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03 May
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HERNANDEZ KEEPS CONSOLIDATING LABOR SUPPORT IN LT. GOV RACE


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


MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

May 2, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
HERNANDEZ KEEPS CONSOLIDATING LABOR SUPPORT IN LT. GOV RACE
Support from California Conference of Machinists Brings Senator Ed Hernandez’ Labor Union Endorsements to More than 30

 

WEST COVINA, CA — Illustrating the energy and enthusiasm among working people surrounding his campaign for Lieutenant Governor of California, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez scored a statewide endorsement from the California Conference of Machinists. Today’s announcement comes on the heels of news yesterday that Hernandez exceeded 300 endorsements in his statewide bid.

In announcing their endorsement, Tom Brandon, Secretary Treasurer of California Conference of Machinists stated:

“The California Conference of Machinists are pleased to endorse Senator Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor of California. He’s shares our agenda of a strong, middle class California economy with livable wages, good jobs and benefits for workers, as well as universal healthcare coverage. We know Senator Hernandez will bring strong and principled leadership across the state as our next Lieutenant Governor.”

 

Yesterday Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez rolled out the following grassroots and local endorsements:

  1. California Democratic Party Children’s Caucus Chair and President of the Helen Doherty Democratic Club Judy Jacobs
  2. California Democratic Party Region 14 Director Miguel Martinez
  3. Progressive Democrats of Santa Monica Mountains President Dorothy Reik
  4. Los Angeles County Democratic Party Country Central Committee Corresponding Secretary Carolyn Fowler
  5. Los Angeles County Democratic Party AD-49 Delegation Chair Marcella Cortez
  6. California Democratic Party DSCC Delegate (AD-26) and Latino Democrats of Tulare County President & Founder Ruben Macareno
  7. Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee Member (AD-28) Ruben Navarro
  8. California Democratic Party E-Board Delegate for AD-28 Olivia Navarro
  9. California Democratic Party DSCC Delegate Uli Sanchez (AD-53)
  10. Fresno County Democratic Party Member Esperanza Avalos
  11. California Democratic Party DSCC Delegate (AD-21) and Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee Member Tom Hallinan
  12. California Democratic Party DSCC Delegate Adrian Vazquez (AD 51)
  13. California Democratic Party DSCC Delegate Maria Unzueta  (AD 63)
  14. California Democratic Party DSCC Delegate Sarah Palacios (AD 7)
  15. California Democratic Party DSCC Delegate Van Tomom (AD 39)
  16. California Democratic Party DSCC Delegate Frine Medrano (AD 58)
  17. California Democratic Party DSCC Delegate Ken Trumkul (AD 49)
  18. Liliana T. Perez, Deputy Director for Southern California, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon*
  19. Hector Elizalde, Community Leader
  20. Jacobo Jauregui, Community Leader
  21. Oscar Valladares, SEIU Local 721 member
  22. California Democratic Party DSCC Delegate Chris Kakimi (AD 57)
  23. Los Angeles County Democratic Party Member and Member of Laborers (LiUNA) Local 300 Victor Castellano
  24. Monterey Park Mayor, Teresa Real Sebastian, J.D.
  25. Monterey Park City Council Member Hans Liang
  26. Fresno City Council Member Luis Chavez
  27. El Monte Union High School District President Carlos Salcedo
  28. Pomona Unified School Board Vice President Roberta Perlman
  29. Pomona City Commissioner Debra Martin*
  30. Shannon Bell, NP, California Association of Nurse Practitioners
  31. Arthur Friedman, O.D.
  32. Bruce Mebine, O.D., Past President COA
  33. Javier Avila Garcia, Community Leader
  34. Ryan Baskharoon, Community Leader
  35. Mirna de Lire Lopez, Community Leader
  36. Wendy Mora, O.D.
  37. Dr. Efrain Castellanos
  38. Natalie Reyes, Community Organizer
  39. Komal Patel, Community Leader
  40. John Potter, Community Leader
  41. Harvey Goldstone, O.D.
  42. Willa Hisle, O.D.
  43. Jeanette Hochstatter, O.D.
  44. Charles Richards, O.D.
  45. Lee Dodge, O.D., Visual Eyes Optometry
  46. Kenneth Wiener, O.D.
  47. Rupert C Chowins, O.D.
  48. Ronald Short  O.D., California Air National Guard*
  49. Thomas Rippner, Community Leader
  50. Susy Yu, Community Leader
  51. Ronald Goldstein, Community Leader
  52. Elizabeth Torres Chowins, O.D.
  53. Dr.David Turetsky, Advanced Eyecare, A Professional Optometric Group
  54. Michael Young, Community Leader
  55. Carolyn Wong, O.D.
  56. Kathleen Low, Community Leader
  57. Thomas Brenner, O.D.
  58. Valerie Quan, Community Leader
  59. Dr. Craig Steinberg
  60. Dr. Jennifer Lin, San Mateo Optometry society
  61. Sasha Penn, O.D., Chief of Optometry, Kaiser Permanente- South San Francisco
  62. James Cohen, O.D., Buena Park Eyecare
  63. Milton Hom O.D.
  64. James Creech O.D.
  65. Dr. Marcie Arnesty
  66. Robert Theaker, O.D. Hollister Vision Center
  67. Marc Shaw, COA
  68. Jennifer Buell, O.D.
  69. Jay Schlanger, O.D., COA
  70. Dr. Claude Valenti, Optometric Vision Development Center
  71. Elizabeth Hoppe, Founding Dean, College of Optometry at Western University of Health Sciences
  72. Robert Wayda, O.D., Central California Optometric Society
  73. Christine Ng, Community Leader
  74. Vin Dang, Community Leader
  75. Fadl Fares, Community Leader
  76. Michael Cousineau, Community Leader
  77. Rita Spitzer, Dr. Michael Spitzer Optometry
  78. Ron Lozarno, Community Leader

