GLENDALE, CA—State Senator Alex Padillia and Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes on Tuesday announced their support for Glendale School Board Member and AD-43 front runner Nayiri Nahabedian for the former Assembly seat of Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Krekorian.
When asked about the endorsement, Assemblymember Fuentes remarked, “Nayiri has an impeccable record when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable people in our society. During a time when social services are being cut to the bone, we need someone with her insight and sensitivity to defend these people during this time of crisis.”
“I have tremendous respect for what Senator Padilla and Assemblymember Fuentes have done for the San Fernando Valley,” said Nahabedian. “Working together, we can bring jobs back to the Valley and reform our dysfunctional state capitol.”
Nahabedian has, over the last weeks, earned significant support from highly-regarded lawmakers such as Senator Padilla, Assemblymember Fuentes, Councilmember Krekorian, Senator Carol Liu, and Assemblymember Anthony Portantino; from influential organizations such as the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and the National Organization for Women; and from Andrew Westall, a major Democratic candidate for AD-43 who recently ended his campaign and endorsed Nahabedian.
The California Nurses Association also announced late last week its endorsement of Nahabedian. The endorsement, along with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, further shows that labor leaders in California have lined up to support Nahabedian’s candidacy.
When asked about the endorsement, Malinda Markowitz, a member of CNA Council of Presidents, praised Nahabedian’s dedication to public health and work on improving access to health care.
“Nurses know Nayiri’s commitment to community health in California,” said Markowitz. “She has a long record of fighting to ensure working families have access to essential health services. She has been a principled public servant, and as an Assemblymember she will bring the leadership needed to get things done in our State Capitol.”
Nahabedian thanked the California Nurses Association for their endorsement and reaffirmed her commitment to public healthcare.
“As a social worker and child advocate, I have seen how the problems of health care accessibility profoundly affect every aspect of life for working families,” Nahabedian said of her endorsement. “As the next Assemblymember, I will work to protect Medi-Cal and fight to ensure that patients who experience health problems won’t face financial ruin.”
California’s 43rd Assembly District spans the cities of Burbank and Glendale, and also includes portions of Los Angeles. The seat was recently vacated by Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian. A special election primary is scheduled for April 13th, with a general election to follow on June 8th.