Apr 12


WATSONVILLE, CA— On the heels of earning a pivotal grassroots endorsement from the Salinas Valley Democratic Club, today Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo garnered critical support from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) California PEOPLE in her campaign for State Assembly District 30.

AFSCME is the nation’s largest public sector union with more than 1.6 million members. Comprised of 179,000 members in California, California PEOPLE  is the union’s legislative and political arm in California, representing 76 locals and 7 affiliates statewide.

Responding to news of the endorsement, Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo remarked:

“I believe deeply in standing up for working women and men, giving them a voice in the workplace, ensuring they receive good wages, fair benefits and that their rights are protected. That’s why I’m so grateful for this endorsement from AFSCME California PEOPLE. It serves as a testament to my record of fighting for working people and their confidence in my ability to deliver on social and economic justice issues in the state legislature. I look forward to partnering with AFSCME California PEOPLE in my campaign.”

Today’s endorsement follows recent announcements that the Salinas Valley Democratic Club, 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.