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Anna Caballero (D)
TERM LIMIT: 2018

Assembly District - g12
Luis Alejo* (DEM-Inc) 78,707 65.32%
Rob Bernosky (REP) 41,785 34.68%
President - g12
Barack Obama* (DEM-Inc) 84,089 66.94%
Mitt Romney (REP) 38,833 30.91%
US Senate - g12
Dianne Feinstein* (DEM-Inc) 84,419 68.37%
Elizabeth Emken (REP) 39,060 31.63%
Assembly District - g14
Luis Alejo* (DEM-Inc) 43,431 59.81%
Mark Starritt (REP) 29,187 40.19%
Governor - g14
Edmund G. Brown (DEM) 49,991 67.16%
Neel Kashkari (REP) 24,444 32.84%
Assembly District - g16
Anna Caballero (DEM) 79,885 62.47%
Karina Cervantez Alejo (DEM) 47,998 37.53%
President - g16
Hillary Clinton (DEM) 95,060 66.69%
Donald J. Trump (REP) 38,962 27.33%
US Senate - g16
Kamala D. Harris (DEM) 75,617 58.81%
Loretta L. Sanchez (DEM) 52,955 41.19%

Map

Location

Hwy 101 runs right up the middle of this coastal district, which encompasses the counties of Monterey (46% of district voters), Santa Clara (27%), San Benito (15%) and Santa Cruz (12.5%). Largest city: Salinas.

Overlaps

Monterey County (45.52%) San Benito County (14.13%) Santa Clara County (28.66%) Santa Cruz County (11.70%)

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SD12 (55.14%) SD17 (44.86%)

CD19 (25.48%) CD20 (74.52%)

BOE2 (100.00%)

Registration (as of Nov 2018)

TOTAL VOTERS: 203,190

D +29.31%

DEM: 49.53% (100,631)  -- REP: 20.22% (41,081)  -- NPP: 26.28% (53,394) -- OTH: 0.17% (342)


     Ethnic voter registration: Latino 47.57%, Asian: 5.01%
     Permanent vote-by-mail voters: 72.50%


Anna Caballero (D)

Born: 1955-04-18

Term 2018

ANNA CABALLERO previously served two terms in the Assembly from 2006 until 2010. In 2010, Caballero gave up her Assembly seat to run for State Senate, but ultimately lost to Anthony Cannella (see SD12). After her defeat, she sought a job with Governor Brown's administration and was appointed secretary of the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency in 2011 until she stepped down in November 2015. Caballero moved to the Salinas Valley in 1979 and worked as a lawyer representing farm workers at California Rural Legal Assistance for three years before she and two of her colleagues formed the law firm of Caballero, Matcham & McCarthy. In 1986, she was appointed to the Salinas Planning Commission and served there for five years before being elected to the Salinas City Council in 1991. In 1998, she was elected Mayor of Salinas, and served in that capacity until her election to the Assembly. She holds a bachelor's in Sociology from UC-San Diego and a JD from UCLA. Her husband, Juan Uranga, is the director for Community Advocacy in Salinas. They have three grown children.  

Organization Score
League of Conservation Voters80%
(Lifetime)85%
Sierra Club73%
California Environmental Justice Association92%
Clean Water Action87%
Humane Society83%
Planned Parenthood100%
California Labor Federation100%
United Domestic Workers100%
National Association of Social Workers100%
California Manufacturers & Technology Association11%
California Chamber of Commerce25%
National Federation of Independent Businesses13%
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers' Association26.7%
California Taxpayers' Association61.54%
American Conservative Union3%
California Republican Assembly0%

TOTAL VOTERS: 203,190

D +29.31%

DEM: 49.53% -- REP: 20.22% -- NPP: 26.28% -- OTH: 0.17%

Past Registration/Turnout

p12: D +28.87 DEM: 86,855 (53.49%) REP: 39,980 (24.62%) NPP: 29,936 (18.44%) TOTAL - 162,861 - TURNOUT: 32.55%
g12: D +28.69 DEM: 88,496 (52.94%) REP: 40,532 (24.25%) NPP: 32,229 (19.28%) TOTAL - 173,034 - TURNOUT: 73.63%
p14: D +27.36 DEM: 87,506 (51.69%) REP: 41,190 (24.33%) NPP: 34,452 (20.35%) TOTAL - 169,187 - TURNOUT: 27.02%
g14: D +27.35 DEM: 87,493 (51.11%) REP: 40,684 (23.76%) NPP: 36,459 (21.30%) TOTAL - 171,656 - TURNOUT: 44.22%
p16: D +28.22 DEM: 92,016 (51.40%) REP: 41,501 (23.18%) NPP: 39,053 (21.82%) TOTAL - 179,845 - TURNOUT: 48.72%
g16: D +28.81 DEM: 99,935 (51.23%) REP: 43,735 (22.42%) NPP: 43,961 (22.54%) TOTAL - 195,444 - TURNOUT: 75.66%

Census Data (2015 ACS 5-Year Estimate)

Population & Ethnic Statistics


Total Population: 480,135
White: 116,450 (24.30%)
Latino: 322,274 (67.10%)
African-American: 8,163 (1.70%)
Asian: 22,801 (4.70%)

Household Income


Family Households: 103,899 (79.90%), Non-Family Households: 26,077 (20.10%)
Median Household Income: $59,881
Mean Household Income: $81,431
Per-Capita Income: $23,101

Housing


Owner Occupied: 69,230 (53.30%)
Median Value: $367,800
Renter Occupied: 60,746 (46.70%)
Median Rent: $1,220

Education


Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 17.00%
Graduate Degree: 15,950 (5.50%)

Poverty Level


Population Below Poverty Level: 17.00%
Population Without Health Insurance: 9,346 (6.70%)

District Profile

Between California’s magnificent coastline and the great Central Valley are the agricultural valleys of San Benito and Monterey Counties.  The combination of California’s sun-drenched summer climate and coastal breezes meandering through the mountain ridges provide an ideal climate for crops of fruits and vegetables that are shipped throughout the country.  

