Today, Ann Ravel announced that she has earned the endorsement of Latinas Lead California, the state’s first political action committee that solely focuses on supporting Latinas running for office. The organization is committed to electing Latina candidates who are passionate about creating effective public policies and fighting for reproductive rights, equal pay for equal work, economic prosperity, and a sustainable environment.
“As someone who was raised in Chile, the daughter of a Brazilian mother, and whose family moved to San Jose when she was 11, Ann Ravel understands the issues facing many Latinas in our state,” said Diana Rodriguez, President of Latinas Lead California. “From picking fruit in the Salinas Valley and working on the assembly line in a fruit cannery to serving in the Obama administration — her work is a testament to her fighting spirit. In the State Senate, Ann will work to ensure every child has the same opportunities for success that she did.”
“My campaign is about returning power to people, and making sure that every voice and experience is represented in the State Capitol,” said Ravel. “I am so grateful for Latinas Lead California’s support for my election, and look forward to working together to elect more Latinas across California.”
Latinas Lead California joins a growing coalition of distinguished organizations and leaders supporting Ravel’s bid for State Senate, including EMILY’s List, End Citizens United, California Women’s List, Members of Congress Katie Porter, John Sarbanes and Jackie Speier, Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Controller Betty Yee, State Senators Melissa Hurtado and Susan Rubio, Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio and Santa Clara County Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Joe Simitian. During the primary, The Mercury News called Ravel a “standout” candidate and said “Ravel is the one with the strength of character and respect to make a difference on the most important issues facing Californians.”
Ravel’s lifetime of public service has been defined by her fights to protect consumers and empower voters. Twice she was chosen by President Barack Obama to serve in his administration – first fighting on behalf of consumers at the Department of Justice, then working to make our elections fairer and more transparent as head of the Federal Elections Commission.
Ravel was also appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as Chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, leading a first-in-the-nation fight against the Koch Brothers and their illegal dark money network. As Santa Clara County’s chief attorney, she took on tobacco companies and won support for better healthcare, won pioneering cases protecting consumers, was a champion of a precedent-setting case to safeguard children from lead paint, and was never afraid to defend equality for all people.
To learn more about Ann Ravel’s campaign and see her growing endorsement list, visit http://www.RavelforCA.com.
California’s State Senate District 15 includes San Jose, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga. This is an open seat – current State Senator Jim Beall is termed out in 2020.