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Equality California Announces Early Support of Openly LGBTQ+ Champion Steve Padilla for California Senate
“As the first LGBTQ+ person and first person of color elected to city office in Chula Vista, Steve Padilla is more than familiar with making history.”
February 22, 2021 at 9:07 am

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February 22, 2021

CONTACT: Joshua Stickney, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (405) 315-4151/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LOS ANGELESEquality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, has announced an early endorsement of openly LGBTQ+ Chula Vista City Councilmember Steve Padilla for Senate District 40. Senator Ben Hueso — who currently represents Senate District 40 — will not seek re-election in 2022 and has endorsed Steve Padilla to succeed him. The Senate District 40 primary election will take place on June 7, 2022 and the general election will take place on November 8, 2022.  

“As the first LGBTQ+ person and first person of color elected to city office in Chula Vista, Steve Padilla is more than familiar with making history,” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur. “That’s why Equality California is thrilled to support Steve’s historic run to be the first openly LGBTQ+ person to represent Senate District 40. Steve will be a champion for local job opportunities, public safety and LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice, as well as an invaluable addition to the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus.”  

Councilmember Steve Padilla is a lifelong resident and former mayor of Chula Vista. Currently, he serves as Chair of the California Coastal Commission and Vice Chair of the San Diego Community Power. During his tenure as mayor, Steve served on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the regional board of the California League of Cities and as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Steve is a member of the Equality California Institute Board of Directors.  

“As San Diego County’s first LGBTQ+ Latino Mayor, I’ve been working toward equity and justice for our community for my entire career,” said Steve Padilla. “I am honored by the endorsement of Equality California and look forward to working toward more progress for LGBTQ+ Californians on issues like equitable COVID recovery and access to healthcare.”  

Steve Padilla has already been endorsed by a number of state and local officials, including Senator Ben Hueso, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, openly LGBTQ+ Assemblymember Chris Ward, Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas, Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis and many others.  

For a complete list of Equality California’s 2022 endorsements, 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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