January 22, 2018 - Congressman Jerry McNerney Announces Endorsement of Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor of California
McNerney’s endorsement continues momentum of Kounalakis’ campaign for Lt. Governor
San Francisco - Today, United States Congressman Jerry McNerney formally endorsed Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor. In his statement he cited her commitment to economic prosperity, expanding broadband access, and more opportunities for all Californians.
“Eleni’s innovative ideas and dedication to solving our state’s toughest challenges make her the best choice for California’s next Lieutenant Governor. She’s committed to protecting our environment, expanding broadband access and defending our coastline from dangerous offshore drilling. Eleni will work to build a better and stronger California.”
“I am so honored to have Congressman McNerney’s endorsement for Lt. Governor. His policy work to expand renewable energy, protect our national parks, increase access to broadband internet and protect reproductive healthcare is an example of how California values can lead us forward. I am committed to finding creative and sustainable solutions to our state’s economic and social challenges. I look forward to working with leaders like Congressman McNerney to expand broadband access, increase economic development, fight climate change with sustainable energy sources and support policies that help all Californians.”
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, 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, Jimmy Panetta, Eric Swalwell, and Mike Thompson, former State Senator Mark Leno, Assembly members Blanca Rubio and Kevin McCarty, CA Women’s List, and the Fresno, Marin, San Fernando Valley and Ventura County Young Democrats.
Kounalakis is a businesswoman and diplomat. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as Ambassador to Hungary in 2010. She is a life-long 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.