Equality California Endorses Mariko Yamada For State Senate

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Today Mariko Yamada’s campaign for State Senate District 3 announced a new endorsement from Equality California (EQCA), the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.

“Mariko Yamada was a strong ally of the LGBT community during her time in the Assembly,” said Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California. “She will continue to be an effective advocate for a fairer and more equal California in the Senate.”

EQCA joins a growing broad coalition of support including California Nurses Association, California Federation of Teachers, SEIU California, California League of Conservation Voters, Emily’s List, California Women’s List, National Women’s Political Caucus, California Association of Psychiatric Technicians, Stonewall Democratic Club of Solano County and Greater Sacramento, Stonewall Young Democrats and scores of principled leaders including State Controller Betty Yee, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Treasurer John Chiang, Congressman John Garamendi and community leaders throughout the District and up and down the State.

“I’m very proud to have Equality California’s support in this race,” Yamada said. “As a social worker and public servant, I have dedicated my life to fighting for equal rights and social justice. Our society has come a long way in promoting equality in marriage, education, healthcare and in the workplace, but we have so much more work to do. I look forward to working with EQCA as the next State Senator.”

Yamada continued, “California needs leaders who understand that the fight for equality is far from over – leaders who will stand up to corporate interests and stand with working and middle class families. That’s why I’m running for State Senate – to increase penalties for those who scam seniors, invest in early childcare and universal preschool, protect retirement for hardworking Californians and stop health insurers from jacking up rates.”

About Mariko Yamada

Mariko Yamada represented the 8th Assembly District and the 4th Assembly District from 2008 – 2014, which includes most of State Senate District 3. During that time, Yamada was known as an outspoken advocate for the protection of agriculture, veterans, vulnerable elders, the mentally ill and persons with disabilities and their caregivers throughout the state. She has been a consistent and insistent voice on the preservation of prime farmland and water resources. She also served as a Yolo County Supervisor from 2003 – 2008.

State Senate, District 3 includes Solano and Napa Counties and portions of Contra Costa, Sacramento, Sonoma and Yolo Counties.

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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