11 Feb



For Immediate Release

February 9, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Endorses Senator Ed Hernandez in Statewide Contest

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA –In a testament to his strong, unparalleled record on education issues, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez obtained the sought-after support of California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

In announcing his endorsement of Senator Hernandez, Torlakson remarked:

“Senator Ed Hernandez has been a leader in California, fighting to improve our education system. He’s backed crucial policies that helped invest more in local neighborhood schools, modernize campuses, hire more classroom teachers and shrink class sizes. I am proud to join classroom teachers in endorsing Senator Ed Hernandez for Lt. Governor.  I know he’ll be a champion for students, teachers and California’s schools.”

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.

To view Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot.

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

To 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.

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11 Feb

Kevin’s interview in The Nation

Kevin has served in the California State Legislature for 11 years, and has been the Senate President pro Tempore since 2014.

While you know his background well, many of your neighbors, friends, and family may not.

When primary voters are faced with the choice between more of the same with Senator Diane Feinstein and a bold, new progressive agenda from Kevin, we’ll need every voter to be as informed as possible.

That’s why we’re sharing this interview with Kevin in The Nation, and why we hope you’ll chip in $5 or whatever you can afford to help Kevin get his message out to California voters.

With the California Democratic Convention less than three weeks away, it’s more critical than ever that we have the resources needed to reach California Democrats.

 If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:

Here’s Kevin’s commitment to this grassroots campaign, as told in The Nation: 

“I will travel up and down the state of California, and take my message directly to the voters. It’s a grassroots campaign, as it should be…. Senator Feinstein hasn’t had a primary challenge since 1994, and half the voters in California believe she shouldn’t run again. She doesn’t line up with what Californians believe are the most pressing issues of the day: climate change, Medicare for all, the minimum wage.”

In the interview, Kevin also makes it clear what his three main priorities in Congress will be: 

Safeguarding our environment and combating climate change. Achieving Medicare for all. And passing comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform.

If you’d like to see a forceful advocate for progress in the U.S. Senate, chip in to our campaign today.

Thank you,

Team KDL



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