For Immediate Release
January 24, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
KEVIN DE LEÓN ENDORSES ED HERNANDEZ FOR LT. GOVERNOR
Senator Hernandez Earns Heavyweight Backing of Progressive State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Expanding his coalition of support in the race for California Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez received a high-powered endorsement from State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León.
In announcing his endorsement of Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’ campaign for California Lieutenant Governor, State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León released the following statement:
“Senator Ed Hernandez is a bold leader who has fought to bring progress to California. He’s led the charge against Big Pharma to address skyrocketing prescription drug costs and he’s fought Big Tobacco to raise California’s smoking age to 21. I’ve witnessed firsthand Senator Hernandez’ efforts to help build a fair economy, create jobs, enact tough environmental laws, advance immigrant rights and gun safety policies and more. Senator Hernandez is a personal friend, an ally and someone who I believe will be an exceptional Lieutenant Governor for the people of California. I’m proud to endorse him.”
In addition to today’s announcement, Senator Hernandez has earned over 500 endorsements from organizations that represent working families like the California Nurses Association, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, the California Teachers Association, and State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, as well as public safety groups like the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), along with an expansive list of grassroots activists, elected officials and community leaders across California.
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 on the screen below or 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.
To view Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot, click on the screen shot below:
To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here or on the screen shot below.
To view Senator Hernandez first digital video, titled “A California Story,” click on the screen image below:
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.
Feminists and our allies continue to make tremendous strides in standing up to sexual harassment and assault, closing countless achievement gaps, and fighting for equal rights for women. With our state and nation fundamentally reevaluating how it values women in our society, there are still enormous challenges for women to overcome.
It’s made it even more apparent why we need more women in politics. Since California became a state in the 1850s, only 10 women have been elected to statewide office — and only two have been State Treasurer.
With Emerge California’s Class of 2018. Emerge is the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office.
As a woman, I’m proud to be running for State Treasurer and am honored to have the support of some truly remarkable leaders and organizations, including U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the California Women’s List, Planned Parenthood, and Emily’s List.
Will you join them in supporting me for State Treasurer?
Thank you for your continued support and friendship.
Today we celebrate the anniversary of Roe vs Wade. It’s been 45 years since this seminal moment, and yet the battle for women to maintain this basic right is far from over. While many of my campaign staff and many of my supporters have lived their entire lives secure with the right to choose, I remember when women were forced to seek back alley abortions.
I am dismayed when I see some Democrats call for the party to endorse candidates who do not support the fundamental right of women to control our own bodies. They have bought into the false notion that such a compromise is necessary in conservative areas. That’s simply not true.
When I ran for the Assembly, I was running to replace a conservative Democrat, Alister McAlister, who didn’t support a woman’s right to choose.
At the time, the Democratic Party leadership was afraid that my run as a pro-choice liberal woman would risk turning the seat over to a Republican. Willie Brown initially declined to allow me to speak before the Democratic Caucus for an endorsement vote. It was only with the help of four prominent women and two male allies that I was able to go before the caucus. I earned the Democratic caucus endorsement and won the election, even after Republicans rolled in the store to try to defeat me.
Let me be clear, standing up for core values and fundamental rights is a winning strategy.
I will never compromise on a woman’s right to choose. I know the horrors that befell women before we had this right, and I will not subject today’s young women to such danger, fear, or devastation. Never again will we allow others to make decisions about our bodies.