Statements of Support

ORGANIZATIONS

“The California Federation of Teachers are pleased to strongly endorse Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly District 30. As an educator, a local City Councilwoman and an advocate for working families, Karina has proven her commitment to problem-solving and getting things done for the people she represents. She supports increasing investments in local neighborhood schools, reducing classroom sizes, hiring more teachers and doing everything possible to ensure our students get a world-class education. We know she’ll be a strong voice on behalf of classroom teachers, students and families in the State Legislature.”

California Federation of Teachers’ President Josh Pechthalt

 

“The California Nurses Association are proud to endorse Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly. She’s been an effective local leader, serving as a voice for women, working people, immigrants and disadvantaged communities. Karina’s advocacy for these, combined with her record in public service, as an educator, and as a compassionate mentor for at-risk young women all makes her remarkably equipped to serve successfully in the State Assembly.”

Malinda Markowitz, RN and Co-President of California Nurses Association

 

“After closely examining her record, the National Women’s Political Caucus of California is proud to announce our enthusiastic support of Watsonville City Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly District 30. Karina was instrumental in the development of GirlZpace, an after-school youth leadership and mentorship program for young women in Watsonville. And as an elected City leader, she has demonstrated her commitment to empowering women through her recruitment and appointments of women to serve in positions of power on the Library, Parks and Recreation, Personnel, and Planning City Commissions. Lastly, Karina shares our vision for a more equitable, just and fair California for all women. We know she’ll make us proud as the 30th District’s next Assembly member.”

Karen Humphrey, Vice President for Political Action at National Women’s Political Caucus of California

 

“The California League of Conservation Voters is pleased to announce our strong support of Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly District 30. Karinapassionately believes California must continue to lead the nation on smart, innovative and tough environmental protections. From combatting pollution to enacting new drought relief solutions to conserving green space and our environment, we know Karina will be a strong partner with us and an outstanding Assemblymember.”

California League of Conservation Voters CEO Sarah Rose

 

“The Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club is excited to give our wholehearted support to Watsonville Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo in her campaign for State Assembly District 30. Karina has spent her career working to give back to the community, from helping to mentor at-risk youth to advocating for compassionate immigrant rights laws, and from enhancing neighborhood safety to promoting economic development and job creation. We are fully confident that she’ll be a tireless leader on behalf of grassroots Democrats and for residents all across the 30th district in the legislature.”

 Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club Co-Chair Dr. Lupe Rivas

 

“Karina represents a new generation of women leaders who are experienced, visionary, and proven problem-solvers who are dedicated to advancing long-term solutions to California’s many challenges. Her broad resume in education, as a mentor for young at-risk women, as a dedicated regional leader who helps empower women in her community, as well as her work as a local Mayor and Councilwoman make her exceptionally prepared to lead the 30th District. The California Women’s List is proud to enthusiastically endorse Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly.”

Erica Kwiatkowski, President of California Women’s List

 

“The Northern California Carpenters are proud to stand with Watsonville Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo in her campaign for State Assembly. She has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting working women and men, addressing income inequality, ensuring a thriving and expanding middle class, and securing more investments in infrastructure that both creates more good jobs and strengthens local economies. We know Karina will be an effective leader on behalf of our members in the state legislature.”
— Augie Beltran, Director of Public and Governmental Relations, Northern California Carpenters

 

“The Mexican American Bar Association PAC is pleased to endorse Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly. She’s dedicated her professional career to improving the lives of disadvantaged communities and making a positive impact on local neighborhoods. Karina’s experience as a former Mayor and current City Council Member, coupled with her work mentoring at-risk youth, championing immigrant rights, and building coalitions to improve neighborhood security makes her exceedingly qualified to serve the 30th district. She has our wholehearted support.”

—Mexican American Bar Association (MABA) PAC President Felipe Placencia

 

“The Laborers Local 270 are proud to strongly recommend Watsonville City Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo for California State Assembly District 30. She is the only candidate we trust to be a bold, relentless and fearless voice on behalf of our members in the State Capitol. Karina’s impeccable record as an educator, a local Councilwoman who has fought for a living wage, as well as her advocacy for immigrants makes her extraordinarily qualified to lead and serve as the 30th District’s next representative. We plan to work hard to help her win this election.”

