Lieutenant Governor Candidate Statements

  • Assumes the office and duties of Governor in the case of impeachment, death, resignation, removal from office, or absence from the state.
  • Serves as president of the State Senate and has a tie-breaking vote.
  • Chairs the Commission for Economic Development; is a member of the State Lands Commission, and the Ocean Protection Council; and sits on the boards of the California university systems.

Eleni Kounalakis

Eleni Kounalakis | DEMOCRATIC

I am a businesswoman, mother, and former U.S. Ambassador under President Obama. I’m running for Lieutenant Governor to protect California’s values of diversity and opportunity—because they power our economy. I'm proud to be endorsed by Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Dianne Feinstein, California League of Conservation Voters, National Organization for Women and California Federation of Teachers. As the daughter of an immigrant and the first college graduate in my family, I’ll fight for affordable education by opposing tuition hikes at our UCs, CSUs, and community colleges. I’ll work to change the political culture in Sacramento to stop sexual harassment in workplaces everywhere, hold perpetrators accountable, and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. As a U.S. Ambassador, I traveled with our military and know that promoting Democracy abroad means supporting our veterans when they come home. I believe in quality, affordable childcare and universal healthcare. I’ll Chair the State Lands Commission and fight against Donald Trump's plan to open California's coast for more offshore oil drilling. As a businesswoman, I built major infrastructure projects, created jobs for Californians, and delivered affordable housing for working families. I understand that we must build an economy that lifts up all Californians and protects the American Dream. I traveled to all 58 counties and heard your stories. I’ll always listen to the voices of all Californians. Thank you for your consideration and your vote.

916 Kearny St., #605
San Francisco, CA 94133
Tel: (415) 857-0921

Ed Hernandez

Ed Hernandez | DEMOCRATIC

Dr. Ed Hernandez, State Senator and small businessman, is running for Lieutenant Governor to expand access to healthcare, lower the cost of prescription drugs, fight for working families, protect our environment, and make higher education more accessible and affordable. A father and grandfather, Hernandez has spent his life serving the healthcare needs of his community by bringing quality eye care to working families in the San Gabriel Valley. The grandson of immigrants, Hernandez grew up in a working-class community in L.A. County, worked his way through college, and built a successful small family business with his wife. As a healthcare provider, Senator Hernandez led the fight to make healthcare more affordable and accessible, passing a landmark law that cracks down on big pharmaceutical corporations for skyrocketing prescription drug costs by creating new, tough transparency rules to help lower drug prices. As a leader in the State Senate, Hernandez has helped pass laws to protect access to clean air and clean water, increase funding for schools and career education programs, and provide one year of free community college. State Senator Ed Hernandez is also helping lead the effort to end Sacramento’s culture of silence to protect people from sexual harassment, hold abusers accountable, and remove offenders from office. Hernandez is endorsed by California’s Teachers, Firefighters, Police, Nurses, Planned Parenthood, State Controller Betty Yee, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra because they know he will stand up for families against corporate special interests. Vote Senator Ed Hernandez for California Lieutenant Governor.


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