San Jose, CA – Today, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo endorsed 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.”
Liccardo was elected mayor of San Jose in 2014 and was reelected in 2018 with 76% of the popular vote. Since then he has worked to make city government more effective and responsive to the many challenges facing San Jose. He has fought to address the housing crisis with reforms that will fund new housing, he has worked to rebuild and reform the police department and he is implementing innovative approaches to reduce homelessness for vulnerable members of the community, including veterans, college students, and residents in need of interim housing.
“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.
Liccardo 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, 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. 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.
To learn more about Ann Ravel’s campaign and see her growing endorsement list, visit www.RavelforCA.com.
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.