April 25, 2018 - California League of Conservation Voters Endorses Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor


Kounalakis secures endorsement from influential environmental advocacy organization in her race for Lt. Governor.

San Francisco, CA — Today, the Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor campaign announced the endorsement of the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), the state’s preeminent environmental advocacy organization.

“The California League of Conservation Voters is proud to endorse Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor,” said Rebecca Saltzman, Interim Executive Director of CLCV. “Eleni has a proven record of understanding the key environmental challenges facing the state and the planet. As U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, she played a role in laying the groundwork for the Paris Climate Accord. Here at home, she will fight to protect our coast from the Trump Administration’s plan to expand offshore oil drilling. We look forward to working with Eleni when she is elected Lt. Governor.”

“I am so proud to have the endorsement of the California League of Conservation Voters,” said Kounalakis. “It is critically important that California continue to lead on protecting the climate, ensuring we have clean air and water, and that we protect our coast from offshore oil drilling. CLCV has been the leader across the state in supporting and electing environmental champions. I look forward to working closely with CLCV to ensure California remains the leader in environmental protection and fighting climate change when I am Lt. Governor.”

Kounalakis comes armed with a growing list of endorsements from prominent Democratic elected officials and organizations, like U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, the California Federation of Teachers, EMILY’s List, Equality California, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, California State University Employees Union SEIU 2579, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr., Representatives Nanette Barragan, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Doris Matsui, Jerry McNerney, Jimmy Panetta, Eric Swalwell, and Mike Thompson, former State Senator Mark Leno, Assembly members Blanca Rubio and Kevin McCarty, Los Angeles City Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Nury Martinez, CA Women’s List, and over 20 Democratic clubs across California.

Kounalakis is the only Democratic woman in the race for Lt. Governor. Her unique blend of experience as a successful business woman and job creator and government experience as a U.S. Ambassador has resulted in Kounalakis vaulting to the front of the field for the Top Two primary.

As of the last filing, she had raised $2.4 million for her campaign, more than any other candidate in the race, and has more cash on hand than any of her opponents as we head into the critical last few months of the primary campaign.

Kounalakis is the only candidate in the race to visit all 58 counties. She spent the summer and fall traveling across the state, meeting with Democratic central committees, clubs, and activists, and community leaders. She has received support from hundreds of delegates to the CDP convention and has built a base of grassroots support that will help her advance to the general election and win in November.

Kounalakis is a businesswoman and diplomat. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as Ambassador to Hungary 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 First 5 Commission, where she worked to provide and improve opportunities for early childhood education. Prior to serving our country in the diplomatic corps, she was president of AKT Development Corporation in Sacramento, where she helped deliver tens of thousands of affordable homes for middle-class families. 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.