( A video titled "Dolores Huerta on the Decision Which Changed Her Life" about how she became involved with labor organizing.)
Democratic State Assembly candidate Das Williams has announced he has received the endorsement of UFCW Co-founder Dolores Huerta.
Most endorsements don't change who I would like to see win an election but I do admire Dolores Huerta. I haven't decided who I want to win the Democratic nomination and I don't expect an endorsement to be influential either. My top issues for the state assembly are jobs, the budget, and education reform.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 1, 2010
CONTACT: Chris Patterson, JPM&M, Inc.
Labor Leader Dolores Huerta Endorses Das Williams For Assembly
SANTA BARBARA, CA - Local Santa Barbara City Councilmember Das Williams is pleased to announce today that Dolores Huerta has endorsed his campaign for the 35th Assembly District.
Dolores Huerta is co-founder and First Vice President Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, and one our state and nation's leading advocates for working families.
In citing the reasons for her endorsement of Das Williams' candidacy, Huerta pointed to Das's impressive record as a Santa Barbara City Council member and school board member at Peabody Charter, as well as his background with labor as a local community organizer. Huerta applauded Williams' experience fighting for living wage laws and health care benefits for employees, helping workers to organize and collectively bargain, protecting vital programs and services during city budget shortfalls, and creating good paying, family-supporting jobs through his local energy efficiency projects.
"Das Williams has been a longtime champion for labor, Latino families, and women," said Huerta. "His ability to get things done is exactly what we need in Sacramento."
Dolores Huerta's endorsement comes soon after Das Williams' first debate with Susan Jordan and on the heels of his recent announcement of having raised over $300,000 as of the December 31, 2009 campaign reporting deadline.
"It is a great honor to have earned the support of Dolores Huerta," said Williams. "Her life's work and leadership have influenced my path and priorities in so many ways, and I look forward to standing side-by-side with Dolores as this district's next Assemblymember."
Das Williams is campaigning to succeed fellow Democrat and termed-out Assemblymember Pedro Nava in 2010.
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Das Williams grew up on the Central Coast and is a product of local public schools. In 2003, Das Williams became the youngest person ever to be elected to the Santa Barbara City Council, and was re-elected in 2007. Das has worked as a policy aide for former Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson, a community organizer working to stop the development of a Wal-Mart in Ventura and enact local living wage laws in Santa Barbara and Ventura and as an educator, teaching in an urban middle school and at a private university. Das is a national board member of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and serves as a board member at a unionized charter school. Das received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a graduate degree in Environmental Science & Management from the University of California at Santa Barbara.