Fullerton, CA – State Senator Ed Hernandez announced his endorsement of Joe Kerr’s campaign for Orange county Supervisor today. Hernandez, who previously served two terms in the State Assembly, currently represents California’s 22nd Senate District. In announcing his endorsement, Hernandez released the following statement:
"Joe Kerr has dedicated his life to keeping Orange County’s neighborhoods safe, and I believe he is the candidate for Supervisor who is best prepared to deal with the region’s growing homelessness crisis, protect the quality of care for CalOptima recipients, and responsibly manage our tax dollars. I urge you to join me in supporting Joe Kerr for Supervisor."
Kerr’s campaign previously announced endorsements from Congressman Lou Correa, former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (Ret.), former Senator Joe Dunn, Assemblymember Tom Daly, and over a dozen local elected leaders.
Joe Kerr is a second-generation professional firefighter who served as a fire captain with the Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Fire Department for over 25 years. He was the first President of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association, the former Vice President of the California Professional Firefighters, as well as a former Vice President of the Orange County Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO).
Joe was named Fireman of the Year by the Cypress Fire Department in 1979, Overachiever of the Year by the Orange County Firemen’s Association in 1984, and Fire Captain of the Year by the Orange County Fire Department in 1986. In 1981, he was given a Certificate of Merit from the Orange County Board of Supervisors for his role in responding to the Air California jetliner crash at John Wayne Airport. He was also presented with the Courage Under Fire Award in 1999 for rescuing and reviving a non-breathing occupant who was trapped in a residential structure fire. After retiring in 2012, Joe received numerous awards and recognitions for helping to save the life of a baby who was drowning in a swimming pool and had stopped breathing.
Joe grew up in La Habra and Cypress. He and his wife, China, are the proud parents of a 13-year-old son.
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