JUNE 26, 2017 - U.S. Senator Kamala Harris Endorses Eleni Kounalakis For Lieutenant Governor
Harris leads a growing roster of prominent Californians boosting Kounalakis bid for Lt. Governor
San Francisco, CA -- Today, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris formally endorsed Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor. In her statement, Senator Harris praised Kounalakis for her lifetime of service in California.
"Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis has dedicated her life to the fight for California values. She is a powerful advocate for immigrants, economic innovation and job creation, and providing all with access to quality and affordable health care. Eleni has the vision and conviction necessary to boldly and wisely lead California into the future. I am proud to support Eleni for Lt. Governor."
"I am deeply honored that Senator Harris has endorsed me for Lt. Governor," said Kounalakis. "Senator Harris' leadership in California as Attorney General and now as U.S. Senator is a model for anyone running for public service. She is dedicated to the values that make California a beacon for the nation. As Lieutenant Governor of California, I look forward to partnering with Senator Harris to strengthen our state's economy, stand up for the rights of immigrants and DREAMers, and fight for affordable college education and health care for all."
Kounalakis comes armed with a growing list of endorsements from prominent Democratic elected officials, like San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Representatives Anna Eshoo, Doris Matsui, and Mike Thompson, former State Senator Mark Leno, and Sacramento Assemblymember Kevin McCarty.
Kounalakis is a business woman and diplomat. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as Ambassador in 2010. She is a lifelong Democrat and five-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention and worked as an advocate for early childhood education as a member of California's First 5 Commission, and the Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.
She was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to lead the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council and served as a member of the San Francisco Port Commission. Prior to serving our country in the diplomatic corps, she was president of AKT Development Corporation in Sacramento, where she grew up. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Dartmouth College. She and her husband, Markos, live in San Francisco where they are raising their two sons.