RELEASE: Former California State Senator Ed Hernández Endorses Dave Min (SD37) For State Senate

Irvine, Calif. ‚ÄĒ TODAY, Dave Min, UC Irvine law professor and candidate for California’s 37th State Senate District, was endorsed by former California State Senator Ed Hern√°ndez, an optometrist and advocate for low-income and working families. This endorsement comes on the heels of Min’s announcement that he raised over $100,000 in¬†less than one month¬†since announcing his candidacy. Sen. Hernandez joins the growing ranks of notable leaders who have declared their support for Dave Min, including U.S. Congressional Representatives Ted Lieu, Alan Lowenthal, Judy Chu, Scott Peters, and Mark Takano; California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach; the Newport-Mesa teachers; and many others.

“Dave Min has spent his career advocating for the rights of working families,”¬†said Hern√°ndez.¬†“We need Dave‚Äôs expertise in Sacramento now more than ever as California continues to fight for an equal economic playing field, universal healthcare, and immigrant rights. ¬†As Democrats, we also have the responsibility to have leaders that actually reflect the incredible diversity of our Orange County community. I endorse Dave Min for his leadership, policy expertise, and commitment to bringing new diverse voices to the table.”

‚ÄúI am so grateful to Senator Ed Hern√°ndez for his support,”¬†said Min.¬†“Dr. Hern√°ndez’s track record in the State Senate of fighting for working families, and his emphasis on ensuring high-quality education and health care for all Californians, make him a role model for me. I promise to do my best to carry his torch in the Senate by developing and advancing strong policies to address the challenges that Orange County households face.”

Hern√°ndez’s endorsement adds to a broad and growing coalition of early supporters of Min’s State Senate run. Since announcing his candidacy on January 8th, Min has been endorsed by a number of elected officials, local activists, and organizations, including:

  • Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers AFT 1794
  • Jenny Bach, California Democratic Party Secretary
  • Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • Congressman Scott Peters
  • Congressman Mark Takano
  • RL Miller – Chair of California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus
  • David Ryu – Los Angeles City Council Member
  • Sukhee Kang – Former Irvine Mayor
  • MaryAnn Gaido – Former Irvine City Council Member
  • Ross Chun – City of Aliso Viejo Mayor Pro Tempore
  • Tiffany Ackley – Aliso Viejo City Councilwoman
  • Ali Taj – Artesia City Council Member
  • Valerie Amezcua – Santa Ana Board of Education
  • Andrew Rodriguez – Walnut Mayor Pro Tem
  • Sherri Loveland – Tustin community activist and former President of NWPOC
  • Louise Adler – Founding member of Women in Leadership, local women’s leader
  • Judge Lynne Riddle (ret.) – Planned Parenthood board, activist, retired federal bankruptcy judge

A full endorsement list can be found HERE.


David Min is a University of California Irvine Law Professor, father of three, and a former economic policy staffer in the United States Senate and for the Center for American Progress. Min began his legal career at the Securities and Exchange Commission to protect the retirement security of seniors, turning down high paying jobs to serve the public interest.  He is a leading expert on banking and housing policy.

California State Senate District 37 is located in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park.

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