Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta Endorses Ron Galperin

Cites his commitment to “equity and inclusion”

LOS ANGELES – Legendary labor leader and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta endorsed Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin today in his bid for California Controller, following two significant announcements this week of support from civil rights organization Equality California and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.

“Ron Galperin has been a champion for working people and has always worked to ensure equity and inclusion. I am proud to stand with him for California Controller and know his fight for fairness, transparency and accountability is exactly what we need in our state.” – Labor leader and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta

Los Angeles Controller Galperin has long worked to increase equity in the City of Los Angeles. In addition to a groundbreaking Equity Index that delivered a never-before-seen roadmap on how Los Angeles can better deliver on its socioeconomic, environmental and educational promise, Galperin’s reports revealed gender inequity in the City’s workforce, recommended ways to help disadvantaged businesses earn City contracts, pushed for greater equity in youth programming and more. Galperin’s innovative online tools have highlighted systemic inequities and sought to connect people to resources, including the COVID-19 job losses map; statewide food map; and the comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Hub.

“I am honored to earn the support of Dolores Huerta, who has tirelessly worked to give voice to those society often leaves behind,” Galperin said. “I entered public office – and am running for California Controller – to make a difference and help uplift our community. Dolores’ support is a vindication of the work we’ve done and the important work ahead. As California Controller, I will never stop fighting for the rights of working people, environmental justice and a government that works for us all.”

Controller Galperin continues to receive support from groups and individuals throughout California, including:

  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • Former State Controller and State Treasurer John Chiang
  • Equality California
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • United Steelworkers (USW) Local 675
  • Painters & Allied Trades District Council 36
  • Action Democrats of the San Fernando Valley
  • San Diego Democrats for Equality
  • Valley Grassroots for Democracy
  • Avance Democratic Club
  • Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-44)
  • Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-29)
  • Rep. Howard Berman (ret.)
  • Rep. Julia Brownley (D-26)
  • Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-34)
  • Rep. Brad Sherman (D-30)
  • Rep. Mark Takano (D-41)
  • Rep. Howard Waxman (ret.)
  • State Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica)
  • State Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine)
  • State Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton)
  • State Sen.Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton)
  • Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino)
  • Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)
  • Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward)
  • Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton)
  • Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-Arleta)
  • Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles)
  • Assemblymember Chris Ward (D-San Diego)
  • Assemblymember Autumn Burke (ret.)
  • Assemblymember Christy Smith (ret.)
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • L.A. City Controller Rick Tuttle (ret.)
  • Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Nithya Raman
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Ruth Galanter (ret.)
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry (ret.)
  • Lassen County Democrats Chair Jake Hibbitts
  • Mono County Democrats Chair Joyce Kaufman
  • Sierra County Democrats Chair Sylvia Lopez
  • Executive Director of Climate Resolve Jonathan Parfrey
  • President & CEO of LA84 Foundation Renata Simril
  • Past President of California NOW, Jerilyn Stapleton
  • California Democratic Party Executive Board Member Mark Gonzalez
  • Former Executive Director of Equality California Rick Chavez Zbur

The son of immigrants and of a Holocaust survivor, Galperin is L.A.’s first Citywide-elected LGBTQ official. As L.A. Controller, Galperin has worked to ensure public dollars are spent transparently, efficiently, and equitably. Galperin’s leadership has improved service delivery and achieved measurable results. Galperin launched the first open data portal to detail how every tax dollar is spent on goods, services, salaries, and provides metrics to measure how equitably City departments serve communities. 

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