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Equality California Endorses Candidates in AD-39 Special Election, Additional Legislative Races
March 15, 2018 at 8:34 am

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March 15, 2018

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: sam@eqca.org

SACRAMENTO — Equality California announced a series of candidate endorsements today, including in the special election to fill the California Assembly seat for District 39. The candidates endorsed by Equality California are as follows:

Assembly District 39 (Special Election)

Equality California has endorsed Antonio Sanchez in the special election for Assembly District 39, which includes the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar and the City of San Fernando. As a workforce development director for the IBEW Local 11, Antonio helps students and workers in the Valley train for better paying jobs that help power our economy. If elected, Antonio would be a champion for affordable housing, increased support services for California students and in fighting back against the Trump Administration’s attacks on LGBTQ equality.

“A child of immigrants who worked hard to give him a shot at the American Dream, Antonio Sanchez is a tested fighter who will stand up for the Valley’s LGBTQ and immigrant communities,” said Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California. “Antonio has the experience, passion and grit to go to Sacramento and get results on the issues that matter most to Valley families and small businesses — including affordable housing, quality health care and great public schools.”

Assembly District 6

Equality California has endorsed Jackie Smith for Assembly District 6, which includes Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin, Roseville, Fair Oaks, Folsom and Orangevale. The seat is currently held by conservative Republican Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin), who received a score of just 10% on Equality California’s 2017 Legislative Scorecard. Jackie is a small business owner and active community leader in South Placer County. She has served as a long time board member of the Sunburst Project, a camp for kids with HIV/AIDS and as an executive board member for the California Democratic Party’s LGBTQ Caucus. Jackie’s election to the Assembly would help to grow California’s Legislative LGBT Caucus and continue the progress we’ve made toward full equality.

“Equality California is proud to endorse Jackie Smith’s campaign to be the Sacramento Valley’s next Assemblymember,” said Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California. “Unlike her opponent, Jackie would be a champion for civil rights and full equality for all Californians, including the LGBTQ community. ”

Senate District 34

Equality California has endorsed Tom Umberg for Senate District 34, which includes Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Rossmore, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Westminster and parts of Long Beach, Anaheim, Huntington Beach and Orange. A retired Army colonel and former federal prosecutor who represented Orange County in the Assembly from 1990 to 1994 and again from 2004 to 2006, Umberg has a strong track record of supporting LGBTQ equality. He was an early supporter of marriage equality in the California Legislature and had a 100% conviction rate as an Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting civil rights violations.The seat is currently held by Republican Senator Janet Nguyen, who received a score of just 30% on Equality California’s 2017 Legislative Scorecard.

“Tom Umberg has a long track record of fighting for Orange County families — in the Army, as a federal prosecutor and in the California Assembly,” said Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California. “He’s been a champion for communities of color, a champion for small business owners and a champion for our LGBTQ community. It’s time to send Tom back to Sacramento to continue the fight.”

For a full list of Equality California’s 2018 endorsements to date, visit eqca.org/our-endorsements


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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