January 24, 2016
WALNUT GROVE, CA – Congressman John Garamendi, who is running for re-election in California’s 3rd Congressional District, is proud to announce that he has been endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), which represents over 66,000 public safety members and is the largest statewide law enforcement association in the nation.
“Throughout my entire career, I’ve advocated both locally and nationally to pursue smart, diplomatic solutions to our nation’s problems. The public safety personnel represented by PORAC are dedicated public servants, and their vital work far too often goes unheralded and underappreciated, yet we could not endure as a nation without them,” Congressman Garamendi said. “PORAC has been a leader in enhancing public safety for decades, and I am honored to be endorsed by them in my re-election campaign.”
“PORAC prides itself on carefully scrutinizing the qualifications of any candidate. Congressman Garamendi will continue to be an excellent representative for his district, especially in regard to the issues involving public safety,” said Michael Durant, President of PORAC. “As public safety officers, we appreciate Congressman Garamendi’s willingness to keep the avenues of communication open and his concentrated efforts to seek our input on issues involving public safety and law enforcement. These qualities make Congressman Garamendi truly deserving of the PORAC endorsement.”
Congressman Garamendi has consistently supported public safety throughout his career. In Congress, he was worked with members of both parties to secure a near $1 million federal grant for law enforcement agencies throughout Northern California. He also voted for legislation that provides $480 million in grants for key programs, including efforts to stop domestic abuse and provide victims of domestic abuse with critical services and assistance. As the Co-Chair of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, Garamendi also successfully led the three-year effort in Congress to encourage the FBI to better track hate crimes committed against Sikh, Hindu, and Arab Americans.
Congressman Garamendi has long been a peacebuilding advocate internationally. Garamendi served with his wife, Patti, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia. He later returned with a group of Peace Corps volunteers to negotiate a peace treaty to end the Ethiopian-Eritrea war, and helped negotiate a similar treaty to end the Congolese Civil War.