April 6, 2018 - California State Assemblywoman Autumn Burke Announces Endorsement of Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor of California


Burke’s endorsement continues to consolidate women’s support for Kounalakis’ campaign for Lt. Governor

San Francisco, CA — Today, California Assemblywoman Autumn Burke endorsed Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor. In her statement, Burke cited Eleni’s commitment to protecting California values and creating economic opportunities for all Californians. 

“I am proud to endorse Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor of California,” said Burke. “Eleni has based her campaign on protecting California values and ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity for the California Dream,” said Burke. “I look forward to working with Eleni to ensure we support working moms and all working families so every Californian has a brighter and stronger future."

“I am so honored to have Assemblywoman Burke’s endorsement for Lt. Governor,” said Kounalakis. “Autumn has dedicated her work in the Assembly to ending child poverty and protecting working families. When I am elected Lt. Governor, I look forward to working with Autumn to address income inequality, which must include ending child poverty and ensuring all kids have a healthy start in life.”

Kounalakis comes armed with a growing list of endorsements from prominent Democratic elected officials and organizations, like U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the California Federation of Teachers, EMILY’s List, Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, CA National Organization for Women, 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 the Sacramento, Stonewall, Fresno, Marin, San Fernando Valley and Ventura County Young Democrats.

Kounalakis is the only viable 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.

She recently announced that she had raised $2.4 million in the 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 San Francisco Port Commission. 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.