California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis Running for Re-Election

SACRAMENTO, CA – Greek-American Lieutenant Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis sent out a message to her supporters reminding them that an important fundraising deadline is coming up on Tuesday, June 30 for her re-election campaign.

Lt. Gov. Kounalakis said via email, “Although the COVID-19 crisis has put most of our re-election fundraising efforts on hold, many of our most committed supporters are reaching out to help.”

She continued, “Thank you for all you've done to support my work as California Lt. Governor. Especially during these unprecedented times, it is my honor and privilege to serve the people of this great state!”

The former Ambassador to Hungary, Kounalakis was elected as the first female Lieutenant Governor of California on November 6, 2018. She visited all 58 counties in California during her 2018 campaign.

Kounalakis is the daughter of Greek immigrant Angelos Tsakopoulos, the successful businessman and philanthropist who founded AKT Investments. The former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010, Kounalakis worked 18 years in the housing industry as president of AKT Development Corporation, and is a long-time Democratic activist, playing key roles in several recent presidential campaigns.

Kounalakis graduated from Dartmouth College in 1989, and earned her MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 1992. She also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the American College of Greece. She and her husband, journalist Markos Kounalakis, have two sons, Neo and Eon.

In a previous interview, she told The National Herald that the family’s roots are “outside of Tripoli, Rizes in Arcadia and my husband’s family is from Chania.”

More information about supporting Kounalakis’ re-election is available online: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/re-elect-eleni-kounalakis-for-lieutenant-governor-2022-1.


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