February 20, 2018 - Northern California Carpenters Regional Council Announces Endorsement of Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor of California


Key labor group endorsement continues momentum of Kounalakis’ campaign for Lt. Governor heading into the California Democratic Party Convention

San Francisco, CA — Today, the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council formally endorsed Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor. In their statement, the Carpenters cited Kounalakis’ commitment to California values and economic opportunity for every Californian. The Northern California Carpenters Regional Council represents over 35,000 men and women in carpentry and related crafts.

“The Northern California Carpenters Regional Council is proud to support Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor," said Bob Alvarado, Executive Officer of the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council. "Eleni is the right candidate for Lt. Governor. She understands the complex challenges our state faces and the need to invest in apprenticeship programs as alternative four-year degrees. We look forward to working with Eleni to expand economic opportunities for working families across California."

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council,” said Kounalakis. “Labor unions are the cornerstone of the American workforce. As Lt. Governor, I look forward to working with the Carpenters and members of labor across the state to solve the crises of income inequality, affordable housing, and access to healthcare that plague California’s working families.” 

Kounalakis comes armed with a growing list of endorsements from prominent Democratic elected officials and organizations, like U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the California Federation of Teachers, EMILY’s List, Equality California, 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 Councilwoman Nury Martinez, CA Women’s List, and the Stonewall, Sacramento, Fresno, Marin, San Fernando Valley and Ventura County Young Democrats.

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.

She recently announced that 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 San Francisco Port Commission. 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.