John Steinbeck, a Salinas native, made this region famous as ‘Steinbeck Country.’  San Benito County is also known as the bellwether county of California politics.  It votes for the winner in most elections.  Since 1952, the county has voted for the same presidential candidate as the state as a whole.   

This district has historically been landlocked, while the adjacent, more affluent Assembly district in Santa Cruz and Monterey followed the coastline.  But now the district extends west from the heavily Latino agricultural valleys to include part of the majestic Big Sur coastline. 

This district is solidly Democratic and routinely elects a Latino to the State Assembly.  Two decades ago in 1994, the Republican Revolution sent GOP candidate Peter Frusetta to the Assembly.  Democrats targeted him, but he routinely beat back challengers.  When Frusetta was termed out in 2000, Democrats put the district back in their column where it has remained ever since.

Congressional Districts

CD19, CD20

ZIP Codes

93210, 93426, 93450, 93451, 93461, 93901, 93905, 93906, 93907, 93908, 93920, 93923, 93924, 93925, 93926, 93927, 93928, 93930, 93932, 93954, 93960, 93962, 95004, 95019, 95020, 95023, 95037, 95043, 95045, 95046, 95075, 95076

Campaign 2018

Analysis

Anna Caballero was first elected under the pre-2012 term limits rules, and 2017-2018 will mark her third and final term permitted in the lower chamber. She is running for the SD12 seat Anthony Cannella is vacating due to term limits in 2018.

Four Democrats and one Republican ran in the primary to succeed her. The top vote-getter in the primary was San Benito County Supervisor Robert Rivas, a Democrat who previously worked as a field representative for Caballero. Rivas was endorsed by the CA Democratic Party and raised over $500,000 ahead of the primary, finishing first with 45.48% of the vote. Two independent expenditure groups that usually find themselves backing the same candidate were at odds here, with education reform group EdVoice spending $323,000 to support Rivas, while Coalition to Restore California’s Middle Class, an IE funded by the petroleum industry, spent about the same amount opposing him. Rivas was instrumental in the passage of San Benito’s Measure J, which banned fracking in the county in 2014. Rivas drew additional support from several labor-backed IEs that collectively spent another $300,000 supporting him. Republican Neil Kitchens, despite raising and spending no money, outpolled the other three Democrats by virtue of being the sole GOP candidate on the ballot, winning 30.09%.

Gilroy Councilman Peter Leroe-Munoz raised and spent $130,000 and came in 3rd with 10.63% of the vote, Watsonville City Council member Trina Coffman-Gomez reported raising no money and finished fourth with 7.49%, and Monterey Farm Bureau member Bill Lipe, who raised $155,000 (including $50,000 from his own pocket), came in 5th with 6.31% of the vote. With Rivas facing a Republican in the runoff, he should have little difficulty succeeding his former boss in the Assembly.

Democratic Pre-Endorsement Conference Endorsement (Primary): Rivas, Robert

Democratic Party Endorsement (Primary): Rivas, Robert

Financials

CMTE RAISED LAST SINCE LIFETIME RAISED SPENT LAST LIFETIME SPENT CASH ON HAND PERIOD ENDING
CERVANTEZ ALEJO FOR ASSEMBLY 2018; KARINA $0 $0 $2,500 $1,589 $3,530 $8,037 2018-06-30
COFFMAN-GOMEZ FOR ASSEMBLY 2018; TRINA $0 $2,500 $2,500 $0 $0 $0
KITCHENS FOR ASSEMBLY 2018; COMMITTEE TO ELECT NEIL $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
LEROE-MUNOZ FOR ASSEMBLY 2018; PETER $0 $0 $127,547 $194 $195,629 $4,567 2018-10-20
LIPE FOR ASSEMBLY 2018; BILL $56,285 $0 $211,766 $82,494 $220,154 $22,797 2018-06-30
MALLAMACE FOR ASSEMBLY 2018, FRIENDS OF NATHAN $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
RIVAS FOR ASSEMBLY 2018; ROBERT $100,739 $27,800 $825,179 $62,830 $776,639 $96,439 2018-10-20

Candidate Filing Status

NAME PARTY SIL ISSUE SIL FILE NOM ISSUE NOM FILE COUNTY
Trina Coffman-Gomez D 2017-12-01 2017-12-15 2018-02-12 2018-03-05 SANTA CRUZ
Peter Leroe-Munoz D 2018-02-23 2018-03-07 SANTA CLARA
Bill Lipe D 2018-03-05 2018-03-08 MONTEREY
Robert Rivas D 2018-01-11 2018-02-07 2018-03-09 2018-03-09 SAN BENITO
Neil Gerald Kitchens R 2018-03-05 2018-03-08 MONTEREY
Nathan Mallamace R 2018-01-22 2018-02-06 SANTA CLARA

