Sanchez Shores Up Key Endorsements

By EGP Staff Report

The Southern California District Council of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is endorsing Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in her bid for a U.S. Senate seat while the union’s Northern California District Council is endorsing both Sanchez and her opponent, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is also a Democrat, her campaign announced Wednesday.

“Loretta Sanchez has demonstrated extraordinary ability during her 20 years in Congress” protecting workers and promoting commerce, said ILWU Southern California District Council President Cathy Familathe.

“The backbone of our economy is in the millions of imported and exported items that cross our borders every day. Dockworkers are at the heart of this vital process, and they should have the best working conditions that are possible,” said Sanchez in response to the endorsement. “Fair wages and good working conditions – these are not just policy positions; these are American values. I have spent 20 years fighting for workers and I will continue to do so in the United States Senate – my record speaks for itself.”

The union’s backing adds to those already received from other groups from organized labor, including the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, several chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Local 324 of the United Food and Commercial Workers.

Earlier this month, Sanchez also received the endorsement of Latinas Lead California, the state’s only political network that endorses and contributes to Latina candidates. A nonpartisan organization, Latinas Lead California is committed to promoting and increasing the active participation of Latinas to elected office.

Latinas Lead California cited Sanchez’ 20 years of work to support women and families on issues including healthcare, gender equality, pay equity, reproductive rights and service in the military.

“Loretta Sanchez has a proven track record of fighting for our communities and advocating for the rights of women and families in Congress. She has been a pioneer of Latina leadership both in our state and nation. We are proud to stand with Loretta in her bid to represent our state and be the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate,” stated Latinas Lead California.

“I’m honored to have the support of Latinas Lead California,” said Sanchez. “As California’s next United States Senator, I will continue to empower women and fight for gender equality in education, workplace and the military. I will make access to education and equal pay for equal work for women a priority because we must end the inequality that women still face in the workplace.”

Latinas Lead endorsement joins those of other women’s groups supporting her bid for U.S. Senate, including Women in Leadership and PODER PAC, and a majority of her female California House of Representative colleagues including Congresswomen Judy Chu (CA-27), Susan Davis (CA-53), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Janice Hahn (CA-44), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Linda Sanchez (CA-38) and Norma Torres (CA-35).


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