December 13, 2012
LAWT News Service
The campaign of Senator Curren Price Jr., recently announced winning the endorsement of UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) Local 770 in the race for Los Angeles’ 9th City Council District. The endorsement from UFCW Local 770 is the first from a major labor union in the race and gives Price’s surging campaign yet another boost of momentum.
UFCW Local 770 represents over 30,000 Los Angeles County workers in the retail food, meat, drug stores, packinghouses, food processing plants, pharmacies, laboratories, as well as barbers and beauticians.
“Curren Price has stood shoulder to shoulder with the working men and women of UFCW Local 770 for over two decades,” said Rick Icaza, president of UFCW Local 770. “Working families trust Curren Price because he has fought for us, from taking a stand against Wal-Mart to spearheading groundbreaking legislation to expand health care coverage. Curren is a champion for working families and we proudly stand with him.”
UFCW Local 770 is the first major labor organization to weigh in the on the race for LA City Council District 9. The endorsement is a major boost to Price's broadly supported campaign and helps cement his front-runner status. Shortly after launching his campaign, Price announced endorsements from a number of community leaders including, Congresswoman Karen Bass, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson Jr., and State Senator Kevin de Leon.
“I am honored and grateful to have the support for UFCW Local 770,” said Price. “Throughout my career in public service, whether as an educator, community leader, or policy maker, I have worked to advance the core principle that a good job, a fair wage, affordable quality healthcare, and the opportunity of a quality education can empower our communities to succeed. Those are values I share with the men and women of UFCW and they are values I will continue to fight for day in and day out on the City Council.”
Said Ridley Thomas, “He is a progressive candidate, a viable candidate, and I am delighted that he is labor’s candidate.”
“Senator Curren Price’s campaign continues to roll,” Wesson said.
“The UFCW union recognizes that Curren is a great advocate for working people. His strong voice is needed on the City Council.”
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Price attended Morningside High School in Inglewood and earned a scholarship to Stanford University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He studied law at Santa Clara University and graduated in 1976 with a Juris Doctor degree. He also holds lifetime Community College Teaching credential. Prior to serving the California Legislature, Senator Price was a small business owner.