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November 5, 2018

CONTACT: Kate Maeder

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris Campaigns for
Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor


San Francisco, CA –  Today, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris rallied volunteers at Eleni Kounalakis’s textbank in San Francisco. Kounalakis’s campaign has activated nearly 400 volunteers statewide to text over 1 million women, as part of their get out the vote efforts.


Senator Harris said, “I am so proud to support Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor, and to join her today to help get out the vote. Eleni will be an excellent leader for California. She’s a fighter, and she has the courage and commitment to make real progress for families across this state.”


“When I stepped forward to run for Lt. Governor, there was no one more supportive or encouraging than U.S. Senator Kamala Harris,” said Kounalakis. “I admire her strength and her leadership in Washington, and I am so grateful to have her support ahead of Election Day.”

ICYMI: Time Magazine recently covered the Kounalakis campaign’s innovative way to reach voters before Election Day. The campaign reports reaching more than 1 million women in California via peer-to peer-text messages.


Kounalakis is endorsed by President Barack Obama, Senators Kamala Harris and Senator Dianne Feinstein, former Senator Barbara Boxer, former Governor Gray Davis, and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. They join over a dozen members of Congress, California Federation of Teachers, California League of Conservation Voters, Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, EMILY’s List, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, California State University Employees Union SEIU 2579, scores of local and state leaders, and over 30 Democratic clubs across California.

Kounalakis was the top vote-getter in the June Primary, winning 28 counties across the state. She is the only Democratic woman in the race for Lt. Governor and would be the first woman elected Lt. Governor in California history. 


She kicked off her campaign in 2017 by visiting all 58 counties. She spent the summer and fall traveling across the state, meeting with Democratic central committees, clubs, activists, and community leaders. She received the support from over a thousand delegates to the California Democratic Party Convention and has built a base of grassroots support that helped her place first in the primary and will help her win in November.


Eleni Kounalakis served overseas as Ambassador to Hungary in the Obama Administration from 2010-2013 and spent 18 years delivering affordable homes and building housing communities in the Sacramento region. She is a life-long Democrat and five-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention.


She was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to lead the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council and served as a member of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism and the First 5 Commission, where she worked to provide and improve opportunities for early childhood education. 


Kounalakis was born and raised in Sacramento and is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Dartmouth College. She and her husband, Markos, live in San Francisco where they are raising their two teenage sons.


Her blend of experience in public service and as a successful businesswoman, economic advisor, and job creator make her uniquely qualified to serve as Lt. Governor. You can learn more about her campaign and see her growing endorsement list at


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