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February 15th - Long Beach Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez Out Raises All Opponents in Fundraising

"I am deeply grateful for the depth and breadth of support we have received in our campaign," said Gonzalez.  "The strong showing demonstrates that we are working hard and building a broad coalition of support from elected officials, community leaders, labor organizations, Democratic Party activists and more.  I look forward to expanding our efforts in the weeks ahead."

February 11th - No Endorsement From Democratic Caucus, But Long Beach's Gonzalez Gets Most Votes (The Grunion)

"A meeting Sunday of 33rd State Senate District representatives in the Democratic State Central Committee failed to reach an endorsement in that special election.

However, according to a press release from Lena Gonzalez, she received almost all of the votes cast for candidates. The current First District City Councilwoman for Long Beach said that she won 33 votes while Leticia Vasquez-Wilson had two and Jose Luis Solache had one."

February 11th - Clear Majority of Democratic Party Delegates Vote to Endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

“With nine Democrats in the race, it is indeed humbling to have received the support of a clear majority of delegates in the 33rd Senate District,” said Gonzalez. “I received support from delegates throughout the district – from Huntington Park to Long Beach – because they know that I will always stand up and defend the values and principles that unite us as Democrats and the notion that anyone, from any walk of life, should have a fair shot at the American Dream.”

February 5th - SEIU California Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of SEIU California and its 700,000 members," said Gonzalez. "SEIU is at the heart of the labor movement, fighting tirelessly to improve the lives of workers in California and throughout the country. I have spent my adult life standing up for working families and advocating for good jobs, fair wages, and quality and affordable health care. I want to bring this fight for working men and women to the State Senate, and I look forward to working with SEIU to build a future that makes the American Dream achievable for all."

February 4th - Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"As a classroom teacher, parent and as chair of the Assembly's Committee on Education, I strongly endorse Lena's campaign because I know that she will be a champion and a partner for California's public schools," said Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell. "Lena and I are both firm believers in guaranteeing access to career technical education and vocational opportunities. With her background in the technology industry, I know that Lena will be a leader in the efforts to increase the use of technology in our schools. I will do all I can to ensure that she is elected and to be my partner in the state legislature."

January


January 31st - Two More Organizations Representing Working Women and Men Endorse Lena Gonzalez's Campaign for State Senate

Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez announced today that she has received the endorsement of Teamsters Local 63 and Plumbers Local 78 in her race for State Senate. Gonzalez is running to replace Ricardo Lara, who resigned to serve as California Insurance Commissioner.

January 30th - Several Local Elected Officials Endorse Lena Gonzalez's Campaign for State Senate

"I am honored to received the endorsement of so many of my colleagues in local government," said Gonzalez. "They continue to place their confidence in me because they know that I understand the role of local government and the value of local control whether through municipal government, school board, college board, water board or any other special district. They know that they will have a partner and friend in me should I be elected to the California State Senate."

January 29th - Majority of the Long Beach Board of Education Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

Gonzalez issued the following statement upon receiving the endorsements of Craighead, Benitez and Kerr: "I am honored to have received the endorsements of Diana Craighead, Juan Benitez and Megan Kerr. These public servants give their all on behalf of the students and families they serve.

"It is sad that in the world's 5th largest economy, we are still ranked near the bottom in the nation in per pupil funding. I commit to Diana, Juan and Megan and to all the people of the 33rd State Senatorial District that will I work with my future colleagues in addressing this embarrassing situation. We can and we must do better for our future."

January 25th - Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

                 Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez says, "Assemblywoman Gonzalez is a champion for working people and I am so proud to have her early support of our campaign for State Senate. Together we will work to create policies that support the environment, protect working families and defend our immigrant community."

January 23rd - Several Labor Organizations Endorse Lena Gonzalez's Campaign for State Senate

"Throughout my career, I have always stood up for working women and men," said Gonzalez. "Whether it was standing up for our truck drivers or more recently, for hotel workers, I have always stood up for workers' rights. These endorsements serve as validators of my efforts on their behalf. I am thankful to have their support in our campaign and the thousands of working women and men that they represent."

January 22nd - Supervisor Hilda Solis Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"Lena Gonzalez is the best choice to represent us in Sacramento," said Supervisor Hilda Solis.  "Lena is a leader.  Whether it is protecting the rights of working men and women, fighting for the LGBTQ community, standing up for environmental justice or standing with our immigrant communities - Lena is already leading. Lena will continue that fight as our state senator and will not stop fighting until California is a stronger, safer and a more prosperous place for all individuals who call California home."

January 18th - Lena Gonzalez is the First Candidate to Qualify for the Ballot for the 33rd Senate District Special Election

                          "We are running a people-powered campaign and I am truly grateful for the faith and confidence we have received from voters and working families. The fact that we were able to accomplish this feat in less than 24 hours speaks volumes to the organization we have put together in this campaign. We look forward to continuing this momentum to election day and beyond."

