FRESNO, C.A. – The 45th Lieutenant Governor of California, Cruz Bustamante endorses Esmeralda Soria for Congress over long-time incumbent Democrat, Congressman Costa. This endorsement joins a coalition of Latino leader endorsements throughout the state of California, including civil rights icon Dolores Huerta.
Cruz Bustamante said in a statement, “I was born and raised in the Central Valley. I represented my home towns during the time I was in the legislature, as Assembly Speaker and as Lieutenant Governor of this great state. We have educated and trained a new generation of leadership to represent our community. Esmeralda Soria is a mature and thoughtful elected leader. The Central Valley needs someone with the energy to face the problems of our working families. I’m proud to endorse Esmeralda Soria for Congress.”
Cruz Bustamante made history in California when he was elected as Lieutenant Governor in 1998, becoming the first Latino elected to a statewide office in more than 120 years. He was once considered the highest ranking Latino officeholder in the United States.
Soria made history when she became the first Latina to serve as Council President in the City of Fresno. Once elected, Soria will make history again by becoming the first Latino representative from the Central Valley to go to Congress.
“I am humbled by the support of our former Lieutenant Governor and Valley native, Cruz Bustamante. I am ready to work in Congress to bring back resources to our working class families of our beloved Valley. This fight is about all of us who are ready for real change in Congress,” said Esmeralda Soria.
Esmeralda Soria is currently running for Congress in Congressional District 16, which covers Fresno, Madera and Merced County. She is on the Fresno City Council where she represents District 1. Esmeralda is fighting for working class families, health care for all, college
affordability and campaign finance reform.