HONOR PAC’s Endorsement Process
The HONOR PAC Board of Directors has a thorough endorsement process to support candidates and ballot measures that strengthen the PAC’s stated mission and priorities.
Candidates seeking HONOR PAC’s endorsement are invited to complete a questionnaire detailing their positions and leadership on issues of importance to the Latino and LGBT community, including: equal rights, education, health care, immigration, and marriage equality.
Interested candidates should email our Vice President of Political Affairs, Roger Ortiz at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a questionnaire.
Endorsed Candidates for November 2013 Elections
Anthony Duarte – Hacienda La Puente School District.
Adam Carranza – Mountain View School District.
Helen Harramillo – Azusa Unified School Board.
Natalie Ybarra – Baldwin Park City Council.
Jose Luis Solache – Lynwood City Council.
Endorsed Candidates for the Los Angeles March 2013 Election
Wendy Greuel is currently Los Angeles' City Controller seeking the office of Mayor. Greuel has been an advocate for the LGBT and Latino communities since the beginning of her career. As a member of Mayor Tom Bradley’s administration in the 1980s, she served as the liaison to the LGBT community and spearheaded the City-County AIDS Task Force. When the HIV/AIDS epidemic exploded, Greuel fought to ensure that Angelenos had access to the healthcare services they needed.
Current: Los Angeles Controller
David Vela is currently a Member of the Montebello Unified School District Board of Education. Vela is an openly LGBT Latino candidate who has been an outspoken proponent for issues impacting the Latino/a LGBt communities. Additionally, Vela was a founding board member of HONOR PAC and helped lead our organization early on.
Current: Montebello USD School Board Member
Seeking: Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees
Ron Galperin is an openly LGBT attorney, business owner, community leader – and a recognized expert on Los Angeles municipal government and finance. With the values of hard work and forward thinking he learned from his immigrant parents, he has applied his knowledge and commitment to serve numerous charitable, political, neighborhood, and community organizations.
Seeking: Los Angeles City Controller
Matt Szabo is an openly LGBT candidate running for Los Angeles City Council. For more than twelve years, Szabo has served our community as the city council representative to former Mayor Richard Riordan, legislative director to City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, public affairs advocate for the city attorney, and for the past three years as Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles. - See more at: http://www.voteszabo.com/about#sthash.slnBeU0q.dpuf
Seeking: Los Angeles City Council, District 13
Mike Bonin is an openly LGBT a community leader and grassroots activist with a track record of fighting for Westside neighborhoods for nearly two decades.As chief deputy to Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, Mike has worked since 2005 to promote public safety, relieve traffic congestion, protect the environment, and make government more efficient and accountable to local residents.
Seeking: Los Angeles City Council, District 11
Ana Cubas is a Latina running to represent Los Angeles' City Council District 9. She is a longtime LGBt ally and an advocate for issues that are important to the both the Latino and LGBT communities.
Seeking: Los Angeles City Council, District 11
Past Endorsements for the November 2012 Election:
Gilbert Berriozábal strongly believes leadership is about the positive impact for change you create in your community and by creating additional leaders in this process. Berriozábal has a vision for the City of San Fernando’s hard working families, that’s why he’ll work together with the city council, mayor and city staff to balance the budget, protect basic social services, and support smart development.
Current: Marketing Director, Farmers Insurance
Seeking: Seeking: San Fernando City Council
David Campos served as a member of the San Francisco Police Commission before being elected Supervisor of District 9 in 2008, a job he calls “the greatest of my life.” As Supervisor he has restored tens of millions dollars for neighborhood services like the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, authored the Health Care Security Ordinance which attempted to close a loophole that allows businesses to claw back unused money in their worker’s Health Reimbursement Accounts and passed an ordinance strengthening penalties against those seeking to scam in-trouble homeowners out of their money.
