Warren for President
March 2, 2020

What We've Built: Elizabeth Warren Enters California Primary With A Large, Diverse Coalition of Support

Los Angeles, CA – On the eve of Super Tuesday, Elizabeth Warren’s campaign in the Golden State announced that California elected officials, political activists, and community leaders will stand with Elizabeth on primary day, along with dozens of organizers and volunteer leaders. 

Elizabeth’s fight for big, structural change has amassed widespread support across California and has mobilized a broad political coalition to unite the party behind her vision of rooting out corruption and ensuring opportunity for all.

The campaign has been on the ground since August 2019 organizing communities across the state. With four campaign offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Oakland and more than four dozen paid staff, Warren for California has empowered and trained volunteers to organize in their own communities in every corner of the state — from Chico, Redding, Sacramento and San Francisco in the northern part of the state; to Fresno, Modesto, Stockton, Tracy, Merced and Visalia in the Central Valley; to Los Angeles, San Diego, Irvine, Ontario, Riverside and San Bernardino in Southern California.

The Warren campaign is built on meeting communities where they are. Recently, a Warren staffer organized an event in Riverside facilitated in American Sign Language for members of the deaf community to text voters about Elizabeth’s campaign. 

In October 2019, Elizabeth met with members of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). The California for Warren team has community organizers specifically tasked with organizing Latino communities around the state, including holding policy forums in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In mid-February, the Warren campaign’s National Latinx Community Engagement Director held community forums in Bakersfield, Santa Maria, and Oxnard focused on issues impacting the Latino community. Secretary Julián Castro visited California to campaign for Elizabeth in late February and made stops in the predominantly Latino communities of Barrio Logan, East L.A., Riverside and Fresno. In January, more than 100 Latino leaders from around the country, including more than 30 from California, endorsed Elizabeth’s campaign.

Following the December presidential debate in Los Angeles, Elizabeth held a listening session with local and national AAPI leaders. The campaign has also organized members of the AAPI community through canvassing events at the Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Chinatown festivals to celebrate Lunar New Year and community business walks to Asian American small businesses. The campaign has community organizers in Orange County and the Bay Area solely focused on organizing the AAPI community. Elizabeth has also been endorsed by a group of more than 200 prominent Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders, including actress Constance Wu.

Elizabeth spoke to participants of the Sacramento Black Women’s March, a celebration of African American women and empowerment, via video message in June 2019. Tracey Corder, a steering committee member of Black Womxn For, a group of more than 100 black women supporting Elizabeth’s campaign, kicked off the campaign’s Oakland office opening in November 2019. Activist, journalist and media personality Ashlee Marie Preston represented the campaign at the Presidential Candidates Forum on Economic Justice for Black Americans in Oakland on February 23, 2020. Also in February 2020, the campaign held a community conversation in Los Angeles with Yvette Nicole Brown, Jamilah Lemieux, Franklin Leonard and Ashlee Marie Preston. 

Elizabeth participated in the Human Rights Campaign’s town hall on LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles in October 2019. In San Francisco, the campaign organized a volunteer training on how to talk about Elizabeth’s plans — all performed in drag. Diego Sepúlveda, California for Warren’s deputy organizing director, was featured in Los Angeles Blade, the region’s major LGBTQ news source. More than 50 prominent LGBTQ women and nonbinary people, including former National Gay and Lesbian Task Force leader Torie Osborn, San Francisco AIDS Foundation director of harm reduction policy Laura Thomas, and Los Angeles trans community activist Bamby Salcedo, signed an open letter supporting Elizabeth’s campaign.

Elizabeth’s message of ensuring that our government works for everyone, not just the privileged few, has garnered the support of countless Californians from every part of our state and every wing of our party, including dozens of elected officials, countless community leaders, and grassroots activists. These endorsers include national campaign co-chair, U.S. Representative Katie Porter of Orange County, California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and the chairs of the legislature’s Asian Pacific Islander, Latino, and LGBTQ Caucuses and the vice chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus.

Below is a partial list of Elizabeth’s endorsements in the Golden State. Every name represents a crucial part the broad, diverse, and united coalition to elect Elizabeth Warren the next president of the United States.

Statewide Leaders

California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Former California Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin

