OAKLAND – Former Assembly District 18 candidate Kathy Neal today announced her endorsement of Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta for State Assembly.

“I was an Assembly candidate because the people of Oakland need and deserve a legislator with a combination of integrity, passion and proven ability to turn things around,” Neal said. “After I withdrew my candidacy, I considered the remaining candidates with that purpose in mind. As an accomplished advocate for social and economic justice, elected official who has successfully grappled with a wide array of issues and dedicated husband and father, Rob Bonta is the person Oakland must have in the legislature.

“As a Vice Mayor, Rob has balanced budgets, fought for small business and improved the lives of public school children. He has made a significant and meaningful difference in the lives of everyday people. And the fact that, as a young lawyer, Rob worked pro-bono on a successful case to help stop racial profiling in California sealed the deal for me. That’s why I join with Oakland’s police officers, firefighters and City Council President Larry Reid in supporting Rob Bonta for State Assembly.”

Kathy Neal is an Oakland businesswoman and former Oakland Port Commissioner. She is an elected member and 16th Assembly District vice chair of the Alameda County Democratic Party as well as a member of the California State Democratic Party Central Committee.

Rob Bonta is currently the Vice Mayor of Alameda and an Alameda County Transportation Commissioner. He is also a former Alameda Health Care District Board Member and Alameda Economic Development Commissioner. He works as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco.