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March 18th - Lena Gonzalez Earns Endorsement of the California Nurses Association

"I am grateful to have the support of the women and men who serve on the front lines of healthcare in California," said Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez.  "The California Nurses Association has an incredible track record of improving patient care protections and hospital safety.  In the Senate, I look forward to working closely with the women and men of CNA to continue improving health care outcomes in California."

March 15th - Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez Out Raises All Opponents in Senate Race

Continuing to dominate the field in fundraising, Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez announced today that she has out raised her opponents during the last campaign finance reporting period in her race to represent the 33rd State Senatorial District in the California State Senate. This is the second consecutive reporting period that Gonzalez out raises all of her opponents.

March 13th - Peace Officers Research Association of California Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

Brian Marvel, President of PORAC, issued the following statement in announcing their endorsement of Gonzalez:

"The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) is proud to endorse your campaign for election to Senate District #33 in 2019.  PORAC prides itself on carefully scrutinizing the qualifications of every candidate. You will be an excellent representative for your district, especially in regards to the issues involving public safety.  As public safety officers, we appreciate your willingness to keep the avenues of communication open and your concerted efforts to seek our input on issues involving public safety and law enforcement. These qualities make you truly deserving of the PORAC endorsement."

March 12th - CAL FIRE Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"Our active and retired members look forward to working with [Lena Gonzalez] on legislation affecting CAL FIRE and enhancing emergency services for the citizens of California," said Tim Edwards, President of CAL FIRE Local 2881 [to Lena Gonzalez].  "We hope our endorsement of your candidacy will assist you, and more importantly, the voters in the 33rd Senate District in making their choice on Election Day.  We look forward to working with you in the years to come."

March 11th - Newly Elected Signal Hill Councilmember Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"I am excited to give my first endorsement as Councilmember-Elect to Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez for State Senate," said Councilmember-Elect Keir Jones. "She is the right person to represent the people of Signal Hill in the State Senate. Her advocacy and leadership on policies that support working people, increase access to green space and protect small businesses is needed in Sacramento. As someone who knows the impact of a close election, having lost my first try for City Council by one vote, I encourage everyone to pay attention to this race and send Lena Gonzalez to the State Senate on March 26th,” he continued.

March 8th - Women's Political Committee and Several Prominent Women in Elected Office Endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

“On this International Women's Day, I am proud to announce the support of the Women's Political Committee and these four amazing and progressive woman in elected office," said Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez.  "When elected to the Senate, I look forward to working with them on issues of equity.  We have come so far but we so much more to do. We must protect reproductive rights which are under attack by this administration.  We must eliminate the pay equity gap and we must ensure that everyone has their human and civil rights protected regardless of where they come from, what they look like, or who they love."

March 6th - Senator Susan Rubio and Assemblymember Blanca Rubio Endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"I am honored to be endorsed by Senator Rubio and Assemblywoman Rubio," said Gonzalez.  "Their story is the American story which is shared by many individuals in the 33rd District and throughout California.  Their story, from being deported to returning to the United States and eventually becoming citizens and now serving in the California legislature is only possible in our great country.  I look forward to working with them in ensuring that all Californians have the same opportunity to achieve their God-given potential. I am thankful for their faith and confidence in me and I look forward to working with both of them when I am elected to the Senate."

March 5th - Lena Gonzalez Endorsed by Over 300,000 Classroom Teachers in Her Race for State Senate

"Lena Gonzalez has worked to create career pathways for youth, especially girls and children of color, to have access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in our schools," said Eric C. Heins, President of CTA.  "As State Senator, Lena will fight to protect education funding, stand up for students and their teachers and ensure all children receive a quality education. For these reasons, CTA members proudly support Lena."

March 4th - Long Beach Democrats Unite Behind Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"I am honored to have received the endorsement of Long Beach Democrats in my race for State Senate," said Long Beach Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez.  "I have spent my tenure on the Long Beach City Council standing up for working families and advocating for good jobs, fair wages, quality and affordable health care, the environment and much more.  Long Beach Democrats 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.”