Laborers (LiUNA) Local 270’s President Enrique Arguello

 

“The SMART Transportation Union Local 23 believes that Karina Cervantez Alejo ought to represent California’s 30th Assembly District because she uniquely understands the daily struggles that so many of our members grapple with on a daily basis— because she’s lived a similar life. Not only is it her valuable insight, but also her drive to create positive and transformational changes that improve the lives of working people. She’s done it locally and we need her in the Assembly to apply the same resolve at the state level. For these reasons and many more, we’re excited to strongly recommend Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly.”

Eduardo Montesino, President of SMART Transportation Union Local 23

 

“Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 strongly recommend Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem for State Assembly. Karina is a tenacious, skilled and compassionate leader from a new generation. We need her voice and her expertise fighting for working people in Sacramento. We know Karina will make an outstanding State Assembly member.”

-Sheet Metal Workers Local 104’s Political Director Rob Stoker

 

“AFSCME Council 57 is proud to support Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly. Karina represents a refreshing brand of a new generation of leadership for our region and California. Her background as the daughter of farm workers, an educator, a passionate activist and a proven local champion for working families illustrates the fact that she’ll be a fierce advocate for working families in the State Assembly.”

-Cynthia McCabe, AFSCME Council 57 President 
“The Santa Cruz Deputy Sheriffs Association are endorsing Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly because she is the best choice for public safety. We trust Karina to be a strong partner with law enforcement to combat gangs, gun violence and crime and to improve neighborhood security. We know she’ll make an excellent representative for the 30th district in the State Legislature.”

— Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriffs Association President Mike Prugar

 

“It’s time for new leadership, fresh ideas, and the next generation of champions for workers to be elected to serve in the State Capitol. That’s why we’re proud to announce our strong support of Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly. The daughter of farmworkers, Karina understands the struggles that working families grapple with on a daily basis. She has been a bold voice on behalf of workers in our industry and for jobs. We know she’ll make an exceptional Assembly member.”

– Jose Mejia, State Director of California Council of Laborers of North America (LiUNA) 

“The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) is proud to endorse Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly. Her proven leadership as Mayor of spearheading Measure G to increase funding for police, fire and emergency response underscores her clear determination to improve neighborhood security in the region. We know she’ll be a forceful partner with us in the legislature to combat crime, gangs and gun violence in order to increase public safety.”

–Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) President Michael Durant

 

“Salinas Valley Federation of Teachers AFT Local 1020 is excited to announce our enthusiastic support of Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly. As an educator at CSU Monterey Bay, Karina has a unique grasp of the challenges that teachers face everyday. She also understands the need for a new generation of leadership in Sacramento to think long-term about how to improve local schools and our overall education system. Karina not only represents the new generation of leadership we need, but we know she’ll put words into action and deliver tangible results for local schools, students, parents and teachers.”

Salinas Valley Federation of Teachers Local 1020 PresidentKati Bassler

 

“The California School Employees Association is pleased to support CSU Monterey Bay Educator and Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly District 30. Karina understands the critical importance of investing in our education system to expand opportunity and ensure the long-term success of California and its people. She’s proven herself as a dedicated leader for students, school employees, classroom teachers, parents and local neighborhoods. We know she’ll make a remarkable representative for the 30th Assembly District in Sacramento.”

Dave Low, Executive Director of the California School Employees Association,

 

FEDERAL ELECTED OFFICIALS

“Karina Cervantez Alejo’s candidacy symbolizes the next chapter of leadership for California. She’s intelligent, experienced, knowledgable about the issues affecting California families and is tremendously driven. We need Karina in the Assembly. She has my full support.”

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

 

“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.”

Congresswoman Norma Torres

 

STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS

“Karina Cervantez Alejo is a strong, passionate advocate for good government and transparency. While serving on the Watsonville City Council, she consistently demonstrated her commitment to her constituents first, not to insiders or special interests. I am honored to endorse Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly because she will continue to fight for California’s working families.”

 California State Controller Betty Yee

 

“Our state’s financial stability is too important to be taken lightly, and I’m excited to endorse a thoughtful incisive thinker like Karina Cervantez Alejo who will work to maintain that financial stability. She’s a pragmatic individual who has worked to keep Watsonville solvent as their Mayor and Councilmember, and will do the same for our state.”

 Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma

 

“California needs a leader who will work to maintain the state’s financial stability. Karina Cervantez Alejo has proven that she is more than capable of taking on such a responsibility. Her unwavering dedication to local businesses and the community makes her an excellent candidate. I am proud to endorse an innovative and pragmatic thinker like Karina. She has accomplished many impressive things as Mayor and Councilmember of Watsonville, and I have complete faith that she will do the same for the State of California.”

 Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome Horton

 

“Karina Cervantez Alejo’s time as a former local Mayor and current City Councilwoman, coupled with her experience serving on numerous boards that focus on key regional issues like transportation, water, schools, immigrant rights and more makes her well-prepared and highly qualified to serve in the State Legislature. Beyond her background, she and I share a common set of goals to address issues of economic and social inequality in California. I believe she’ll make a terrific representative for the 30th district in the State Assembly. I’m delighted to endorse her.”

State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

 

“I’m fully convinced that Watsonville City Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo will be an effective leader for the 30th Assembly District in the State Legislature. As a local educator, a former Mayor, current City Council member, a mentor for at-risk youth, an advocate for women and immigrants rights and much more, I believe she has the experience and the skills needed to solve problems and tackle some of our state’s biggest challenges. I’m proud to endorse Karina for State Assembly.”

California State Treasurer John Chiang

 

“As an educator, an advocate and an elected leader, Karina Cervantez Alejo has demonstrated a clear commitment to enhancing the quality of local neighborhood schools and increasing access to higher education. Her dynamic background and record of accomplishments make her well-prepared to serve the 30th District in the State Assembly. I’m proud to endorse her.”

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

 

“We need new blood, fresh ideas and long-term thinking in the State Capitol. That’s why I’m so pleased to join the growing list of leaders enthusiastically endorsing Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly District 30. She’s got guts, vision, a creative mind, and an unrivaled grit when it comes to problem-solving and fighting on behalf of the people she represents. I urge the people of the 30th district to vote for Karina Cervantez Alejo.”

–former Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante

 

“As a local City Council Member and former Mayor, Karina Cervantez Alejo has proven herself as a leader who can build coalitions around key issues to get things done for her community. That’s what we need more of in the state legislature. I am pleased to give Karina my strong support.”

Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León

 

“I am excited to stand behind Karina Cervantez Alejo in her race for Assembly. We both represent a unique region with communities that need our help. Karina has made strides as former Mayor and current City Councilwoman of Watsonville, and I am confident that her work in Sacramento will greatly improve the lives of both her and my constituents. I look forward to working with Karina in addressing some of California’s greatest issues from dealing with the water crisis to improving public safety and education. Karina has the experience and track record to tackle these issues and I know she will be a great addition to the State Legislature.”

 California State Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning

 

“Working families need leaders they can count on in the state legislature. I firmly believe that City Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo embodies precisely the kind of leadership workers in the 30th district need advocating on their behalf in the Assembly. She supports a living wage, safeguarding workers’ rights, expanding healthcare, addressing income inequality and protections for immigrants. That’s why I believe Karina is the best choice and will be the most effective Assembly member on behalf of the 30th district.”

California State Senate Labor Committee Chairman Tony Mendoza

 

“Karina Cervantez Alejo has dedicated her career to improving the lives of those in her community. She has a strong track record on public safety and job creation policies, and she’s worked tirelessly to give opportunities to those in need. As former Mayor and current City Councilwoman, Karina knows how to work with opposing interests in order to build consensus and get things done. I’m excited to endorse her for the State Assembly. ”

California Black Legislative Caucus Vice Chair and State Senator Isadore Hall

 

“Watsonville City Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo has built up a strong track record of getting things done for local neighborhoods. She’s worked to help at-risk youth by serving as a mentor to young women and developing after-school programs to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble. Most importantly, Karina shares my passion for issues like expanding access to education, promoting social and economic justice policies, ensuring equality for all Californians, and advancing immigrant rights laws. For these reasons and many more, I am pleased to endorse Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly.”