Primary Election - June 5, 2018

CANDIDATE NAME PARTY BALLOT DESCRIPTION
Trina Coffman-Gomez D Councilmember/Independent Businesswoman
Peter Leroe-Munoz D Councilman/Legal Officer
Bill Lipe D Policy Manager
Robert Rivas D County Supervisor/Educator
Neil G Kitchens R Businessman/Rancher

November 6th General Election Results

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203,190 Registered Voters (Nov '18)
D: 100,631 (49.53%) | R: 41,081 (20.22%) | NPP: 53,394 (26.28%)

D +29.31%

260 of 260 precincts in (0 added)

111,496 votes cast (421 added)
54.87% Voter Turnout

NAME PARTY VOTES Δ % Rank Last Votes Behind
Robert Rivas
County Supervisor/Educator
DEM 74,979 +272 67.25% 1 1
Neil G. Kitchens
Businessman/Rancher
REP 36,517 +149 32.75% 2 2 -38,462

Candidates

PETER B. LEROE-MUNOZ (D)

PETER LEROE-MUÑOZ is an attorney and member of the Gilroy City Council (first elected Nov. 2010). He filed to run for this seat in 2016, but dropped out and endorsed Anna Caballero shortly after she entered the race. Prior to his election to the council, he served five years as a San Benito County deputy district attorney before moving to a San Francisco-based finance firm. A Bay Area native, he received a bachelor's in Political Science from UC Berkeley and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

TRINA COFFMAN-GOMEZ (D)

TRINA COFFMAN-GOMEZ (D), 53, was elected to Watsonville's City Council in 2012, running unopposed for the vacant 6th Council District seat created when Emilio Martinez declined to seek re-election. (Her husband, Tony, had run for the same seat in 2008, finishing 3rd.) She was re-elected by 19 votes in a close 49.9%/49% contest. Prior to her election, she served on the city's planning commission for two years and as the president of Freedom Rotary. A licensed real estate broker with Integrity Lending since 1993, she holds a bachelor's in business from CSU-Monterey Bar. A life-long resident of the Pajaro Valley, she serves on the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust Board of Directors and resides in Watsonville with her husband. They have two grown children.

AMOUNT COMMITTEE FPPC ID
ROBERT RIVAS (D)

ROBERT RIVAS (D) was first elected to the San Benito County Board of Supervisors in 2010, unseating 2-term incumbent Pat Loe by a 73.3/26.38 margin. He won re-election in 2014, running unopposed. He began his career as a District Representative for three years in Asm. Simon Salinas' office. He later worked as a Field Coordinator for Salinas Mayor Anna Caballero's successful 2006 assembly campaign, then worked as Senior Field Representative in her office from 2006 until 2008. He worked as Senior Board Clerk for Monterey County from 2008 until his election. A one-time on-call Hollister firefighter, he served as a Career/Job Training Coordinator at San Benito High School from 2013 to 2015, and as an Adjunct Professor at Gavilan College. He attended Gavilan Community College and holds a bachelor's in Public Policy from Sacramento State University and a masters in Public Administration from San Jose State University. He resides in Hollister.

AMOUNT COMMITTEE FPPC ID
$17,600 CA State Council of Laborers SCC 902770
$17,600 Northern CA Carpenters Regional Council SCC 972104
$17,600 CA State Council of Service Employees SCC 831628
$17,600 CA Federation Of Teachers COPE SCC 741857
$17,600 American Federation of State, County, & Municipal Employees-CA People SCC 960772
$13,200 CA Teachers Assn/Assn for Better Citizenship SCC 741941
$9,800 Prof Engineers in CA Govt (PECG-PAC) SCC 822501
$8,800 CA Apartment Assn PAC 745208
$8,800 Consumer Attorneys PAC 760231
$8,800 CA Real Estate PAC - CA Assn of Realtors SCC 890106
$8,800 Govern for CA Courage Cmte 1392639
$8,800 CA Nurses Assn PAC (CNA-PAC) SCC 780657
$8,800 Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers West PAC SCC 747285
$8,500 CA League of Conservation Voters SCC 1233721
$7,400 CA Prof Firefighters PAC SCC 744058
$7,000 Political Action for Classified Employees of CA School Employees SCC 761128
$6,301 CAns Allied for Patient Protection PAC 920780
$6,000 Assn of CA School Administrators PAC SCC 842151
$4,400 Western Manufactured Housing Communities Assn PAC 742422
$4,400 Consumer Attorneys of CA SCC 1343340
$4,400 CAPG Physician Group PAC 990463
$4,400 Doctors Company, The AKA DOCPAC 923140
$4,400 CA Dental Assn PAC (CDA PAC) 742855
$4,400 CA Laborers for Equality and Progress SCC 781984
$4,400 CAns for Jobs and a Strong Economy 1275549
$4,400 State Building and Construction Trades Council of CA PAC SCC 743501
$4,400 National Union of Healthcare Workers Candidate Cmte 1318200
$4,400 CA Pharmacists PAC 1291777
$4,000 Laborers Local Union 270 PAC SCC 901351
$3,500 Edvoice For The Kids PAC 1243091
$2,500 Farmers Employees & Agents PAC 901422
$2,500 Cooperative of American Physicians State PAC 760951
$2,500 Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers (PVFT) COPE Local 1936 1271175
$2,500 CA New Car Dealers Assn PAC 741623
$2,000 Service Employees International Union Local 521 Candidate PAC SCC 1297708
$2,000 Local Societies of the CA Optometric Assn PAC 950393
$2,000 CA Farm Bureau Federation Fund To Protect The Family Farm (FARMPAC) 760960
$1,500 CA Medical Assn PAC 742617
$1,500 American Insurance Assn PAC 871697
$1,484 CA Forestry Assn PAC 761244
$1,087 The National United Farm Worker PAC (UFW-NPAC) 782630
$1,000 Blanca Rubio for Assembly 2018 1393364
$1,000 John A Perez for Lieutenant Governor 2022 1398388
$1,000 Laura Friedman for Assembly 2018 1392556
$1,000 Democratic Women of Monterey County 1282023
$1,000 Glazer for Senate 2020 1393610
$1,000 Miguel Santiago for Assembly 2018 1392439
$1,000 CA Chiropractic Assn PAC 742986
$1,000 Political Action League for Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties Building & Construction Trades Council 850048
$1,000 Equality CA PAC 1254010
$1,000 Deputy Sheriffs Assn of Santa Clara County PAC 871251
$1,000 Wine Institute CA PAC 1277874
$1,000 Personal Insurance Federation of CA Agents & Employees PAC 1338487
$1,000 CA Pawnbrokers Assn PAC 743255
$1,000 CA Defense Counsel PAC 850665
$1,000 CA Bankers Assn State PAC 742694
$1,000 CA Assn of Prof Scientists (CAPS-PAC) 860894
$1,000 Assn of CA State Supervisors PAC 1303937
$1,000 Re-Elect Scott Weiner for State Senate 2020 1392654
$500 Bloom for Assembly 2018 1392468
$500 Fernando L Armenta Sr. for County Supervisor 990733
$500 Bill Dodd for Senate 2020 1392482
$308 CA Democratic Party 741666
$100 Tate for Mayor 1286184
BILL LIPE (D)

