This article was originally published in the Evergreen Times.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is endorsing Ann Ravel’s campaign to become the next State Senator of District 15. “As mayor of San Jose, I know that our city needs a proven leader in Sacramento who will work every day to make government more accountable, transparent and effective for every member of our diverse community. That’s why I am so proud to give my endorsement to Ann Ravel for State Senate,” said Liccardo. “Ann Ravel’s groundbreaking career is a demonstration of her tenacity, independence and commitment to serving the people. In these tough times we need strong and independent representatives like Ann Ravel.”
“I’m honored to have the support of Mayor Liccardo, a leader who has shown that the innovation and economic growth represented by Silicon Valley’s future is brightest when everyone can share in the prosperity,” said Ravel.
In recent months, Ravel has announced endorsements from Congresswoman Katie Porter, ten incumbent members of the California legislature, members of the San Jose City Council, the Silicon Valley Organization, Latinas Lead California and EMILY’s List.
The Mercury News has also endorsed Ravel calling her a “standout” candidate.
Ravel was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in his administration – first serving at the Department of Justice, then working as head of the Federal Election Commission. Ravel was also appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as Chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission.
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.