March 1st - State Building & Construction Trades Council Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"Lena Gonzalez is a fighter for workers and will be completely dedicated to improving the lives of all working families,” said Cesar Diaz, Legislative & Political Director of the State Building & Construction Trades Council. “We are proud to endorse her for the California State Senate so that working Californians have a stronger voice in the Legislature.”

February


February 28th - California League of Conservation Voters Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

In announcing the support of the CLCV for her campaign, Gonzalez issued the following statement:

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of the California League of Conservation Voters, a respected and forceful voice in California’s environmental community. I look forward to working with the CLCV to advance strong environmental policies for our communities.

“I care deeply about protecting our environment and will continue to lead efforts to preserve our coast, expand green space, fight climate change and clean up our air and water. I am aware of an independent expenditure active in the race, and I want to be clear that I will not accept oil company contributions nor will I be influenced by special interests. These groups are acting independently, and I have not coordinated or courted their involvement.

"I am proud that my campaign is supported by environmentalists, progressive leaders and organizations representing working women and men."

February 27th - Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"The working men and women of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor are proud to stand with Lena Gonzalez, a true champion for working men and women," said Rusty Hicks, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO"Lena has a proven track record of standing up for working Californians to ensure they have a living wage, safe working conditions and retirement security. In the State Senate, Lena will continue fighting for the issues that matter, including good paying jobs, affordable housing, and equal opportunities for all Californians."

February 26th - Equality California and Stonewall Democratic Club Endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"As a proud LGBTQ ally, I am honored to have earn the endorsements of both Equality California and the Stonewall Democratic Club," said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. "I’ve dedicated my career to ensuring that everyone in our society has a fair shot - no matter who you are, where you come from, what zip code you live in, or who you love. I look forward to working with LGBTQ leaders throughout Senate District 33 and across our state to lead on policies that support equality for all."

February 25th - Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Action Fund Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"For generations, Planned Parenthood has been a leader in providing access to vital health care services for thousands of women and families across our state," said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. "I am honored to have the support of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project and thankful for their confidence in me. I look forward to working with Planned Parenthood to protect women’s health in the State Senate."

February 25th - Equality California Endorses Lena Gonzalez for Senate District 33 Special Election

Councilmember Lena Gonzalez currently represents the First Council District in the City of Long Beach. She was first elected in June 2014 and unanimously re-elected last year. An ally to and champion for the LGBTQ community, she has hosted many LGBTQ community events in the City of Long Beach, including Transgender Day of Remembrance and an annual Harvey Milk celebration honoring local LGBTQ advocates and leaders. Councilmember Gonzalez also led an open letter to President Trump in opposition to his anti-transgender agenda and has advocated for funding from the state and federal governments to support LGBTQ business owners.

February 22nd - California Professional Firefighters Endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

“California Professional Firefighters are proud to support Lena Gonzalez for State Senate,” said Brian Rice, President of CPF. “Throughout her career, Lena Gonzalez has been a strong, uncompromising voice for first responders, their families and the citizens we serve. She has stood with California’s firefighters in good times and bad and we are proud to stand with her.”

February 20th - Long Beach Police Officers Endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

"Councilmember Gonzalez has a proven record of supporting public safety and providing our officers with the resources needed to keep our neighborhoods safe," said Jim Foster, President of the LBPOA.  "She has consistently worked to build bridges with stakeholders from all aspects of our community, and we believe she will do a tremendous job representing California’s 33rd State Senate District."

February 19th - Long Beach Firefighters Endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate

“The Long Beach Firefighters are proud to support Lena Gonzalez for State Senate,” said Rex Pritchard, President of the Long Beach Firefighters Association. “We’ve worked with Lena for almost 10 years. She has been a strong, uncompromising voice for first responders, their families and the people we serve. We know that she will continue to stand with us and all California firefighters in good times and bad and we are proud to stand with her.”

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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