Secretary Hillary Clinton Endorses Eleni Kounalakis for Governor of California

SAN FRANCISCO – Secretary Hillary Clinton has officially endorsed Eleni Kounalakis to become California’s next governor, making her the first female to hold this position in the state. The endorsement was announced via an email from the Kounalakis campaign.

“I take great pride in endorsing my friend, Eleni Kounalakis, in her pursuit to shatter California’s glass ceiling as the first female governor,” stated Clinton. “Eleni’s journey embodies the American Dream. As the daughter of an immigrant who arrived in America with nothing, she successfully built a family business. Now, in just one generation, she proudly serves as Lieutenant Governor of the nation’s most populous state.”

Clinton further emphasized Kounalakis’ strong leadership qualities, drawing attention to her past roles as U.S. Ambassador under President Barack Obama and as Lieutenant Governor. “Eleni has consistently proven herself as a formidable leader,” Clinton continued. “She is a dedicated advocate for education, the environment, and the economy. Additionally, she will vigorously defend women’s rights, ensuring that California remains a sanctuary for women seeking safe and legal access to abortion, despite ongoing attempts by national Republicans to restrict access in certain states. This steadfast commitment reflects California’s values and will be a hallmark of Eleni Kounalakis’ tenure as governor in 2026.”

The Kounalakis campaign expressed their gratitude for Secretary Clinton’s endorsement, emphasizing the longstanding friendship, mentorship, and inspiration Clinton has provided to Kounalakis. According to the campaign’s email, “We are honored to have the endorsement of Secretary Clinton, a trailblazing woman who has opened doors for countless others and made history throughout the nation. With the support of Secretary Clinton and our dedicated team, Eleni will continue to pave the way for women in leadership.”

Kounalakis recognizes the significance of empowering women, as highlighted in the email. She is committed to fighting for gender equality, including initiatives such as equal pay, affordable childcare, accessible women’s health resources, and addressing issues of sexual harassment and gender-based violence. By uniting women from diverse backgrounds, Kounalakis believes that society as a whole can benefit from their collective empowerment.

To contribute to Kounalakis’ gubernatorial campaign, please visit her campaign site.


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