ILWU Southern California District Council Endorses Bryan Caforio

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Today, the Southern California District Council of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union endorsed Bryan Caforio, Democratic candidate for California’s 25th District. Hundreds of ILWU members work at the Rite Aid western regional distribution center in Lancaster, and the SCDC has been a leading advocate to improve working conditions at this facility.

“Steve Knight has shown time and time again that he doesn’t care about workers in our community,” said Cathy Familathe, President of the Southern California District Council of the ILWU. “We’re thrilled to stand with Bryan because we need a congressman who will put working families first and fight to advance our progressive values.”

With 18 labor endorsements, Caforio holds more than any candidate in the country. All three Democratic clubs in the District to endorse have endorsed Caforio, and all 27 local officials to endorse a Democrat have endorsed Caforio. He is the only Congressional candidate in California endorsed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and was the only challenger in a targeted District to receive more than 70 percent of the vote at the California Democratic Party’s pre-endorsement conference last week. See Caforio’s full list of endorsements here.

The son of two public school teachers, Caforio was born and raised in Southern California, attended UCLA and Yale Law School, worked for a United States federal judge, and practices as an attorney taking on some of the world’s biggest banks and corporations. Bryan lives in Santa Clarita with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

California’s 25th Congressional District covers northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County, including the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley, and Simi Valley. Hillary Clinton won the district by more than six points in 2016, and registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans. The district is now considered a “toss-up” and is held by Tea Party Republican Steve Knight, whom national Republicans have publicly identified as one of their most vulnerable incumbentsPolling shows Democrats with a double-digit lead over Knight.


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