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For Immediate Release

November 7, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 13, 63 and 94 Endorse State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’ Bid for California Lieutenant Governor

WEST COVINA, CA — Continuing his grow his coalition of support from organizations that represent working people, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez won endorsements from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 13, 63 and 94 in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor.

In announcing their endorsement, ILWU Local 13 President Mark Mendoza released the following statement:

“We’re proud to announce our strong support of Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’ campaign for California Lieutenant Governor. Throughout his career in public service, Dr. Ed has stood with working people, fighting for an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. He’s fought to make healthcare more affordable and accessible, stood with labor to push for more job-training programs, infrastructure investments and workers’ rights laws. Senator Ed Hernandez is the only candidate with a proven record of standing up for working families, and we’re thrilled to endorse him. As Lieutenant Governor, we know he will be a key ally with us to ensure that America’s Port maintains its competitiveness and that good paying middle class jobs at the Port are secure and protected.”

Just days ago Senator Hernandez was endorsed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council and the California Teachers Association (CTA). Beyond today’s news, Senator Hernandez has raked-in endorsements from over 50 labor unions.

Significantly, just weeks ago, 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:

Unshaken by big moneyed special interests, Hernandez not only has taken on Big Pharma but also fought Big Tobacco, as the architect of California’s landmark law to raise the state’s smoking age to 21.

In addition to today’s news, Senator Hernandez has raised over $2 million for the statewide effort and has locked in far-reaching support across California.
To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here or on the screen shot below.


Several months back, Senator Hernandez released his first digital video, titled  “A California Story,” which can be viewed by clicking on the screen image below:



Beyond today’s announcement, Senator Dr. Hernandez’ campaign has released an expansive list of over 400 endorsements from grassroots activists, community leaders, federal, state and local elected officials, public safety groups and over 50 labor unions.

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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