SAN JOSE — On February 28 in San Jose, the California Democratic Party made it official and endorsed Anthony Portantino for State Senate. Only one candidate per office can garner the Democratic Party endorsement and in the 25th Senate District, it’s Anthony Portantino. The threshold for endorsement is set very high and in many open race elections no one meets the mark. That was not the case in the 25th where by virtue of receiving 70% support from local “in district” delegates, Anthony garnered the important and influential Party endorsement.
“Many people said it couldn’t be done and that out of district interests were too influential to overcome but this vote clearly illustrates that there is nothing more important and stronger than local grassroots support. The wonderful residents of the 25th Senate District want to choose their next Senator and the results of this vote makes their statement. I am very thankful to the friends and activists who came out to vote for me and who made this happen,” commented Portantino.
The Democratic Party adds to and continues Anthony’s strong and unmatched run of support from local organizations leading up to the June Primary. #TeamPortantino has been endorsed by the following “in district” Democratic Clubs: the Bonita Democratic Council, the Claremont Democratic Club, the Canada Crescenta Democratic Club, the Democratic Club of the Pasadena Foothills, the East Area Progressive Democrats, the Foothill Community Democrats of Monrovia, the Helen Doherty Democratic Club, Southern California Armenian Democrats, the Glendale Democratic Club, the Los Angeles County Young Democrats and the West End Democratic Club.
Anthony is as a Visiting Fellow at USC. He is the father of two great daughters, Sofia who completed her K-12 education in the district and Bella a middle school student. Ellen Portantino is currently serving as the PTA President for Bella’s middle school and is an executive at Warner Brothers.