26 Oct

Proud to be a Democrat Video

Proud to be a Democrat

This is the first episode of the Proud to be a Democrat series. A video series brought to you by the Fresno County Democratic Party. Our thanks to Esperanza Avalos, Loren Fenton, Moises Hernandez, Tom Hernandez, J Loren Santos, Jaime Rangel, George Harris, Dee Barnes and Dottie Smith for doing a great job and making us all “Proud to be a Democrat”.

Posted by Fresno County Democratic Party on Thursday, October 26, 2017

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25 Oct


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.



For Immediate Release

October 24, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

California Legislative LGBT Caucus Announces Support of Senator Lara’s Campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner


LONG BEACH, CA — Just one day after winning a formidable endorsement from the California Teachers Association, today State Senator Ricardo Lara landed a major endorsement from the California Legislative LGBT Caucus in his bid for California State Insurance Commissioner.

In making public their endorsement, State Assembly Member and Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, Evan Low, released the following statement:

“The California Legislative LGBT Caucus is proud to give our strong support to State Senator Ricardo Lara’s campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner. Not only has he been a trailblazer in the state legislature and a fierce warrior for equality and a more inclusive society, but his candidacy is historic as he would be the first, ever, openly gay elected statewide officeholder in California history. We need Ricardo’s vision, his effectiveness, and his progressive ideas all across the state and we’re thrilled to stand with him 100%.”
To view Senator Ricardo Lara’s digital video ad, “Embolden,” click on the screen shot below:

Since the inception of his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator Ricardo Lara has amassed wide-ranging support from leaders and organizations, including:

Elected & Community Leaders

  • United States Senator Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Congresswoman and State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass
  • U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal
  • U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu
  • U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • U.S. Congressman Jimmy Gomez
  • U.S. Congressman Lou Correa
  • U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley
  • U.S. Congresswoman (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Toni Atkins
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez
  • State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Tony Mendoza
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Steven Bradford
  • State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Bill Monning
  • State Senator Henry Stern
  • State Senator Josh Newman
  • State Senator Cathleen Galgiani
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Senator Richard Roth
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
  • State Assembly Member Todd Gloria
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Shirley Weber
  • State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
  • State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez
  • State Assembly Member David Chiu
  • State Assembly Member Ash Kalra
  • State Assembly Member Monique Limon
  • State Assembly Member Jim Frazier
  • State Assembly Member Kansen Chu
  • State Assembly Member Ed Chau
  • State Assembly Member Chris Holden
  • State Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula
  • State Assembly Member Jim Cooper
  • State Assembly Member Jose Medina
  • State Assembly Member Eloise Reyes
  • State Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman
  • State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  • State Assembly Member Kevin Mullin
  • State Assembly Member Raul Bocanegra
  • State Assembly Member Rudy Salas
  • State Assembly Member Autumn Burke
  • State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • State Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby
  • San Diego Democratic Party Chair (Ret.) and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee

Organizations Representing Working People

  • California Teachers Association
  • State Council of Building and Construction Trades Council of California
  • California State Association of Electrical Workers
  • Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • United Steelworkers Legislative Education Committee for Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 16
  • United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277
  • American Federation of Musicians Local 47
  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 36


  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • Equality California (EQCA)

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25 Oct

Why Kamala Harris and John Burton are supporting my campaign for Lt. Gov.

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


I’m running for Lt. Governor because California must continue to lead the way for a better, stronger future for everyone. As a lifelong Democratic activist who has always supported liberal and progressive candidates and causes, I’m proud that our campaign is continuing to draw strong support from Democratic leaders across the state.

My first job after business school was with the California Democratic Party in 1992 when we elected two women to the U.S. Senate and turned California blue. I would be immensely proud to earn your endorsement and the support of the CDP at the convention in February.

In case you missed it, I want to share who has joined Team Eleni so far:


U.S. Senator Kamala Harris:  Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis has dedicated her life to the fight for California values. She is a powerful advocate for immigrants, economic innovation and job creation, and providing all with access to quality and affordable health care. Eleni has the vision and conviction necessary to boldly and wisely lead California into the future. I am proud to support Eleni for Lt. Governor.”

Former CA Democratic Party Chair John Burton:  “As Lieutenant Governor, Eleni will work to lower the cost of housing, make higher education more affordable, and defend California’s values of equality and diversity. Eleni Kounalakis has the dedication and vision necessary to fight for all Californians and lead the way to a better and stronger California.” 


U.S. Senator Kamala Harris and John Burton join Phil Angelides, former CA Democratic Party Chair and State Treasurer; Christine Pelosi, Chair, CDP Women’s Caucus; Hene Kelly, Chair, CDP Disability Caucus; Norma Alcala, Vice Chair, CDP Chicano Latino Caucus; Susan Rowe, Chief Vice Chair, CDP Rural Caucus; Jenita Johnson Rodriguez, Vice Chair, Rural Caucus; Amy Champ, Regional Director, Region 4; and so many activists and leaders up and down the state.

