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*** No candidate for Lt. Governor has been endorsed by the CDP ***


For Immediate Release

March 27, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


State Senator Ed Hernandez Wins Backing from Paramount Women’s Health Organization, Signifies Increasing Momentum in Statewide Contest

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Marking one of his most influential and impactful endorsements yet, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez earned the highly coveted support of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor.

Widely recognized as the nation’s premier women’s health care organization, support from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California carries substantial weight with voters across California. Since his election to the State Legislature in 2006, Hernandez has authored several critical reproductive health bills and earned 100% on every PPAC scorecard.

In making public their endorsement, Crystal Strait, CEO/President of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, released the following statement:

“As a health care provider himself, Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by Planned Parenthood health centers. Dr. Hernandez has been a fierce advocate to protect Planned Parenthood funding and has worked to expand Medi-Cal eligibility.”

Strait added, “At this crucial time when access to women’s health care is under constant attack, we need bold, tough and experienced leadership in California. PPAC is honored to endorse candidates who not only support Planned Parenthood, but are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that millions of patients who rely on our services won’t be turned away.”

Senator Hernandez expressed his gratitude for the endorsement by remarking:

“Our nation is facing great division and uncertainty, particularly with the Trump Administration and its allies in Washington intent on stripping millions of vulnerable people of their ability to access necessary health care. I believe now, more than ever, California needs to set an example for the rest of the country that health care is a human right.

“I’m deeply grateful to have this endorsement from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California because they’re our nation’s premier state organization when it comes to protecting women’s reproductive health care. As a health care provider, I strongly believe that we must guarantee safe and legal access to reproductive health services, including abortion, for all Californians. It’s why I have consistently voted in the State Legislature to protect abortion rights and I have authored legislation to ensure that reproductive rights are covered in private and public health plans. As California’s next Lieutenant Governor, I will continue to advocate for the protection and expansion of reproductive rights, access to health services, and comprehensive sexual education in our public schools. I look forward to partnering closely with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California in my campaign and beyond.”

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’ video ad, “Proven Progressive,” click here.

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.

View Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot.

To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here.

View Senator Hernandez first digital video, titled  “A California Story,“.

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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