September 12, 2018 - SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR LONDON BREED ENDORSES ELENI KOUNALAKIS FOR CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR
San Francisco, CA – Today, Eleni Kounalakis announced San Francisco Mayor London Breed has endorsed her campaign for California Lt. Governor. Breed was elected in June, becoming the first African American woman ever to serve as mayor in the city's history.
Mayor London Breed said, “I couldn’t be more proud to endorse our next Lt. Governor, Eleni Kounalakis. Her experience in business, delivering affordable housing, and protecting our environment makes her absolutely qualified to lead our state as Lt. Governor. We need more women elected in all levels of government, and when she wins, Eleni will be the first woman ever elected Lt. Governor in California’s history. I look forward to working with her to move our city and our state forward.”
“I am so honored to have Mayor Breed’s support in my campaign to become California’s next Lt. Governor,” Kounalakis said of the endorsement. “She is a true trailblazer and is the next generation of leadership needed right now. Together, we’ll work towards lifting more families out of poverty and into the middle class, and as Lt. Governor, I will never stop fighting to ensure more of California’s kids have access to affordable higher education and the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century economy.”
The Kounalakis campaign recently released its internal poll memo, showing Kounalakis with a 16-point lead in a head-to-head vote against Ed Hernandez.
Kounalakis has had a recent wave of powerful endorsements, including President Barack Obama, Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Senator Barbara Boxer. They join Senator Kamala Harris, over a dozen members of Congress, California Federation of Teachers, California League of Conservation Voters, Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, EMILY’s List, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, California State University Employees Union SEIU 2579, scores of local and state leaders, and over 30 Democratic clubs across California.
Kounalakis was the top vote-getter in the June Primary, winning 28 counties across the state. She is the only Democratic woman in the race for Lt. Governor and would be the first woman elected Lt. Governor in California history.
She kicked off her campaign in 2017 by visiting 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 received the support from over a thousand delegates to the California Democratic Party Convention and has built a base of grassroots support that helped her place first in the primary and will help her win in November.
Eleni Kounalakis served overseas as Ambassador to Hungary in the Obama Administration from 2010-2013, and spent 18 years delivering affordable homes and building housing communities in the Sacramento region. She is a life-long Democrat and five-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
She was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to lead the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council and served as a member of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism and the First 5 Commission, where she worked to provide and improve opportunities for early childhood education.
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.
Her blend of experience in public service and as a successful businesswoman, economic advisor, and job creator make her uniquely qualified to serve as Lt. Governor. You can learn more about her campaign and see her growing endorsement list at www.EleniforCA.com.