I am proud to endorse Maria Elena Durazo in her general election campaign for State Senate District 24. We need her voice of experience in Sacramento.
Maria Elena Durazo was the first woman to head the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. She now serves as the vice president for immigration, civil rights and diversity of UNITE HERE, a nationwide union for restaurant, hospitality and casino workers representing more than 270,000 people in the United States and Canada. Maria Elena Durazo is a major force for working families in LA County and around the country.
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, beginning her long career working for working families.
In the State Senate, she will work on our homelessness crisis and the lack of affordable housing, and fight for good paying jobs in District 24 and statewide. As she put it, “No one should be fearful of losing their shelter—the roof over their heads. We need to welcome newcomers to our neighborhoods, but not accept the kind of change that pushes people out.”
The struggle continues. Our fights are her fights. I know she will fight for all of us and has the deep experience to succeed in advancing our progressive values, so we must send her to Sacramento to be a voice for decency, human rights and for the highest democratic aspirations of all Californians.