CALIFORNIA’S LARGEST NEWSPAPER ENDORSES ED HERNANDEZ FOR LT. GOVERNOR LA Times: “Hernandez has been a legislator of substance and persistence who’s taken on powerful special interests.”
LOS ANGELES, CA — Today the Los Angeles Times, California’s largest and most prestigious newspaper, formally endorsed State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez for California Lieutenant Governor, writing:
Senator Hernandez “knows his way around state agencies and the Legislature, making him better prepared to step into the governor’s office in a crisis. That gives him an edge over [Eleni] Kounalakis in this race.”
The Times highlighted Sen. Hernandez’s work leading the Senate Health Committee adding, “he shepherded a number of tough, smart bills through the Legislature. These include laws prohibiting the sale of short-term “junk” health insurance plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act and requiring drug makers to reveal more about their price-setting practices.”
“The state boards that Hernandez would sit on if he wins do weigh in on substantial matters,” the Times Editorial board wrote, adding “Hernandez’s expertise is valuable, and the next governor would be wise to avail himself of it.”
Senator Hernandez’s latest television commercial, titled “Vision of Progress,” highlights Senator Hernandez’s legislative accomplishments ranging from environmental protection laws to advancing healthcare for all and cracking down on the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs.
To view the ad, “Vision of Progress,” click here or on the screen below:
Senator Hernandez also recently announced a pivotal endorsement from the California Labor Federation in addition to over 80 labor unions supporting his campaign for Lieutenant Governor.
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’s video ad, “Proven Progressive,” click on the screen below or here.
Significantly, recently California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’s groundbreaking drug transparency bill, SB-17, into law. Senator Hernandez’s 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’s “Life or Death” spot, click on the screen shot below:
To view Senator Hernandez’s “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here or on the screen shot below.
To view Senator Hernandez’s first digital video, titled “A California Story,” click 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.