As Lt. Governor, I will fight hard to advance our economy to make sure it works for everyone, create more affordable homes so families can stay in California, lower the cost of higher education, and protect our values and diversity.

I believe the key to a better future is ensuring our Democratic Party is united and stronger than ever. Please reach out to me any time at, so we can share our ideas for strengthening California’s future.



P.S. I hope you will join Kamala Harris and John Burton and add your name to our growing endorsement list. I look forward to meeting you on the campaign trail!

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25 Oct

Unflinching Delaine earns Top 2 finish

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

On Sunday, all four Democratic Candidates for Governor took the stage for the first time to debate healthcare before the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

Delaine shared her strong support for SB 562 and her vision for universal healthcare for all Californians. It was inspiring. Multiple audience members came up to me afterwards to share how much they liked Delaine’s ‘fighting spirit.’

They not only liked it, they voted for it. In the first round of balloting Delaine crushed two of her competitors and sailed into the run-off.

But you wouldn’t know this if you just read the media coverage. The actual results of the vote were but a footnote as the media trotted out their preconceived narratives.

The media seem to forget that voters are people. And when people hear Delaine speak, they not only like her, they vote for her.

The election next June isn’t winner take all. The top two candidates, even if they are from the same political party, will go to the run-off. As Victor Garcia, an activist from Glendale, stated, “When people hear Delaine’s vision for California, and learn of her experience, they are with her. This race is just beginning, and any time you put Delaine’s record and talents against the other candidates, she will compete successfully.

Can you donate right now to help get Delaine into the run-off?  If you are connected on ActBlue click below for an instant contribution.

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25 Oct

15 states are fighting back

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

Last month, I asked you to join me in demanding that President Trump reverse his ban on transgender soldiers — and people all across California took action.

Now the pressure is building: Last week, California joined 14 other states and the District of Columbia in filing a brief that challenges the ban in the courts.

But we still need to show President Trump that even if the courts don’t hold him accountable, we will.

If you haven’t signed yet, will you tell President Trump to reverse his ban on transgender soldiers serving in our military?

Earlier this month, LGBT Americans all over the country celebrated National Coming Out Day. But thanks to President Trump’s ban, this year many more transgender Americans were forced to consider the consequences of coming out if they wanted a future in the military.

That’s not right, and it’s not who we are as a country.

It’s estimated that 15,000 transgender soldiers are bravely serving today. They shouldn’t have to live in fear or be denied the opportunity to serve their country just because of who they are.

I’m glad to know that our state is fighting back in the courts, and I’ll do everything I can to stand up for LGBT Californians — and every Californian — as your next governor.

But with pressure building, we need to keep the momentum going right now.

Add your name, and tell President Trump: “Don’t discriminate against transgender soldiers!”

In solidarity,


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25 Oct

what I believe (Medicare for All)

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

When I announced my campaign last week, I spoke about what we as progressives in California believe. I promised to tell you what I believe, stand true to those beliefs, and fight to instill those beliefs into policy in Washington. That starts today. Right here.

I believe we need to make healthcare a right for all people.

I believe it should not just be for the privileged and wealthy.

I believe we need Medicare for All.

And in the U.S. Senate I will immediately sign on as a co-sponsor.

Add your name if you believe California should have two senators who support Medicare for All.

Growing up, I saw how insecure life can be without access to healthcare. Too many Californians must choose between feeding their family, or paying for a prescription. Or affording a co-pay, or a pair of shoes for school. We are the greatest and wealthiest nation on Earth, but our healthcare system is broken and too often leaves those who need care the most with none at all.

It cannot be that way any longer.

That’s why I’m asking you to join me in supporting Medicare for All by signing your name to our petition.

I was so proud when the California Senate passed a comprehensive single-payer measure, Senate Bill 562, which would guarantee high-quality healthcare for every Californian. Once again, our state is leading the way and serving as an example for how progressive values become policy.

I look forward to co-sponsoring Medicare for All, fighting for its passage, and delivering for the people of California. I hope you’ll join me.

Thank you,






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25 Oct

Ramping up 📈

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


Our campaign is ramping up with new supporters every day, and we invite you to check out the latest endorsements and updates we’ve made at

You can use our website stay up to date with what’s happening in Dr. Ed’s campaign to be the next Lieutenant Governor of California, find out about our latest endorsements, view our videos, and see what we’re up to on social media. We made some recent changes to make the site even more user-friendly and accessible, so we hope you’ll take a look!

And if you like the new site, we hope you’ll take a moment to make a donation to fuel our campaign while you’re there.

Thanks for your support,
Team Dr. Ed

Dr. Ed is running to be the next Lt. Governor of California to build on the progress he’s made in the California Assembly and Senate, bring people together, and get things done. California has a real opportunity to send Washington a message: we’re going to put in the work to remain a beacon of hope and progress, with fairness, equality, and economic justice.



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