For Immediate release
September 26, 2019

J&Z Strategies

California Nevada Conference of Operating Engineers, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 3, IUOE Local 12, and IUOE Local 501 Endorse Josh Newman’s Campaign for State Senate

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — In a testament to his record as a champion of working families, today U.S. Army veteran, businessman and former State Senator Josh Newman received endorsements from the California Nevada Conference of Operating Engineers, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 3, IUOE Local 12, and IUOE Local 501 in his rematch bid for State Senate District 29.

Announcing the endorsements, IUOE leaders released the following statements:

“Time and time again, Josh has remained unafraid to put people over politics and working families ahead of corporate interests. He is a proven leader who has acted as an advocate for safeguarding the rights of working people and believes in expanding our middle class through investing in our Californians. The California Nevada Conference of Operating Engineers is thrilled to back Josh Newman’s campaign for State Senate District 29, and look forward to helping him get re-elected.”
— Tim Cremins, Director, California Nevada Conference of Operating Engineers 

“Throughout his career, Josh has been a loud voice for California’s working people. While in the State Senate, he earned a 100% legislative scorecard from the California Labor Federation, securing his status as a tireless advocate for working people. International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3 backs Josh Newman for State Senate because of this reason, as he has proven himself a leader who will fight for an economy that works for all of us. We are excited to help Josh in his rematch campaign for SD-29.”
— Dan Reding, President, Operating Engineers Local 3

“Josh Newman has spent his career standing up for what is right. Through common-sense approaches, Josh has worked towards advancing economic development, job creation, and creative solutions that help grow and expand our middle class. He is the embodiment of the values our members hold dear, and is exactly the type of leader we need in Sacramento. International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12 is proud to endorse Josh Newman for State Senate for District 29 and look forward to working with his campaign.”
— Ronald J. Sikorski, Business Manager and General Vice President, Operating Engineers Local 12

“Operating Engineers Local 501 is proud to endorse Josh Newman for State Senate because he is the clear choice for working men and women in the 29th District. He has a proven record of standing up for working families, including fighting for good wages and benefits, pushing to ensure that a workers’ income should not be a barrier to quality healthcare access, and advocating for the freedom of workers to negotiate a fair return on their work. We know Josh will be a force on behalf of working people in Sacramento and look forward to helping his campaign.”
— Ed Curly, Business Manager, Operating Engineers Local 501

Last week, Newman’s campaign released a new digital video ad titled “Better Senator,” which highlights his independent, common-sense agenda, and features the campaign’s new ice cream truck, where prospective voters can talk about important issues with the former Senator and his team, while enjoying a free “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.

Previously, the former Senator rolled out his first campaign video, titled “Citizen Newman.” To view the ad click here.

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


  • Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties
  • Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) State Council of California
  • Orange County Employees Association (OCEA)
  • AFSCME California PEOPLE
  • AFSCME District Council 57
  • AFSCME Local 1902
  • AFSCME Local 2620
  • California Federation of Teachers (CFT)
  • Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC)
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA) 
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1428 
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770 
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 324
  • Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36 
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) 
  • Teamsters Joint Council 42
  • California Nevada Conference of Operating Engineers
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 3
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 12
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 501
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 9510
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA)  Local 14904
  • 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
  • Ironworkers Local 433
  • 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
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277
  • Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG)

Federal Elected Leaders:

  • S. Congressman Lou Correa
  • S. Congressman Harley Rouda
  • S. Congressman Gil Cisneros
  • S. Congressman Mike Levin

State Elected Leaders:

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom
  • California State Controller Betty Yee
  • 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 Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León
  • California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • 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 Melissa Hurtado 
  • California State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • California State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • 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 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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