EMILY's List

"Throughout her career as a business leader and community advocate, Eleni Kounalakis has always fought to promote fairness, diversity and opportunity for California families. Whether it’s running a successful business that delivered homes for middle-class families in the Sacramento region or her work advocating for early childhood education, Californians can count on Eleni to stand up for them. As Lieutenant Governor, Eleni will fight to strengthen California’s economy so it works for everyone, especially women and families—and EMILY’s List is proud to endorse her.” 

-EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock

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U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui

"Eleni is a wonderful businesswoman who understands the importance of having a good economic plan. Eleni works hard. She never takes anything for granted, and she loves this country. She gets that from her family because they lived the American Dream."

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U.S. Congressman Jimmy Panetta

“Eleni grew up in a rural part of Sacramento County, and comes from an agricultural background. Her father started out as an immigrant farm worker in the fields of Lodi, California, and she understands the important role farming plays in California's economy. I am proud to support Eleni for Lieutenant Governor because she has the dedication, vision and experience necessary to grow the economy, while making sure it works for all Californians." 

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Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs

"Eleni has spent the time to visit with residents of the San Joaquin Valley to understand our need for economic development and quality higher education for our kids. As Lt. Governor, I know she will work to help our community have access to an affordable college education, including through the development of a new CSU for Stockton, and with her business background she will work to bring good-paying jobs to Stockton and the Central Valley." 

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Serina Patterson
Former State Senator Mark Leno

"Eleni is a champion of equal rights for all. She knows that access to a safe, inclusive, high quality education is the key to every child’s success. As Lt. Governor, she will work to make higher education and vocational training more accessible and affordable for all California kids."

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Serina Patterson
Former State Senator and CA Democratic Party Chair John Burton

“Eleni Kounalakis has the dedication and vision necessary to fight for all Californians and lead the way to a better and stronger California. As Lieutenant Governor, Eleni will work to lower the cost of housing, make higher education more affordable, and defend California’s values of equality and diversity. I am proud to support Eleni for Lieutenant Governor.”

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Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma

"California needs leaders like Eleni Kounalakis. Without a doubt, I know that she has the political courage to stand up to corporate interests to fight for a stronger future for everyone - a future that gives more working and middle-class families greater economic security and multiple paths to succeed."

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U.S. Congressman Eric Swalwell

"As a diplomat and a lifelong Californian, I know Eleni Kounalakis has the dedication and experience to ensure California leads the way into the future. She understands what’s at stake in securing our democracy, values and diversity and strengthening our economy, so it works for everyone. I am proud to endorse Eleni for Lieutenant Governor."

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Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg

"Eleni is a daughter of Sacramento. She was born and raised here, and ran a successful business in Sacramento building homes for middle-class families. She knows that many Californians are still hurting and still haven’t recovered from the Great Recession, and I know she’ll focus policies on helping all families prosper. I know Lieutenant Governor Eleni will fight to make the economy work for all California families."

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Serina Patterson
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera

"Eleni is the proud daughter of an immigrant who worked in the fields, and paid his way through college on a waiter’s salary. As Lt. Governor, she will fight to protect the rights of immigrants and DREAMers and stand up to Donald Trump’s attack on our shared California values."

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

"As a businesswoman and job creator, Eleni knows what is takes to create good-paying jobs and a growing economy in all 58 California counties. I know as Lt. Governor, Eleni will put a laser-focus on making sure all Californians have more opportunity and the chance to succeed by creating the kinds of meaningful jobs we need."

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

"Eleni's record of public service, and accomplishments as a business woman, make her uniquely qualified to serve our state as Lieutenant Governor. At every turn, whether as a Port Commissioner in San Francisco, member of the Governor's International Trade and Investment Advisory Council, or as President Obama's Ambassador to Hungary, Eleni has shown an unmatched dedication to standing up for what's best for our city, our state, and country."

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