07 Feb



For Immediate Release

February 6, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


State Senator Ed Hernandez Lands Endorsement from Tri-Counties Democratic Club

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Bolstering his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez picked up a sought-after endorsement from the Tri-Counties Democratic Club.

Making public their backing of Senator Hernandez’ campaign, Tri-Counties Democratic Club President Gabriel Smith released the following statement:

“Tri-Counties Democratic Club is proud to endorse State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez for California Lieutenant Governor. Throughout his career, he’s been a visionary progressive leader on healthcare, supporting healthcare for all laws and taking on Big Pharma to lower the cost of skyrocketing prescription drugs. Ed is a tried and true leader and we need him as our next Lieutenant Governor.”

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, click here.

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

To view Senator Hernandez first digital video, titled  “A California Story,”  click here.

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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07 Feb



State Senator Ricardo Lara’s candidacy is historic.

Not only would Ricardo be the first openly gay California State Insurance Commissioner, but he would be the first openly gay statewide elected officeholder in California history.

Throughout his time in the State Legislature, Ricardo has been a fierce, loyal and dedicated leader within and on behalf of the LGBTQ community, working to tear down barriers and ensure equality for all.

In addition, he has been a trailblazer on a wide variety of critical issues, working to create a more inclusive society by ensuring that all Californians have access to affordable, high quality healthcare, and fighting for healthcare coverage for some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

Ricardo’s a tried and true progressive and represents the best choice for California Insurance Commissioner, and I hope you’ll join me in supporting him.

Click here to endorse Ricardo’s campaign.

We need Ricardo’s vision, his effectiveness, and his progressive ideas all across the state.

Together, we can to ensure he wins this race so that he can finally shatter that final glass ceiling for aspiring LGBTQ elected officials in our state.


Rick Zbur
Executive Director of Equality California

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