BILL LIPE (D) serves on the Board of the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency, on the Monterey County Farm Bureau, and was appointed to the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County in 2017. Prior to its acquisition by Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, Lipe was a partner and CFO for NH3 Service Company, which specialized in agricultural inputs for fresh fruits and vegetables. He is currently an Operations Lead for the company. The author of a 2015 op-ed defending energy production in California, he resides in Salinas.

AMOUNT COMMITTEE FPPC ID
NEIL G. KITCHENS (R)

NEIL KITCHENS (R) is the CEO of TNK Properties and the principal of the NGK Group. A Republican activist involved in the Latinos for Trump Coalition and CD20 Republican Casey Lucius' unsuccessful 2016 campaign, he operates a real estate investment company with residential and commercial interests. Born in Mount Ida, Arkansas, he graduated from Redan High School in Stone Mountain Georgia. He holds an associate's in Criminal Justice from Hartnell College and a JD from Monterey College of Law. He resides in Prunedale.

AMOUNT COMMITTEE FPPC ID

Campaign 2016

Election Results

June Top-Two Primary
Anna Caballero D 37505 46.15%
Karina Cervantez Alejo D 21158 26.03%
Georgia Acosta R 12662 15.58%
John M. Nevill R 9949 12.24%
November General Election
Anna Caballero D 79885 62.47%
Karina Cervantez Alejo D 47998 37.53%

Analysis

Incumbent Democrat Luis Alejo was termed out and successfully ran for Monterey County Supervisor, opening up a seat in a safe Democratic district. Karina Cervantez Alejo, the wife of the incumbent and a member of the Watsonville City Council, entered the race early on, collecting the endorsements of most of the California Democratic Party establishment and presiding over a sizable fundraising haul. Following the retirement of Democratic Rep. Sam Farr in CD20 in the late fall of 2015, there was speculation that Anna Caballero, a moderate Democratic former 2-term member of the Assembly and member of Gov. Brown's administration, would run for his seat. To the surprise of many observers, she instead decided to seek a 3rd and final term here. Her fundraising got off to an inauspicious start, raising only $24,000 by the end of 2015 compared to the $237,000 Cervantez Alejo had banked.

 The New Year brought with it a change of fortune, however, and Cervantez Alejo's fundraising dropped off while Caballero's surged. With the primary approaching, Cervantez Alejo had burned through her reserves, and her war chest dwindled to $152,000 while Caballero's climbed to $94,000. Polling released by Caballero's campaign reflected the turnaround, with the results placing her squarely in the lead. In early April, the Parent Teacher Alliance, an independent expenditure group sponsored by the California Charter Schools Association Advocates, began a steady parallel campaign to support Caballero, spending over $900,000 over the next two months. Equality California spent another $70,000 supporting her. As the money flooded into the race, Cervantez Alejo's labor allies made a late mobilization effort in the final two weeks, launching an IE that spent $59,000 supporting her and spending another $78,000 opposing Caballero. By the time the polls opened, close to $1.2 million in independent expenditures had been deployed. While there were also two Republicans in the race, neither reported raising any significant funds, and the two cannibalized one another's votes. Once the results were in, Caballero came out on top by a comfortable margin, raising $339,000 and winning 46.15%. Cervantez Alejo trailed far behind, raising $368,000 and finishing with 26.03%. Republicans Georgia Acosta, an agriculture business owner who raised $15,000, finished 3rd with 15.58%, while Republican rancher John Nevill, who raised nothing, finished with 12.24%.