 

Previously, Senator Hernandez’ campaign for Lieutenant Governor released the following endorsements:

  1. California Reserve Peace Officers Association
  2. Sacramento Police Officers Association
  3. California Association for Nurse Practitioners
  4. California Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
  5. Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats
  6. California’s Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment (CASE)
  7. UNITE HERE International Union, AFL-CIO
  8. Teamsters Joint Council 42
  9. California State Council of Laborers
  10. Laborers (LiUNA) Local 270
  11. American Federation of Musicians (AMF) Local 47
  12. California State Association of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  13. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  14. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 441
  15. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 595
  16. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2295
  17. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40
  18. International Association of SMART (Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, Transportation) Local 105
  19. Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG)
  20. United Steelworkers (USW) Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  21. International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36
  22. Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS)
  23. Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16
  24. United Association (UA) Steamfitters and Refrigeration Local 250
  25. United Association (UA) Local 78
  26. United Association (UA) Local 114
  27. United Association (UA) Local 230
  28. United Association (UA) Local 345
  29. United Association (UA) Local 364
  30. United Association (UA) Local 398
  31. United Association (UA) Local 403
  32. United Association (UA) Local 460
  33. United Association (UA) Local 484
  34. United Association (UA) Local 582
  35. United Association (UA) Local 709
  36. United Association (UA) Local 761
  37. United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO
  38. U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass
  39. U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu
  40. U.S. Congressman Lou Correa
  41. U.S. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano
  42. U.S. Congresswoman Salud Carbajal
  43. U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres
  44. U.S. Congressman Juan Vargas
  45. U.S. Congressman George Miller (Ret.)
  46. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
  47. California State Controller Betty Yee
  48. State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  49. State Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez
  50. State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez
  51. California Lt. Governor (Ret.) and State Assembly Speaker Cruz Bustamante (Ret.)
  52. State Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata (Ret.)
  53. State Senator and past Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins
  54. State Senator Connie Leyva
  55. State Senator Holly Mitchell
  56. State Senator Anthony Portantino
  57. State Senator Jerry Hill
  58. State Senator Henry Stern
  59. State Senator Jim Beall
  60. State Senator Josh Newman
  61. State Senator Bill Dodd
  62. State Senator Scott Wiener
  63. State Senator Richard Roth
  64. State Senator Tony Mendoza
  65. State Senator Ricardo Lara
  66. State Senator Ben Hueso
  67. State Senator Ben Allen
  68. State Senator Cathleen Galgiani
  69. State Senator Mike McGuire
  70. State Senator Bill Monning
  71. State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  72. State Senator Lois Wolk (Ret.)
  73. State Senator Fran Pavley (Ret.)
  74. State Senator Isadore Hall (Ret.)
  75. State Senator Marty Block (Ret.)
  76. State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin
  77. State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon
  78. State Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Gipson
  79. State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez
  80. State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  81. State Assembly Member Chris Holden
  82. State Assembly Member David Chiu
  83. State Assembly Member Ed Chau
  84. State Assembly Member Jim Wood
  85. State Assembly Member Anna Caballero
  86. State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  87. State Assembly Member Eloise Gomes Reyes