Members of Congress

Representative Katie Porter, national co-chair
Former Representative Mike Honda
California Senators
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Senate Judiciary Committee chair
State Senator Nancy Skinner, Senate Public Safety Committee chair
State Senator Scott Wiener, California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus chair and Senate Housing Committee chair
California Assemblymembers
Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Assistant Majority Leader
Assemblymember David Chiu, California Legislative API Caucus chair and Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee chair
Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, California Legislative Latino Caucus chair and Assembly Appropriations Committee chair
Assemblymember Monique Limon, California Legislative Women's Caucus vice chair and Assembly Banking and Finance Committee chair
Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee chair
Assemblymember Robert Rivas
Assemblymember Phil Ting, Assembly Budget Committee chair
Assemblymember Buffy Wicks
City and County Officials
Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee
San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar
San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman
San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen
San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safaí
San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton
Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez
Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg
Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan
Fresno City  Councilmember Nelson Esparza
Long Beach Councilmember Rex Richardson
Riverside City  Councilmember Gaby Plascencia
San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward
Former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
Daly City Mayor Ray Buenaventura
Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells
Lynwood Mayor Aide Castro
Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tempore Terry O'Day
Redlands Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis
Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Chris Rogers
Former Fremont Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan
Richmond City Councilmember Jael Myrick
West Hollywood City Councilmember Lauren Meister
Berkeley City Councilmember Rigel Robinson
Berkeley City Councilmember Lori Droste
Santa Monica City Councilmember Sue Himmelrich
Montebello City Councilmember Angie Marie Jimenez
Hayward City Councilmember Sara Lamnin
Grass Valley City Councilmember Hilary Hodge
Goleta City Councilmember James Kyriac
Sunnyvale City Councilmember Mason Fong
Mountain View City Councilmember Ellen Kamei
La Mesa City Councilmember Colin Parent
Emeryville City Councilmember John Bauters
Brisbane City Councilmember Clifford Lentz
Los Gatos Town Councilmember Marico Sayoc
San Francisco Community College Board of Trustees Steve Ngo 
San José-Evergreen Community College District Trustee Wendy Ho
Compton Community College District Board President Sonia Lopez
City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees Vice President Tom Temprano
Peralta Community College Board of Trustees Vice President Karen Weinstein
Paramount Unified School District Vice President Yesenia Cuarenta
Hayward Unified School District Board of Trustees Vice President April Oquenda
Placerville Union School District Board of Trustees Vice President Sean Frame
San Francisco Board of Education Commissioner Jenny Lam
San Jose Unified School District Trustee José Magaña
Azusa Unified School District Board Member Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez
Lynwood School District Board Member Alma-Delia Renteria
Goleta Union School District Board Member Luz Reyes-Martinez
Campbell Union School District Governing Board Member Chris Miller
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner James Chang
Berkeley Community Health Commissioner Ces Rosales
Isla Vista Community Services District Director Ethan Bertrand
Activists and Community Leaders 
(**Titles for identification purposes only)
Angelica Salas, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) executive director 
Jeff Freitas, California Federation of Teachers president  
Kolieka Seigel, California NOW president
Daraka Larimore-Hall, California Democratic Party vice chair
Tracey Corder, Black Womxn For steering committee member, community activist
Franklin Leonard, The Black List founder
Torie Osborn, Former Los Angeles LGBT Center and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force CEO
Janice Rocco, women’s advocate, Fearless Advocacy managing director
John Legend, singer/songwriter, activist and philanthropist
Sophia Bush, actress and activist
Yvette Nicole Brown, actress and activist
Zeke Smith, LGBTQ activist
Wade Davis, former NFL player and LGBTQ activist
Piper Perabo, actress
Aimee Carrero, actress
Ari Gutierrez Arambula, Latino Equality Alliance xo-founder  
John Garcia III, Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation president 
Arlan Hamilton, author, Backstage Capital founder
Leah Stokes, environmental policy professor
Brandon Hurlbut, clean energy advocate
Ashlee Marie Preston, activist, journalist and media personality
Honey Mahogany, drag performer, television personality and activist
Ana Sheila Victorino, Tamarindo Podcast co-host
Brenda Gonzalez, Tamarindo Podcast co-host 
Tara Sreekrishnan, Silicon Valley Youth Climate Action co-founder
Italia Garcia, Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice political director
Jacky Guerrero, community advocate for racial justice
Eunice Kwon, director of APA Development at UC Berkeley, former Berkeley housing commissioner
Michael Nguyen, Gay Asian Pacific Alliance board of directors chair
Brandon Baranco, former Oakland budget commissioner
Ray Colmenar, California Endowment program officer
Hans Johnson, East Area Progressive Democrats president, LGBTQ community leader 
Angelica Ramos Allen, Santa Clara Democratic Party Central Committee 
Luis Aleman, Democratic Party of Orange County secretary
Katie Hanzlik, Sacramento County Young Democrats president
Kelly Chau, East Bay Young Democrats secretary
Denisse Lopez, Riverside County Young Democrats vice chair
Justine Gonzalez, Stonewall Democratic Club financial development vice president, human rights advocate
Murshed Zaheed, communications strategist, former CREDO Mobile political director
Hoi-Yung Poon, Silicon Valley Youth Climate Action co-founder, Bay Area for Clean Environment board member
Caroline Siegel Singh, UC student leader
Aidan Arasasingham, UC student leader
Bamby Salcedo, Los Angeles trans Latina community activist
Kevin Pérez-Allen, national Latino communications professional
Melina Duarte, Chingona Definition owner
Nathalie Molina Niño, O³ president and author 
Christine Nygaard, union member and Moms Demand Action lead
Mick Del Rosario, public health advocate
Charlie Arreola, education advocate
Joey Hernández, LGBTQ activist
Katherine Perez, disability rights activist
Karla Salazar, labor advocate
Dr. Ana Grande, nonprofit executive
Seeyew Mo, community organizer
Mike Chen, community organizer
Dr. Sue Chow, environmental leader
Anjali Rimi, SF Pride and Parivar board member
Tony Hoang, Equality California managing director
Labor Groups
National Union of Healthcare Workers
The Daily Bruin

For Immediate Release: Saturday, March 2, 2020
Contact: kliao@elizabethwarren.com 

What We've Built: Elizabeth Warren Enters California Primary With A Large, Diverse Coalition of Support

Dozens of California elected officials, party leaders, political activists, and community leaders make up Elizabeth’s grassroots movement for big, structural change in the Golden State