Sacramento—Today, Equality California announced the endorsement of three strong, pro-equality candidates for California State Senate offices.
“Polling demonstrates that public support for LGBTQ equality continues to grow in California and nationally, and having pro-equality representatives in our state legislature is crucial to continued progress for our community,” said Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California. “The candidates we have endorsed today will ensure California continues to support the LGBTQ community with strong, progressive legislation.”
Senate District 22
Equality California interviewed two candidates with strong records of support for LGBTQ equality for Senate District 22, which represents the San Gabriel Valley. Based on their past commitment and advocacy, Equality California is making a dual endorsement of Mike Eng and Susan Rubio because we believe they will both continue to demonstrate strong leadership to advance LGBTQ civil rights and social justice as a member of the California State Senate.
Eng is an immigration attorney and former State Assemblymember. Prior to serving in the Assembly, he was a councilmember and mayor for the city of Monterey Park. Eng is a dedicated public servant and community leader with a demonstrated record of fighting for LGBTQ equality while in public office. During his previous service in the State Assembly, Eng earned as a 100% pro-equality voting record and consistently worked to bolster the rights of LGBTQ students, including by authoring AB 1156, which strengthened protections for victims of bullying in schools and increased school safety. He came out strongly and publicly against Proposition 8 in 2008, and has pledged to continue his ardent leadership on LGBTQ issues as a State Senator.
“Mike Eng’s record in the fight for LGBTQ rights speaks for itself,” stated Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California. “In the California Assembly, Eng had a 100% pro-equality voting record and clearly established himself as a strong ally to the LGBTQ community with his work to prevent bullying in our schools and to improve the safety of LGBTQ students. In 2008, as a member of the Assembly, Eng came out strongly against Proposition 8 and partnered with API Equality Los Angeles to mobilize the Asian Pacific Islander communities and others to support marriage equality. We are proud to endorse Mike Eng for State Senate and have no doubt that if elected, he will continue to champion the civil rights of LGBTQ people.”
Rubio is Baldwin Park City Councilmember and has been a teacher at Monrovia Unified School District for 15 years. First elected to City Clerk in 2005, she has served on the city council since 2009. A lifelong educator, community leader, and advocate for LGBTQ and immigrant communities, Rubio has fought to increase access to quality, affordable education, improve public safety, and provide jobs for families across the San Gabriel Valley. As a teacher, she advocated for LGBTQ cultural competency training in schools, one of EQCA’s highest priorities. As a Baldwin Park City Council member, she has consistently worked to address the needs LGBTQ people in the city of Baldwin Park, and has been a champion for economic, environmental, and social justice in her community. She proudly opposed Proposition 8 and has also worked with Equality California and other LGBTQ organizations at the local level to increase acceptance of LGBTQ people, and provide vital protections for LGBTQ youth in schools.
“Susan Rubio will be a strong ally for the LGBTQ community as a member of California’s State Senate,” stated Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California. “As a school teacher, Rubio evidenced a deep knowledge of the challenges that LGBTQ students face in the school and she has proposed and advocated for specific policies to require LGBTQ cultural competency training for school counsellors and others in the schools. She has been a strong advocate for both marriage equality and providing culturally competent services for LGBTQ people by local governments. With over two decades of experience as a community leader, teacher, and public servant, we are confident that as a State Senator, Rubio will work with other pro-equality Senators to advance LGBTQ civil rights and social justice.
Senate District 24
Equality California endorses Maria Elena Durazo for California’s Senate District 24, which encompasses much of Central and East Los Angeles. A child of migrant farmworkers, Durazo has dedicated her life to empower others and to fight for the rights of workers, immigrants, and California families. As leader of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the largest group of unions in the California representing over 800,000 workers, and recently as Vice President of the national union UNITE-HERE, Durazo has fought for affordable healthcare, raising the minimum wage, immigrant rights, and marriage equality. She has developed and mentored LGBTQ labor leaders across the country, and as a national labor leader, she has demonstrated a deep commitment to increasing protections and promoting equality for LGBTQ people in the workplace.
“Maria Elena Durazo has been a lifelong champion for workers’ and immigrant rights, women, students, and the LGBTQ community, stated Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California. “As the leader of the largest group of labor unions in California, she has consistently fought for LGBTQ equality and social justice in the union and the workplace, helped win affordable healthcare for thousands of families, and advocated for increasing the minimum wage and bolstering workplace protections for immigrants and LGBTQ people. Her service in the State Senate will elevate the voices of vulnerable communities across California. We are proud to endorse her for Senate District 22 and work with her to continue to extend protections and provide job training for LGBTQ workers, as well as advance equality and social justice for LGBTQ people and all communities we are a part of.”
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