Current: San Francisco Supervisor
Seeking: Seeking: Re-election to San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 9
Susan Talamantes Eggman is a trailblazer who is not afraid to get her hands dirty. And she will always stand up for what she believes in. Since her successful grassroots campaign for the Stockton City Council five years ago, Susan has proven herself to be an honest and effective leader whose independent voice of moderation has helped her find solutions to the tough issues facing the city. Promoting the health and interests of San Joaquin Valley is the guiding principle behind all of Susan’s policy decisions. From boosting job opportunities for all area residents to fighting to preserve and restore the Delta, Susan’s goal is always to make San Joaquin County thrive.
Current: Stockton City Councilmember, District 5
Seeking: Seeking: State Assembly, District 13
Fuentes currently work as Policy Analyst to Oakland Council President Pro Tem Ignacio De La Fuente. He serves on the Board of Directors for Attitudinal Healing Connection, an organization working to break the cycle of violence by supporting creative and educational programs. Fuentes is a board member and immediate past treasurer of the East Bay Young Democrats, and serves on the boards of Oakland’s Community Development Block Grant Board District 3, Dogtown Neighborhood Association, and West End Commons Home Owners Association, as a co-founder of the Oakland Rainbow PAC, and an elected delegate to the California Democratic Party.
Current: President of the Hoover School Site Council
Seeking: Seeking: Oakland School Board
Since her election to the State Assembly in 2006, Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani has worked to facilitate the fast-moving development of the nation’s first High-Speed Rail project which will create 600,000 new jobs, and put California’s economy on a fast-track to recovery. Assemblymember Galgiani has worked to facilitate the creation and development of California’s newest University of California Campus, UC Merced, and is continuing her work to bring a “School of Medicine” to the campus. As Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, she has sought to promote and protect California’s vibrant agricultural region — the breadbasket to the world.
Current: State Assembly member, District 17
Seeking: Seeking: State Senate, District 5
Cristina Garcia is one of Southeast Los Angeles County’s biggest advocates for working families. In promoting ethical conduct in local and state government, she firmly believes that doing the right thing is worth the effort and that hard work pays off. She has also been a proponent for quality public education. As a professor, she is known as a tough, innovative and motivating educator. She has taught statistics at the University of Southern California (USC), Mathematics at Los Angeles City Community College, and has taught middle school and high school students through the Jaime Escalante Program at East Los Angeles Community College and Huntington Park High School.
Current: Educator/Math Teacher
Seeking: State Assembly, District 58
The son of a baker and a cook, Abel Guillen grew up in a working class Bay Area neighborhood, where he learned the value of hard work early on. A product of local public schools, Abel went on to become the first person in his family to graduate from college, earning a master’s degree in public policy from UC Berkeley. As a Trustee for the four Peralta Community Colleges – Laney College, Merritt College, Berkeley City College and the College of Alameda – Abel has been an innovative and dynamic leader who has spearheaded efforts to reinvest in our local community colleges, expand job and career training programs, fight budget cuts to protect vital education programs, and institute strict fiscal oversight and management accountability measures to deliver six consecutive balanced budgets. In the State Assembly, Abel will continue to stand up for working-class families and fight to improve education, create jobs, and invest in our communities.
Current: Immediate Past President of the Board of Trustees, Peralta Community College District, Area 7
Seeking: State Assembly, District 18
A strong believer in responsive government and civil rights, Steve has worked for the California State and Consumer Services Agency, served as an elections observer in foreign countries, and advocated for the rights of voters in Florida during the 2008 election. For more than two years he worked as the Legislative Director of Equality California. During his two years as Director, California made tremendous progress in recognizing the LGBT movement as a civil rights issue. In his current position as Senior Regional Manager at Genentech, Steve advocates for government policies that help find innovative solutions for the world’s most difficult to treat medical conditions.
Current: Senior Regional Manager at Genentech
Seeking: Sacramento City Council
Since Gabe Kearney’s appointment to the Petaluma council in 2011, he has made great strides towards realizing the vision of creating a healthy, safe and sustainable community. Amidst one of the toughest economic environments in decades, he has worked with the city council to balance every budget since and has also overseen great progress in public safety and infrastructure improvements. Ensuring the safety of the community has been his top priority since joining the council and he is committed to making sure that public safety providers have the resources they need to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies. Additionally, Gabe continues to address pressing infrastructure needs, including fixing roads and improving public transportation opportunities. He believes it is important for Petaluma to maintain its historic heritage, all the while promoting sound economic growth.
