Former Speaker Toni Atkins endorses Laura Friedman

Former Speaker Toni Atkins endorses Laura Friedman

For Immediate Release:  9/7/16
Contact: Parke Skelton 626-535-9616

Laura Friedman has scored another significant endorsement:  Assemblymember and Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins.

Toni Atkins was born in poverty in rural Virginia. She grew up in a house with no running water, the daughter of a miner and a seamstress. After relocating to San Diego in 1985, she served as Deputy to then City Councilmember Christine Kehoe, was elected to the San Diego City Council and then to the State Assembly.

She was elected the first openly lesbian Speaker of the Assembly and San Diego's first Speaker. Currently, Atkins is the overwhelming favorite to be elected to the State Senate in November.

"As someone who has made addressing California's housing crisis a top priority, I have been impressed with Laura Friedman's leadership at the local level to provide affordable housing for families, seniors and veterans," stated Atkins. "Laura Friedman will be a strong advocate for housing in the State Assembly and I am proud to endorse her."

"Toni Atkins and I both come from a background in local and regional policy," responded Friedman. "She effectively uses her experience to tackle tough problems from a statewide perspective. She is a model for how to get things done in Sacramento that will benefit every community."

Democrat Laura Friedman was the top vote-getter in the crowded June primary. Recent polling shows her heading into the November run-off with a 17% lead (38% to 21%) over her runoff opponent.

Friedman has been endorsed by outgoing Assemblymember Mike Gatto, State Senator Carol Liu, the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles, NOW, Equality California, HONOR PAC, California Nurses Association, American Federation of Teachers Local 1521, AFSCME California, and the League of Humane Voters.

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