*** No candidate for Lt. Governor has been endorsed by the CDP ***
For Immediate Release
HERNANDEZ WINS INFLUENTIAL CA LABOR FED ENDORSEMENT IN LG’S RACE
California Labor Federation, Statewide Coalition of Over 2.1 Million Union Members, Endorses Senator Ed Hernandez’s Statewide Bid
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Cementing his place as the choice of working people in the race for Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Ed Hernandez secured a pivotal endorsement from the California Labor Federation. This statewide coalition joins over 80 labor unions and organizations representing working families that have endorsed Sen. Hernandez’s campaign, including the California Teachers Association (CTA), California Nurses Association (CNA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) State Council of California, and AFSCME California People.
The California Labor Federation is made up of more than 1,200 AFL-CIO and Change to Win unions, representing 2.1 million union members in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries. The California Labor Federation is dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of working people and their families for the betterment of California’s communities.
In a statement released following the endorsement, California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski remarked:
“The working women and men of the California Labor Federation are proud to strongly endorse Senator Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor. Sen. Hernandez has been an ardent warrior on behalf of workers and social and economic justice causes for over 12 years in the State Legislature. We worked closely with him to pass landmark legislation last year to lower the cost of prescription drugs and saw, firsthand, his strong commitment to taking on even the most deeply entrenched special interests on behalf of working people. That’s precisely the kind of leadership California needs for Lt. Governor.”
In February, Senator Hernandez was the top vote getter among delegates at the California Democratic Party convention. With 1,157 votes cast in his favor at the California Democratic Party convention, Senator Hernandez received more delegate votes than any candidate running for Governor of California, where the top vote getter earned 1,087 votes, as well as more votes than California’s incumbent U.S. Senator, who received 1,023. Senator Hernandez triumphed at convention despite not surpassing the high 60% vote threshold required to win the endorsement.
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.