October 10, 2018 - CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE ENDORSES ELENI KOUNALAKIS FOR CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR
San Francisco, CA – Eleni Kounalakis’s campaign announced today the endorsement of Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13). Congresswoman Lee has served in Congress for 20 years, representing Oakland, Berkeley and other parts of Alameda County.
Congresswoman Lee said, “Eleni Kounalakis has the deep-rooted experience needed to move California forward. She knows that our state's economy is strong when it works for everyone, and as Lt. Governor, she will fight for environmental justice, equal rights for all, and affordable college. I am proud to stand behind her people-powered campaign.”
Kounalakis said, “I am humbled and honored to have Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s support in my race to be California’s next Lt. Governor. She has been a tireless progressive voice in Washington, and I admire her leadership and her commitment to fighting for all of us.”
She continued, “I am running for Lt. Governor to keep the pathway of the American Dream open to all families. I will oppose all tuition increases for California’s students, protect our coasts and ensure our economy works for everyone – not just those at the top.
The Kounalakis campaign’s latest poll shows Kounalakis with a double digit lead in a head-to-head vote against Ed Hernandez.
Kounalakis has had a recent wave of powerful endorsements, including President Barack Obama, former Governor Gray Davis and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. They join Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Senator Barbara Boxer, over a dozen members of Congress, California Federation of Teachers, California League of Conservation Voters, Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, EMILY’s List, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, National Union of Healthcare Workers, California State University Employees Union SEIU 2579, scores of local and state leaders, and over 30 Democratic clubs across California.
Kounalakis was the top vote-getter in the June Primary, winning 28 counties across the state. She is the only Democratic woman in the race for Lt. Governor and would be the first woman elected Lt. Governor in California history.
She kicked off her campaign in 2017 by visiting all 58 counties. She spent the summer and fall traveling across the state, meeting with Democratic central committees, clubs, activists, and community leaders. She received the support from over a thousand delegates to the California Democratic Party Convention and has built a base of grassroots support that helped her place first in the primary and will help her win in November.
Eleni Kounalakis served overseas as Ambassador to Hungary in the Obama Administration from 2010-2013, and spent 18 years delivering affordable homes and building housing communities in the Sacramento region. She is a life-long Democrat and five-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
She was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to lead the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council and served as a member of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism and the First 5 Commission, where she worked to provide and improve opportunities for early childhood education.
Kounalakis was born and raised in Sacramento and 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 teenage sons.
Her blend of experience in public service and as a successful businesswoman, economic advisor, and job creator make her uniquely qualified to serve as Lt. Governor. You can learn more about her campaign and see her growing endorsement list at www.EleniforCA.com.