"I am excited to give my first endorsement as Councilmember-Elect to Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez for State Senate," said Councilmember-Elect Keir Jones.
LONG BEACH, CA – Continuing to amass endorsements from local elected officials, Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez announced today that she has received the endorsement of newly elected Signal Hill Councilmember, Keir Jones.
Jones' passion for public service and community involvement dates back to his early college years but was awaken during California’s battle over Proposition 8 which banned LGBTQ marriages in California.
Jones was elected to the Signal Hill City Council in the March 5th, 2019 Municipal Election. He is the first non-incumbent to be the highest vote-getter in over 20 years. He has served as the City Clerk for the past two years where he has helped to ensure Signal Hill saw its largest voter turnouts in decades with nearly 60% of residents voting in November 2018. He has also led efforts to align Signal Hill elections with the California Primaries to ensure every voter has an opportunity to make their voice heard.
"I am excited to give my first endorsement as Councilmember-Elect to Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez for State Senate," said Councilmember-Elect Keir Jones. "She is the right person to represent the people of Signal Hill in the State Senate. Her advocacy and leadership on policies that support working people, increase access to green space and protect small businesses is needed in Sacramento. As someone who knows the impact of a close election, having lost my first try for City Council by one vote, I encourage everyone to pay attention to this race and send Lena Gonzalez to the State Senate on March 26th,” he continued.
Jones joins the following in endorsing Gonzalez for State Senate:
For a complete list of endorsements, please visit http://VoteLenaGonzalez.com/endorsements
Gonzalez is running to replace Ricardo Lara, who resigned to serve as California's 6th elected Insurance Commissioner. Lara has endorsed Gonzalez to replace him in the California State Senate.
A primary election will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. If a run-off is needed, the run-off election will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez has served on the Long Beach City Council since 2014 representing Downtown Long Beach and surrounding communities. She serves as Vice Chair of the city's State Legislative Committee and Chair of the Harbor and Tidelands Committee.
Gonzalez lives in Downtown Long Beach with her fiancé and life partner, Adam, and their three sons. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Cal State Long Beach and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. Currently employed with Microsoft, she focuses on issues around digital inclusion, tech equity and criminal justice reform.
The 33rd District includes the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, South Gate, Vernon, portions of the City of Los Angeles and the unincorporated communities of Florence and Walnut Park.