April 25, 2014
Contact: Rose Kapolczynski, 213-820-6930

Attorney General Kamala Harris Endorses Alex Padilla For Secretary of State 

LOS ANGELES – The Alex Padilla for Secretary of State campaign today announced the endorsement of California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Kamala Harris said: "Alex Padilla is the kind of leader we need as Secretary of State.  He has a proven record of accomplishment working across party lines to get things done.  Alex will strengthen voting rights and protect the right to vote.”

Alex Padilla said: “I am honored by Attorney General Kamala Harris' support.  As Secretary of State, I will work to expand access to voting, increase voter registration and modernize the office of Secretary of State using the latest technology.  While other states restrict voting times and make it harder to register to vote, I will work to make California a counter-example to those efforts by increasing voter turnout and expanding registration throughout our state."

The Attorney General's endorsement comes on the heels of multiple major endorsements for Padilla.  This week Padilla was endorsed by US Senator Dianne Feinstein and State Treasurer Bill Lockyer.  In addition, 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: 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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