FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  
April 4, 2014
Contact: Rose Kapolczynski, 213-820-6930

SEIU California Endorses Alex Padilla for Secretary of State  

Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced the 700,000-member union’s endorsement of Alex Padilla for Secretary of State.  Hundreds of SEIU members from throughout the state participated in the endorsement process, which involved town hall style interviews with SEIU members throughout the State.

“Alex Padilla is a proven leader with a record of getting things done for working families and the middle class,” said Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU California and SEIU United Long-Term Care Workers (ULTCW).  “The son of working class immigrants and the youngest Latino ever elected to the LA City Council, Alex Padilla knows the struggles and challenges of SEIU members working to build a brighter future for their families.  We are proud to endorse Alex Padilla for Secretary of State because we know he will continue to fight for working people by increasing participation in elections, strengthening campaign finance laws and streamlining the Secretary of State’s business division to create jobs.”

Senator Padilla responded to SEIU’s endorsement: “I am honored to have the support of hardworking janitors, security guards, healthcare professionals and public servants from throughout California.  Throughout my career I have fought to strengthen the middle class and give regular people a larger voice in government.  That’s why I’m running for Secretary of State: to motivate more Californians to participate in elections and get more people engaged in civic life.”

SEIU joins a growing list of support for Padilla that includes California League of Conservation Voters, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, United Farm Workers and dozens of state legislators, Congressmembers and local elected officials from throughout California.

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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