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For Immediate Release

January 29, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Endorsement from Labor Powerhouse, California School Employees Association, Underscores State Senator’s Unrivaled Support Among Working People

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Serving as fresh evidence of the unparalleled support he’s received among organizations that represent working people, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’ campaign for California Lieutenant Governor secured a hugely influential endorsement from the California School Employees’ Association (CSEA).

In announcing their backing of Senator Hernandez for Lt. Governor, CSEA President Ben Valdepena released the following statement:

“The California School Employees Association is pleased to endorse Senator Ed Hernandez for California Lieutenant Governor. He’s been a fierce ally and partner with our members and the broader labor movement, fighting for a working families agenda up and down the state. We know we can count on Ed Hernandez to advance a pro-worker, pro-public education, pro-middle class agenda as California’s next Lieutenant Governor and we’re excited to support his campaign.”

In addition to today’s announcement, Senator Hernandez has earned over 500 endorsements from organizations that represent working families like the California Nurses Association, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, the California Teachers Association, and State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, as well as public safety groups like the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), along with an expansive list of grassroots activists, elected officials and community leaders across California.

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 on the screen below or 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.

To view Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot, click on the screen shot below:

To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here or on the screen shot below.

To view Senator Hernandez first digital video, titled  “A California Story,”  click on the screen image below:

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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