June 6, 2018 - Eleni Kounalakis Wins Primary for Lieutenant Governor
Kounalakis comes in first in top two primary
San Francisco – Eleni Kounalakis came in first place in the California primary for Lt. Governor, besting 10 candidates on the ballot. She will advance to the general election.
“I am so proud of the grassroots campaign that we have run across the state – with county captains in almost every county helping us get out the vote. When I launched this campaign, I pledged to go to all 58 counties to truly listen to the major concerns of people in every pocket of the state. One thing became clear: Californians are ready to fight to protect our California values and to make sure our economy works for everyone.”
Kounalakis continued, “Last night, Californians showed us they want a Lieutenant Governor who will fight to protect our coastline, make higher education, housing, and healthcare affordable, and fight for equality in the workplace. And when we win this in November, I will be a champion for all Californians and ensure we keep the pathway of the American Dream open to more families.”
Kounalakis is 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, NARAL Pro-Choice California, EMILY’s List, Equality California, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, National Union of Healthcare Workers, 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 30 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.
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.