I am proud to endorse Maria Elena Durazo in her campaign for State Senate District 24. We need her voice in Sacramento.
Maria Elena Durazo has spent her whole life tirelessly working for working people in California. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, she grew up spending summers in the Central Valley picking fruit. Cesar Chavez inspired her to become an organizer, and so she joined the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in the 1980s.
Making history, she was the first woman to head the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Maria Elena Durazo now serves as the vice president for immigration, civil rights and diversity of UNITE HERE, a nationwide union for restaurant, hospitality and casino workers.
We have a long history together, so I was especially honored to stand by her side in Memphis earlier this month to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The struggle continues. Our fights are her fights. I know she will fight for all of us in this new role, so we must send her to Sacramento to be a voice for decency, human rights and for the highest democratic aspirations of all Californians.