OAKLAND, Calif: Kimberly Ellis has received the strong backing of Assemblymember Rob Bonta, the first endorsement in this race from any current Assemblymember since last April. The endorsement comes in time for International Women’s Day and showcases the importance of male allies in the fight for gender equality, inclusion and promotion.
“I’m proud to be the first state legislator to endorse Kimberly’s campaign. As the first Filipino-American to serve in the California Assembly, I know what it’s like to overcome hurdles and knock down barriers to pave the road for those who will come behind you. It’s time our California Democratic Party had a qualified, inspiring woman of color as Chair,” said Majority Assembly Leader Rob Bonta. “Kimberly has harnessed the power of disaffected progressives and reinvigorated longtime Party activists – it’s phenomenal what she has already accomplished with the organizing she is doing statewide right now. She will be a fighter and a champion for our shared progressive values.”
Ellis’ campaign has gained significant traction since the surge in new Party activists, starting in June of last year with the Central Committee elections and then a complete remaking of the Assembly District delegations this past January.
Bonta’s Endorsement follows last week’s announcement of Ellis picking up four major Congressional endorsements – Speier, Eshoo, DeSaulnier and Khanna – the first endorsements from any members of Congress in the race so far.
“Far too often in politics people talk a good game about promoting gender equality and inclusion, but only a few truly reach back and help women step forward. Assemblymember Bonta is exactly the type of progressive male ally we need to ensure women have a seat at the table; I’m incredibly grateful for his faith and confidence in my ability to lead this State Party and redirect it back to organizing and community engagement,” said Ellis. “Gender parity in leadership is not just a moral obligation, it also creates better outcomes. Countless studies have shown that when women participate in decision-making, the policy results prove to be more equitable, just and fair for all. It is my hope that we have more men and women vested in the promotion of women and follow the example set by Assemblymember Bonta,” concluded Ellis.