WATSONVILLE, CA— Packing a big punch of momentum for her State Assembly District 30 bid, today Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo garnered arguably one of the most meaningful and influential labor endorsements in all of America– from the California Labor Federation.
On the heels of winning scores of other labor endorsements from teachers, nurses, laborers, carpenters, deputy sheriffs, classified school employees and myriad others, the California Labor Federation’s support is hugely sought-after. It is made up of more than 1,200 AFL-CIO and Change to Win unions, representing 2.1 million union members in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries.
Following news of the endorsement, Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo released the following statement:
“This endorsement symbolizes my strong record of fighting on behalf of working women and men. It also comes at a key time in this race when voters are when voters are closely examining the differences among the candidates. I stand with and will fight for our hardworking families. I appreciate the confidence and support that the California Labor Federation has placed in my campaign.”
Today’s endorsement follows yesterday’s announcement that 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 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/
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Paid for by Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly 2016.