LOS ANGELES, CA— Efren Martinez, a leading community advocate, business leader and key figure in the new 59th Assembly District, just yesterday formally withdrew from the 59th Assembly race, and today enthusiastically endorsed Secretary of the California Democratic Party, Reggie Jones-Sawyer.
“While there are many good candidates in the race, I am pleased to enthusiastically back Reggie Jones-Sawyer for the new 59th Assembly seat,” said Martinez. “Reggie understands the needs of our district. He has all of the necessary qualifications—from having a profound knowledge of the business community, and particularly small businesses, to his relationships with the labor community, and his experience of working inside government, all have well prepared him to serve as our next Assemblymember.”
“Efren Martinez is a key figure in this district, and I am honored to have his support,” said Jones-Sawyer. “I plan on working closely with Efren on my campaign and once elected to the Assembly so that together we ensure that small businesses get the help they need to grow and flourish, and ultimately hire more local workers.”
Recently, Jones-Sawyer secured two highly coveted and enormous endorsements from the Los Angeles County Federation or Labor and the California Democratic Party.
Jones-Sawyer has also picked up a number of powerful endorsements from elected leaders, including: LA City Councilman Eric Garcetti, LA City Councilman Joe Buscaino, former Congresswoman Diane Watson, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Congresswoman Laura Richardson, State Senator Alex Padilla, State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, State Assemblyman Isadore Hall, State Assemblyman Steve Bradford, State Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, State Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, State Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks, Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, and Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel.
Additionally, Jones-Sawyer has racked up a significant list of endorsements from influential labor groups including: California Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) union, SEIU California State Council, CA Nurses Association, UNITE HERE Local 11, Laborers (LiUNA) Local 300 & Local 777, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Southern California Council, UA Local 78 Plumbers, Teamsters Joint Council 42, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 24, Los Angeles Professional Managers Association, Los Angeles General Services Police Officers Association, and the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers’ Association.
The new 59th District includes Walnut Park, Florence-Firestone and parts of South Los Angeles, Huntington Park, and Vernon which are many of the same neighborhoods in the former 48th Assembly District.