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*** Ricardo Lara has been endorsed for Insurance Commissioner by the CDP ***


For Immediate Release

April 5, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Three Organizations from Across the State Representing Fire Fighters Endorse State Senator Ricardo Lara for California State Insurance Commissioner

LONG BEACH, CA– Today, State Senator Ricardo Lara continued to pick up support from working families and public safety groups, notching endorsements from a trio of fire fighters organizations backing his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner. The groups include Berkeley Professional Firefighters Local 1227; Federal Firefighters, San Diego, Local #F-3; and Santa Fe Springs Firefighters, Local #3507. Previously Senator Lara earned the endorsement of the California Professional Firefighters.

The three organizations join other public safety groups backing Senator Lara’s statewide bid, including the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) and Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS).

Lara released the following statement after receiving the endorsements :

“Our fire fighters put their lives on the line every single day to protect us.  I have immense respect for the work they do, and am deeply honored to receive this support from these brave men and women across California. I have dedicated much of my career to addressing climate change and advancing environmental protections to reduce wildfires.  In the aftermath of California’s terrible fires, I am fighting to protect consumers against insurance companies that abandon fire victims. As Insurance Commissioner, I will work to protect Californians who lose property or are injured due to wildfires. The last thing consumers need is an insurance company taking advantage of them during their time of need.”

This round of endorsements is just the latest growth of Lara’s support from working families. Earlier this week he received the support of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) California PEOPLE.

Recently, Senator Lara released a new gripping digital video highlighting his vision of a California with healthcare for everyone.

To view the video ad, titled “Every Single Californian,” click here.

Recently, State Senator Ricardo Lara’s campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner released a new digital video ad, titled “United Dreamers.” To view Senator Lara’s ad, “United Dreamers” click here.

Previously Senator Ricardo Lara’s released a digital ad, titled “Embolden.” Click to watch.

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 the following partial list:

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 Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres
  • U.S. Congressman Mark Takano
  • U.S. Congresswoman Nanette Barragan
  • U.S. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
  • U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui
  • 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 Secretary of State Alex Padilla
  • California State Attorney General Bill Lockyer (Ret.)
  • 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 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 Rudy Salas
  • State Assembly Member Autumn Burke
  • State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto
  • San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco
  • San Jose City Council Member Sylvia Arenas
  • San Jose City Council Member Sergio Jimenez
  • Newhall School Board Member Christy Smith
  • California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman
  • California Democratic Party Chair John Burton (Ret.)
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Democratic Party Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall
  • California Democratic Party Controller Dan Weitzman
  • California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark Gonzalez
  • San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jessica Hayes
  • San Diego County Democratic Party Chair (Ret.) and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee
  • Democratic Party of Sacramento County Chair Terry Schanz
  • California Democratic Party Region 4 Director Amy Champ
  • California Democratic Party Region 8 Director Humberto Gomez Jr.
  • California Democratic Party Region 10 Director David Atkins
  • California Democratic Party Region 12 Director Larry Gross
  • California Democratic Party Region 13 Director Carol Robb
  • California Democratic Party Region 14 Director Miguel Martinez
  • California Democratic Party Region 16 Director Sergio Carrillo
  • California Democratic Party Region 18 Director Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik
  • California Democratic Party Region 19 Director Norberto Gonzalez
  • Labor Leader and United Farm Workers Co-Founder, Dolores Huerta

Organizations Representing Working People

  • California Teachers Association
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council
  • 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
  • United Farm Workers of America
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP)
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • AFSCME California PEOPLE
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals
  • California Association of Professional Scientists’ (CAPS)
  • California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
  • Southern California Pipe Trades District Council #16
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • California Conference Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 9
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)
  • Berkeley Professional Firefighters, Local 1227
  • Federal Firefighters, San Diego, Local #F-3
  • Santa Fe Springs Firefighters, Local #3507
  • 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 Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 94
  • 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 Faculty Association
  • L.A. Community College Faculty Guild, American Federation of Teachers Local 1521
  • Association of California State Supervisors
  • UDW/AFSCME Local 3930


  • California Democratic Party
  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • California Young Democrats
  • LGBTQ Victory Fund
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) Action
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • San Diego Democrats for Equality
  • San Diego Progressive Democratic Club
  • West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club
  • Democrats for Israel – Los Angeles (DFI-LA)

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Meet our organizers!

