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Dec 01

2ND U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN SIDES WITH KARINA CERVANTEZ ALEJO IN AD-30 CONTEST

WATSONVILLE, CA— On the heels of rolling out a wide-ranging list of over 180 plus endorsements in her campaign to represent California’s 30th Assembly District seat, today Watsonville City Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo picked up the coveted support of United States Congresswoman Norma Torres. Previously, the Councilwoman was endorsed by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.
Congresswoman Torres, a former member of the California State Assembly and State Senate, announced her endorsement of Watsonville City Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo by releasing the following statement:
“Karina Cervantez Alejo’s unique background and her unyielding resolve when it comes to addressing complex issues like income inequality, social justice, public safety, after-school programs, or job creation makes her the very best choice for California’s 30th Assembly District. Her insights as a university educator, as a community activist, and as a former Mayor and current City Councilwoman all will be tremendous assets in the Legislature. For these reasons and many more, I’m proud to endorse Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly.”
Just yesterday Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo unveiled a list of over 180 endorsements, including the following:
  1. California Latino Legislative Caucus
  2. Mexican American Bar Association (MABA) PAC
  3. Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club
  4. California Legislative Democratic Women’s Caucus
  5. Northern California Carpenters
  6. National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) of California
  7. California Nurses Association (CNA)
  8. California Women’s List
  9. California Federation of Teachers
  10. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
  11. California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  12. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla
  13. California State Controller Betty Yee
  14. California State Treasurer John Chiang
  15. California State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
  16. California State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León
  17. California State Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (Ret.)
  18. California Board of Equalization Chair Jerome Horton
  19. California Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  20. California State Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning
  21. California State Senator Ben Hueso
  22. California State Senator Ed Hernandez
  23. California State Senator Tony Mendoza
  24. California Legislative Black Caucus Vice Chair & State Senator Isadore Hall
  25. California State Senator & Past Chair of California Latino Legislative Caucus Ricardo Lara
  26. California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins
  27. California State Assembly Speaker-Elect Anthony Rendon
  28. California Latino Legislative Caucus Chair & State Assembly Member Luis Alejo
  29. California Legislative Black Caucus Chair & State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  30. California Women’s Legislative Caucus Vice Chair & State Assembly Member Cristina Garcia
  31. State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  32. State Assembly Member Rob Bonta
  33. State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty 
  34. State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  35. State Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez
  36. State Assembly Member Ian Calderon
  37. State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  38. State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez
  39. State Assembly Member Roger Hernandez
  40. State Assembly Member Jose Medina
  41. State Assemblyman David Chiu
  42. State Assembly Member Chris Holden
  43. State Assembly Member Henry T. Perea 
  44. State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez  
  45. State Assembly Member Rudy Salas
  46. State Assembly Member Matt Dababneh
  47. State Assembly Member Mark Stone
  48. State Assembly Member Kevin Mullin
  49. State Assembly Member Tom Daly
  50. State Assembly Member Jim Wood
  51. State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla
  52. State Assembly Member Rich Gordon
  53. State Assembly Member Shirley Weber
  54. State Assembly Member Mike Gipson
  55. State Assembly Member Mike Gatto
  56. State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  57. State Assembly Member Das Williams, Chair of API Caucus
  58. State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  59. State Assembly Member Ed Chau
  60. State Assembly Member Adam Gray
  61. State Assembly Member Kansen Chu
  62. State Assembly Member Autumn Burke
  63. State Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell
  64. State Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
  65. State Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian
  66. State Assembly Member Jim Cooper
  67. State Assembly Speaker (Ret.) & State Senator Bob Hertzberg
  68. State Senator Connie Leyva
  69. State Senator (Ret.) & L.A. City Councilman Gil Cedillo
  70. State Assembly Member Steve Bradford (Ret.)
  71. State Assembly Member  Mariko Yamada (Ret.)
  72. State Assembly Speaker & Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (Ret.)
  73. State Assembly Member (Ret.) & Monterey County Supervisor Simon Salinas
  74. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart
  75. Monterey County Sheriff Scott Miller (Ret.)
  76. Watsonville Police Chief Terry Medina (Ret.)
  77. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak (Ret.) 
  78. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Steve Robbins (Ret.)  
  79. Gonzales Police Chief Paul Miller 
  80. Greenfield Police Chief Joe Grebmeier (Ret.)
  81. Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano
  82. Marina Police Chief Eddie Rodriguez  
  83. Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell
  84. San Benito County Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz
  85. San Benito County Supervisor Margie Barrios
  86. Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty
  87. Santa Cruz County Office of Education President Sandra Nichols
  88. Santa Cruz County Office of Education Board Member Abel Sanchez
  89. Santa Cruz County Board of Education Trustee Dana Sales
  90. Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention Of Violence Against Women Appointee Martine Watkins* 
