EQCA is the largest statewide LGBTQ organization in the nation
San José, CA – Today, Ann Ravel’s campaign for State Senate, District 15, announced the endorsement of Equality California, the largest statewide LGBTQ organization in the nation with over 800,000 members.
Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur said, “Ann Ravel is a stalwart ally to the LGBTQ community, and we are proud to endorse her Senate campaign. Ann will champion fair elections, social justice for marginalized communities and civil rights for LGBTQ Californians.”
“Equality and justice are my core values. I am honored by this endorsement because EQCA exemplifies the fight for equal rights and justice for all,” Ravel said. “While people are now free to marry whomever they love, the fight for the LGBTQ community is far from over. As State Senator, I will support the LGBTQ Caucus and continue to advocate for equal justice under the law, support LGBTQ youth, and protect against discrimination in healthcare, the workplace, and society at-large.”
Ravel has been a consistent and vocal advocate and ally for the LGBTQ community. She was on the frontlines of defending marriage equality as Santa Clara County Counsel when she took Prop 8 to court. You can read her Mercury News op-ed from 2008 here.
Equality California joins a growing list of organizations and distinguished leaders to support Ravel’s campaign, including Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, State Controller Betty Yee, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, State Senators Connie Leyva and Hannah-Beth Jackson, Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, End Citizens United, FundHer, California League of Conservation Voters and many others.
Ravel has fought against the corruption of money in politics in every level of government. She brings that integrity with her to her own race for State Senate.
Because of her public leadership for campaign finance reform, ethics, transparency and holding violators accountable, Ravel earned an early endorsement from End Citizens United, a national organization dedicated to campaign finance reform, bringing transparency to government, and ending dark money in politics.
Ravel has lived and worked in San José and Los Gatos for most of her life. She worked her way up in the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office and was appointed by the Board of Supervisors as County Counsel. She served eleven years and took on big tobacco, protected families from lead paint, challenged Prop 8 in the California Supreme Court to defend marriage equality, and created innovative programs, including one that protected seniors from financial abuse.
Appointed by President Obama to serve as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, Ravel held oil giant BP accountable after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She stood up to pharmaceutical companies that were breaking the law and taking advantage of the vulnerable, and helped Native Americans qualify for federal compensation after they suffered from life threatening cancers caused by the uranium mining.
As Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment to Chair the Fair Political Practices Commission, she led the first-in-the-nation fight against the Koch Brothers network when they used dark money to try to pass Proposition 32, the paycheck deception ballot measure. Her work – and her integrity – earned the attention of President Barack Obama who nominated her to the Federal Election Commission.
Ravel was raised by a strong Brazilian mother and American father, both of whom were both orphans and grew up in abject poverty. She lived in Chile until she was 10 years old, and then her family moved to San José. In high school, Ravel’s first jobs were in the fields of Salinas Valley and on the assembly line at a fruit cannery in San José.
Ravel and her husband Steve, an adoption lawyer, are residents of Los Gatos, and they are proud to have raised her three children in this district. Learn more about Ann Ravel’s campaign and see her growing endorsement list at: www.RavelforCA.com
California’s State Senate District 15 includes San José, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga. This is an open seat – current State Senator Jim Beall is termed out in 2020.