San José, CA – Today, Ann Ravel’s campaign announced the endorsement of the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, which represents carpenters, drywall lathers, piledrivers, cabinet makers, hardwood floorlayers, millwrights, and shinglers.
Bob Alvarado, Executive Officer, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council said, “Ann Ravel has fought for workers’ rights her entire career, and she has a strong understanding of the needs of working families, including good-paying jobs, affordable, quality healthcare and childcare, and retirement security. Ann knows what’s at stake for California’s future, and she will always fight for people.”
Ravel said, “I’m proud to have their support because they are recruiting and training a highly-skilled future workforce and ensuring more California families can thrive in the middle class. The Carpenters are behind this campaign because they know I lead with integrity and honesty. I speak my mind, and I fight for what’s fair. That’s the commitment I will bring to California’s State Senate.”
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council 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, 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 to 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, who 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 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, who 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.