Thursday, March 21, 2013

Nathan Fletcher Endorses Lorena Gonzalez in 80th Assembly District Special Election

Marine Corps Combat Veteran and Author of “Chelsea’s Law” Announces Support for Pro-Jobs Democrat at Wednesday Press Conference

SAN DIEGO – (Wednesday, March 20, 2013) – Former State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher today announced his endorsement of pro-jobs Democrat Lorena Gonzalez's campaign for the 80th Assembly District.

Fletcher, who served in the California State Assembly from 2008 to 2012, is a Marine Corps combat veteran and the chairman of a broad coalition in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

During his remarks, Fletcher praised Gonzalez for her work in bringing solutions to difficult challenges in the community, mentioning her leadership in:
-- Bringing the teachers union and San Diego Unified School District together to reach an agreement that prevented 1200 teacher layoffs.
-- Working with business leaders and elected officials across the spectrum to work out an agreement on the convention center expansion that requires living wages and local workers get priority employment.

-- Assisting in convening a broad coalition of local business, labor, law enforcement, civil liberties and faith based groups together to forge consensus on immigration reform.

“I served in Sacramento and I know what it takes to be successful. You need someone who is willing to lead, build a coalition and be a part of a solution,” Fletcher said. “I have seen Lorena do this time and again.”

Known as “Chelsea’s Law,” Fletcher authored landmark legislation to increase penalties, parole provisions, and oversight of child predators. Fletcher  is currently the Senior Director of Corporate Development for Qualcomm, Inc. and a professor at University of California, San Diego where he teaches Political Science.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of someone who made such an incredible impact in such a short period of time in the State Capitol,” Gonzalez said. “Nathan Fletcher was a legislator who worked across the aisle to get things done for all of San Diego, and I hope to do the same.”

Gonzalez is a candidate to replace State Senator-elect Ben Hueso in the 80th Assembly District, which includes Chula Vista, National City and the City of San Diego neighborhoods of San Ysidro, City Heights, Barrio Logan, Sherman Heights, Otay Mesa, Paradise Hills and Golden Hill.

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