After Caballero's strong performance in the primary, spending in the general election tapered off, with the Parent Teacher Alliance IE responsible for $616,000 of the $705,000 in total independent expenditures, and Cervantez Alejo receiving just $10,000 in supporting spending from the Peace Officers Research Association of California. In the end, Caballero defeated Cervantez Alejo by a decisive 62.47%/37.53% margin in the general election.

 With Caballero termed out in two years, Cervantez Alejo has filed a statement of intention to seek this seat again in 2018. Final turnout in the primary was 48.72%, while 65.43% of the district's registered voters cast a ballot for this race in November.

Financials

CMTE RAISED LAST SINCE LIFETIME RAISED SPENT LAST LIFETIME SPENT CASH ON HAND PERIOD ENDING
CERVANTEZ ALEJO FOR ASSEMBLY 2016; KARINA $0 $0 $465,810 $715 $469,655 $0 2017-10-15
NEVILL 4 ASSEMBLY 2016 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
CABALLERO FOR ASSEMBLY 2016; ANNA $14,631 $0 $657,571 $4,641 $671,908 $0 2017-05-30
ACOSTA FOR ASSEMBLY 2016 $850 $0 $16,273 $2,196 $16,273 $0 2016-06-30

Candidates

ANNA CABALLERO (D)

ANNA CABALLERO previously served two terms in the Assembly from 2006 until 2010. In 2010, Caballero gave up her Assembly seat to run for State Senate, but ultimately lost to Anthony Cannella (see SD12). After her defeat, she sought a job with Governor Brown's administration and was appointed secretary of the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency in 2011 until she stepped down in November 2015. Caballero moved to the Salinas Valley in 1979 and worked as a lawyer representing farm workers at California Rural Legal Assistance for three years before she and two of her colleagues formed the law firm of Caballero, Matcham & McCarthy. In 1986, she was appointed to the Salinas Planning Commission and served there for five years before being elected to the Salinas City Council in 1991. In 1998, she was elected Mayor of Salinas, and served in that capacity until her election to the Assembly. She holds a bachelor's in Sociology from UC-San Diego and a JD from UCLA. Her husband, Juan Uranga, is the director for Community Advocacy in Salinas. They have three grown children.  

AMOUNT COMMITTEE FPPC ID
$10,500 CA Nurses Assn PAC (CNA PAC) SCC 780657
$8,500 Prof Engineers in CA Govt PAC (PECG-PAC) SCC 822501
$8,500 CA Real Estate PAC (CREPAC) - CA Assn of Realtors SCC 890106
$8,500 CA State Council of Laborers SCC 902770
$8,400 The Doctors Company PAC 923140
$5,546 FairPAC, Sponsored by the Civil Justice Assn of CA 1311499
$5,200 Equality CA PAC 1254010
$5,000 Democratic Women of Monterey County 1282023
$5,000 United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council Candidate PAC SCC (UFCW) 910874
$4,500 CA Assisted Living Assn PAC 1247506
$4,247 CA Prof Firefighters SCC PAC 744058
$4,200 Laborers Local Union 270 PAC SCC 901351
$4,200 FarmPAC 760960
$4,200 CAns for Jobs and a Strong Economy PAC 1275549
$4,200 CA Correctioanl Peace Officer Assn (CCPOA) PAC 830349
$4,200 CA Apartment Assn PAC 745208
$4,200 Charter Schools PAC 1302433
$4,000 EdVoice for the Kids PAC 1243091
$4,000 Western Manufactured Housing Communities Assn PAC 742422
$3,118 CA Forestry Assn PAC 761244
$2,500 CAns Allied for Patient Protection PAC 920780
$2,500 Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Assn of America PAC 1282378
$2,500 CA Assn of Health Facilities PAC 741816
$2,000 CA Bankers Assn State PAC 742694
$2,000 Associated Builders and Contractors Northern CA Chapter PAC 901313
$2,000 Ind Insurance PAC (IIPAC) 743103
$2,000 ChamberPAC SCC, Sponsored by CA Chamber of Commerce 1275328
$2,000 Cooperative of American Physicians State PAC 760951
$2,000 CA Defense Counsel PAC 850665
$2,000 Associated General Contractors PAC 890194
$1,099 Watsonville Regional Airport Promotion 1222091
$1,000 CA Applicants Attorneys Assn PAC (CAAA PAC) 746189
$1,000 Western Electrical Contractors Assn, Inc. Good Govt PAC 991225
$1,000 Pacific Assn of Domestic Insurance Companies PAC (PADIC-PAC) 1350983
$1,000 American Insurance Assocation PAC 871697
$1,000 CA Business Properties Assn PAC (CBPA-PAC) 850288
$1,000 Assn of CA Insurance Companies PAC 830078
$1,000 CA Chamber of Commerce PAC (CHAMBERPAC) 950352
$1,000 Women in Power (WIP) PAC 1326620
$1,000 Construction Employers Assn PAC 990629
$1,000 American Council of Engineering Companies PAC (ACEC) 782143
$1,000 CA Hospital Assn PAC, Sponsored by CA Assn of Hospital and Health Systems (CAHHS) 790773
$800 Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN) PAC 950169
$500 CA Physical Therapy PAC (CA-PT-PAC) 780079
$250 Monterey County Medical Society MD PAC 901873
$250 Recording Industry Assn of America PAC 943103
$200 Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley 1287517
KARINA CERVANTEZ ALEJO (D)

KARINA CERVANTEZ ALEJO (D) (b. 3/8/1980), the daughter of field workers, is the wife of the incumbent, Luis Alejo, and a first term member of the Watsonville City Council. She served on the city Planning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission before being elected to the council. Born in Tulare County, she received her bachelor's and master's in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. She is currently completing her PhD in Psychology from UCSC. She teaches at Cabrillo College. 

