Thank you to the tens of thousands of voters who chose me as the Democratic nominee for State Senate! In the past, it has been my honor to serve as a local mayor and city council member, and to represent our area in the State Assembly. I believe those experiences have prepared me for the challenge of representing you in the State Senate -- and I am really looking forward to the campaign! There's nothing I enjoy more than meeting people, listening to their perspective on the issues, and sharing my vision for California's future.
I decided to run because I am still passionate about serving our great foothill communities. So it is truly gratifying how many friends, neighbors and local elected officials have endorsed me -- including our current Senator, Carol Liu, and former Senator Jack Scott! Joining the many mayors and council members who support our campaign are education leaders and community activists from across the district. Collectively, they have encouraged me and bring a strong grassroots network to aide our effort to win in November.
I embrace our community and the many people and organizations that make it special. That's why I've always believed in working collaboratively to achieve positive change. My own priorities have never changed: I want to help create good jobs for working families; support and improve our public schools and universities; make our streets safer from gun violence; protect our matchless environment; bring greater transparency and accountability to state government; and stand strong for the human and civil rights of all Californians.
Hard as it is to believe, my Republican opponent, Mike Antonovich, strongly disagrees with me on almost every one of those issues! So voters will have a very clear choice on policies and values this November. It will be a truly spirited discussion!
I'm looking forward to that debate because I know there's so much we can and must do to make our state an even better place to live, work and raise our children. As the parents of two great daughters, Ellen and I understand what's at stake for all families -- and especially those right here in the communities where our own ties run strong and deep. That's what inspired me to run, and that's what will guide me every day that I work for you in the State Senate. Today, I ask for the opportunity to earn your trust and your vote as we work together for a better California.
Anthony J. Portantino