December 22, 2020

Will Matthews, Californians for Safety and Justice, (909) 261-1398; [email protected]

OAKLAND, Calif. – Californians for Safety and Justice on Tuesday praised Gov. Gavin Newsom for reportedly planning to appoint Asm. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), the civil rights champion who has been the state legislature’s moral authority for the past eight years, as California’s next Secretary of State.

The following can be attributed to Jay Jordan, executive director of Californians for Safety and Justice:

“The appointment of Asm. Weber as the first Black woman Secretary of State in California history marks a historic milestone in California’s ongoing work for justice and equality. During her tenure in the Legislature, Asm. Weber has been a tenacious leader and advocate for those whose voices have been left out or overlooked, and for making sure that everyone is afforded equal opportunity to pursue their dreams. Her appointment is a clear indication that Gov. Newsom is committed to pursuing those same ideals and putting California on the vanguard of justice. Representation matters, and it is a huge victory for all Californians to have Alex Padilla in the U.S. Senate representing a state that is 40 percent Latino, and now the hardest worker in the Legislature as our Secretary of State.”