The CSUEU Legislative Committee and Board of Directors has endorsed Lt. Gov. John Garamendi for California’s 10th Congressional District seat.
“John has long been a friend to CSUEU and CSEA,” says Legislative Committee Chair Natalia Bremer. “He has always made time to meet our members, including attending our Lobby Day receptions when in town and helping to open the last two CSEA Women’s Conferences. He cares about us as employees and values the work we do.”
The primary is set for September 1, and a special election for the seat takes place on November 3.
Hopefuls for the seat vacated by former Rep. Ellen Tauscher have until July 20 to formally throw their hats in the ring, but the race has already hit a furious pace with a dozen candidates on the campaign trail. Tauscher represented the district, which includes much of the East Bay in the San Francisco Bay Area, since 1997 but resigned last month after being confirmed to the post of Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs in the State Department.
Garamendi, 64, has served as a state assemblyman, state senator, insurance commissioner and lieutenant governor.
“John understands that we are part of the integral framework that keeps the doors to CSU open,” adds Legislative Committee Vice-Chair Andrew Coile. “He knows about the importance of an affordable college education and the valuable role that the CSU plays in revitalizing the California economy and workforce. He’s often been the lone voice of reason on the CSU Board of Trustees.”
“He served for many years with the Peace Corps and even risked his life in Ethiopia to get water to refugees, so he has a deep understanding of the basic needs of life,” explains Bremer. “He is well known in Washington and can well represent our members’ needs and values at the nation’s Capitol.”