Senator María Elena Durazo Endorses Pilar for Assembly

Long-time Labor Champion Jumps into Race to Flip Assembly District 38

Chatsworth, CA -- Today, Pilar Schiavo announced the endorsement of Senator María Elena Durazo. The first woman Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and formerly Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, National Co-Chair of the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign, and Executive Vice President of UNITE-HERE International, Durazo is a powerful leader in progressive politics in California. 

"Pilar has worked for 20 years on the issues that matter most to our community: expanding access to good jobs, providing quality health care for all people, and ensuring everyone has housing they can afford. Pilar is the bold leader we need in Sacramento who will get to work on day one delivering for her community. I am proud to support her," said Senator Durazo.

Spending her career fighting for working families - working with the California Nurses Association, UNITE-HERE Local 11, SEIU, AFL-CIO and the San Francisco Labor Council - earning the support of such a prominent labor leader is particularly meaningful. 

“I have always admired the incredible work Senator Durazo has done for working families - both as a leader in the labor movement and now as a Senator. I am beyond honored to have earned her support and look forward to working with her to ensure all people have economic stability, housing they can afford, and guaranteed healthcare,” said Pilar.

Support from Durazo adds to the growing support for Pilar’s campaign, which recently announced the endorsements of Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, Senator Connie Leyva and the Roofers & Waterproofers, the first union endorsement made in the race.

Pilar has spent her career working to uplift working families. For almost 13 years, Pilar worked with California Nurses Association (CNA), most recently deploying nurses for disaster relief and humanitarian missions. She's also worked with UNITE-HERE Local 11, SEIU, AFL-CIO, the San Francisco Labor Council, all with the one goal of uplifting families. Pilar has been active in her community for years, initiating and co-founding West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) and the West Valley People's Alliance (WVPA), serving on the PTA at her daughter's public school, and was elected to the Leadership & School Site Councils. Pilar lives with her daughter Sofia and her stepdaughter Germany in Chatsworth.