For Immediate release
April 15, 2019
J&Z Strategies



Democrats Christy Smith, Cottie Petrie-Norris, Mike Gipson, Ash Kalra, and Adrin Nazarian All Backing Newman for SD-29

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Just a month after formally announcing his bid to get back to the State Senate and serve the people of California’s 29th District, U.S. Army veteran, businessman and former State Senator Josh Newman announced an impressive array of endorsements from five Democratic members of the State Assembly. Announcing their support for Newman today are:

  • Christy Smith, AD-38
  • Cottie Petrie-Norris, AD-74
  • Mike Gipson, AD-64
  • Ash Kalra, AD-27
  • Adrin Nazarian, AD-46

The Assemblymembers released the following statements of support for Josh Newman’s campaign:

“Josh Newman represents a refreshing brand of new, pragmatic and authentic leadership that we need more of in Sacramento. He puts people first — not politics, and has proven himself as someone who focuses on the basics: holding government accountable and making it work better; improving our schools; creating jobs and ensuring clean air and water for families across our state. I’m proud to endorse Josh Newman for State Senate.” – Assemblymember Christy Smith, 38th Assembly District

“Josh Newman is a proven and effective leader who has shown a fierce commitment to our community, even it if comes at a personal cost. He is deeply knowledgeable about the issues and a relentless fighter for Democratic values. In the State Senate, Josh will continue to push to increase funding for our K-12 schools, make college more affordable, protect our environment, expand access to affordable healthcare, and make the economy work better for everyone. I’m with him 100%” – Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris, 74th Assembly District       

“I’m extremely pleased to announce my strong support for Josh Newman in his rematch bid for State Senate. I’ve seen him in action in the legislature and know firsthand how he embodies the bold, pragmatic and visionary leadership that we need in Sacramento. As a veteran, businessman, and former elected official, Josh has the extensive experience, skillsets and capabilities needed to be an effective champion for all Californians in the State Senate, and I’m thrilled to endorse his campaign.” – Assemblymember and Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Gipson, 64th Assembly District

“Josh Newman has a profound understanding of what political courage means. Having stood up for what he believed was right, he’s lived it firsthand. This fearlessness, boldness and people-over-politics mentality is what we need more than ever in the Legislature. I’m proud to endorse Josh Newman because I know he will always stand up and fight for what’s right – public safety, environmental protection, a strong middle-class economy and great public schools.” – Assemblymember Ash Kalra, 27th Assembly District

“Forward-thinking. Tenacious. Pragmatic. Level-headed. These are just a few of the words that describe Josh Newman. A veteran, non-profit founder, businessman and State Senator — Josh Newman’s experience and skillset are unrivaled. We need Josh back in the state legislature leading the charge to build a stronger, more just and fair California for the people of our state. I’m thrilled to support him.” – Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, 46th Assembly District

In the few short weeks since announcing the kick-off of his rematch campaign, Josh Newman has secured a rapidly growing list of California leaders and local citizens from across both his district and statewide. Josh’s endorsers include:

  • U.S. Congressman Lou Correa
  • U.S. Congressman Harley Rouda
  • California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
  • California State Treasurer Fiona Ma
  • California State Treasurer (Ret.) John Chiang
  • California State Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
  • State Senator Tom Umberg
  • State Senator Connie Leyva
  • State Senator Maria Elena Durazo
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Richard Pan
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • State Senator Steven Bradford 
  • State Senator Bob Archuleta
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • State Senator Ed Hernandez (Ret.)
  • Assemblymember and Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Gipson
  • Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris
  • Assemblymember Christy Smith
  • Assemblymember Ash Kalra
  • Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
  • 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

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 technology sector, 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, 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, reside in Fullerton with their daughter and four rescue Chihuahuas.

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