PASADENA — The Anthony Portantino for State Senate campaign was overwhelmed Sunday as 300 friends, neighbors and activists joined #TeamPortantino for an old fashioned campaign kickoff rally. So many people showed up that the speeches had to be moved to the office parking lot where the Pasadena Firefighters from Local 809 were grilling hundreds of burgers and dogs for the giant crowd.
Former Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz emceed the program which included speeches by State Treasurer John Chiang, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos, Glendale City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian and former Pasadena Unified School Board President Renatta Cooper. In addition, about 30 local, in district, elected officials were joined by members of ANCA Western Region, SEIU, the Carpenters, UAW, UFCW, Teamsters, several past NAACP* Presidents, Democratic Clubs from across the district and hundreds of local neighbors.
“It was quite a day with so many friends there to help us prepare for the final 90 days of the campaign. I was truly overwhelmed by the turnout. Thank goodness we were prepared and the rain held up till evening because there was no way we could have fit 300 people in our office. As I’ve said from the beginning of this journey, all politics are local and yesterday our local grassroots support made that statement better than I could have imagined. Thank you #TeamPortantino,” added Portantino.
Portantino’s district support has been strong and consistent.
District Democratic Club Endorsements: Bonita Democratic Council, Claremont Democratic Club, Crescenta Canada Democratic Club, Democratic Club of the Pasadena Foothills, Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, Democrats for Israel, East Area Progressive Democrats, Foothill Community Democrats of Monrovia, Glendale Democratic Club, Helen Doherty Democratic Club, Los Angeles County Young Democrats, SCAD, Southern California Armenian Democrats, West End Democratic Club
Labor Endorsements: California Professional Firefighters (CPF), UFCW Locals 770 & 1428, UniteHERE, Local 11, CSEA, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Cal Fire, Local 281, AFT 1521, SEIU California, California Federation of Teachers, ILWU Local 13, IBEW Local 18, ATU Local 1277, Professional Engineers in California Government, the Sheet Metal Workers Local 105, CWA Southern California, LIUNA Local 777, UA Local 78, The Teamsters Joint Council 42, AFT Local 1521 A College Staff Guild, CAPT ~ the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians, Pasadena Firefighters, Local 809
Institutional Endorsements: Armenian National Committee Western Region, the California Small Business Association and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers
Law Enforcement Endorsements: Glendale Police Officers Association, the Association for Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS), the California Association of Highway Patrol, Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), the California Police Chiefs Association, the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Associations, the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association, the Los Angeles Police Protective League and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Anthony is a Visiting Fellow at USC. He is the father of two great daughters, Sofia who completed her K-12 education in the district and Bella, a middle school student. Ellen Portantino is currently serving as the PTA President for Bella’s middle school and is an executive at Warner Brothers.