Prominent Women’s Rights Activist Endorses Christy Smith

Sandra Fluke Backs Christy Smith’s Bid for California's 38th Assembly District

SANTA CLARITA, CA -- In another indication of her widespread support from women's rights advocates, today Newhall School Board Member Christy Smith was endorsed by California attorney and women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke.

Fluke is perhaps best known for being attacked by Republicans — including Rush Limbaugh — for being vocal on the need to require healthcare plans to have coverage for birth control. Fluke was featured as a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Committee in support of then-President Barack Obama

and also was a candidate for the 26th District of the California State Senate. In a statement released following the endorsement, Fluke commented:

“At a time when millions of women are declaring #MeToo and calling for action against sexual harassment but the President of the United States is not held accountable for assaulting women, it is more important than ever that we support strong female candidates who will ensure women's experiences are represented in these debates. Christy is such a candidate. She has the passion, skills, and experience to lead the 38th District in fighting against sexual misconduct in Sacramento and around California, and advocating for equal pay for equal work. Christy will make the 38th District proud, and I am proud to support her.”

Today's announcement follows Newhall School Board President Christy Smith's recent unveiling of her new digital video titled, "Our Movement." To view the ad, click here or on the screenshot below.

Since the beginning of her campaign, Smith's moved at a blazing fast pace to consolidate crucial support, including from 90% of AD-38's California Democratic Party's delegates, far more than the 70% threshold she needs to win the Party's endorsement, as well as a range of organizations and leaders, including:

Organizations

California Faculty Association
California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus
National Organization for Women (NOW) California Chapter
San Fernando Valley Chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC)
California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus
North Valley Democratic Club
Simi Valley Democratic Club
Santa Clarita Valley Young Democrats
State Building and Construction Trades Council of California
Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council United Association (UA) Pipe Trades Local 250
United Association (UA) Pipe Trades Local 761
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40 Laborers (LiUNA) Local 300
Teamsters Joint Council 42
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council

Elected and Community Leaders

U.S. Congresswoman and State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass U.S. Congressman Jimmy Gomez
California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
California State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and U.C. Regent John A. Pérez

California State Controller Betty Yee California State Treasurer John Chiang State Senator Ben Allen
State Senator Henry Stern

State Senator Fran Pavley (Ret.)
State Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Gipson State Assembly Member Cristina Garcia
State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
State Assembly Member Laura Friedman
State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker Ventura County Democratic Party Chair John Griffin Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel (Ret.)

Los Angeles City Council Member Nury Martinez
Los Angeles City Council Member Joe Buscaino
Fresno Mayor Karen Humphrey (Ret.)
Bryan Caforio, 2016 Democratic Congressional Candidate CA25, Santa Clarita

Lisa Caforio, Santa Clarita
Jeri Boyd, Santa Clarita
Kristi Harn, Simi Valley
Seymour Amster, Granada Hills
Nathan Bousfield, SCV Young Democrats, Recording Secretary*, Santa Clarita

Krisna Crawford-Velasco, Chicano/Latino Caucus Corresponding Secretary, Granada Hills
Michelle Elmer, AD38 Chair, SFV Young Democrats, DPSFV, Porter Ranch

Stacy Fortner, AD38 Vice Chair, Recording Secretary, Democratic Alliance for Action, Santa Clarita
Diana Love, former CDP Region 9 Director
Philip Germain, Chair, 25Up, SCV Young Democrats, Treasurer*, Santa Clarita

Evan Koplin, Santa Clarita
CeCe Koplin, CADEM E-Board AD38, Santa Clarita
Michael Kulka, 25Up, DPSFV Vice Chair*, Santa Clarita
Andrew Munson, SCV Young Democrats, Santa Clarita
Julie Olsen, DSCC Delegate, Saugus School Board Member*, Santa Clarita Lynne Plambeck, Santa Clarita
Logan Smith, SCV Young Democrats, Vice President*, Santa Clarita
Patti Sulpizio, Democratic Alliance for Action, President*, Santa Clarita Andrew Taban, SCV Young Democrat, President*, Santa Clarita
Jeremy Thompson, Santa Clarita
Sondra Harth, Simi Valley Democratic Club, Corresponding Secretary*, Simi Valley
Ryan Valencia, Simi Valley Democratic Club, Recording Secretary*, Simi Valley
Victor Cherdsuriya, Simi Valley Democratic Club, Controller*, Simi Valley Javad Ayala, Simi Valley
John Casselberry, Simi Valley Democratic Club, Administrative VP*, Simi Valley
Jodie Cooper, Simi Valley Democratic Club, Executive VP*, Simi Valley

Jerry Danielsen, Democratic Alliance for Action, Vice President*, Santa Clarita
Melissa Garcia, Chatsworth
Maria Guerra, Santa Clarita

Hilary Hall Puente, Santa Clarita Henry Knebel, Santa Clarita Andrew Lopez, Simi Valley Bonnie Nikolai, Val Verde

David Ruelas, SCV Young Democrats, Senator*, Santa Clarita
Lysa Simon, North Valley Democratic Club, Vice President*, Granada Hills
Ryan Skolnick, Simi Valley Democratic Club, Simi Valley
Brian Dennert, Simi Valley

Smith, who previously ran in 2016 and shocked political observers across California by making the 38th District competitive for Democrats for the first time in recent memory, raised and spent a significant $1.4 million this past November. She begins the 2018 campaign with over $50,000 in her war chest.

Christy Smith was elected to the Newhall School Board in 2009 and is currently serving as the Board's President. She is active in education advocacy locally and state-wide, previously serving as the Legislative Vice President of the Santa Clarita Valley Trustees Association and as a delegate to the California School Board Association. Smith lives in Santa Clarita with Phil, her husband of 26 years and their two girls.

*Titles for Identification Purposes Only.

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