Los Angeles – Equality California announced today that it has extended an early endorsement of State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) for California Insurance Commissioner in the 2018 election cycle.
During his time in the California Legislature, Lara has been a strong voice for the expansion of quality, affordable healthcare for all Californians. In 2015, Lara won passage of his Health for All Kids Act, which expanded Medi-Cal to all California children under the age of 19 regardless of immigration status. He also advocated for insurance coverage for adult immigrants. Lara has been a strong opponent of attempts by the Trump Administration to overturn or weaken the Affordable Care Act, and he recently proposed that California establish its own single-payer healthcare system.
“Ricardo Lara’s candidacy is historic,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “Not only would he be the first openly gay California state insurance commissioner, but he would be the first openly gay statewide elected officeholder in California history. With that said, these are not the primary reasons we’re supporting Senator Lara. Instead, we’re enthusiastically endorsing Ricardo Lara’s campaign because he has been a fierce, loyal and dedicated leader within and on behalf of the LGBT community, working to tear down barriers and ensure equality for all. In addition, part of his focus as a member of the legislature was to ensure that all Californians have access to affordable, high quality healthcare, and he has fought for healthcare coverage for some of the most vulnerable members of the community. He’s a tried and true progressive and represents the best choice for California insurance commissioner.”
Lara has authored a number of Equality California-sponsored bills, including last year’s Senate Bill 1146, which requires religious colleges and universities to publish whether they discriminate against LGBT students. He has served as chairman of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and is vice chairman of the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus. He also serves on the board of directors of Equality California Institute, Equality California’s 501(c)(3) affiliated organization.
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society. Our mission is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. Our mission includes advancing the health and well-being of LGBT Californians through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Through electoral, advocacy, education and mobilization programs, we strive to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals. www.eqca.org