Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis Endorses State Senate Candidate Ann Ravel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2019

San Jose, CA – Today, Ann Ravel, candidate for State Senate District 15, announced that California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis has endorsed her campaign. She joins State Senators Connie Leyva and Hannah-Beth Jackson in backing Ravel’s campaign.

“For decades, Ann Ravel has fought for equality and justice for all. She believes in the power of activism and making sure more voices are heard in our government. I know she will fight for working families and for strengthening our Democracy as a California State Senator,” said Lt. Governor Kounalakis.

“Lt. Governor Kounalakis and I share the same values when it comes to fighting for the people, standing up to powerful corporate interests, combatting climate change, and building trust in our government. I’m so honored to have her support, and I look forward to working with her in Sacramento,” said Ravel.

Ann Ravel has lived in this district for over 50 years. She worked her way up in the Santa Clara County Office for thirty years, serving as County Counsel for nearly twelve years, where she took on Big Tobacco; protected consumers and children from lead paint companies; challenged Prop 8 in court to defend marriage equality; created the Educational Rights Project to support at-risk foster youth; and created the first-in-the-country program that held Big Banks accountable and protected seniors from financial abuse.

As a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, Ann held oil giant BP’s accountable after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She stood up to pharmaceutical companies who were breaking the law, taking advantage of the vulnerable, and selling drugs off-market.

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 and dark and foreign money in politics. Her work – and her integrity – earned the attention of President Barack Obama who nominated her to the Federal Election Commission.

Ann was raised in Chile by a strong Brazilian mother and American father. In high school, her first jobs were in the fields of Salinas Valley and at a fruit orchard cannery in San Jose. She proudly calls State Senate District 15 home.

Ann and her husband Steve are residents of Los Gatos, and they are proud to have raised her three children in this district. Learn more about Ann’s campaign at: www.RavelforCA.com

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