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



For Immediate Release

October 23, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


325,000 Member California Teachers Association Joins Broad Working Families’ Coalition of Nurses, Electricians, Pipe Fitters, Truck Drivers, Public Safety Officers, Iron Workers, Sheet Metal Workers, Hotel Workers, Machinists, Roofers and Waterproofers, Musicians, Laborers, Painters, Engineers, Scientists, Steelworkers, Transportation Workers and Scores of Others in Backing Hernandez’ Statewide Campaign

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Serving as one of the biggest and most significant endorsements yet in the race for California Lt. Governor, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez earned the highly coveted support of the California Teachers Association (CTA).

In announcing their endorsement, California Teachers Association President Eric Heins released the following statement:

“The California Teachers Association is proud to announce our endorsement of Senator Ed Hernandez for California Lt. Governor. He’s been a leader in fighting for more investments in local neighborhood schools and in standing up for educators and our students. Senator Hernandez has been an effective state lawmaker when it comes to education policy and we know we’ll continue to be a champion for public education as our state’s next Lt. Governor. He has our full support.”

Also, over the weekend, CTA President Heins remarked: “Senator Hernandez has a proven and demonstrated track record of supporting students, educators and public education,” said CTA President Eric Heins. “He’s the first in his family to graduate from college and he believes that an education is the greatest equalizer in our society… CTA went on to note, “Hernandez has a master plan for higher education, in which the Lieutenant Governor plays a vital role, and his voting record in both the California Assembly and Senate reflects his commitment to all students.”

To date, Senator Hernandez has won endorsements from over 50 organizations that represent working women and men.

Significantly, just weeks ago, 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 on the screen shot below:

Unshaken by big moneyed special interests, Hernandez not only has taken on Big Pharma but also fought Big Tobacco, as the architect of California’s landmark law to raise the state’s smoking age to 21.

In addition to today’s news, Senator Hernandez has raised over $2 million for the statewide effort and has locked in far-reaching support across California.
To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here or on the screen shot below.


Several months back, Senator Hernandez released his first digital video, titled  “A California Story,” which can be viewed by clicking on the screen image below:



Beyond today’s announcement, Senator Dr. Hernandez’ campaign has released an expansive list of over 400 endorsements from grassroots activists, community leaders, federal, state and local elected officials, public safety groups and over 50 labor unions.

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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