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For Immediate Release

May 10, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1277 Joins Laborers, Machinists, Steelworkers, Hotel Workers, Painters, Electrical Workers, Industrial Workers in Backing Senator Ricardo Lara’s Statewide Bid
LONG BEACH, CA — On the heels of unveiling a cutting-edge online video, titled, “Embolden,” earlier this week, today, State Senator Ricardo Lara broadened his list of labor backers with the announcement that the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277 had endorsed his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner.

In announcing their support, Art Aguilar, President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1277 released the following statement:

“Ricardo Lara has worked tirelessly to advance the labor movement and social and economic justice causes. He’s smart, driven, and determined to move California forward on a path that protects consumers, expands healthcare to all and improves the quality of life for all people in our state. He has our enthusiastic endorsement.”

Lara’s new digital ad takes aim at President Donald Trump’s backwards agenda and comments saying that “California is out of control,” by illustrating the sharp contrast between the Oval Office’s agenda and that of the Senator’s, the son of immigrants, and a forward-thinking state lawmaker who has delivered for working families, immigrants and consumers.

To view the ad, click on the screen shot below:


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
  • California Secretary of State Alex Padilla
  • 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


  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • 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
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277

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