Gavin Newsom Announces Endorsement of the California Faculty Association

April 12, 2010

San Francisco, CA—Today, the Gavin Newsom for Lieutenant Governor campaign announced the endorsement of the California Faculty Association, a union of 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors, and coaches who teach in the California State University system.

“I am honored to be endorsed by the California Faculty Association for my campaign for lieutenant governor,” said Newsom. “These educators work hard every day to prepare our students for jobs that are essential to our state—nurses, teachers, engineers. I’m grateful for all they do keep the largest four-year university system in the nation contributing to the greater good.”

“Gavin Newsom has demonstrated his commitment to quality public education for all Californians, and that is why we enthusiastically endorse him,” said Lillian Taiz, CFA President. “In Gavin, we have an ally who will fight for more funding for higher education and against higher student fees to ensure access to a university education. A long-time advocate of an oil severance tax, he’ll work to fully fund the CSU and UC systems. Gavin Newsom is exactly the kind of leader we need as lieutenant governor and on the CSU Board of Trustees.”

Newsom has garnered a large and increasing number of endorsements from major labor groups and key California leaders, including:

· U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

· U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

· State Senate President Darrell Steinberg

· Assembly Speaker John Pérez

· U.S. Representative Mike Thompson

· State Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez

· State Senator Alex Padilla, Campaign Co-Chair

· State Senator Elaine Alquist

· State Senator Ellen Corbett

· State Senator Mark Leno

· State Senator Fran Pavley

· State Assemblymember Mary Hayashi

· State Assemblymember Jerry Hill

· State Assemblymember Jared Huffman

· State Assemblymember Ira Ruskin

· State Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson

· Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson

· Former Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg

· Former Lieutenant Governor and Assembly Speaker Cruz Bustamante

· Former State Senator and State Party Chairman Art Torres

The CFA endorsement joins those of other leading labor organizations in California: OC Firefighters, the UFW (United Farm Workers), the California Teachers Association (CTA), the California Nurses Association (CNA), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western State Council, and Northern California Carpenters Regional Council.


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