AMOUNT COMMITTEE FPPC ID
$17,000 Faculty for Our Universitys Future A Cmte Sponsored By the CA Faculty Assn 850007
$16,700 CA Federation of Teachers Cope 741857
$8,500 State Building & Construction Trades Council of CA PAC SCC 743501
$8,500 American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees-CA People SCC 960772
$8,400 Barona Band of Mission Indians 494112
$8,400 Consumer Attorneys Political Action Cmte 760231
$8,400 CA Latino Caucus Leadership PAC 1321501
$8,300 Hueso for Senate 2018 1373761
$8,000 Political Action for Classified Employees of CA School Employees SCC 761128
$8,000 Rendon for Assembly 2016 1373599
$7,500 Northern CA Carpenters Regional Council 972104
$7,000 CA Beer and Beverage Distributors Community Affairs 761487
$5,200 Sheet Metal Workers International Assn Local Union 104 PAC 850381
$5,200 CA Building Industry Assn PAC 890483
$5,200 Eduardo Garcia for Assembly 2016 1374231
$5,200 NUHW Cmte for Quality Patient Care and Union Democracy 1318200
$5,200 Women In Power 1326620
$5,000 Pipe Trades District Council #36 PAC 910629
$4,250 CA State Council of Laborers PAC 902770
$4,200 Operating Engineers Local No 3 Statewide PAC SCC 981697
$4,200 Eli Lilly and Company Political Action Cmte 990321
$4,200 Eggman for Assembly 2016 1373777
$4,200 Hernandez for Assembly 2014 1354454
$4,200 CA Dental Political Action Cmte 742855
$4,200 Alejo for Assembly 2014 1353603
$4,200 San Francisco Laborers Local 261 981076
$4,200 Friends of Jimmy Gomez for Assembly 2014 1354022
$4,200 Das Williams for Assembly 2014 1353473
$4,200 Lorena Gonzalez for Assembly 2014 1358017
$4,200 Laborers Local Union No 270 PAC Small Conributor Cmte 901351
$4,200 Perea for Assembly 2014 1353601
$4,200 Medina for Assembly 2016 1373424
$4,000 CA Nurses Assn Political Action Cmte 780657
$4,000 AT&T Inc. & its Affiliates 478036
$4,000 Luis Alejo for Senate 2018 1374726
$4,000 C.O.P.E. Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Local 1936 1271175
$3,700 Tony Thurmond for Assembly 2016 1373771
$3,500 CA State Assn of Electrical Workers 743107
$3,000 Peace Officer Research Assn of CA PAC SCC 810830
$3,000 IBEW 332 Education Fund 1298069
$3,000 Miguel Santiago for Assembly 2014 1357866
$3,000 United Nurses Assn of CA/Union of Health Care Profs PAC 1295768
$3,000 CA Assn of Highway Patrolmen PAC 802001
$3,000 United Transportation Union Political Action Cmte 745910
$3,000 PG&E Corporation 478163
$2,500 CA Cattlemens Assn PAC 760980
$2,500 Ayala for City Council 2014 1287951
$2,200 Rodriguez for Assembly 2016 1373319
$2,200 United Transportation Union Political Action Cmte C00001636
$2,000 Pepsico Inc. 482209
$2,000 CA Assn of Winegrape Growers State PAC 801893
$2,000 Enterprise Holdings Inc. Political Action Cmte 992324
$2,000 CA Defense Counsel PAC 850665
$2,000 IUPAT Political Action Together Political Cmte 1242103
$1,500 Agricultural Council of CA PAC 761092
$1,500 Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club 1280743
$1,500 CA Assn of Mutual Water 1363932
$1,250 CA Machinists Non-Partisan Political League 761035
$1,000 Holden for Assembly 2016 1374277
$1,000 American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees CA District Council 36 PAC 1319731
$1,000 Sebastian Ridley Thomas for Assembly 2016 1373947
$1,000 Kevin Mullin for Assembly 2016 1373406
$1,000 Tom Daly for Assembly 2016 1373559
$1,000 Rob Bonta for Assembly 2016 1373426
$1,000 Evan Low for Assembly 2016 1373638
$1,000 National Assn of Insurance & Finacial Advisors/CA PAC 743365
$1,000 International Paper Political Action Cmte 1318753
$1,000 Mexican American Bar Assn PAC 881147
$1,000 David Chiu for Assembly 2016 1374666
$1,000 Garcia for Assembly 2014 1355460
$1,000 Karina Cervantez Alejo for Assembly 2018 1392504
$1,000 Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. 1337192
$1,000 CA Cable and Telecommunications Assn PAC 745932
$1,000 IAAF Local 4513 PAC 1385189
$1,000 Faculty Assn of CA - CA Community Colleges 84118
$1,000 Monterey County Deputy Sheriff Assn PAC 1334267
$1,000 CA Psychological Assn Political Action Cmte 822974
$1,000 Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties Building & Construction Trades Council Political Action Lea 850048
$1,000 CA Applicants Attorneys Assn PAC 746189
$1,000 CA Assn for Nurse Practitioners PAC 860692
$1,000 CA Assn of Health Facilities 741816
$1,000 Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Assn of America PAC 1282378
$1,000 CA State Council of UNITE HERE 744194
$1,000 CA Grain & Feed Assn PAC 810430
$1,000 CA Fresh Fruit Assn PAC 800697
$1,000 John Deere Political Action Cmte 282183
$1,000 CA Water Assn PAC 890906
$1,000 CA Seed Assn PAC 970787
$1,000 American Beverage Assn CA PAC 1344506
$996 Canales for Artesia City Council 2015 1330442
$800 Democratic Activists for Women Now 950169
$750 American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees Council 57 PAC 1313474
$750 National Womens Political Caucus CA PAC 1361745
$589 Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Cmte 742230
$500 Matt Dababneh for Assembly 2016 1374311
$500 Rivera for City Council 2014 1354555
$500 IBEW Local Union 234 PAC 1316529
$500 Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council PAC 743618
$500 Board of Equalization Member Horton 2014 1333869
$500 Svonkin for Community College Board 1319629
$500 Pacific Water Quality Assn PAC 790725
$500 Trout PAC 861445
$250 Cmte to Re-Elect Denise Robles to City Council 2015 1334459
$200 Democratic Womens Club of Santa Cruz County 1306050
$125 South County Democratic Club 990589
$100 Coonerty for County Supervisor 1360850
JOHN M. NEVILL (R)

