Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the national union that represents professional actors and stage managers working in theater, has shared its endorsement of three candidates running in California’s primary election. AEA announced its support for two candidates running for U.S. Congress, Lateefah Simon and Anthony Portantino, as well as for Adam Schiff, who has entered the race for U.S. Senate. The election is scheduled for March 5.
All have demonstrated direct support for the arts or policies that match AEA’s policy priorities.
Simon is running for Congress in California’s 12th Congressional District, which represents Alameda County. The seat is currently held by Barbara Lee, who is vacating the seat to run for U.S. Senate. Simon has been an organizer for more than 25 years and has advocated for civil rights as the leader of multiple high-profile justice organizations and nonprofits.