14 Apr


*** No candidate for Lt. Governor has been endorsed by the CDP ***


For Immediate Release

April 13, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


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.

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14 Apr

CDP Weekly Update

Weekly Update – 4/13/18

It’s been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of this week’s activities. 

Aileen Rizo 9th Circuit Victory is a Game Changer for Women

On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a monumental decision that strikes at one of the core reasons the gender pay gap has persisted. The Court’s decision means that employers are no longer able to justify paying a woman less than her male counterparts just because she used to make less in her previous job.

What makes this victory even more poignant for us is the fact that the plaintiff, Aileen Rizo, is our endorsed candidate running for Assembly District 23 in the Central Valley. CDP Vice Chair Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker and Secretary Jenny Bach sent out a message thanking and congratulating Aileen for this tremendous victory – as they said in their statement, “women deserve equal pay for equal work. This is simply a matter of justice.”

Thank you, Aileen, for winning this historic victory, and for stepping up to run for Assembly! This is how progress gets made.

RIP Gloria Alves

We were deeply saddened this afternoon to hear about the passing of Gloria Alves, a longtime activist with the New Frontier Democratic Club and member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Staff. Many of us at the CDP have known Gloria for years, and we can state unequivocally that she was one of the kindest, most compassionate, most caring individuals to ever serve our Party.

She was truly a joy for all of us to know – in particular, CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman, who previously served as LACDP Chair and worked with Gloria for almost two decades. Our thoughts and prayers are with the staff and members of the LACDP, and with Gloria’s family and many friends who are grieving the loss of such a wonderful woman.

CD 21 Special Endorsing Caucus

Earlier this week, the Delegates from CD 21 took part in a Special Endorsing Caucus to determine our endorsement in the fight to unseat David Valadao, one of Trump’s most loyal acolytes in the House.  

The Special Endorsing Caucus was held after our previously endorsed candidate ultimately withdrew from the race, and Delegates unanimously chose TJ Cox – a business owner with lifelong ties to the Central Valley – as our endorsed candidate.

This is going to be one of the top races in the fall. We have a great candidate,  we have phenomenal Grassroots Democrats throughout the District, and that’s a winning combination. Valadao better start packing his bags!

Reminder –  Pay Your Dues! 

(if you haven’t already)

We want to thank the vast majority of Delegates who have paid their DSCC Dues for the year,  and we want to gently remind Tardy Turtles to get their dues in as soon as possible! Paying your dues is easy – simply log in to the new CDP Member Portal and select the link at the top of the page.

Alternatively, you can mail checks to Your CDP Headquarters:

California Democratic Party
1830 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

(Please be sure to include your Delegate ID number if you have it)

Member dues are a vital source of revenue for the CDP, and help us offset some of the costs of Convention and Executive Board meetings. Please get your dues in today 🙂

It’s Friday the 13th…

But this guy still isn’t as scary as John Bolton.

206 Days until the Election!

–CDP Weekly Update

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