JOHN M. NEVILL (R) is a former Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Monterey County's Natividad Medical Center and the owner of the Triple L Sheep Ranch in King City. He previously mounted an unsuccessful run for Jeff Denham's SD12 seat during the failed recall election in 2008, but failed to make the ballot. He resides in King City with his wife, Ellen.

AMOUNT COMMITTEE FPPC ID
GEORGIA L. ACOSTA (R)

GEORGIA LYNN ACOSTA (R) previously ran in 2004 for a seat on the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board, finishing a close 2nd. She previously chaired the governing Board of the Pacific Coast Charter School, and previously worked as an Associate of Kane-Hall-Palmtag Real Estate. She resides in Watsonville and has three children. Political Consultant: In Support Campaign Consultive Services

Campaign 2014

Election Results

June Top-Two Primary
Luis Alejo D-Inc 25441 58.93%
Mark Starritt R 17730 41.07%
November General Election
Luis Alejo D-Inc 43431 59.81%
Mark Starritt R 29187 40.19%

Analysis

Asm. Luis Alejo and Republican Mark Starritt, a commercial pilot/builder, were the only candidates in the June Primary. In 2012, Starritt lost a close race for a seat on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors.  However, in this race Starritt made no more than a token effort and Alejo easily outpolled Starritt 59% to 41% in the Primary and by a similar margin in the November runoff election.

Financials

CMTE RAISED LAST SINCE LIFETIME RAISED SPENT LAST LIFETIME SPENT CASH ON HAND PERIOD ENDING
ALEJO FOR ASSEMBLY 2014 $700 $0 $613,797 $3,168 $626,009 $0 2017-02-09
STARRITT FOR STATE ASSEMBLY 2014, MARK $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Candidates

LUIS ALEJO (D)

LUIS ALEJO (D) (b. 3/27/74) was elected to the Assembly in 2010, serving on the Watsonville City Council at the time. After being termed out in 2016, he successfully ran for the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, unseating incumbent Fernando Armenta. The son of migrant farm workers, Alejo received dual bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Chicano Studies from UC Berkeley, a master's in Education from Harvard University, and a law degree from UC-Davis. From 2007 until his election to the Assembly, the former high school teacher served as a staff attorney for the Monterey County Superior Court where he assisted those who could not afford an attorney. He is married to Watsonville City Council member and Assembly candidate Karina Cervantez-Alejo.

AMOUNT COMMITTEE FPPC ID
$3,500 CA State Council of Laborers PAC SCC 902770
$3,500 State Building & Construction Trades Council of CA PAC SCC 743501
$3,000 CA State Pipe Trades Council PAC 743895
$2,500 Enterprise Holdings Inc. Political Action Cmte 992324
$2,000 CA Medical Assn Political Action Cmte 742617
$2,000 CA Bankers Assn State Political Action Cmte 742694
$2,000 United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council Candidates PAC 910874
$2,000 IUPAT Political Action Together Political Cmte 1242103
$2,000 CA Nurses Assn PAC 780657
$2,000 CA Apartment Assn PAC 745208
$1,200 CA Restaurant Assn Political Action Cmte 890231
$1,200 Consumer Attorneys Political Action Cmte 760231
$1,000 Associated General Contractors Political Action Cmte 890194
$1,000 AT&T Inc. and its Affilliates 478036
$1,000 Taxicab Paratransit Assn of CA LIFTPAC 746220
$1,000 Prof Engineers in CA Govt PAC 822501
$1,000 Peace Officer Research Assn of CA PAC SCC 810830
$1,000 CA Building Industry Assn PAC 890483
$1,000 FarmPAC 760960
$1,000 FairPAC Sponsored by Civil Justice Assn of CA 1311499
$1,000 CAns Allied For Patient Protection Political Action Cmte 920780
$1,000 CA Water Political Action Cmte 1268785
$1,000 CA Water Assn PAC 890906
$1,000 CA Nations Indian Gaming Assn Sovereignty Protection Fund 1266480
$1,000 CA Hotel & Lodging Assn PAC 760808
$1,000 CA Credit Union League 760225
$1,000 CA Conference Board Amalgamated Transit Union 761357
$1,000 CA Beer and Beverage Distributors Community Affairs 761487
$1,000 Wine Institute CA PAC 1277874
$995 CA Foresty Assn PAC 761244
$750 Faculty Assn of CA CA Community Colleges 841118
$500 Apartment Assn of Greater Los Angeles 811735
$250 Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties Building & Construction Trades Council Political Action League 743618
$100 IBEW Local Union 234 PAC 1316529
$100 Bricklayers and Allied Craftworker Local No. 3 PAC 1244975
MARK STARRITT (R)

