San Jose, CA – Today, former San Jose Vice Mayor Judy Chirco endorsed Ann Ravel’s campaign to become the next State Senator of District 15. Chirco previously served as Councilmember and Vice Mayor of the Bay Area’s largest city.
“Ann Ravel has repeatedly demonstrated the political courage to stand up to the special interests – and win,” said Chirco. “Ravel’s record of independence and her embrace of accountability and innovation is exactly what we need in these difficult times.”
“I’m honored to have the support of strong leader like Judy,” said Ravel. “If we want government to better represent us, we need to elect more leaders like Judy who will make the tough choices to do what’s best for our families and small businesses. I look forward to bringing that fight to Sacramento.”
Chirco joins a growing coalition of distinguished leaders and organizations who are supporting Ravel’s bid for State Senate. In recent months, Ravel has announced endorsements from Congresswoman Katie Porter, members of the San Jose City Council, ten incumbent members of the California legislature, the Silicon Valley Organization, Latinas Lead California and EMILY’s List. 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 appointed 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 Election 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 has always strongly defended equality for all.