November 17, 2017 - Congresswoman Nanette Barragán Endorses Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor


Barragán joins a growing roster of prominent Californians supporting Kounalakis’ bid for Lt. Governor

San Francisco – Today, U.S. Congresswoman Nanette Barragán formally endorsed Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor. In her statement she praised Eleni’s commitment to affordable education, healthcare access and economic prosperity for all Californians.

“I'm proud to stand with Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor. She has the experience and resolve to be the advocate working and middle-class families need in this country right now. I know she will be an ardent steward of the environment, a champion for immigrants and a leader to ensure more California families have economic security."

"I'm so proud to have Congresswoman Barragán’s support behind this campaign for a bet-ter, stronger California,” said Kounalakis. "She is dedicated to fighting for DREAMers, racial equity and economic security. As Lt. Governor, I look forward to working alongside leaders like Nanette on the issues affecting California.”

Kounalakis comes armed with a growing list of endorsements from prominent Democratic elected officials and organizations, like U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, EMILY’s List, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, Representatives Anna Eshoo, Doris Matsui, Jim-my Panetta, and Mike Thompson, former State Senator Mark Leno, Sacramento Assem-blymember Kevin McCarty, CA Women’s List, and the Fresno, Marin, and Ventura Coun-ty Young Democrats.

Kounalakis is a business woman and diplomat. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as Ambassador to Hungary in 2010. She is a life-long Democrat and five-time del-egate to the Democratic National Convention and worked as an advocate for early child-hood 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 In-vestment Advisory Council and served as a member of the San Francisco Port Commis-sion. Prior to serving our country in the diplomatic corps, she was president of AKT De-velopment 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 teenage sons.

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