For Immediate release
June 3, 2019
J&Z Strategies


Josh Newman Endorsed By Laborers Local 300, UNITE HERE Local 11 and California Association of Psychiatric Technicians 

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Maintaining his edge in the 2020 rematch campaign to represent California’s 29th State Senate District, today U.S. Army veteran, businessman and former State Senator Josh Newman released endorsements from three crucial organizations that represent working people. Those endorsing Newman today include the following:

“Josh Newman has proven himself as a leader with a backbone. He’s got guts, smarts and grit. Best of all, Josh is in it for the right reasons. He puts working people ahead of corporate special interests, fights for good jobs, healthcare access, great schools for our kids and a strong middle class economy. These are a few of the reasons why the Laborers Local 300 is proud to endorse Josh Newman for State Senate.”
— Laborers Local 300 Business Manager Sergio Rascon

“UNITE HERE Local 11 is proud to endorse Josh Newman for State Senate. Josh has been a warrior on behalf of working families – working to lift up all workers – and build a thriving middle class economy. He’s worked hard to combat poverty, expand healthcare, lower the cost of prescription drugs, ensure livable wages, and invest in job-training and schools. We know Josh will be a champion for working women and men in the State Senate and we’re thrilled to back his 2020 rematch campaign.”
— UNITE HERE Local 11 Co-President Ada Briceño

“The California Association of Psychiatric Technicians is proud to endorse Josh Newman for State Senate because he’s a true champion for patients, healthcare workers, and working families. In the State Legislature, he led on a range of issues, from protecting workers’ rights and combating income inequality, to increasing access to healthcare and expanding behavioral and mental health programs. We are excited to stand with Josh to protect California’s most vulnerable communities.”
— California Association of Psychiatric Technicians President Eric Soto

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of news that more than 90% of SD-29’s current roster of California Democratic Party delegates who will be casting ballots at the district pre-endorsement caucus later this year, are endorsing Newman’s bid. This move virtually guarantees the former Senator the state party’s highly coveted official stamp of approval.

Since launching his current campaign, Josh Newman has amassed a far-reaching and broad coalition of support from organizations and leaders, including:


  • Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties
  • Orange County Employees Association
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 324
  • Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36 
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) 
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 9510
  • United Association (UA) Local 582 Plumbers & Steamfitters
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 47
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • Laborers Local 300
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Southern California District Council
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 94
  • UNITE HERE Local 11
  • California Association of Psychiatric Technicians 

Federal Elected Leaders:

  • U.S. Congressman Lou Correa
  • U.S. Congressman Harley Rouda

State Elected Leaders:

  • California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
  • California State Treasurer Fiona Ma
  • California State Treasurer John Chiang (Ret.)
  • California State Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
  • California State Senator Tom Umberg
  • California State Senator Connie Leyva
  • California State Senator Maria Elena Durazo
  • California State Senator Ben Allen
  • California State Senator Richard Pan
  • California State Senator Mike McGuire
  • California State Senator Steven Bradford 
  • California State Senator Bob Archuleta
  • California State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • California State Senator Bill Monning
  • California State Senator Jerry Hill
  • California State Senator Henry Stern
  • California State Senator Cathleen Galgiani
  • California State Senator Steve Glazer
  • California State Senator Ed Hernandez (Ret.)
  • California State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • California Assemblymember and Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Gipson
  • California Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva
  • California Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris
  • California Assemblymember Christy Smith
  • California Assemblymember Ash Kalra
  • California Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
  • California Assemblymember Tom Daly

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 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, he 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 and transportation improvements.

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

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