For Immediate release
May 21, 2019

J&Z Strategies

More than 90% of SD-29 California Democratic Party (CDP) Delegates Already Supporting Citizen Josh Newman’s 2020 Rematch State Senate Bid

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Validating the widespread enthusiasm his candidacy is generating, today U.S. Army veteran, businessman and former State Senator Josh Newman announced that he has already received commitments of support from more than 90% of the current roster of delegates who will be casting ballots at the district pre-endorsement caucus later this year.

Under the California Democratic Party’s official by-laws, candidates receiving the support of more than 70% of delegates in the district pre-endorsement caucus, which includes all of the district’s CDP delegates (as well as additional club representatives who are yet to be named) will be placed on the consent calendar for endorsement at the California Democratic Party convention later this year. Of the 68 current district delegates, 62 (or 91.2% of the total) have now pledged their support for Newman’s campaign to regain his seat in the California State Senate in the November 2020 election.

The pre-endorsement caucus for SD-29 isn’t scheduled to take place until fall, so today’s announcement underscores the impressive groundswell of early and strong support for Newman among delegates while virtually guaranteeing endorsement by the California Democratic Party to face incumbent Ling Ling Chang in the fall.

Those endorsing Newman today include the following:

• Rashad Al-Dabbagh
• Mario Alfaro
• Gabriel Alfaro
• Dena Peoples
• Dr. Sanobar Baig
• James Eric Barlow
• Joe Bartell
• Stephen Turner Blount
• Jordan Brandman
• Ada Briceno
• Gail Cain
• Jose Trinidad Castaneda
• Gilbert Cisneros
• Janice Corrales
• Thomas Daly
• Gregory Diamond
• Andrea Dima
• Arnel Dino
• Linda Fini
• Luis Flores
• Linda Freedman
• Gregg Fritchle
• Anne Gaffney
• James Gallagher
• Benjamin Gonzalez
• Allison Guzman
• Vincent Hennerty
• Joese Hernandez
• Katerina Ioannides
• Al Jabbar
• Horace Jackson

• Peggye Jackson
• Mirvette Judeh
• Rebecca Kovacs-Stein
• Harry Langenbacher
• Clark Lee
• Olivia Lee
• Jeff Letourneau
• Iris Mann
• Erika Martinez
• Dr. Jose Moreno
• Gustavo Navarro
• Josh Newman
• Sunny Youngsun Park
• Cassandra Perez
• Luisandres Perez
• Sharon Quirk-Silva
• William Rawlings
• Andrew Rodriguez
• Earle Saunders
• Priya Shah
• Bobbi-Lee Smart
• Gabriel Smith
• Calvin Sung
• Aaruni Thakur
• Pamela Thakur
• Julie Tran
• Patricia Tutor
• John Vassiliades
• Jeanette Vazquez
• Allyson Vincent
• Ahmad Zahra

Expressing his gratitude for the strong support, Newman released the following statement:

“I’m running to ensure that the residents of all 16 cities in the 29th Senate District can count on the accountable, responsive representation they fully deserve. That’s why I’m so encouraged and grateful for this strong demonstration of confidence and support from the activists and community leaders across the district who serve as delegates to the state Democratic Party. They embody the activism, civic engagement and people empowerment that have been reshaping our district. They are local leaders and organizers in their own rights, which is why their emphatic support of my campaign means so much to me. I’m looking forward to working closely with all of them as our ‘people-powered’ campaign moves forward toward November 2020.”

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
• 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
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 (Ret.) John Chiang
• 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 got 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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