RELEASE: University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT) Endorses Dave Min (SD37) For State Senate

Irvine, Calif. — TODAY, Dave Min, UC Irvine law professor and candidate for California’s 37th State Senate District, was endorsed by University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT), a union representing University of California librarians and non-senate faculty. Its endorsement joins a growing number of organizations and elected officials who have come out in support of Min’s campaign, including: Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers AFT 1794; The Californian Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus; California State Controller Betty Yee; California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach; and Representatives Gil Cisneros, Ted Lieu, Judy Chu, and Alan Lowenthal – as well as the campaign’s announcement that it had raised its first $100,000 in less than one month.

UC-AFT is the union representing librarians and non-Senate faculty working throughout the University of California (UC) system.  It is affiliated with both the California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers and negotiates for improved working conditions for its members.

“As a UC Irvine professor, Dave Min is uniquely situated to understand not only the importance of publicly funded higher education but also the challenges and inequities faced by so many who teach in these institutions,” said UC-AFT spokesperson Andrew Tonkovich. “And with his impressive public policy background, he has the demonstrated know-how to address these issues. We are so proud to endorse Dave Min— a true friend of public education and teachers— in his campaign for California State Senate.”

“I am thrilled to have the support of UC-AFT,” said Dave Min. “The University of California, which has roughly 200,000 undergraduate students enrolled across nine campuses, serves a key role in advancing economic opportunity in our state. As a UC Irvine professor myself, I know just how critical our lecturers and librarians are for advancing the UC system’s educational mission. I look forward to working with UC-AFT to maintain and improve the quality of our public colleges and also to reducing the inequalities that exist within them.”

UC-AFT’s 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
  • California API Legislative Caucus
  • California State Controller Betty Yee
  • Jenny Bach, California Democratic Party Secretary
  • Congressman Gil Cisneros
  • Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Congressman Pete Aguilar
  • Congressman Scott Peters
  • Congressman Mark Takano
  • California State Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell
  • 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
  • RL Miller – Chair of California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus
  • Ali Taj – Artesia City Council Member
  • Valerie Amezcua – Santa Ana Board of Education
  • Andrew Rodriguez – Walnut Mayor Pro Tem
  • Sherri Loveland – Women’s rights advocate
  • Louise Adler – Founding member of Women in Leadership, local women’s leader
  • Judge Lynne Riddle (ret.) – Planned Parenthood board, activist, retired federal bankruptcy judge
  • Sarah Miller – Deputy Director, Open Market Institute
  • Robin Ganahl – Orange County Clean Energy Advocate and Organizer

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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