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Katie Porter’s Senate Bid Endorsed by Huntington Park Mayor Eddie Martinez

“She’s not scared to shake things up and demand our country do better”

Endorsement follows Porter’s recent visit to Huntington Park to meet with environmental justice advocates, tour Southeast LA cities burdened by pollution

CALIFORNIA—Congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Katie Porter has been endorsed by Huntington Park, CA Mayor Eddie Martinez. Martinez’s endorsement follows Porter’s recent visit to Huntington Park, during which she hosted an environmental justice roundtable with advocates, local leaders, and other community members and toured Southeast Los Angeles cities unfairly targeted by polluters. 

“My city has been ravaged by decades of environmental racism and pollution. Our problems are invisible to most Members of Congress, but not to Katie,” said Martinez. “She showed up for Huntington Park and Southeast Los Angeles, and she listened to our community. She’s not scared to shake things up and demand our country do better. That’s exactly what we need in our next Senator.”

“Polluters often target vulnerable communities, fully aware that most leaders in Washington won’t bat an eye,” said Porter. “Mayor Martinez was a key partner in helping me see firsthand the damage caused by polluters in Southeast Los Angeles. He cares deeply about his constituents, and I’m honored to have his support. I’ll always stand up to greedy corporations on behalf of Califorians, including those too often ignored by institutional Washington.”

A champion for justice, Porter has consistently fought to hold polluters accountable for cheating consumers and communities. She’s confronted Big Oil executives directly about their greed, passed her legislation in the House to crack down on price gouging at the gas pump, and spearheaded efforts to eliminate special tax breaks for polluters. Her proposal to raise fees on polluters that drill on public lands was signed into law last year as part of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Porter has received widespread praise from Democrats, good government advocates, progressive groups, and pundits since announcing her candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Led by a team of seasoned campaign veterans from across the state, her campaign raised an eye-popping $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2023 and the most small dollar donations of any candidate running for the U.S. Senate from California. 

Porter’s campaign also released a poll of California voters likely to participate in the 2024 election for U.S. Senate. It shows Porter has a double-digit lead in a likely top-two general election contest if it were held today. In a head-to-head matchup, Porter leads significantly among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. The same survey shows Porter would be the likely top finisher from a June primary contest with other potential Republican and Democratic candidates. You can read the poll memo here.