 State Senator Ricardo Lara

 

“City Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo has built up an impressive resume of working with at-risk youth, on enhancing public safety and on grappling with California’s unprecedented water crisis. Her broad experience and deep passion for delivering results for her constituents makes her exceedingly qualified to serve in the State Assembly. I’m pleased to endorse her.”

 Former California State Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg

 

“Watsonville City Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo’s dynamic background of advocacy for the working poor, for immigrants, students, women and local neighborhoods has been extraordinary. As Watsonville’s former Mayor and current City Councilwoman, she’s built a reputation as a coalition builder and someone who knows how to bring people together to solve problems. These qualities make her well-prepared to serve in the State Assembly. I’m proud to support Karina Cervantez Alejo for the 30th District.”

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins 

 

“I am fully convinced that City Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo is by far the best choice to represent California’s 30th Assembly District. She’s got tremendous experience of working on some of our state’s most pressing issues, like public safety, job creation, education, mentoring at-risk youth, immigrant rights, water and so much more. Karina’s highly accomplished career, her leadership talents, and her vision for a better and more just California makes her remarkably qualified to serve in the legislature. I strongly endorse Karina for the State Assembly.”

— California Assembly Speaker-Elect Anthony Rendon

 

“As someone who believes deeply in increasing the number of highly qualified and well-prepared women to elected office, I am proud to announce my strong support of Karina Cervantez Alejo for Assembly. As a local City Council Member and former Mayor, Karina has accomplished a tremendous amount for her City. She’s led efforts to enhance local public safety, served as a mentor to local youth and women, and has worked hard to help small businesses grow so they can hire more workers. I know she’ll make a great Assembly Member on behalf of the 30th district.”
–Assembly Member & Vice Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus Cristina Garcia

 

“As a former local government official who is now in state government, I can attest to how important it is that we have leaders who have local experience and have their finger on the pulse of the communities they represent. Karina Cervantez Alejo has shown that she’s deeply connected to the people she represents through her exceptional record as Mayor and on the Council by serving as the peoples’ voice and delivering results on their behalf. She’s highly accomplished, battle-tested and ready to lead. I’m pleased to endorse her.”

State Assemblyman David Chiu

 

“Karina Cervantez Alejo has proven herself as an effective local leader. I know she’ll make an outstanding representative on behalf of the 30th District in the Assembly. She has my full support.”

 Former California State Assembly Speaker and past Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

 

LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS

“Karina Cervantez Alejo represents the next generation of leadership for California. Her compassionate governing style underscores her big heart, and her bold ideas illustrates her savvy intellect and visionary approach to public service. With everything Karina has accomplished as a local leader, I’m excited to see all the things she’ll get done at the state level. Karina has my wholehearted support.”

 San Benito County Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz 

 

“California is grappling with some major issues– a relentless and crushing drought, growing income inequality, aging infrastructure, and the need to increase access to higher education for our students. These are all issues that City Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo has worked to address locally, and I know that she will continue to lead at the state level. We need her fighting on our behalf in Sacramento. I’m excited to support Karina for the State Assembly.”

Morgan Hill Mayor Steve Tate

 

“Greenfield residents need leaders in the State Legislature that we can count on to deliver results for our local neighborhoods. That’s why I’m proud to endorse Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly. She’s been a strong leader for our regional communities and I know she will be a bold and outspoken advocate on our behalf in Sacramento. She has my full support.”

Greenfield Mayor John Huerta 

 

“Consistency and long-term commitment to improving peoples’ lives are key ingredients for me when making decisions about endorsements. That’s why I’m delighted to endorse Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly. She’s demonstrated a profound passion and career-long dedication to lifting up poor and disadvantaged communities. I know she’ll continue to do so as our next Assembly member. I’m with Karina 100%.”

