Fullerton, CA – A supporter of Ling Ling Chang’s campaign for State Senate was unsuccessful in his attempt to prevent State Senate candidate Josh Newman from using the same ballot designation that he used in June’s Primary Election.
In response to a complaint filed in Sacramento Superior Court, Judge Christopher Krueger validated the Secretary of State’s Office’s original and correct finding that Newman should be allowed to identify himself as a “Veterans’ Advocate” on the ballot in November.
The basis for Newman’s use of “Veterans’ Advocate” as his ballot designation is his recent work on behalf of young recently-transitioned veterans seeking civilian employment upon their return home to Southern California following the completion of their military service. He is committed to finding better approaches to meaningfully reducing the chronic unemployment and underemployment facing the young men and women who have so honorably served their country in a time of need.
In response to Judge Krueger’s ruling, Newman released the following statement: “For the past three years, I’ve devoted myself to assisting veterans in finding career-oriented post-service opportunities that harness the unique combination of talent, training, and discipline that vets can bring to local employers. As you might expect, I was stunned to find myself in court having to answer the spurious assertion that my ballot designation is anything other than an appropriate descriptor, or that the work I’ve been doing is anything other than necessary and honorable. I am disappointed, to put it mildly, that the Chang campaign, which was clearly behind this lawsuit, wasted both time and taxpayer money with this frivolous lawsuit, and I’m gratified that the court wasted no time in making the appropriate ruling.”
A copy of the judge’s ruling is available here. California’s 29th Senate District, which includes all or parts of 17 cities across Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties, is a Democratic-leaning swing-seat, which is now home to more registered Democrats than Republicans. In the June primary voting, Newman and fellow Democrat Sukhee Kang combined to earn over 56% of the vote.
About Josh Newman
Josh Newman is the founder and Executive Director of ArmedForce2Workforce, a public benefit corporation that assists young veterans returning to the Greater Los Angeles/Orange County area in the pursuit of career-oriented employment upon the completion of their military service. Josh has a long record of local involvement in community service, which includes serving as: a member of the Executive Board of Neighbors United for Fullerton (NUFF), a co-founder and boardmember of the Veteran Business Network of Greater Los Angeles, a member of the Steering Committee for the Orange County Veterans & Military Families Collaborative (OCVMFC), and the 1st Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Veterans Caucus.
After graduating from Yale University, Josh served as an officer in the United States Army. His post-service experience, prior to founding ArmedForce2Workforce, has included work in local government, marketing and public relations, film and video production, and executive and consulting positions with a number of technology start-ups. Josh lives in Fullerton with his wife, Darcy, and their daughter.