WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, California’s first elected State Insurance Commissioner and a former Deputy Interior Secretary under President Bill Clinton, today filed his declaration of candidacy for the 10th Congressional District.
“In more than three decades of public service, I have been a proven lifelong Democrat never wavering from the core convictions of our party,” Garamendi said. “The people of the 10th Congressional District deserve a leader who speaks to their concerns, their hopes and dreams. In Congress, I will always fight for seniors, universal health care, quality sustainable jobs, environmental protection, affordable education, and the rights of working families.”
Garamendi has been endorsed by President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, General Wesley Clark, George Lakoff, SEIU California State Council, California Teachers Association, Alameda Central Labor Council, California Nurses Association, California Federation of Teachers, and many other labor unions and community organizations.
In a campaign finance filing report released Wednesday, Garamendi reported more than $300,000 from more than 350 donors, with more than $260,000 cash-on-hand. Garamendi has more than three times the cash-on-hand after debts as the next closest Democratic challenger.
A special election will be held on September 1st.