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March 5, 2014
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California League of Conservation Voters Calls Padilla A 'Champion for California's Environment'
First Major Environmental Organization Endorsement In Secretary of State Race Goes to Alex Padilla

LOS ANGELES – The California League of Conservation Voters has thrown its support behind Alex Padilla for Secretary of State.  The endorsement marks the first major statewide environmental organization endorsement of the campaign for Secretary of State.

“Alex Padilla is a champion for California’s environment who has led the charge to expand renewable energy and promote healthy neighborhoods,” said David Allgood, Political Director of the California League of Conservation Voters.  “Alex Padilla has what it takes to get things done in Sacramento, passing 80 bills that have been signed into law.  In the State Senate, Alex Padilla reached across party lines and put progress ahead of politics, championing higher alternative energy standards, incentives for green businesses, addressing climate change, and strong clean air and water protections.  The California League of Conservation Voters is proud to endorse Alex Padilla for Secretary of State.”

Alex Padilla has a record of accomplishment championing the environment in the State Senate.  As Chair of the Energy Committee, Padilla has worked to expand the use of renewable energy (SB 14), invested in clean energy programs (SB 1028) and worked to reduce emissions by modernizing the electricity grid (SB17).

Alex Padilla said: “I am honored to have the support of California League of Conservation Voters, one of our state’s leading non-partisan environmental advocacy groups.  In the State Senate, I have fought to invest in innovative environmentally friendly industries to create jobs that can’t be exported and protect our natural resources.  As Secretary of State, I will continue to speak out to protect our environment.”

This support from CLCV comes on the heels of other recent endorsements for Padilla including California Young Democrats, United Farm Workers and California School Employees Association.

To learn more about Senator Padilla and his campaign for Secretary of State, please visit his website at: www.Alex-Padilla.com or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

State Senator Alex Padilla was first elected to the State Senate in 2006 and represents more than 1.1 million residents in the 20th District, which includes most of the San Fernando Valley in the County of Los Angeles.   Winning a seat on the Los Angeles City Council in 1999, Alex was later elected by his peers as President, becoming the first Latino and youngest member ever to serve as President of the Council.  He graduated from MIT with a Mechanical Engineering degree and now serves on the MIT Board of Trustees.  Alex serves as Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee and is currently President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. He lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife Angela and their two young sons.

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