May 18, 2018 - Northern California Carpenters Join Eleni Kounalakis for San Mateo County Door-to-Door Mobilization In Her Race for Lt. Governor


Kounalakis’ grassroots mobilizations are targeting mail ballot counties where voter turnout is expected to increase

San Mateo, CA — Today, the Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor campaign launched its San Mateo grassroots mobilization with over 50 volunteers, including members of the Northern California Carpenters Council, walking door-to-door talking to voters and leaving behind campaign door hangers. This mobilization is one of several by Kounalakis’ campaign for Lt. Governor, which has focused on building a statewide grassroots campaign since its launch in June 2017.

“I am so grateful for the support of the Northern California Carpenters Council and our other local volunteers in our San Mateo door-to-door mobilization,” said Kounalakis. “Building on our grassroots campaign across the state, we are focused on talking to voters every day as we head toward election day. I am the only candidate in this race who has been to all 58 counties, and I am so proud that we have volunteer operations in nearly every county in the state. I am running to ensure a better and stronger California by making college more affordable, protecting our coast from offshore oil drilling, and fostering economic innovation.”

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, 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 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.