For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Contact: Ulisses Sanchez; firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Angeles, CA – The coalition of working families behind Kevin de Leon continues to grow, as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2015 announced their endorsement of his candidacy for the Los Angeles City Council's 14th District. SEIU Local 2015 is the largest SEIU Local in California, representing over 385,000 skilled home care, nursing facility, and assisted living center workers.
April Verrett, President of SEIU 2015, released the following statement: “We stand with Kevin in his campaign for City Council, because he has always stood with us,” said April Verrett, President of SEIU 2015. “He marched with us for a $15 minimum wage, and authored the greatest expansion of retirement security for Californians in recent history. He speaks up for those in our community who feel like they don't have a voice, advocating for their interests from the picket line to the halls of power. The working people of Council District 14 deserve the best possible advocate, which is why we are proud to support him in this race.”
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.
De León is currently a professor, senior analyst, and distinguished policymaker-in-residence at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; as well as a Distinguished Senior Fellow for Climate, Environmental Justice and Health with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California. 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.