Senator Dianne Feinstein, Equality California, and Sheriff-Elect Vicki Hennessy Endorse Scott Wiener for State Senate

Wiener Adds Three Key Endorsements To A Growing List Of Elected Officials, Community Leaders, Community Organizations, And Labor Unions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 16, 2015) - Senator Dianne Feinstein, Equality California, and Sheriff-Elect Vicki Hennessy this week announced their endorsements of Supervisor Scott Wiener for California State Senate. Since his announcement for State Senate on July 1st of this year, Supervisor Wiener has been steadily building a significant and broad support list of elected and community leaders, labor unions, and community organizations, including the incumbent, Senator Mark Leno.

Of her support for Wiener's candidacy, Senator Feinstein said “Scott has a solid record of accomplishments on the issues impacting our region today, and has the foresight to address the challenges that will face us in the years to come. I’m impressed with Scott’s record of supporting increased police staffing to improve public safety, his dogged determination to improve our public transportation systems, his outside-the-box ideas to address and ease our housing crisis, and his work to increase water recycling. I know that Scott will take that same creativity and work ethic to the State Senate."

Equality California (EQCA) is California's lead LGBT civil rights organization and LGBT-focused lobbying presence in Sacramento. Rick Zbur, EQCA's Executive Director, stated: “Scott Wiener is a leader on many issues impacting the LGBT community. From standing up to and successfully stopping insurance companies from raising prices on life-saving HIV medications, to fighting every year to ensure full funding for HIV care, to creating programs that address the housing and health needs of our LGBT seniors and homeless and at-risk youth, Scott Wiener leads the way for our community. EQCA is committed to getting Scott elected and maintaining LGBT representation from San Francisco in the State Legislature.”

Sheriff-Elect Vicki Hennessy was elected Sheriff of San Francisco two weeks ago in a landslide victory over the incumbent. “Scott Wiener has been instrumental in advocating for a safer city by increasing public safety. He led the effort to ensure mandated staffing levels for the Police Department, and also understands the need to ensure that the City provides alternatives to incarceration when appropriate, as well as meaningful programming and treatment for those in our jails."

In addition to Senator Feinstein, Equality California, and Sheriff-Elect Hennessy, Wiener announced additional new endorsements, including State Senator Bill Monning, Lynne Newhouse Segal (President-Elect, Pacific Heights Residents Association*), Lisa Spinali (President, Sunnyside Neighborhood Association*), Michael Gumban Pangilinan (Chairman, Filipino American Democratic Club*), Sam and Julia Thoron (longtime PFLAG* leaders), Susie McFarland (Broadmoor community leader), Hala Hijazi (Emerge*), Cathy Davis (Bayview Senior Services*), and Alfredo Pedroza. (*Titles/organizations for identification purposes only.)

Wiener’s endorsements also include Senator Mark Leno, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Senators Jerry Hill, Ricardo Lara, and Marty Block, Assemblymembers David Chiu, Rich Gordon, and Evan Low, all five members of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, a majority of the members of the San Francisco Board of Education, California Medical Association, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, Teamsters Joint Council 7, Laborers Local 261, United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council, Firefighters Local 798, San Francisco Police Officers Association, and hundreds of local elected officials, community leaders, and labor unions. A full list of endorsements can be found at


Media contact: Maggie Muir at Erwin and Muir Political Consulting, (510) 219-8008,

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