AFSCME California PEOPLE, AFSCME District Council 57, AFSCME Local 1902, and AFSCME Local 2620 Rally Behind Josh Newman’s Campaign for Senate District 29

ORANGE COUNTY, CA -- Building on his recent backing by California Governor Gavin Newsom, today U.S. Army veteran, businessman and former State Senator Josh Newman announced the endorsements of AFSCME California PEOPLE, AFSCME District Council 57, AFSCME Local 1902 and AFSCME Local 2620 in the rematch race to represent California's 29th State Senate District.

Announcing the endorsements, state and local AFSCME leaders released the following statements:

“Even before Josh Newman arrived at the Senate, he was a determined advocate for working people and a leader in the fight to make our economy work for all Californians. While in office he has championed efforts to improve the standard of living for workers and protect their right to negotiate living wages and benefits for their families. Josh understands the important contributions working people make in their communities and that is why AFSCME California People is proud to support Josh Newman for State Senate.” 
-AFSCME California PEOPLE 

“Over 30,000 public service workers of AFSCME District Council 57 are proud to support Josh Newman for State Senate District 29. While in office, Josh worked tirelessly to improve wages and working conditions for the hard-working people of California. He understands the critical role public employees play in delivering the services all of our communities rely on, from our schools and our community colleges to our transit systems and our hospitals. That’s why we’re with Josh all the way.” 
-AFSCME District Council 57

"AFSCME Local 1902 members know that Josh is a champion for working families and will work to protect Southern California’s invaluable water supplies, now and into the future. We know that when it comes to protecting the rights of working families to join a Union, Josh will fight to protect their right to do so while he is in the Senate!”
-Alan Shanahan, Executive President, AFSCME Local 1902

“The working men and women of AFSCME Local 2620 are proud to give Josh Newman our strong support and endorsement. While in office, Josh has demonstrated tremendous courage when it comes to defending working families and their right to negotiate better working conditions, wages, and benefits. We have full confidence that Josh will be the strongest champion for the working families of District 29 in Sacramento.” 
-Abdul Johnson, President, AFSCME Local 2620

Earlier this year, the former Senator rolled out his new campaign video, titled "Citizen Newman." To view the ad click here or on the screen image below:









In the ad, Citizen Newman notes, "We, the people, have every right to expect decency and honesty from those who serve us in elected office. I live by a couple of simple rules: do the work, tell the truth, stand up for what you believe in, and do the right thing."

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 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

  • 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:

  • U.S. Congressman Lou Correa

  • U.S. Congressman Harley Rouda

  • U.S. Congressman Gil Cisneros

  • U.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 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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