SEIU Local 721 Endorses Kevin de León for City Council

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Contact: Ulisses Sanchez;

Los Angeles, CA  – Hot on the heels of endorsements from several key unions in Los Angeles, the  Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721 today added their support to Kevin de León's bid to represent the Los Angeles City Council's 14th District. SEIU Local 721 represents working families across Los Angeles and Southern California, who work in industries ranging from healthcare to law enforcement to street services.

Bob Schoonover, President of SEIU Local 721, released the following statement about their endorsement: “Kevin de Leon has always been a fearless champion for working men and women. From fighting corporate wage theft to keeping workers safe on the job, he has always been proactive in finding ways to help and support the families who need it most. We have every confidence that he will continue to be our ally in the City Council, as he has been for the past decade in the legislature, and the 98,000 members of SEIU Local 721 are proud to support his candidacy.” 

In the course of a remarkable career, Kevin de León has been an educator, planned one of the largest civil rights marches in California history, and became the first Latino leader of the California State Senate in 130 years. For the last decade, de León represented Senate District 25, which overlaps a significant portion of City Council District 14. As Senate Leader, he secured more than $68 million to revitalize the Los Angeles River, $176 million to towards the cleanup around the former Exide Technologies facility, funding for more than a dozen new parks, and $26 million to complete the Los Angeles State Historic Park. 

He appropriated tens of millions of dollars to make Los Angeles schools more energy-efficient through Prop 39, bringing relief to city taxpayers. De León also authored Proposition 68, to keep drinking water clean and open new parks throughout the state. As author of Proposition 2, which passed on the November 2018 ballot, he secured the largest financial investment to build permanent supportive housing for Californians experiencing homelessness, especially in Los Angeles.

He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors. He has one daughter and a dog, whose name is Popeye.