Apr 29


WATSONVILLE, CA— Continuing to consolidate wide-ranging support from crucial public safety leaders and organizations, today Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo locked down endorsements from the Crime Victims United of California & Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen in her campaign for California’s 30th State Assembly District seat.

Adding to her already expansive roster of support from public safety leaders and organizations, including the following, today’s announcement serves as the latest evidence that these figures and groups believe Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo is the best choice to keep local communities safe:

  • Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • California Police Chiefs Association
  • California Association of Highway Patrolmen
  • Peace Officers Research Association 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.)
  • SantaCruz 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

Responding to news of today’s endorsements, Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo remarked:

“I consider it a real honor to have the support of Crime Victims United of California and Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen. Their support illustrates the growing support we’re building in this campaign from widely respected public safety leaders and organizations. It also validates my firm commitment to improving neighborhood safety by combatting crime and gangs, investing more in education and after-school programs to improve the quality of life for local communities. I’m eager to partner with the Crime Victims United of California and Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen in my campaign as we approach June 7th.”

Today’s endorsement also follows recent announcements that the California Conference of Machinists, California Association of Highway Patrolmen, 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) Leading in Fundraising:

  • Recent reports released by the candidates in AD-30 showed that Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo is leading 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.