Yesterday LiberalOC received a couple of back to back endorsement announcements from 69th Assembly district candidates Michele Martinez and Julio Perez.
Santa Ana Firemen’s Benevolent Association Endorses Michele Martinez
Michele Martinez’s Campaign for State Assembly announced the endorsement of the Santa Ana Firemen’s Benevolent Association today.
“After thoroughly considering the leadership skills and abilities that Michele Martinez has demonstrated as a Santa Ana City Councilmember, we are confident that her passion for service to the community in the State Assembly will be an asset to the citizens of Santa Ana, Orange County, and the State of California,” said Santa Ana Firemen’s Benevolent Association Secretary/Treasurer Bill Hencke.
“Like all Orange County residents, I am deeply grateful for the work our firefighters perform every day,” said Michele Martinez. “I am honored by their support and look forward to working closely with Santa Ana firefighters over the course of our campaign.”
[Editor's Note: On April 20, 2012 the Santa Ana Fire Department will be absorbed by the Orange County Fire Authority. At the time Santa Ana's firefighters will be represented by the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association.]
National Organization for Women Endorses Julio Perez
Emphasizing his understanding of issues of importance to women, the California National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (CA NOW PAC) today endorsed Julio Perez for Assembly over his rivals. The organization is committed to electing candidates who strongly support women’s rights.
“With the state budget cuts disproportionally affecting women and children, there has never been a more important time to ensure the Legislature is filled with advocates for women’s voices as well as communities that have been largely ignored” said Patty Bellasalma, president of the California NOW PAC. “Julio understands that challenge and our organization is confident that he will work as a legislator to move our state toward a more level playing field”
The California NOW Political Action Committee aggressively seeks, supports and endorses candidates at local and state levels, with an ultimate goal of achieving full equality for women. CA NOW PAC is the leading organization fighting for women’s rights.
“California women and their families ought to have a government that works for them. This isn’t limited to protecting a woman’s right to choose, but continuing to open wide the doors of opportunity for women throughout the State,” said Julio, who serves as a member of the Latino Advisory Committee for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. “Together, we will. I am proud to have the support of California NOW PAC.”
Established in 1966, the Nation Organization for Women strives to eliminate discrimination and secure reproductive rights. Its California chapter is the largest state organization of feminists, both women and men, in the United States.