April 13, 2018 - Los Angeles County Young Democrats Endorse Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor
Kounalakis has support from more Young Democrat clubs than any candidate in the race
San Francisco, CA — Today, the Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor campaign announced that the Los Angeles County Young Democrats have endorsed her campaign for Lt. Governor. Kounalakis has received endorsements from more Young Democrat clubs around the state than any other candidate for Lt. Governor.
Kounalakis has been endorsed by the California Young Democrats Black Caucus, Contra Costa County Young Democrats, Fresno County Young Democrats, Latino/a Young Democrats of San Francisco, Los Angeles County Young Democrats, Marin County Young Democrats, Riverside County Young Democrats, Sacramento County Young Democrats, San Fernando Valley Young Democrats, San Francisco Black Young Democrats, San Francisco Young Democrats, and the Ventura County Young Democrats.
“I am deeply honored to have the support of so many Young Democrats across California,” said Kounalakis. “This campaign has always been a grassroots campaign at its heart, and the support I have received from these future leaders of the Democratic Party and of California is the heart of this campaign. I am running to secure the future for these young activists and young people across the state by ensuring we have affordable college education, healthcare for all, and a strong economy that benefits all Californians.”
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, and CA Women’s List.
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.