PITTSBURG, CA—Serving as the stamp of approval on issues relating to working families, today, the California Federation of Labor endorsed Mae Cendaña Torlakson for Assembly District 14. The California Federation of Labor represents over 2.1 million hard working men and women and strives to defend interests of working families to propel California forward.

In response to the endorsement Mae Cendaña Torlakson released the following:

“The California Federation of Labor ensures that hard working men and women get the economic opportunities they deserve and are treated fairly in the workplace.  I am honored to be their choice for AD-14. I will strive to protect the interests of working families in order to provide opportunities for the middle class so everyone can achieve the American Dream. Not only will I fight for workers’ rights on the Assembly floor, but I will also collaborate with local organizations and work with working families at the bargaining table to ensure that their rights are protected and that they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

This groundbreaking endorsement comes on the heels of a poll showing Mae Cendaña Torlakson outpacing her nearest Democratic opponent by 21 points. To read the poll memo, click here.

For a full list of Torlakson’s endorsements, click here.

Torlakson is a manager at the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program, which is administered by the University of California Office of the President. Torlakson helps educationally disadvantaged students pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and has led in the creation of partnerships with businesses such as mentoring programs with Cisco and SanDisk.

A longtime advocate for community parks and open space, Torlakson is serving her third elected term on the board of the Ambrose Recreation and Park District, which provides recreation services and after school programs to 26,000 residents of Bay Point and Pittsburg.

Torlakson is a founder of the Friends of the Delta Trail. She led efforts that secured $4.5 million for the Great California Delta Trail, which will provide shoreline access and a continuous trail network through the five Delta counties.

Born in the Philippines, Torlakson immigrated to the United States in 1988 and became a U.S. citizen in 1994. Torlakson raised two children, both of whom graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

Torlakson is married to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who represented the region in the State Assembly and Senate before winning statewide office in 2010. They live in the Contra Costa County community of Pittsburg.

The 14th Assembly District represents portions of Contra Costa County and Southern Solano County. It includes the cities of Benicia, Clayton, Concord, Crockett, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Rodeo, Martinez, Suisun, Walnut Creek, and Vallejo.