Equality California has announced its sole endorsement of Joan Buchanan in her campaign for State Senate.
Buchanan, a former Assemblywoman, is running for Senate District 7, which was vacated by Mark DeSaulnier earlier this year when he was elected to Congress.
"We know that Joan is among one of our strongest allies," said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California, a leading LGBT Civil Rights organization.
"Before, during and after her time in the California Assembly, Buchanan advocated for full equality for all LGBT people," Zbur said. "We believe she will continue to be one of our greatest champions in Sacramento.
"We know, given her background in education, that we can count on her to advocate for LGBT youth and ensure they are free from bullying inside and outside of the classroom," he added. "Joan has our full backing."
Buchanan thanked Zbur for the endorsement.
"The endorsement of Equality California is especially meaningful not only to my campaign but for myself personally," she said. "The cause of equality and civil rights is an issue dear to my heart that I plan to continue the fight for in the State Senate."
According to Buchanan's campaign team, more than 80 local elected officials, organizations and the majority of local Democratic Clubs has endorsed her bid for the State Senate. These include:
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME);
Association of California State Supervisors;
California Teachers Association;
California Small Business Association;
Carpenters Local Union 152;
Democrats of Rossmoor;
District Council of Painters Local 16;
Diablo Valley Democratic Club;
IBEW Local 595;
Northern California Council of Carpenters;
Sam Ramon Valley Democratic Club;
Tri-Valley Democratic Club;
Delaine Eastin, State Superintendent of Public Instruction (Retired);
Bob Taylor, Brentwood Mayor;
Mike Doyle, Danville Mayor;
Brandt Andersson, Lafayette Mayor;
John Marchand, Livermore Mayor;
Bob Simons, Walnut Creek Mayor;
Lori Ogorchock, Antioch Mayor Pro Tem;
Mary Rocha, Antioch City Councilmember;
Edi Bersan, Concord City Councilmember;
Don Biddle, Dublin City Councilmember;
Kevin Hart, Dublin City Councilmember;
Mike Anderson, Lafayette City Councilmember;
Laureen Turner, Livermore Vice Mayor;
Stewart Gary, Livermore City Councilmember;
Doug Horner, Livermore City Councilmember;
Bob Woerner, Livermore City Councilmember;
Victoria Smith, Orinda Vice Mayor;
Amy Worth, Orinda City Councilmember, and,
Phillip O'Loane, San Ramon City Councilmember.
Buchanan, along with Susan Bonilla, Steve Glazer and Terry Kremin -- all Democrats -- will face off in the primary election on Tuesday, March 17.
Michaela M. Hertle, a Republican, withdrew from the race shortly after the official candidate list came out, so her name will still be on the primary ballot.
The top two winners in the primary will vie for votes again in the special election that has been called for May 19.