California State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, California Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins, and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia will join Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez and her supporters to watch returns in the California State Senate 33rd District Special Election.
When asked how has her experience as Councilwoman prepared her for State Senate, Lena Gonzalez said, "I've been in public service for ten years, and on the city council in Long Beach for five years. It's really prepared me, being from a big city - we're a city of half a million in Long Beach, and I represent downtown, a portion of the Port, and also the central Long Beach area. ... I've had to balance a lot of needs, but I've also been able to sit on federal and legislative committees to lobby in Sacramento and in DC on behalf of my community."
May 21st - ‘The right person for this position’: Lena Gonzalez pushes back against critics as election nears (Long Beach Post)
“I’m not second-guessing myself,” [Lena Gonzalez] said. “I know I’m the right person for this position and I think other people’s egos or their staunch negativity for a woman like myself to be in this space I think is just smoke and mirrors to the reality. Which is, we need someone from Long Beach, but also I’m the right person for this.”
May 17th - California Senate hopeful Lena Gonzalez states her case one doorstep at a time (Los Angeles Daily News)
May 12th - Lena Gonzalez featured in Palacio Magazine - So Much Done. So Much More to Do. (Palacio Magazine)
May 7th - Long Beach debate displays big differences between state Senate candidates Gonzalez, Guerrero (Press-Enterprise)
Gonzalez said she supports “California values that are progressive and inclusive,” and stood up for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, the state’s recently enacted gas tax and immigrant “sanctuary” laws. She proposed an activist government agenda to protect the environment, promote public schools, hold down rent and make health care available to everybody “whether documented or not.”
“Over the last 10 years I’ve been a great public servant. And over the last five years I’ve worked very hard on a few key issues, one in particular,” Gonzalez said, touting her environmental work to ban Styrofoam in Long Beach.
April 23rd - EMILY's List Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate
"Lena Gonzalez is a tireless advocate for coastal communities and California's working families. As a Long Beach City Councilmember, Lena has been a passionate advocate for public education, environmental protection, and women's equality," said Geri Prado, senior director of state and local campaigns at EMILY's List. "We are excited to support Lena's campaign for California State Senate."
"Two candidates for the 33rd California State Senate seat, Lena Gonzalez and Jack Guerrero, have committed to a debate Monday, May 6, starting at 7 p.m. at Veterans Park in Long Beach.
The forum, put on by the Wrigley Neighborhood Association, is the only debate scheduled so far before the Tuesday, June 4 runoff in the special election for a vacant seat representing the 33rd District, which stretches from Long Beach through smaller cities along the 710 Freeway."
"Democrat Lena Gonzalez and Republican Jack Guerrero were first and second atop a big pack of candidates Tuesday night and headed for a runoff in a special election for the California Senate in Long Beach and other cities south of downtown Los Angeles."
"It has never been more critical that we send champions for working families to Sacramento," said Senator Kevin De Leon. "With our greatest challenges ahead of us, I couldn’t be more proud to endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate. I have long admired the great work she has done on the Long Beach City Council, and I know she will deliver for the people of the 33rd District on Day 1."
At two different Get Out The Vote (GOTV) rallies this morning, over three hundred supporters gathered to hear from several elected officials including Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, State Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell, Huntington Park Mayor Karina Macias, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Paramount Mayor Diane Martinez. Over 20 elected officials from throughout the 33rd Senate District were in attendance at both rallies.
Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez announced today that she has received the endorsements of the California Faculty Association (CFA) and the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) in her race for State Senate. They join the California Teachers Association in endorsing Gonzalez.
With each organization researching the 11 candidates on the ballot, reviewing questionnaires, and conducting interviews with the candidates, Gonzalez continues to be the sole candidate to earn the endorsements of educational organizations in the race for State Senate.
Cementing her role as the preferred choice of women organizations, Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez announced today that she has received the much coveted and powerful endorsements of California Women's List and the California Democratic Women's Legislative Caucus in her race for State Senate. They join the Women's Political Committee, Democratic Women's Study Club and Planned Parenthood in endorsing Gonzalez.
"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."
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."
"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."
"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.”
"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.”
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 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
“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 19th - Long Beach Firefighters Endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate
"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)
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."
"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 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.
"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."
"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."
"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
"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."
"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.
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 3rd - Paramount City Mayor Diane J. Martinez Endorses Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez for State Senate
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.”
December 31st, 2018 - Huntington Park City Councilmembers Endorse Lena Gonzalez for State Senate
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
December 17th, 2018 - Mayor Robert Garcia Endorses Lena Gonzalez for State Senate
December 14th, 2018 - Long Beach Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez Announces Run for State Senate