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California Lieutenant Governor Candidates

Action News Now is breaking down the candidates in major races in the 2018 Midterm Elections.

Posted: Nov 1, 2018 3:55 PM
Updated: Nov 7, 2018 12:59 PM


Eleni Kounalakis - 3,291,408 votes, 55.7 percent
Ed Hernandez - 2,614,679 votes, 44.3 percent

**REMINDER: These are the unofficial results from the midterm elections. All official results must be certified by the Secretary of State.


One of the major races on the ballot on Nov. 6 is for California Lieutenant Governor.


  • Assumes the office and duties of Governor in the case of impeachment, death, resignation, removal from office, or absence from the state.

  • Serves as president of the State Senate and has a tie-breaking vote.

  • Chairs the Commission for Economic Development; is a member of the State Lands Commission, and the Ocean Protection Council; and sits on the boards of the California university systems


Eleni Kounalakis, Democrat


"I am a businesswoman, mother, and former U.S. Ambassador under President Obama. I’m running for Lieutenant Governor to protect California’s values of diversity and opportunity—because they power our economy. I'm proud to be endorsed by Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Dianne Feinstein, California League of Conservation Voters, National Organization for Women and California Federation of Teachers. As the daughter of an immigrant and the first college graduate in my family, I’ll fight for affordable education by opposing tuition hikes at our UCs, CSUs, and community colleges..."

To read Kounalakis' full candidate statement, CLICK HERE.

Ed Hernandez, Democrat


"Dr. Ed Hernandez, State Senator and small businessman, is running for Lieutenant Governor to expand access to healthcare, lower the cost of prescription drugs, fight for working families, protect our environment, and make higher education more accessible and affordable. A father and grandfather, Hernandez has spent his life serving the healthcare needs of his community by bringing quality eye care to working families in the San Gabriel Valley..."

To read Hernandez's full candidate statement, CLICK HERE

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