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For Immediate Release

June 6, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Assembly Members Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, Todd Gloria, Past SD Dem Party Chair Jesse Durfee Join San Diego Senators Toni Atkins and Ben Hueso in Endorsing Lara’s Statewide Bid
LONG BEACH, CA — Kicking off the week with a big, momentum-building announcement, today State Senator Ricardo Lara’s campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner won endorsements from San Diego area State Assembly Members Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher and Todd Gloria, as well as past San Diego Democratic Party Chair and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee. The trio joins San Diego area State Senators Toni Atkins and Ben Hueso, who both previously announced their support of Lara’s statewide effort.

“Ricardo Lara is not only highly qualified to serve as Insurance Commissioner, but he’s the embodiment of what a warrior for consumers ought to be. From working to advance healthcare for all to protecting immigrants and vulnerable communities, Ricardo has always put people first. I’m very proud to announce my support of his campaign.”
— State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher

“Bold. A Visionary. Forward-thinking. These are the words that describe my friend Ricardo Lara. Throughout his time in the legislature, Ricardo has played a key role in shaping many of California’s landmark policies, from equality measures to healthcare for all children to immigrant rights, environmental protections to livable wages and more. He’s the best choice to be California’s next Insurance Commissioner.”
— State Assembly Member Todd Gloria

“I’m endorsing Ricardo Lara for California Insurance Commissioner because we need his leadership and fearlessness across the state as an advocate, champion and force on behalf of consumers. I know Ricardo will be extraordinarily effective and will work tirelessly on behalf of the people, not the billionaire elitists or big corporations and pharmaceuticals.”
— San Diego Democratic Party Past Chair and Current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee
Today’s announcement follows the release of the Senator’s new digital video ad, titled, “Embolden,” which takes aim at Donald Trump’s backwards agenda and the President’s comments saying that “California is out of control,” by illustrating the sharp contrast between the Oval Office’s agenda and that of Lara’s.

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 & Community 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 Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
  • State Assembly Member Todd Gloria
  • 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 Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • 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
  • San Diego Democratic Party Chair (Ret.) and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee

Organizations Representing Working People

  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • 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
  • American Federation of Musicians Local 47


  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • Equality California (EQCA)

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