  91. Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold
  92. Santa Cruz County Board of Education Trustee Jack Dilles
  93. Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Member Zach Friend
  94. Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisor Member Neal Coonerty (Ret.)
  95. Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane
  96. Santa Cruz Mayor (Ret.) & UC-AFT Union Organizer Mike Rotkin*
  97. Santa Cruz Mayor Katherine Beiers (Ret.)
  98. Santa Cruz Mayor Hillary Bryant (Ret.)
  99. Santa Cruz Vice Mayor Cynthia Mathews
  100. Santa Cruz City Council Member Cynthia Chase
  101. Santa Cruz City Council Member Richelle Noroyan
  102. Santa Cruz County Office of Education Superintendent Michael Watkins 
  103. Santa Clara County Office of Education Board Member for Area 7 (representing Morgan Hill Unified, Gilroy Unified) Member Claudia Rossi
  104. Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez
  105. Morgan Hill Mayor Steve Tate
  106. Soledad Mayor Richard Ortiz (Ret.)
  107. Hollister City Council Member Robert Scattini (Ret.)
  108. Greenfield Mayor John Huerta
  109. Greenfield City Council Member Agapito Vasquez (Ret.)
  110. Greenfield City Council Member Avelina Torres
  111. Santa Cruz County Supervisor Tony Campos (Ret.)
  112. Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education Member Jaime Rosso
  113. Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education Member Fred Tovar
  114. Gilroy Unified School Board Member Domingo Payne (Ret.) 
  115. Gilroy Arts and Culture Commission Member Bruce Morasca*
  116. Gilroy Parks & Recreation Commission Member Rebecca Scheel
  117. Pajaro Valley Unified School District Trustee Maria Orozco
  118. Pajaro Valley Unified School District Trustee Lupe Rivas
  119. Pajaro Valely Unified School District Trustee Karen Osmundson
  120. Salinas Union High School District Trustee Phillip Tabera
  121. Salinas Union High School District Trustee Patty Padilla-Salsberg 
  122. Watsonville Vice-Mayor Felipe Hernandez
  123. Watsonville Council member Lowell Hurst, also former Mayor
  124. Watsonville Former Mayor Daniel Dodge
  125. Watsonville Former Mayor Manual Bersamin
  126. Watsonville Former Mayor Eduardo Montesino
  127. Watsonville Former Mayor Todd McFarren
  128. Watsonville Former Mayor Oscar Rios
  129. Watsonville Planning Commission Vice Chair Aurelio Gonzalez*
  130. Watsonville Planning Commissioner Dobie Jenkins*
  131. Watsonville Planning Commissioner Jenny Sarmiento* 
  132. Washington Unified School District Board of Trustees Member & Member of Latino School Board Association Norma Alcala
  133. King City Council Member Carlos Victoria (Ret.)
  134. Morgan Hill City Council Member Marilyn Librers
  135. Morgan Hill City Council Member Rich Constantine
  136. Gavilan College Board of Trustees Member Elvira Robertson Zaragoza (Ret.)
  137. San Jose Unified School District Board Vice-President Teresa Castellanos
  138. Franklin-McKinley School District Board Member Omar Torres
  139. Monterey County Board of Education Trustee Sergio Alejo
  140. Hartnell College Trustee & SEIU Local 521 Salinas City Employees Chapter Co-President Ray Montemayor*
  141. Hollister City Council Member Victor Gomez
  142. Watsonville City Council Member Ramon Gomez (Ret.)
  143. Hartnell College Trustee Demetrio Pruneda
  144. Monterey County Board of Education Member David Serena (Ret.)
  145. Monterey County Board of Education Member Francisco Estrada, Sr.
  146. Salinas City Council Member Sergio Sanchez (Ret.) 
  147. Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital District Board Trustee Pat Egan (Ret.)
  148. Alum Rock Union School District Governing Board Member Andres Quintero
  149. Artesia City Council Member Ali Sajjad Taj     
  150. Civil Rights & Labor Icon, Co-Founder of United Farm Workers of America (UFW) Dolores Huerta
  151. California Democratic Party Vice Chair Alex Rooker 
  152. California Democratic Party Secretary Daraka Larimore-Hall
  153. Salinas Valley Federation of Teachers’ Immediate Past President Steve McDougall*
  154. California Democratic Party Chicano Latino Caucus Chair Carlos Alcalá*
  155. Santa Cruz County Democratic Activist and business leader Les Gardner*
  156. Salinas Valley Democratic Club Immediate Past President Brandi Garcia*
  157. Silicon Valley Young Democrats Secretary & Commissioner of Santa Clara County Child Abuse Council Juan Quinones* 
  158. Silicon Valley Young Democrat & San Jose City Council Member Raul Peralez*
  159. Morgan Hill Federation of Teachers Past President Theresa Sage*
  160. Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN) member KarinaDominguez*
  161. Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County member and Vice-President of the Digital NEST Rose Filicetti* 
  162. Santa Cruz County Democratic Party Executive Board Member Pedro Castillo*
  163. Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee Member Ed Manning*
  164. Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee Member Pat Manning*
  165. Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee Member Joe Hall*
  166. Teamsters Local 890 Labor Negotiator Mike Johnston*
  167. Santa Cruz County American Association of University Women Member Bettye Pina*
  168. Monterey County Democratic Central Committee Member James Thomas Green*
  169. Silicon Valley Young Democrats Past Secretary Victoria Ramirez*
  170. Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley President & Santa Clara Commission on the Status of Women Appointee Christina Ramos*
  171. Santa Clara Commission on the Status of Women Appointee Chandra Brooks*
  172. Santa Clara Commission on the Status of Women Appointee Maria Garcia*
  173. People’s Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County Corr. Secretary Officer Brian Murtha*
  174. People’s Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County Communication Officer Nancy Abbey*
  175. La Raza Lawyers of Santa Cruz County Past President Edison Jensen*
  176. Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County Founder Sarah Clarenbach*
  177. Monterey County Democratic Central Committee Etna Monsalve
  178. Monterey County Democratic Central Committee Teri Short
  179. California Democratic Party State Delegate Margaret Rebecchi*
  180. Local Realtor Becky Campos of Watsonville
  181. Greenfield Democratic Club Member & Local Leader David Kong
  182. Democratic National Committee (DNC) Member Shawn Bagley, the first DNC member ever from the Central Coast
  183. Becky Chavez, Granddaughter of Cesar Chavez
  184. Walt Glines, Gilroy resident, member Gavilan College Board of Trustees

