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For Immediate Release

November 29, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

Orange County Employees Association Joins Sweeping Coalition of Over 50 Labor Unions Backing Senator Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Propelling his campaign forward as he seeks the office of California Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez received the support of the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA), an organization that represents over 18,000 members as the largest public sector union in Orange County.

In announcing their endorsement of Senator Hernandez’ Lieutenant Governor bid, Jennifer Beuthin, General Manager of the Orange County Employees Association, released the following statement:

“The Orange County Employees Association is pleased to endorse Senator Ed Hernandez for Lt. Governor. Throughout his tenure in the State Legislature, he’s been a strong voice in the fight to improve working conditions, ensure workers receive a fair and livable wage, and expand affordable healthcare coverage for all healthcare coverage for all. He’s the only candidate in the race with a track-record of standing with working people and effecting real change in California. We know Ed will be an advocate for our members as our next Lt. Governor, and we are proud to give him our support.”

OCEA’s endorsement comes on the heels of Senator Hernandez’ recent endorsements from labor icon Dolores Huerta, California Teachers Association, California Nurses Association, Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU) California State Council and International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 13, 63 and 94. In addition to those above, the Senator has earned endorsements from over 50 labor unions.

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.

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, as of the June 30, 2017 fundraising deadline, Senator Hernandez had 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 500 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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