Apr 18


WATSONVILLE, CA— Continuing to lock down the vast majority of public safety endorsements in the race for California Assembly District 30, today Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo secured the backing of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen.

In her capacity as Mayor of Watsonville, Karina Cervantez Alejo helped to spearhead the City’s landmark Measure G ballot initiative, which raised resources to fund more emergency services including police and fire as well as programs to help at-risk youth. Today’s endorsement comes on the heels of numerous other public safety endorsements Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo has received in her campaign, including:

  • Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • California Police Chiefs Association
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell
  • Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart
  • Monterey County Sheriff Scott Miller (Ret.)
  • Watsonville Police Chief Terry Medina (Ret.)
  • Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak (Ret.)
  • Santa Cruz County Sheriff Steve Robbins (Ret.)
  • Gonzales Police Chief Paul Miller
  • Greenfield Police Chief Joe Grebmeier (Ret.)
  • Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano
  • Marina Police Chief Eddie Rodriguez
  • Watsonville Fire Chief Pablo Barreto

Upon learning of the endorsement from the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, Mayor Pro-Tem Cervantez Alejo released the following statement:

“It really means a lot to me personally to have the support of the men and women who risk their lives every day to keep us safe. Their endorsement serves as proof of my robust record on public safety issues and their trust in my abilities to be a strong partner with them in the legislature in order to work together to keep our communities safe. I’m honored to have their endorsement.”

Today’s endorsement also follows recent announcements that the IBEW Local 234, Black Women Organized for Political Action PAC, Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties Building & Construction Trades Council, Salinas Valley Democratic Club, AFSCME California PEOPLE, California Labor Federation and the National Union of Healthcare Workers backed Cervantez Alejo. Also recently so did the South Bay AFL-CIO.Mayor Pro-Tem Cervantez Alejo is the officially endorsed candidate of the California Democratic Party. She has built up a sizable lead among a number of key categories.

1) Commanding Lead in Fundraising:

  • Recent reports released by the candidates in AD-30 showed that Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo is leading by a substantial landslide on the fundraising front.

  • For the recent report ending on December 31st, Watsonville’s Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo raked-in a whopping $118,000 in new contributions, bringing her total raised to more than $268,000. She maintains a substantial cash-on-hand war-chest of over $238,000.

  • Cervantez Alejo has raised roughly 14 times more overall and maintains 11 times more cash on hand than her competitor— two substantial markers of a candidate’s ability to be viable and communicate a message to voters.

2)  California Democratic Party’s Endorsement

  • Also recently, at the California Democratic Party’s AD-30 “Pre-Convention Caucus” vote, in a stunning blow to her competition, 43 out of 45 total possible votes among eligible delegates– a staggering 96%— voted for Cervantez Alejo over the other Democrat in the race.

  • This overwhelming vote resulted in Cervantez Alejo securing a formal endorsement from the California Democratic Party at the state convention just weeks ago.

3) Robust Local Media Coverage

4) New Supporters

  • Also, recently, Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo announced the support of the California Labor Federation, South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, Silicon Valley Young Democrats, Democratic Women’s Club at Santa Cruz County, Salinas Valley Teachers AFT Local 1020, Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), California Council of Laborers of North America (LiUNA), Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriffs and AFSCME Council 57. And, in a landslide vote, 49-10, the endorsement of the South County Democratic Club, a powerhouse local organization comprised of scores of politically mobilized grassroots activists.

Beyond today’s news, Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo has amassed an army of support from teachers, nurses, working people, women’s organizations, small business owners, Democratic Party luminaries, and countless others, totaling well over 220 supporters.

To view her full list of endorsements, please click here: http://votekarina.com/endorsements/

To view Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo bio, click here:http://votekarina.com/meet-karina/meet-karina/

For all other information, please visit: www.VoteKarina.com


Paid for by Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly 2016.