Notably, Councilwoman Cervantez Alejo has been leading by every measurement in the race for the 30th Assembly District seat. As of the June 30th fundraising deadline, she had raised close to six times more than any candidate in the race, with $150,109 raised in total, and a sizable $144,244 cash-on-hand.

 

Elected to the Watsonville City Council in 2012, Karina Cervantez Alejo is only the second Latina in the City’s history to serve on the Council. In 2014, she served as Mayor.

 

In 2014, Cervantez Alejo led the City Council’s effort to put Measure G, a public safety measure to increase the City’s revenue to hire more police, fire, and increase emergency response services, on the November ballot. Measure G passed with 67% of the vote.

 

Previously, Cervantez Alejo worked with the Community Action Board’s Youth Community Restoration Project (YCORP), where she assisted directly with youth transitioning from juvenile hall back into the community. She also helped develop youth leadership and mentorship programs, including Girlzpace, an after-school program working with young women in the City of Watsonville.

 

Before serving on the Watsonville City Council, Cervantez Alejo served on the Watsonville Planning Commission, the Watsonville Parks and Recreation Commission, the Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee, the Santa Cruz County Girls Task Force, and as the co-chair of the Santa Cruz County Immigration Action Group. Previously, she was appointed as a statewide at-large delegate for President Barack Obama to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Currently, Cervantez Alejo sits on various City and County committees in her capacity as an elected leader, including: Board of Directors of Santa Cruz METRO Transit District; Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission; City-County-Schools Intergovernmental Committee; the League of Cities Board of Directors where she represents the 18 cities in the Monterey Bay Division; and as a Gubernatorial appointee serving on the Central Coast Water Quality Control Board.

 

Cervantez Alejo is a graduate of Porterville High School and is the daughter of farmworkers who continue to work in the agricultural fields of the Central Valley. She received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and her master of science (M.S.) degree in psychology from UC Santa Cruz. She is currently completing her doctoral (PhD) degree in psychology also from UC Santa Cruz.

 

*Titles for Identification Purposes Only.

 

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