April 8, 2018 - Eleni Kounalakis Consolidates San Francisco Democratic Grassroots Support in Race for Lieutenant Governor


Kounalakis receives endorsements from Democratic clubs across the Democratic coalition in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA — Today, the Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor campaign announced that Eleni Kounalakis has received endorsements from more San Francisco Democratic clubs than any other candidate for Lt. Governor. Kounalakis has been endorsed by the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, San Francisco Young Democrats, Latino/a Young Democrats of San Francisco, FDR Democratic Club of San Francisco, Potrero Hill Democratic Club, Richmond District Democratic Club, San Francisco Eastern Neighborhoods Democratic Club, United Democratic Club, and David Campos, Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party. The endorsements represent the breadth of Democratic support Kounalakis has received from across San Francisco and the Democratic Party.  

“I am deeply honored to receive the support of so many Democratic clubs and Democratic grassroots activists from across San Francisco,” said Kounalakis. “From the day I launched my campaign for Lt. Governor, I have been committed to running a grassroots campaign that reflects the values of California and the Democratic Party. Democrats across San Francisco and across the state are committed to inclusion, diversity, and equality for all. When I am Lt. Governor, I will ensure that we protect and advance those values by fighting for healthcare for all, affordable college education, and to eradicate income inequality.”

Kounalakis has built an army of grassroots supporters as well as 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, 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.

As of the last filing, 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 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 sons.