Monterey County Supervisor and former State Assemblyman Simon Salinas 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY LEADERS

“City Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo has demonstrated great courage and determination when it comes to addressing public safety issues in Watsonville. She was key to the passage of Measure G in the City of Watsonville, a public safety effort to enhance local neighborhood safety by  giving Watsonville the necessary resources  to hire more police and fire personnel, and dedicate additional resources to prevention programs for youth. That’s the kind of leadership we need in Sacramento fighting on behalf of the 30th district and it’s why I’m pleased to endorse Karina for State Assembly.”

 Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano 

 

“The 3oth Assembly District needs someone like Karina to keep neighborhoods safe. She has a long history of fighting for public safety and I know she will continue her advocacy in Sacramento. I look forward to working with Cervantez Alejo to increase funding for public safety officers to help reduce crime rates and ensure that our communities are safe for our families.”

 Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart 

 

“I gladly support Councilwoman Cervantez Alejo in her campaign for State Assembly. Her dedication to public safety with the passage of Measure G has moved Watsonville in the right direction and I am confident she will continue making her community safer as a member of the California State Assembly. Karina Cervantez Alejo has always fought to increase the City’s revenue to hire more police, fire, and increase emergency response services. We need a leader who will promote policies and legislation that will keep our children safe and our neighborhoods gang-free and I believe Cervantez Alejo is that leader.”

 Former Monterey County Sheriff Scott Miller 

 

“Karina Cervantez Alejo takes public safety seriously. She knows the importance of keeping our peace officers well staffed and adequately equipped in order to ensure that our neighborhoods and families are safe. The Monterey County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association supports Karina Cervantez Alejo for Assembly because we know that she will make public safety a priority. When our streets are safe, our small business, schools, and families can thrive.”

– President, Monterey County Deputy Sheriffs’ Assocation, Daniel Mitchell

 

COMMUNITY LEADERS

“Growing up in a household with parents who immigrated to our country and who still work as agricultural workers has provided Karina with a deep understanding of the struggles that so many working families in California deal with on a regular basis. That background coupled with her extraordinary record of delivering results for her community as a city commissioner, former local Mayor, current Councilwoman and community activist makes her exceptionally prepared to serve the 30th district in the State Assembly. We also need more women like Karina in the California legislature. I’m proud to endorse Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly.”

 Civil rights and labor icon Dolores Huerta 

 

“With women making up roughly only 27% of the legislature and the number of minority women at only 11%, it’s vital that we elect more experienced and qualified women leaders to state office. That’s why I’m pleased to support Watsonville Councilwoman Karina Cervantez Alejo. She’s smart, tenacious, well-prepared, and will work tirelessly to get things done on behalf of the 30th district’s residents.”

 California Democratic Party Vice Chair Alex Rooker

 

“As an educator, Mayor Pro-Tem of Watsonville, and as a grassroots activist who has advocated on behalf of empowering women, immigrants and working families, Karina Cervantez Alejo has built an impressive resume. She’s got the experience, leadership skills and a real talent to build important coalitions — all of which makes her the best candidate for State Assembly District 30. I’m proud to endorse her.”

California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman

 

“Karina Cervantez Alejo is a strong local leader who has the potential to make a large impact in Sacramento. Her dedication to economic opportunity, education, immigrant rights and getting our youth off the streets and into skilled jobs are just a few examples of her proven leadership and experience in improving local communities. I am confident that she will stick to her Democratic values while bringing pragmatic solutions to California’s biggest challenges. For these reasons and many more, I proudly endorse Karina Cervantez Alejo for California State Assembly.”

 California Democratic Party Secretary Daraka Larimore-Hall 

 

“California Faculty Association is proud to endorse Karina Cervantez Alejo for State Assembly. More than anyone else in this race, Karina uniquely understands the challenges of our education system and what’s needed to improve it. As an educator and Vice Mayor, she’s not only highly qualified to serve, but she’s by far the best candidate for the job of State Assemblymember.”

— California Faculty Association