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Equality California Endorses Malia Cohen for Controller
June 30, 2022 at 10:59 am

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June 30, 2022

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

LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, endorsed Board of Equalization Chair and longtime ally Malia Cohen for California State Controller on Thursday. Throughout her career, Cohen has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice. She would be the third Black woman to hold statewide office in California and the third woman to serve as California Controller.

Outgoing Controller Betty Yee, a member of Equality California’s Executive Director’s Council, recruited Cohen to run for the position and has endorsed her campaign, along with the California Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and more than a dozen LGBTQ+ elected and community leaders throughout the state.

“As Chair of the Board of Equalization and a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Malia Cohen has always stood with the LGBTQ+ community in our fight for full, lived equality,” said Equality California Executive Director Tony Hoang. “We are confident that Malia will continue to be a champion and advocate for all LGBTQ+ people as California’s next Controller, continuing our friend Betty Yee’s incredible legacy. We look forward to our continued work together when Malia wins in November.”

“I am honored to be the endorsed candidate for state Controller of Equality California, an historic institution leading the fight for human and civil rights for LGBTQ+ communities across our state,” said Cohen. “I am deeply aligned with Equality California’s mission and work to uplift historically marginalized communities. As Controller, I will make sure our spending matches our morals, reflecting our definitive priorities and values as Californians.”

As the first Black woman elected to the California State Board of Equalization, Cohen has sought to address funding inequities and their impact on underrepresented communities. On the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, she led efforts to divest the city’s pension fund from fossil fuels and fought to increase the minimum wage. She also served as President of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System (SFERS), where she helped generate more than $14 million in revenue to help fund public health measures in San Francisco.

For a complete list of Equality California’s 2022 endorsements, please visit eqca.org/elections.


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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