  88. State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  89. State Assembly Member Jose Medina
  90. State Assembly Member Rob Bonta
  91. State Assembly Member Evan Low
  92. State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  93. State Assembly Member Ash Kalra
  94. State Assembly Member Ken Cooley
  95. State Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi
  96. State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  97. State Assembly Member Todd Gloria
  98. State Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva
  99. State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  100. State Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell
  101. State Assembly Member Jim Cooper
  102. State Assembly Member Rudy Salas
  103. State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez
  104. State Assembly Member Rich Gordon (Ret.)
  105. State Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal (Ret.)
  106. State Assembly Member Paul Fong (Ret.), President San Jose/Evergreen Federation of Teachers AFT 6157
  107. State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  108. State Assembly Member Betsy Butler (Ret.)
  109. State Assembly Member Mike Allen (Ret.)
  110. Democratic National Committee (DNC) Vice Chair, UNITE HERE General Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights, and Diversity and former Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Maria Durazo
  111. California Democratic Party Chair Art Torres (Ret.)
  112. California Democratic Party Vice Chair and L.A. County Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman
  113. California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  114. Democratic National Committee (DNC) Member and former San Diego Democratic Party Chair Jesse Durfee
  115. South County Labor Chair Ray Cordova*
  116. California Democratic Party Region 15 Director and California Democratic Party API Caucus Chair Clark Lee*
  117. California Democratic Party Region 8 Director Doug Kessler*
  118. California Democratic Party Region 9 Director Diana Love*
  119. California Democratic Party Region 7 Director Omar Torres*, Governing Board Member, Franklin-McKinley School Board*
  120. California Democratic Party Former Region 10 Director and California Democratic Party LGBT Caucus Secretary Debra Broner*
  121. California Democratic Party Chicano Latino Caucus Chair Carlos Alcala*
  122. Los Angeles County Democratic Party Vice Chair Mark Gonzalez*
  123. Fresno County Democratic Central Committee Chair Michael Evans*
  124. Kern County Democratic Central Committee Chair Cathee Romley*
  125. Kings County Democratic Central Committee Chair  Holly Andrade-Blair*
  126. Inyo County Democratic Central Committee Chair Nina Weisman*
  127. Tulare Democratic Central Committee Chair Ruth McKee*
  128. California Democratic Party Delegate Clint Weirick (DSCC San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party Central Committee)*
  129. California Democratic Party Delegate Katarina Garcia (AD 48)*
  130. California Democratic Party Delegate Cesar Garcia (AD 48)*
  131. California Democratic Party Delegate Peggy Morgan (AD 48)*
  132. California Democratic Party Delegate Kristin McGuire (AD 48)*
  133. California Democratic Party Delegate Veronica Marquez (AD 48)*
  134. California Democratic Party Delegate Robert Cruz (AD 48)*
  135. California Democratic Party Delegate Deborah Quintero (AD 48)*
  136. California Democratic Party Delegate Ricardo Pacheco (AD 48)*
  137. California Democratic Party Delegate James Toma (AD 48)*
  138. California Democratic Party Delegate Lloyd Johnson (AD 48)*
  139. California Democratic Party Delegate Eileen Jimenez (AD 48)*
  140. California Democratic Party Delegate Jeanette Flores (AD 48)*
  141. California Democratic Party Delegate Barbara Dickerson (AD 48)*
  142. California Democratic Party Delegate Robert Gin (AD 49)*
  143. California Democratic Party Delegate Chin Ho Lia (AD 49)*
  144. California Democratic Party Delegate Polly Low (AD 49)*
  145. California Democratic Party Delegate Calvin Sung (AD 55)*
  146. California Democratic Party Delegate Lawrence Shih (AD 48)*
  147. Sacramento Mayor and past State Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg
  148. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  149. Long Beach City Council Member Rex Richardson
  150. Los Angeles County Supervisor and past U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis
  151. Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang
