For Immediate release
December 10, 2019

J&Z Strategies


Equality California (EQCA) Backs Josh Newman’s State Senate Rematch Bid

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Reflecting his commitment to equality and widespread support from the LGBTQ community in the race for State Senate District 29, today U.S. Army veteran, businessman, and former State Senator Josh Newman earned a powerful endorsement from Equality California, the state’s largest and most influential LGBTQ rights organization.

In a statement released with the announced endorsement, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur remarked:

“Throughout his time in public service, Josh Newman has been a dedicated ally to the LGBTQ community, embracing and celebrating diversity while elevating LGBTQ civil rights and fighting against discrimination. We have no doubt he will continue to advocate for full, lived equality and defend the dignity of all people in the legislature, and we’re excited to support his campaign for California Senate.”

Reflecting on the announced endorsement, Newman commented:

“I’m thrilled and very grateful to receive by Equality California’s endorsement in my campaign to return to the state senate.  All people, regardless of who you love and how you identify, are fully deserving of dignity, respect, and opportunities to thrive in our great state.  I’m fully committed to safeguarding the hard-fought gains of the LGBTQ+ community, and to continuing to break down barriers that stand in the way of true equality and justice for all.  I look forward to returning to Sacramento to fight for the people of the 29th Senate District.”

Newman’s campaign also recently released a new digital video ad, titled “Better Senator,” which highlights his independent, common-sense approach to public service and features the campaign’s branded ice cream truck, allowing voters the opportunity to talk about important issues with the former Senator and his team while enjoying a complimentary “Better Senator” ice cream sandwich. To find out more about upcoming destinations for the “Better Senator,” follow @BetterSenatorCA on Twitter and Instagram or visit

To view the ad, titled “Better Senator,” click here.

About Josh Newman

Josh Newman is a United States Army veteran, community activist, father, husband, and former State Senator for the 29th Senate District of California. As an officer in the United States Army, Newman’s active duty military service included assignments with a nuclear weapons detachment in South Korea and with a conventional artillery battalion in the 25th Infantry Division. After a successful post-service professional career in the Internet and mobile technology sectors, Newman founded and served as Executive Director of ArmedForce2Workforce, an initiative founded in 2012 to assist young veterans in the Orange County/Greater Los Angeles area in the pursuit of rewarding, career-oriented post-service employment.

Continuing to give back to his community, in 2016 Newman ran a “bottom-up” campaign against the political establishment — and was elected to the California Senate. In the State Senate, Newman chaired the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. He also sat on the Business & Professions, Health, Insurance & Banking, and Human Services committees.

In Sacramento as well as while back home in the 29th Senate District, Newman was active and accessible, tirelessly serving the 16 cities of the 29th Senate District, continuously putting public service over politics, irrespective of the consequences. Throughout his tenure in the State Senate, Newman focused on finding common sense, pragmatic solutions that help improve the quality of life for California families. His legislation championed veteran services, mental health resources, public education, job creation, environmental protection, equal rights, transportation improvements, and fiscal responsibility.

He and his wife, Darcy Lewis, reside in Fullerton with their daughter and four rescue Chihuahuas.

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