Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon leads over a dozen new endorsements for Mary Zendejas!
Long Beach, CA – Today, Health Care Director Mary Zendejas announced the endorsement of Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon along with a dozen other endorsements from Long Beach Leaders, Union and Democratic Party leaders.
In announcing his endorsement, Councilmember Richardson stated:
“Mary Zendejas is an impressive woman with a long list of accomplishments that make it easy to see why leaders from across the City of Long Beach and LA region are uniting behind her historic campaign. Her story is one that represents the best of our community - one of resilience, perseverance, and dedication. I am excited to stand behind Mary as she works to become the next Councilwoman of the First District.”
In addition to Speaker of the Assembly the Zendejas campaign announced the endorsements of:
1. Senate President Pro Temp Kevin De Leon (ret)
2. Long Beach Unified School Board Member Megan Kerr
3. Long Beach City College Trustee Vivian Malauulu
4. Long Beach Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal (ret)
5. Long Beach Councilmember Jeannine Pearce
6. Long Beach Councilmember Tonia Reyes Uranga (ret)
7. International Painters an Allied Trades, District Council 36
8. Unite H.E.R.E. Local 11
9. United Association of Plumbers, Local 78
10. Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
11. SEIU Local 2015
12. Los Angeles County Democratic Party
13. Long Beach Democratic Club
14. Democratic Women’s Study Club of Long Beach
“I am so thankful for the outpouring of support from Speaker Rendon, Senate President Pro Tem De Leon, the Democratic Party and all of our local leaders and unions. Their leadership throughout the region is unmatched.”
As an infant, Mary was diagnosed with Polio, and later in High School started using a wheelchair daily. Her passion for living and working hard is rooted in seeing her parents, a field hand and factory worker, provide their children a better life. Their hard-work allowed Mary to go to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and become the first in her family to graduate from college.
Her advocacy dates back nearly three decades starting in her high school, where she organized citizenship fairs to help community members follow their American Dream of becoming US citizen. She is also the founder of Professional Abilities Association of America, an organization created for working professionals with disabilities by working professionals with disabilities, focusing on inclusion in the workforce. Additionally, she is a two-time graduate of Leadership Long Beach, served as a member of Mayor Robert Garcia’s Transition Team, a former board member of Housing Long Beach and a past Ms. Wheelchair California.
Currently, she is serving her second term on the Long Beach Transit (LBT) Board of Directors. LBT is a leading agency in the transportation industry and a multimillion-dollar company. During her time at Long Beach Transit, she has led the effort to streamline access and reliability of paratransit services throughout the system and has helped to implement zero-emission buses into the fleet. Mary is also currently a board member of several local non-profits and advocacy organizations, including the Murphy Foundation Board and the Disabled Resource Center.