  152. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer
  153. Los Angeles City Council Member Curren Price
  154. Los Angeles Community College District Trustee and past State Assembly Member Mike Eng
  155. Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Mike Fong
  156. Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Scott Svonkin
  157. Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez
  158. Santa Barbara County Supervisor and former State Assembly Member Das Williams
  159. Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano
  160. Baldwin Park City Council Member Ricardo Pacheco
  161. Baldwin Park City Council Member Monica Garcia
  162. West Covina Mayor Corey Warshaw
  163. West Covina City Council Member Lloyd Johnson
  164. West Covina City Council Member James Toma
  165. West Covina School Board Member Michael Flowers
  166. Covina Mayor Pro Tem Jorge Marquez
  167. Covina City Council Member Peggy A. Delach
  168. La Puente Mayor Valerie Munoz
  169. La Puente City Council Member Dan Holloway
  170. La Puente Mayor Pro Tem Violeta Lewis
  171. Azusa Mayor Joe Rocha
  172. Azusa City Council Member Angel Carillo
  173. Azusa City Council Member Robert Gonzales
  174. Azusa Unified School District Board President Yolanda Rodriguez-Pena
  175. Azusa Unified School District Board Member Paul Naccachian
  176. Duarte Mayor Samuel Kang
  177. Duarte Unified School District Board President Reyna Diaz
  178. Duarte Unified School District Board Member Kenneth Bell
  179. San Gabriel Mayor Chin Ho Liao
  180. Upper San Gabriel Valley Water Board Director Bryan Urias
  181. Rosemead Mayor Sandra Armenta
  182. Rosemead City Council Member Polly Low
  183. Monterey Park Mayor Mitchell Ing
  184. Monterey Park City Council Member Peter Chan
  185. Monterey Park City Council Member Stephen Lam
  186. Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza
  187. El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero
  188. El Monte City Council Member Juventino “J” Gomez
  189. El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Velasco
  190. South El Monte City Council Member Hector Delgado
  191. South El Monte City Council Member Angelica R. Garcia
  192. South El Monte City Council Member Joseph J. Gonzales
  193. Hacienda La Puente School Board Member Anthony Duarte
  194. Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Member Martin G. Medrano
  195. Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Member Penny Fraumeni
  196. Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Vice President Gino Kwok
  197. Yorba Linda City Council Member Beth Haney
  198. Walnut City Council Member Mary Su
  199. Duarte City Council Member Margaret Finlay
  200. Duarte City Council Member John Fasana
  201. Alhambra City Council Member Luis Ayala
  202. Alhambra City Council Vice Mayor Stephen Sham
  203. Three Valleys MWD Director Carlos Goytia
  204. Charter Oak Unified School District Board President Brian R. Akers
  205. Charter Oak Unified School District Board Vice President Joseph Probst
  206. Charter Oak Unified School District Board Member Jeanette V. Flores
  207. Charter Oak Unified School District Board Member Jane Bock
  208. Citrus Community College District President Dr. Barbara R Dickerson
  209. Alhambra Unified School District Board Member Robert L. Gin
  210. Temple City Mayor Pro Tem Cynthia Sternquist
  211. Temple City Council Member Tom Chavez
  212. Mountain View School District President Adam Carranza
  213. Malibu Mayor Lou La Monte
  214. Artesia Mayor Ali Sajjad Taj
  215. South Gate City Council Member Jorge Morales
  216. Walnut City Council Member Andrew Rodriguez
  217. Walnut City Council Member Bob Pacheco
  218. San Gabriel Valley Water Board President Thomas Wong
  219. San Gabriel Valley Water Board Treasurer Raul Romero
  220. Valley County Water Board Vice President Paul C. Hernandez,
  221. Valley County Water Board Director Lenet Pacheco
  222. Garvey Unified School District Board Member Henry Lo
  223. Florin County Water District Elected Director Larry S. Tract, J.D.
  224. Valley County Water Board Director Margarita Vargas
  225. San Fernando Vice Mayor Joel Fajardo
  226. Berkley City Council Member Ben Bartlett
  227. Alum Rock Union Elementry School District Board Vice-President Andres Quintero
  228. Santa Clarita Mayor and former State Assembly Member Cameron Smyth
  229. Hermosa Beach City Council Member Stacy Armato
  230. Miles Rosedale, CEO Monrovia Growers*
  231. Susan Keith, Citrus Trustee*

