The Anthony Portantino for State Senate campaign announced the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Advocates Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley in his bid to succeed Carol Liu in the 25th Senate District. Planned Parenthood Advocates Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley is the political arm of Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley which was established in 1933 and serves 24 communities, making them one of the oldest and most respected public healthcare organizations in the San Gabriel Valley. The Planned Parenthood Advocates Board voted unanimously to endorse Portantino in a field of five Democrats and one Republican.
"I am delighted to advise you that the Board of Planned Parenthood Advocates Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley voted unanimously to endorse your 2016 campaign for State Senate, District 25. On behalf of our Board, I would like to acknowledge your record of standing up for reproductive health care and Planned Parenthood. Thank you for your ongoing support! We are honored to support your candidacy and wish you every success in the coming year," commented Kristin Maschka, Chair, Planned Parenthood Advocates Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley.
Women's reproductive health, women's rights and choice itself are at center stage in the 25th Senate District. National conservative leaders and activists are attacking all public funding for Planned Parenthood, and anti-choice"crisis centers" have been increasing their presence and activism in Pasadena. The leading Republican candidate in this race is anti choice, while Portantino is strongly pro-choice and has long worked closely with Planned Parenthood on numerous community events, HIV/AIDS testing and education.
"This is a key endorsement for our campaign. I’m very proud to be associated with a group that does such important work in bringing routine healthcare and healthy family planning to thousands of local women and families. National and local efforts to blockwomen in need from the services provided by Planned Parent are unconscionable. I will work very hard to make sure we don't turn back the clock to 1950's thinking exemplified by my opponent in this race," said Portantino.
Portantino and long-time Conservative Supervisor Mike Antonovich are on a collision course in November where their opposing views on a women's right to choose will be a central and defining difference between the candidates. Portantino has Co-sponsored 9 HIV/AIDS Summits with City of Hope and in collaboration with Planned Parenthood. He is endorsed by the California Medical Association, the California Democratic Party and numerous prominent institutions.
Portantino's district support is strong and consistent
Institutional Endorsements: Planned Parenthood Advocates Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, Armenian National Committee Western Region, the California Small Business Association and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, California Medical Association.
District Democratic Club Endorsements:San Fernando Valley Young Democrats (SFVYD),Avance' LA,Bonita Democratic Council, Claremont Democratic Club, Crescenta Canada Democratic Club, Democratic Club of the Pasadena Foothills, Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley (DPSFV), Democrats for Israel (support), East Area Progressive Democrats, Foothill Community Democrats of Monrovia, Glendale Democratic Club, Helen Doherty Democratic Club, Los Angeles County Young Democrats, Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD), Stonewall Democratic Club, Stonewall Young Democrats, West End Democratic Club
Labor Endorsements:CTA, AFSCME California, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, California Faculty Association (CFA), California Federation of Labor, California Professional Firefighters (CPF), UFCW Locals 770 &1428, UniteHERE, Local 11, CSEA, Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS), Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Cal Fire, Local 281, AFT 1521, SEIU California, California Federation of Teachers, FACCC, ILWU Local 13, IBEW Local 18, ATU Local 1277, Professional Engineers in California Government, the Sheet Metal Workers Local 105, CWA Southern California, LIUNA Local 777, UA Local 78, UA Local 250, UTLA, the Teamsters Joint Council 42, AFT Local 1521 A College Staff Guild, CAPT ~ the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians, Pasadena Firefighters, Local 809
LawEnforcement Endorsements:Glendale Police Officers Association, the Association for Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS),the California Association of Highway Patrol, Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), the California Police Chiefs Association, the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Associations, the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Southern California Alliance of Law Enforcement(SCALE) and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Anthony is as a Visiting Fellow at USC. He is the father of two great daughters, Sofia who completed her K-12 education in the district and Bella a middle school student. Ellen Portantino is currently serving as the PTA President for Bella’s middle school and is an executive at Warner Brothers.