssary due to Fire Code occupancy limits.

Register soon as this event is sure to fill up quickly!

 

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

Bullard High School Cafeteria
5445 North Palm Avenue
Fresno, CA 93704

RSVP

Ask Andrew! A TownHall Event