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

I’m proud to be the only candidate for Lt. Governor to campaign in every county in California, and I am proud that we are making our 58-county strategy a cornerstone of this campaign. I have always been an organizer, and I believe that leaders need to listen to the people they represent. The voices across this state matter.

In order to reach every corner of California, we’re signing up County Captains and using the latest digital tools to engage people across the state. We have an incredible team spreading the word about our campaign every single day. 

If you live in Northern California, you may have met our Outreach Director Elmy Bermejo or our Deputy Campaign Manager Angeles Roy. Or if you live in Southern California, perhaps you have seen Southern California Director Dallas Fowler with Faye Geyen.

Elmy, Angeles, Dallas, Faye, and the rest of our grassroots team have been expanding our ground game, but there is still more work to do and we need your help to propel us to June.

Please make a contribution to our campaign today to help fuel our team as we crisscross the state.

Examples of how your donation can make a real difference:

  • $14 covers the cost for us to mail an Organizer Kit of buttons and literature to a County Captain
  • $54 pays for the average Amtrak roundtrip ticket
  • $225 funds roundtrip airfare for a member of our outreach team
  • $800 helps us print another round of T-shirts!

Consider making a donation today to keep our team energized and to get the word out about our campaign.

Thank you!


P.S. Check out 7 ways to help our campaign and consider making a donation of any amount today.


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Updates from the Campaign to Elect Veva Islas to Fresno City Council

*** No candidate for FCC District 7 has been endorsed by the FCDCC ***

Vote Veva Islas for Fresno City Council – District 7

Join the Campaign

We are having a great time and community support is growing every day! If you want to be part of our team, I encourage you to become part of our Friendly Neighbor program. A Friendly Neighbor is someone who supports voter engagement in their neighborhood for the June 5th election. Tuesday, April 17th, will be our next Friendly Neighbor meeting in District 7. Contact our Campaign Manager, Alex Ramos-O’Casey, if you would like to join the Friendly Neighbor program.

We are also continuing our neighborhood walks and phone banking every day from now until Election Day. Potluck Phone Banks take place every Wednesday from 4pm-8pm and Weekend Walks are every Saturday from 10:30am – 6:00pm and Sundays 11:30am – 7:00pm. Calling and walking is how we win!

You can join the campaign by contacting my Campaign Manager, Alex Ramos-O’Casey at

¡Viva Vendors! – Save the Date – April 27, 2018

Save the date for a special vendor appreciation night, ¡Viva Vendor!, open to all on April 27th at 5:30pm in District 7! Stay tuned for more details. Viva Vendors is part of our on-going efforts to celebrate the vibrant community and small businesses that operate in District 7.

Young Girls of Color Rock!

Joining our campaign are two young girls from South East Fresno who will be our Artivism Director and Youth Organizer for the campaign. They are the next generation of leaders. Together, Amira and Naima, along with their best friends, started The Poderosas, a young girl of color paint crew. Their mission is to create art that tells their stories about what it’s like to grow up in South East Fresno. Other youth are welcome to join and participate in the next Poderosas paint party on April 20th at 5:00pm. The art pieces created by the Poderosas will be featured in our campaign events and campaign materials. For more information contact Alex.


Veva Islas

P.S. This message is on Facebook and Twitter so please share with your friends.

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


For Immediate Release

April 5, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Pomona Police Officers’ Association Endorses Senator Ed Hernandez for Lt. Governor

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Coalescing more support from public safety organizations as he campaigns to become California’s next Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Ed Hernandez won an endorsement from the Pomona Police Officers’ Association.

In making public their endorsement, the Pomona Police Officers’ Association released the following statement:

“The Pomona Police Officers’ Association is proud to endorse Senator Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor. In the State Legislature, he helped find solutions that protected vital public safety services and fought to guarantee retirement benefits for California’s public employees. Ed Hernandez is the candidate we trust to support law enforcement and to make our communities a safer place.”

Earlier this week, Hernandez secured the highly-coveted endorsement of California Police Chiefs, continuing to solidify his status as the choice of public safety organizations.  Hernandez has been endorsed by over 30 organizations representing public safety officials.

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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