LONG BEACH – HONOR PAC today announced its first endorsements of 2014: Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia for mayor, Jeffrey Prang for Los Angeles County Assessor and Stella Ursua for Long Beach City College Board of Trustees.
“Through their records of service, it is clear that these candidates support HONOR PAC’s mission of supporting Latino LGBT communities,” said Alfred Fraijo, Jr., president of HONOR PAC.
“Robert Garcia represents a new generation of leadership that combines fresh vision with a track record of accomplishment,” said Fraijo. “Long Beach is home to one of the largest LGBT populations in California and as an openly gay Latino elected official, Robert will undeniably represent the interests of our community in the mayor’s office and throughout the region.”
Of endorsing West Hollywood City Councilman Jeffrey Prang for LA County Assessor, Fraijo said “Jeff Prang is one of the most effective public servants in Los Angeles County and his leadership has helped not only the City of West Hollywood and the County Assessor’s Office, but also the Los Angeles area LGBT community. We are proud to endorse him and thrilled to work with him as County Assessor!”
HONOR PAC also endorsed community leaders Stella Ursua for Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees.
“Combining community involvement and commitment to public service, Stella Ursua will be a strong voice on the Long Beach Community College Board and represent the interests of all students, including those who identify as LGBT,” said Fraijo. “Education for the Latino LGBT community is one of HONOR PAC’s top priorities and as a Trustee, Stella will be a strong voice for Long Beach Community College’s student body.”
HONOR PAC’s Board of Directors conducts a holistic candidate review process to select its slate of endorsements based on the PAC’s stated mission and priorities. Candidates seeking an endorsement complete a questionnaire detailing their positions and leadership on issues of importance to the Latino and LGBT community. These issues include equal rights, education, health care, immigration, and the freedom to marry. The Board then conducts in-person interviews and makes a formal vote for endorsement. Each endorsed candidate receives a financial contribution to help their campaign efforts.
Founded in 2005, HONOR PAC advocates for the political empowerment of the Latino/a LGBT community by endorsing and financially supporting candidates who are committed to advancing Latina/o and LGBT rights in California. Since its founding, HONOR PAC has raised over $100,000 and has endorsed dozens of candidates for local and statewide positions, establishing itself as the premiere Latino/a LGBT Political Action Committee in California. For more information please visit www.honorpac.org.