Current: Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente
Seeking: Re-election to Petaluma City Council
Elected in 2010, Assemblymember Ricardo Lara has risen through the ranks to become one of the most effective and influential members of the California State Assembly. As an openly gay freshman lawmaker, Ricardo demonstrated an expertise and political tenacity that is more commonly expected from senior members of the State Legislature. Days into his young elected career, Ricardo was appointed to Chair the powerful Joint Legislative Audit Committee where he worked to ensure the effective and efficient management of taxpayer money and programs. Ricardo is also chair of the Select Committee on Financial Empowerment, and serves on the important Appropriations Committee. With his influence, Ricardo succeeded in passing laws that closely aligned with HONOR PAC’s mission, including AB 176 which provides greater access to a post graduate education for undocumented students. HONOR PAC stands proudly with its Co-Founder Ricardo Lara for the 39th State Senate District who, when elected, will make history by becoming the first openly gay Latino State Senator in California.
Seeking: State Senate, District 33
When it comes to fighting for healthcare and equal rights, Luis Lopez is the champion that Californians need.As an HONOR PAC Co-Founder and its first President, Luis brought to life a deeply held belief in the power of the Latino LGBT communit. He is also a formidable champion for improving access to health care.For over a decade, Luis has worked for California’s largest nonprofit network of community clinics and senior care programs, and has advocated for expanded access and better healthcare for all.Luis has a clear vision for enhancing California’s health care system, which includes expanding access, improving quality, and increasing the pipeline of health care workers.Luis will be a force in California’s LGBT legislative caucus, and an experienced progressive champion in Sacramento.
Current: Nonprofit Healthcare Director
Seeking: State Assembly, District 51
John Perez was first elected to the State Assembly in 2008, and became the nation’s first openly gay Speaker when he was selected to lead the California Assembly in 2010. As the most powerful member of the California State Legislature, Speaker Perez fought to create and protect jobs, improving access to decent and affordable health care, and make state government more accountable to all Californians. Last year, Speaker Perez received HONOR PAC’s highest honor in recognition of his dedication and vision to advocate for California’s LGBT and Latino families. He has served as a positive role model for gay Latinos who struggle to live openly and with dignity, and he will continue to push a progressive legislative agenda to protect LGBT youth and their families. In this tough national economic recession, we need Speaker Perez to continue to fight to protect working families, and HONOR PAC stands ready to support his efforts for a more resilient and robust California.
Current: Speaker of the Assembly
Seeking: Re-election to State Assembly, District 46
Dr. Anthony Rendon brings exceptional experience as an educator, children’s non-profit executive director, and environmental leader who has helped pass some of the most important laws protecting our water and air quality. Anthony is the Executive Director of Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services. “Plaza” provides comprehensive child development and social and medical services to children and families. Anthony also served as adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at California State University, Fullerton and at the California League of Conservation Voters, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; AIDS Walk Los Angeles; and Refugio Para Niños Foster Family Agency.
Current: Executive Director of Plaza de la Raza Child Development
Seeking: State Assembly, District 63
Living in West Oakland, Sean Sullivan is a strong advocate for the neighborhood and is the founder and Co-Chair of the Dogtown Neighborhood Association. He has worked to make the community safer by founding the Neighborhood Watch and is past Co-Chair of Beat 7 Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council and a member of the San Pablo Corridor Coalition. Sean serves as Board Chair of the Khadafy Washington Foundation for Non-Violence. Sean also coordinates beautification events throughout District 3 under the “Get Diggy With It” banner. Sean’s belief in the power of people to make their communities better led him to serve on the District 3 Community Development Block Grant Committee and on Oakland’s Community Action Partnership where he helped to direct hundreds of thousands of dollars to community serving non-profits such as the West Oakland Teen Center, Attitudinal Healing Center, SPAAT, Healthy Oakland, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Mary’s Center and Housing and Economic Rights Advocates.
Current: Environmental Health Advocate, Center for Environmental Health
Seeking: Oakland City Council, District 3