FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11th, 2016
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Orange County Young Democrats Overwhelmingly Vote to Endorse Loretta Sanchez for U.S Senate
Young Voters Say She is the Best Qualified Candidate to Represent California in the Senate
February 11, 2016 – Last night, after a landslide vote, the Orange County Young Democrats chose to endorse Loretta Sanchez’s candidacy to replace retiring Barbara Boxer in the United States Senate, citing her 20 years of exemplary service for the region during her tenure in Congress.
“I am overjoyed that the young people of our County endorsed Congresswoman Sanchez to replace Barbara Boxer for Senate. She has been my representative to Washington for the vast majority of my life, and in that time, she has provided our district with exemplary service,” said OCYD President, Jesse Ben-Ron. “I have the utmost confidence that she will serve the state as well as she served the district I lived in,” he continued. “OCYD thanks her for her two decades of service to this community, and as a former constituent, so do I.”
“I am incredibly humbled and proud that the Orange County Young Democrats have chosen to put their faith in me to be their next U.S. Senator,” stated Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. “I have worked with these ambitious and intelligent young men and women for years, and I have no doubt that they have a bright future as our future local and national leaders.”
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has championed improved college access and achievement for all our students, regardless of status or income. While in office, she introduced the Middle Class Chance Act that would strengthen the Federal Pell Grant by raising the maximum award and increase the amount of time a student can access the awards. Congresswoman Sanchez has advocated for our students in the Congress and will continue to fight to close the achievement gap as a U.S. Senator.
“Rising costs at traditional four year colleges have increased the number of our students opting to save money on tuition by attending community colleges and I believe in the effectiveness and practicality of community college, and support President Obama’s “Americas College Promise” plan for two years of free community college,” added Sanchez.
The chartered Orange Club joins a growing list of prominent Orange County leaders who have chosen to endorse Loretta Sanchez’s campaign, including:
- Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido
- Costa Mesa City Council Member Katrina Foley
- Santa Ana City Council Member Roman Reyna
- Westminster City Council Member Diana Carey
- Former State Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva
- Anaheim City Council Member Jordan Brandman
- Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen
- Former State Senator Lou Correa
In addition, several Orange County elected officials – who previously endorsed Kamala Harris – are now endorsing Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senate including Huntington Beach Council Member Jill Hardy, Fullerton Council Member Jan Flory, La Palma Council Member Steve Shanahan, and Coast Community College District Board President Lorraine Prinsky. Laguna Beach City Council Member Toni Iseman and Stanton City Council Member Carol Warren, who previously only endorsed Harris, are now also backing Sanchez with dual endorsements.