RELEASE: Local OC Leaders Ray Cordova, Jesus Silva, Fran Sdao Endorse 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, announced that he had received endorsements from several more high-profile Orange County leaders, including elected officials and labor advocates.

Fullerton Mayor Jesus Silva, Former OCDP Chair Fran Sdao, and Chair of South County Labor Ray Cordova all announced their support for Min in the SD37 race. Their endorsements join a sizable group of elected officials and community leaders who have come out in support of Min’s campaign, including California State Controller Betty Yee; Congressional Representatives Gil Cisneros, Judy Chu, Ted Lieu, Alan Lowenthal, and Pete Aguilar; University Council- AFT; Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers AFT 1794; California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach and California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus Chair RL Miller.

Jesus Silva, Mayor of Fullerton:
“Local officials like myself need strong partners in the State Legislature who share our values and concerns. Dave Min is not only incredibly qualified and experienced, he also has incredible integrity and passion for helping people. I trust Dave to be our partner in Sacramento and to advocate for Orange County, whether in strengthening our small businesses, keeping our infrastructure up to date, or protecting our environment for the health of our communities.¬†He has my endorsement for State Senate District 37.”

Fran Sdao, Chair Emeritus of the Democratic Party of Orange County:
“I am incredibly proud to support my friend Dave Min for California State Senator in Senate District 37.¬†Now more than ever, Orange County needs elected officials who represent and understand the changing demographics of our districts. ¬†Dave‚Äôs incredible attention to detail, his deep policy background, and his commitment to engaging with ALL of the communities in his district make him the most qualified person to serve in the California State Senate. We need to reach all voters in this election. ¬†Dave‚Äôs ability to attract grassroots support and his strong appeal to no-party preference voters and other swing voters will help Democrats take this important seat for the constituents in the District and for all of Orange County.”

Ray Cordova, Chair of South County Labor:
“I’m thrilled to support Dave Min’s candidacy for the 37th Senate District. As a policy expert, he’s been on the side of working families for decades, using his know-how to make the economy work better for them – which means he’s exactly the kind of pro-union, pro-worker leader we need in our corner in Sacramento. I am honored to endorse him.”

“I am so deeply humbled to have received the support of such a well-respected group of involved and engaged local community leaders,”¬†said Dave Min.¬†“They know how important it is for Orange County to finally receive the representation it deserves. It’s long past time that we started looking to not just defend the status quo but improving upon it. I look forward to working with these and other local leaders to address some of our region’s more pressing issues, such as a lack of affordable housing, an alarming rise in homelessness, the rising costs of college education, and an overtaxed infrastructure.”

Their endorsement adds to a broad and fast-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
  • University Council – American Federation of Teachers
  • California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus
  • California Controller Betty Yee
  • Congressman Pete Aguilar
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • Congressman Gil Cisneros
  • Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Congressman Andy Kim
  • Congressman Scott Peters
  • Congressman Mark Takano
  • State Senator Richard Pan
  • Assemblymember David Chiu
  • Assemblymember Patrick O‚ÄôDonnell
  • Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva
  • California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach
  • CDP Environmental Caucus Chair RL Miller
  • Former CA State Senator Ed Hernandez
  • Orange County Board of Education Trustee¬†Beckie Gomez
  • Mayor of Aliso Viejo Ross Chun
  • Mayor of Walnut Andrew Rodriguez
  • Fullerton City Council Ahmad Zahra
  • Diamond Bar City Council Andrew Chou
  • LA City Councilmember David Ryu
  • Aliso Viejo Councilmember Tiffany Ackley
  • Eastvale Councilmember Jocelyn Yow
  • Laguna Woods Councilmember Shari Horne
  • Garden Grove Councilmember Diedre Nguyen
  • Artesia Councilmember Ali Taj
  • Santa Ana Board of Education Valerie Amuezca
  • Local School Board Trustee Barbara Schulman
  • Centralia School District Trustee Jerry Flores
  • Mt. SAC College Board of Trustees Jay Chen
  • LA¬†Community College Board President Mike Fong
  • Orange Unified School District Trustee Andrea Yamasaki
  • ABC Unified School District Trustee Ernie Nishii
  • Former Mayor of Irvine Sukhee Kang
  • Former Mayor of Irvine Mary Ann Gaido
  • Former Laguna Beach City Council Ann Christoph
  • Planned Parenthood Board Member Lynne Riddle
  • Founder of Women in Leadership Louise Adler
  • Arab-American & Women‚Äôs Rights Activist Rima Nashashibi
  • LGBTQ Activist Laura Kanter
  • Immigration Attorney & Advocate Jennifer Lee Koh
  • Clean Energy Businessman Sam Jammal
  • Clean Energy Advocate Robin Ganahl
  • Orange County Education Activist Mary Navarro
  • Economic Policy Expert Andy Green
  • Economic Policy Expert Jennifer Taub
  • Public Integrity Investigator Duke Nguyen
  • Tustin Community Advocate Sherri Loveland

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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