FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2015
SAN PEDRO, CA – Nanette Barragán, congressional candidate in CA-44, has received amazing momentum in her bid for office following a number of endorsements from national and local leaders. Below is a roundup of recent endorsements and accompanying quotes.
Rep. Joaquín Castro (D- TX 20): “The issue of jobs and the economy is something that affects all Americans. We need to make sure that every person, whether it’s in Texas, California or any other state, who wants a job is able to find one. Nanette grew up in the 44th District and knows firsthand the importance of working to support a family. As our economy improves and unemployment numbers lower, we need to continue to move in the right direction. I know that Nanette will keep us moving and I am looking forward to working with her.”
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX 15): “My primary goal since I was elected to Congress has been to create jobs and reduce unemployment. I have been able to significantly lower unemployment rates in my district since when I was first elected and I want to work with others who I know can do the same thing. Nanette is the type of person who will get the job done. She understands the challenges people face raising a family in a tough economy and because of that, is committed to creating jobs and positioning her district to compete in the global economy. Nanette will be a fine addition to Congress.”
Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX 34): “Creating jobs is more important now than ever. Supporting small businesses and public works projects that could create new jobs in your district are crucial if you want to improve your district’s economy. Nanette has the same values as families in the 44th District and as a result, is a strong supporter of these ideas that will benefit the community. Congress needs strong voices with new ideas and Nanette is just that.”
Building Our Leadership Diversity (BOLD) PAC led by Chairman Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA 29): “Nanette’s story resonates with the members of this PAC and with so many other citizens in California and around the country. As the daughter of immigrants, nothing was handed to her. She has worked hard her entire life to put herself through school, obtain her law degree, and get elected to City Council. Despite her success, she has never forgotten why she got involved in public service: to give back to the people. She’s been a social justice advocate since day one and we know that she will bring that passion for others with her to Congress. We are looking forward to working with her for years to come.”
South Gate’s First Latino Council Member and Former Mayor Henry C. Gonzalez: “Nanette demonstrated tremendous courage and integrity when she stood up to Big Oil. That took guts. I see in her the same drive and passion I brought to the work I did in South Gate. She grew up in this district, and she has immigrant roots just like me. She knows how hard it is for children and families to get ahead if we aren’t giving them access to quality education and good-paying jobs. I know Nanette will continue the work I did in South Gate and further strengthen our community when she is elected to Congress.”
Bishop Juan Carlos Mendez, founder of Churches IN Action and a leader of the Los Angeles Interfaith Council: “I have devoted my life to the hungry, the needy, and the politically under-represented in South Gate and beyond. For too long, the needs and voices of our community have gone unheard in our nation’s capital. I believe that Nanette has the capability and passion necessary to change this. Her upbringing in the district and deep understanding of the obstacles facing families here uniquely equip her to be a powerful advocate for our community in Washington D.C.”
Barragán, the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, grew up in Carson and the surrounding areas where she attended Stephen M. White Middle School, learned to swim at Carson Pool, and studied at the Carson Library. She worked her way through UCLA and law school at USC before becoming a long-time advocate for the environment and the first elected Latina member of the Hermosa Beach City Council. She was also a leader in the fight against Measure O, a ballot measure that would have allowed oil companies to drill for oil in the Santa Monica Bay.
Find more information here: http://www.barraganforcongress.com