July 2, 2013
Contact: Rose Kapolczynski, 213-820-6930

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom Endorses Alex Padilla
for California Secretary of State

Sacramento - Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom today endorsed Senator Alex Padilla for California Secretary of State.

“I enthusiastically support Alex Padilla for Secretary of State,” said Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. “I’ve known and worked with Alex for many years and I know he is the right choice to lead California to higher levels of voter participation and greater transparency.  Alex has been a champion for expanding voting opportunities and bringing government closer to the people through technology. Alex brings a combination of practical problem-solving experience and a deep understanding of technology to the challenges facing the Secretary of State’s office.”

 “I thank Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom for his support and am honored to have his endorsement,” said Senator Alex Padilla. “As Secretary of State, my priorities will be expanding voter participation, making it easier to start a new business, and ensuring access to government and campaign records.  To expand voting, we need to increase voter registration, make voting more accessible and convenient, and ensure that every vote is counted and accounted for.”

Senator Alex Padilla officially launched his campaign for Secretary of State on April 11th of this year. Since that time, he has been traveling throughout the state meeting with voters, local elected officials, community leaders, and county election officers to get their perspectives on the Secretary of State office.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen will be leaving office in 2014 due to term limits. To learn more about Senator Padilla and his campaign for Secretary of State, please visit his website at: or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Senator Alex Padilla, 40, graduated from MIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He currently serves on the Board of MIT and as President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. He is Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee and represents the more than 1,100,000 residents of the 20th State Senate District which includes most of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.  He was elected to the State Senate in 2006 after serving for seven years on the Los Angeles City Council, including five years as Council President.



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