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For Immediate Release

February 12, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


California Conference Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Endorses Senator Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner

LONG BEACH, CA– Maintaining his edge in the race for California State Insurance Commissioner, today State Senator Ricardo Lara secured a formidable endorsement from the California Conference Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU).

After learning of the endorsement, State Senator Ricardo Lara released the following statement to express his gratitude for the support:

“It’s an honor to have this endorsement from the hard working men and women of the California Conference Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU). Their support is a testament to our growing coalition among working families who are rallying around our effort to protect consumers, workers, and everyday Californians. I am eager to join forces with the California Conference Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) on the campaign trail in the weeks and months ahead.”

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)
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • 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


  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • California Young Democrats
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • 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

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Combating Hate

Fellow Democrats,

Freedom of religion is a bedrock issue for millions of Americans. The same goes for us in California.

Senator Ricardo Lara understands this. It’s why he authored California’s landmark Religious Freedom Act, SB 31, which prevents California agencies from sharing information that could potentially be used to compile a federal registry based on religion, ethnicity or national origin.

When Ricardo said, “Targeting people by religion violates the California Constitution and the U.S. Constitution and I’m not going to wait for President Trump before we take action,” he was speaking to me, as a Muslim American, along with millions of other Californians who cherish their religious freedom.

We have a man in the Oval Office who is a known racist, a bigot and a person who favors hate over unity. Senator Ricardo Lara’s law helps to combat the President’s hate, while protecting me, and millions of Californians from Donald Trump.

We need leaders like Senator Ricardo Lara serving in statewide office to continue fighting for every Californian, no matter who they are or where they come from.

That’s why I’m proud to strongly endorse Senator Lara for California State Insurance Commissioner.

The son of immigrants who came here undocumented, Ricardo uniquely understands the challenges that so many Californians face, ranging from discrimination to struggling to make ends meet and more.

We need his vision, his compassion and his inclusive leadership fighting Donald Trump across our state every step of the way.

Please, join me in supporting his campaign.

Thank you,

Mustafa Nizam
California Democratic Party Delegate AD 76

Mustafa Nizam and Sen. Ricardo Lara attend the 2018 San Diego Progressive Labor Summit

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What a distinct honor

Today I had the distinct pleasure of attending the remarkable services of both the West Angeles Church and First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles.

It was an honor to join thousands of members of the community and to meet Bishop Clement W. Fugh, President of the National Council of AME Bishops, First AME Pastor Charles Blake II, and so many other leaders.

Thank you, West Angeles and First AME, for allowing me to be a guest today and to join you in prayer and worship.

This Black History Month, we must remember, and deeply understand, that the history, struggles, perseverance and achievements of Black Americans underpin the history and narrative of this nation. We must continue to celebrate their contributions to our culture and society – not just this month but year-round.

As the Trump Administration continues to assault our California values, we must unite and protect our diversity and rich culture. We cannot stay silent and allow our communities to be torn apart by hate and injustice.

Please join me in this fight.



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