Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis Endorses Blakespear for State Senate!

February 10, 2022

I thought you might appreciate seeing this great news: California’s Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis has endorsed my candidacy for State Senate District 38. Having our state’s second-highest public official behind us is kind of a big deal!

Thanks to help from supporters like Eleni and you, our campaign is really picking up steam!


Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis.

P.S. Here’s the official press release:



Kounalakis is the highest-ranking state official to endorse in the contest for Senate District 38

Encinitas, California — Today, Encinitas Mayor and SANDAG Chair Catherine Blakespear announced the endorsement of California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis. Lt. Governor Kounalakis, who was appointed by President Obama as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, is the highest-ranking state official yet to endorse a candidate for Senate District 38. By law, the Lieutenant Governor serves as the President of the California State Senate, presiding over the chamber during ceremonial occasions.

In announcing the endorsement of Catherine Blakespear for State Senate, Lt. Governor Kounalakis released the following statement:”Mayor Catherine Blakespear has built a track record defending our coastal resources, standing up for women’s rights, and building more affordable housing. Catherine’s experience and commitment to fighting for a brighter future make her the right person to represent Senate District 38. I’m proud to endorse Catherine Blakespear for State Senate!”

Mayor Blakespear has already received over 120 powerful endorsements from across the State of California: 

  • California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis
  • Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus
  • California Nurses Association
  • California Teachers Association
  • Communication Workers of America Local 9509
  • Communication Workers of America Local 9511
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 36
  • San Diego Union Carpenters Local 619
  • Service Employees International Union of California (SEIU)
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 221
  • United Domestic Workers, AFSCME Local 3930
  • Fund Her
  • Vote Mama
  • Women for American Values and Ethics (WAVE)
  • Women in Leadership
  • Aliso Niguel Democratic Club
  • Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside (DEMCCO)
  • Democratic Party of Orange County Chair Emeritus Fran Sdao
  • Democratic Women of South Orange County
  • Oak Tree Democratic Club
  • San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
  • San Diego Democrats for Equality
  • YIMBY Democrats of San Diego County
  • California State Treasurer Fiona Ma
  • U.S. Congressman Mike Levin
  • U.S. Congressman Scott Peters
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Anna Caballero
  • State Senator Lena Gonzalez
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Josh Newman
  • State Senator Henry Stern
  • 2018 Democratic Nominee for State Senate Marggie Castellano
  • Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
  • Assemblymember Richard Bloom
  • Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath
  • Assemblymember Tom Daly
  • Assemblymember Laura Friedman
  • Asseblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • Assemblymember Brian Maienschein
  • Assemblymember Kevin Mullin
  • Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell
  • Assemblymember Luz Rivas
  • Assemblymember Rudy Salas Jr.
  • Assemblymember Chris Ward
  • Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber
  • Former Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez
  • San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher
  • San Diego County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer
  • San Diego County Supervisor Nora Vargas
  • San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria
  • Aliso Viejo Mayor Tiffany Ackley
  • Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas
  • Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara
  • Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr
  • Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina
  • Oceanside Mayor Esther Sanchez
  • National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis
  • Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner
  • Tustin Mayor Letitia Clark
  • San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot
  • Mayor Pro Tem Of Aliso Viejo Ross Chun
  • Aliso Viejo Councilmember Richard Hurt
  • Carlsbad Councilmember Teresa Acosta
  • Carlsbad Councilmember Peder Norby
  • Chula Vista Councilmember Jill Galvez
  • Chula Vista Councilmember Steve Padilla
  • Costa Mesa Councilmember Manny Chavez
  • Dana Point Councilmember Michael Villar
  • Del Mar Deputy Mayor Dwight Worden
  • Del Mar Councilmember Dave Druker
  • Encinitas Deputy Mayor Joe Mosca
  • Encinitas Councilmember Kellie Hinze
  • Encinitas Councilmember Tony Kranz
  • Encinitas Councilmember Joy Lyndes
  • Irvine Councilmember Larry Agran
  • Laguna Woods Councilmember Cynthia Conners
  • La Mesa Councilmember Colin Parent
  • National City Councilmember Marcus Bush
  • San Clemente Mayor Pro Tem Chris Duncan
  • San Diego City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera
  • San Diego Councilmember Dr. Jennifer Campbell
  • San Diego Councilmember Raul Campillo
  • San Diego Councilmember Joe LaCava
  • San Diego Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe
  • San Diego Councilmember Vivian Moreno
  • San Diego Councilmember Marni Von Wilpert
  • San Diego Councilmember Stephen Whitburn
  • San Juan Capistrano Councilmember Sergio Farias
  • San Marcos Councilmember Randy Walton
  • Solana Beach Councilmember Jewel Edson
  • Solana Beach Councilmember Kelly Harless
  • Solana Beach Councilmember Dave Zito
  • Vista Councilmember Corinna Contreras
  • Vista Councilmember Katie Melendez
  • Former Del Mar Mayor Ellie Haviland
  • Former Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu
  • Former Encinitas Mayor Teresa Barth
  • Former San Juan Capistrano Mayor Larry Kramer
  • Former Carlsbad Councilmember Cori Schumacher
  • Former Escondido Councilmember Olga Diaz
  • Former Imperial Beach Councilmember Mark West
  • Former Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery
  • Former San Diego Councilmember Georgette Gomez
  • San Diego County Board of Education Vice President Rick Shea
  • Vista Unified School Board President Cipriano Vargas
  • Carlsbad School Board Trustee Kathy Rallings
  • Encinitas Union School District Board Member Marlon Taylor​
  • Former Encinitas Union School District Trustee Rimga Viskanta
  • Mira Costa Community College Trustee Rick Cassar
  • Oceanside Unified School Board Trustee Eric Joyce
  • Palomar Community College Trustee Roberto Rodriguez
  • San Dieguito Union High School Board Member Julie Bronstein
  • San Dieguito Union High School Board Member Katrina Young
  • Former San Dieguito Union High School Board President Beth Hergesheimer
  • Humboldt County Supervisor Mike Wilson
  • Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez
  • Monterey County Supervisor Wendy Root Askew
  • Santa Barbara County Supervisor Das Williams
  • Davis Vice Mayor Lucas Frerichs
  • Richmond Mayor Thomas Butt
  • Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb
  • Riverside Councilmember Ronaldo Fierro
  • Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton


Blakespear is a fourth-generation Encinitan whose great-grandparents put roots down in the area nearly 100 years ago. She has been the Mayor of the City of Encintas for five years, and an attorney for 15 years. In addition to leading her city as mayor, she serves as the Chair of SANDAG, the county’s powerful transportation agency, and as a board member on the San Diego County’s Airport Authority. She and her husband have two teenage children.  

The newly-drawn 38th Senate District includes the communities of Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Carmel Valley, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Encinitas, Elfin Forest, Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside, Camp Pendleton, Rancho Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistrano, Coto De Caza, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, and Laguna Hills.

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