Ravel continues to build support from members of California’s Assembly Democratic Caucus
San Jose, CA – Today, Ann Ravel announced that California Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, Laura Friedman, Jesse Gabriel and Blanca Rubio have endorsed her campaign for California State Senate. The Southern California legislators add their names to the significant number of local, state and federal lawmakers supporting Ravel’s candidacy.
“When Governor Brown needed someone to get dark money out of politics, he hired Ann Ravel. When President Obama needed someone to defend fair elections, he hired Ann Ravel,” said Friedman. “Now voters have a chance to hire Ann Ravel as the public interest advocate we need in Sacramento.”
“Ann Ravel has been a state and national leader when it comes to taking back our elections so we can make real progress on the issues Californians care about most,” said Bloom. “We’d be lucky to have someone with Ann’s experience join us in Sacramento and I’m proud to endorse her campaign.”
“President Obama appointed Ann Ravel to serve Americans because she has spent her entire career fighting to put power back into the hands of the people,” said Gabriel. “I’m supporting Ann for State Senate because we need more fighters like her in Sacramento to take on important issues like equal access to health care, affordable housing, and creating new middle-class jobs.”
“Ann has spent her career fighting for children and families in every community,” said Rubio. “As Santa Clara County’s top attorney, she led a precedent-setting case to protect children from lead paint poisoning and created programs to protect seniors and the vulnerable. I know she’ll bring that same relentless and bold action to the State Senate.”
“Richard, Laura, Jesse and Blanca have all led key efforts to ensure our state government works for everyone, from protecting our environment to building more affordable housing to ensuring every community has access to quality health care and education,” said Ravel. “I am proud to have earned their support.”
Bloom, Friedman, Gabriel and Rubio join a growing coalition of distinguished leaders and organizations who are supporting Ravel’s bid for State Senate. Last week, Ravel announced endorsements from California State Senators Steve Glazer, Melissa Hurtado and Susan Rubio.
Ravel previously earned endorsements from Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, State Senators Connie Leyva and Hannah-Beth Jackson, and Congressmembers Jackie Speier, John Sarbanes and Katie Porter. 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 make government work effectively and for everyone, not just the dark money donors who fund so many elections. Twice she was tapped 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 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.