May 21, 2018 - Eleni Kounalakis Continues to Consolidate Southern California Support in Race for Lieutenant Governor


Kounalakis receives endorsements from prominent Democratic endorsers in Southern California

San Francisco, CA — Today, the Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor campaign announced that Eleni Kounalakis has received endorsements from prominent Democratic officials and organizations across Southern California. Kounalakis has been endorsed by the West LA Democratic Club, New Frontier Democratic Club, State Senator Bob Hertzberg, Gardena Mayor Tasha Cerda, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth, West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman, Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles, Gardena Councilmember Mark Henderson, West Hollywood City Councilmember Lindsay Horvath, and Bill Fujioka, former CEO of Los Angeles County.  

“I am so proud of the support I have received across the state and in southern California. We have focused on building a grassroots campaign in every corner of the state, and the support I have received throughout southern California from elected officials and Democratic clubs is the heart of this campaign. When I am Lt. Governor, I will work to ensure that we make college affordable for all, achieve universal health care, and ensure we keep the pathway of the American Dream available to all.”

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, the California League of Conservation Voters, 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, 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 $2.85 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 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 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.