January 18th - ILWU Locals 13, 63, and 94 Endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"Lena Gonzalez has been a champion for our issues, is battle-tested, and has always been a trusted friend of the men and women who work at the Ports of L.A. and Long Beach, said Mark Mendoza, President of ILWU Local 13. "In times like these, we need a State Senator who will go to Sacramento and fight not only to protect workers, but create more living wage jobs to continue growing California's economy."

January 16th - California Latino Legislative Caucus Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"While there are a number of outstanding candidates seeking to replace Ricardo Lara, Lena Gonzalez stands out as a leader, an advocate, and an active elected official," said Latino Caucus Chairwoman, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego). "Lena grew up in a working-class family and knows how hard the people in Los Angeles County are working to get ahead. [...] The Latino Caucus is pleased to endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate District 33."

January 14th - Senator Scott Wiener Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez announced today that she has received the endorsement of Legislative LGBT Caucus Chair, California State Senator Scott Wiener, in her race to fill the 33rd State Senatorial District seat vacated by Ricardo Lara who was inaugurated last week as California's Insurance Commissioner.

January 10th - Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"Councilwoman Pearce has been a champion and a defender of working people," said Gonzalez. "As a Councilwoman and a former union organizer, Jeannine has always had the interest of working people at heart. Her upbringing, struggle, perseverance and life experience allows her to understand the struggles of the working poor. I am honored to have her endorsement and look forward to working with her on behalf of those most in needs in our community."          

January 9th - Congressman Alan Lowenthal Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

Lowenthal issued the following statement upon endorsing Gonzalez: "Lena is a courageous public servant who stands up and fights for her communities. All of our families, regardless of income, zip code or family situation, deserve an opportunity to reach their full potential. Lena will stand up and fight for all California families as she has done in Long Beach. Now more than ever, we need someone like Lena in the State Senate and that is why she has my strongest endorsement."

January 8th - Long Beach Community College Trustees Endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"I'm proud to be endorsed by my friends and colleagues who have always had my support," said Gonzalez.  "Community colleges provide students with the knowledge and background necessary to compete in today's economy.  With a wide range of educational offerings, the colleges provide workforce training, basic courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions.  I commit to Trustees Zia, Malauulu and Ntuk and to all Californians that if I am elected to the California State Senate, community colleges will have a champion in me."

January 3rd - Paramount City Mayor Diane J. Martinez Endorses Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"Lena Gonzalez is a young and amazing leader," said Martinez. "She has done an amazing job on the city council fighting for workers' rights and the environment among other things. She is the kind of person we need right now in the California State Senate. I wholeheartedly endorse her campaign and look forward to continuing working with her as our state senator."            

January 2nd - In Game Changing Endorsement, Councilmember Roberto Uranga Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"I am beyond honored to have received the endorsement of Councilmember Uranga," said Gonzalez. "It's been an honor to have worked alongside Roberto for the past four and a half years. He is the consummate public servant, always putting his constituents and his community first even when it conflicts with his own ambitions. I am honored not only to call Roberto my colleague, but indeed my friend and family.”

2018


December 31st, 2018 - Huntington Park City Councilmembers Endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"I am honored to have earned the endorsements of Huntington Park City Councilmembers Karina Macias, Graciela Ortiz, Marilyn Sanabria and Manny Avila," said Gonzalez. "These four councilmembers are working together as a team to move Huntington Park forward. I look forward to working with them and being a part of their team in making Huntington Park, and the entire 33rd Senatorial District, a better place in which to live, work and play."

December 28th, 2018 - Supervisor Janice Hahn Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"I am thankful to Supervisor Hahn for her endorsement of our campaign," said Gonzalez. "In her short term on the Board, Janice has already established herself as a leader in the struggle to end the current homelessness crisis, a champion for communities plagued by pollution and health problems, and a dynamic new voice on the Metro Board of Directors. Her values are my values and I look forward to partnering with her on behalf of the communities of the 33rd State Senatorial District."

December 19th, 2018 - Lena Gonzalez Names Councilmember Rex Richardson as Campaign Chair

Statement from Campaign Chair Rex Richardson: "Lena represents a new future for Long Beach and every city in the 33rd Senate District. Her dynamic vision and passion for public service will make her an effective leader in Sacramento and strong voice for working families. As incoming Campaign Chair, I call on all our local leaders in Long Beach and across the region to unite behind this campaign for economic opportunity, good jobs, and equality."            

December 17th, 2018 - Mayor Robert Garcia Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"I've worked with Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez for 10 years, and during that time she's been my partner in expanding our fire and police departments, supporting small businesses, and fighting for the rights of all workers. She's smart, independent, and will be a strong voice for Long Beach," said Mayor Garcia. He continued, "As Mayor and a Metro Board member representing much of South East Los Angeles, I'm looking forward to doing everything I can to support Lena."        

December 14th, 2018 - Long Beach Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez Announces Run for State Senate

Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez filed paperwork today to replace California Insurance Commissioner-Elect Ricardo Lara in the California State Senate and kicked off her campaign with the strong endorsement of the outgoing Senator.

Statement from Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez: "I am committed to a new vision for Long Beach & South East LA - tackling climate change, creating more opportunities for affordable housing and un-apologetically supporting working families. I look forward to sharing ideas with community members in Senate District 33."

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