FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  
April 24, 2014
Contact: Rose Kapolczynski, 213-820-6930

California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer Endorses Alex Padilla for Secretary of State

LOS ANGELES – The Alex Padilla for Secretary of State campaign today announced the endorsement of California State Treasurer, and former Attorney General, Bill Lockyer.

In endorsing Padilla, Bill Lockyer said: "While California families are still recovering from the recession, Alex Padilla has a vision for creating and keeping more good jobs and growing our economy. I am proud to endorse Alex Padilla for Secretary of State and I know Alex Padilla’s ability and leadership will make California just as proud.”

Alex Padilla responded to Lockyer’s endorsement: “I am honored to receive Bill Lockyer’s support.  I am running for Secretary of State to create jobs by making it easier and faster to start a business in California.   As Secretary of State, I will focus on modernizing the Secretary of State’s business unit, fully funding regional offices to support small businesses and making business filings available online.”

Lockyer's endorsement comes on the heels of other major endorsements for Padilla.  Just yesterday, US Senator Dianne Feinstein announced her support for Padilla.  In addition to Sen. Feinstein, Padilla is endorsed by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, California Nurses Association, California Professional Firefighters and the leading statewide Police Officers association, Peace Officers Research Association of CA (PORAC).

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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