 

Significantly, recently, Senator Hernandez released a new online video, titled  “A California Story,” which can be viewed by clicking on the screen image below:

 

 

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.

*Titles for Identification Purposes Only.

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03 May
0

LARA ASSEMBLES MORE SUPPORT FROM WORKING FAMILIES IN STATEWIDE BID


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


 

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

May 2, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
LARA ASSEMBLES MORE SUPPORT FROM WORKING FAMILIES IN STATEWIDE BID
California Conference of Machinists Joins Broad Labor Coalition Backing Ricardo Lara for California Insurance Commissioner
LONG BEACH, CA — Bolstering his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, today State Senator Ricardo Lara received a major endorsement from the California Conference of Machinists.

In announcing their support of Senator Lara’s Insurance Commissioner bid, Tom Brandon, Secretary Treasurer of California Conference of Machinists, released the following statement:

“Ricardo Lara is widely recognized as a champion for working people. He’s been a steadfast advocate of a pro-jobs, pro-worker, and pro-middle class agenda in both the State Assembly and State Senate. Beyond his record of advancing economic opportunity policies, Senator Lara is leading the charge in the healthcare for all movement in California. We believe he’s the best choice for California State Insurance Commissioner and we’re proud to endorse his campaign.”

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 Leaders

  • United States Senator Kamala Harris
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Toni Atkins
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • 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 Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby

Organizations 

  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • UNITE HERE, AFL-CIO
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • United Steelworkers Legislative Education Committee for Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36
  • United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11

In recent weeks, Senator Lara, who recently co-introduced Californians for a Healthy California Act (SB 562), which amounts to single-payer healthcare for the state, announced that he is running to serve as California’s State Insurance Commissioner – a statewide elected office dedicated to protecting consumers, enforcing all insurance regulations, and safeguarding Californians’ economic and health security.
Dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as the “Point man in the push for immigrant rights,” Senator Lara, who also previously served as Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and currently serves as Vice Chair of the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus, announced his candidacy by previously releasing the following statement:

“Our nation is in full blown crisis mode right now. We have a man in the White House with no popular mandate, who is methodically working to strip Americans of their healthcare, their economic security and their civil liberties.

“I’m running to be California’s next State Insurance Commissioner because I believe at my core that California needs a strong defender, and a counterpuncher, who will stand up to fight our bullying President, Donald Trump, and his increasingly reckless federal government on issues from healthcare access to economic security and more. If millions of Californians begin losing their health insurance because of actions taken by Donald Trump, I will be there to fight him tooth and nail at every pass.

“As California’s Insurance Commissioner, I’ll work tirelessly to represent the great people of California, not the corporations, the billionaire class, the pharmaceutical or the insurance companies. I plan to work with anybody who is willing to come to the table, but my allegiance will always be first and foremost to the consumers, the patients, our working families, and our most vulnerable communities in our Golden State.”

As a State Senator, Ricardo Lara has already been a leader on numerous issues that the office of the Insurance Commissioner interacts with. As stated above, he recently co-introduced a single-payer healthcare system for the state, and also spearheaded the groundbreaking law that provided health care for 170,000 immigrant children, and has played a strong, dynamic role in shaping, implementing and expanding Covered California.

In 2016, Senator Lara engineered the successful statewide campaign to allow for multi-lingual education in California’s schools. He was also one of the key leaders behind a landmark effort to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in California. This legislation is more important than ever, now that Donald Trump has instructed border patrol agents that they may deport undocumented immigrants for the “crime” of driving without a license.

Senator Lara was born and raised in East Los Angeles and attended schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  He graduated from San Diego State University with a double major in Journalism and Spanish. He worked as a legislative staffer for years, including working for State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez and for then-Assemblymember and now State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Léon. In 2010, Senator Lara was elected to the California State Assembly, and in 2012, he was elected to the California State Senate, where he made history as the first openly gay person of color in the State Senate.

His 33rd Senate District is expansive, encompassing nearly one million people, roughly 70% of which is Latino. The district is located in the heart of the South Bay and stretches from Long Beach to Lynwood, and from Huntington Park to Lakewood and Los Angeles.

Significantly, if elected, Senator Lara would be the first openly gay statewide elected official in California. Today, Senator Lara serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Senate, considered to be perhaps the most influential committee in the California State Senate.

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