MARK STARRITT is a commercial pilot/builder. In 2012, he lost a close race for a seat on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors.

AMOUNT COMMITTEE FPPC ID

Campaign 2012

Election Results

June Top-Two Primary
Luis Alejo D-Inc 29136 58.74%
Rob Bernosky R 20462 41.26%
November General Election
Luis Alejo D-Inc 79141 65.37%
Rob Bernosky R 41932 34.63%

Analysis

Incumbent Democrat Luis Alejo easily outpolled (59% - 41%) his June Primary opponent, Rob Bernosky, a businessman and GOP political activist, then proceeded to an easy November win. Bernosky ran against Alejo in 2010 (old AD28) and received 37% of the vote.

Financials

CMTE RAISED LAST SINCE LIFETIME RAISED SPENT LAST LIFETIME SPENT CASH ON HAND PERIOD ENDING
ALEJO FOR ASSEMBLY 2012 $0 $0 $414,306 $124 $458,713 $0 2013-12-31
BERNOSKY FOR ASSEMBLY 2012 $8,399 $0 $69,922 $14,278 $71,287 $466 2012-12-31

Candidates

LUIS ALEJO (D)

LUIS ALEJO (D) (b. 3/27/74) was elected to the Assembly in 2010, serving on the Watsonville City Council at the time. After being termed out in 2016, he successfully ran for the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, unseating incumbent Fernando Armenta. The son of migrant farm workers, Alejo received dual bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Chicano Studies from UC Berkeley, a master's in Education from Harvard University, and a law degree from UC-Davis. From 2007 until his election to the Assembly, the former high school teacher served as a staff attorney for the Monterey County Superior Court where he assisted those who could not afford an attorney. He is married to Watsonville City Council member and Assembly candidate Karina Cervantez-Alejo.

AMOUNT COMMITTEE FPPC ID
$11,400 CA Teachers Assn Assn. for Better Citizenship 741941
$10,000 CA State Assn of Electrical Workers 743107
$9,250 Northern CA Carpenters Regional Council SCC 972104
$9,000 State Building & Construction Trades Council of CA PAC SCC 743501
$8,800 CA State Council of Laborors PAC 902770
$8,000 Political Action for Classified Employees of CA School Employees Small Contributor Com 761128
$8,000 CA Nurses Assn PAC (CNA PAC) SCC 780657
$7,800 SEIU - United Long Term Care Workers Local 6434 State PAC 1234250
$7,800 CA Real Estate Political Action Cmte 890106
$7,800 CCPOA Politial Action Cmte 830349
$7,400 San Manuel Band of Mission Indians General Account 496051
$6,000 Prof Engineers in CA Govt 822501
$5,900 United Transportation Union Political Action Cmte 745910
$5,344 Operating Engineers Local No. 3 State Wide PAC SCC 981697
$5,000 CA State Pipe Trades Council PAC 743895
$5,000 Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Building & Construcion Trades Council PAC 743618
$5,000 Peace Officer Research Assn of CA PAC SCC 810830
$4,900 AT&T Inc. and its Affilliates 478036
$4,900 Cooperative of American Physicians 760951
$4,000 Consumer Attorneys Political Action Cmte 760231
$3,900 CA Cattlemens Assn PAC 760980
$3,900 CA Applicants Attorneys Assn Political Action Cmte 746189
$3,900 CA State Council of Service Employees Small Contrubutor Cmte 831628
$3,900 American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees - CA People Small Contributor Committ 960772
$3,500 Service Employees International Union 521 Candidate PAC 1297708
$3,500 CA Dental Political Action Cmte 742855
$3,000 Pipe Trades District Council #36 PAC 910629
$3,000 CA Prof Firefighters 744058
$3,000 The Doctors Company PAC 923140
$3,000 CSLEA Political Action Cmte 970375
$3,000 CA Assn of Psychiatric Technicians Inc. PAC 882070
$2,555 Laborers Local Union No. 270 PAC Small Conributor Cmte 901351
$2,500 Plumbers Steamfitters and Refrigeration Fitters UA Local 393 Political Action Fund 851452
$2,500 UAW Region 5 Western States Political Action Cmte 743787
$2,500 Chukchansi Economic Development Authority 1292413
$2,500 Fabian Nunez for Treasurer 2014 1324832
$2,325 CA Applicants Attorneys Assn SCC 1233793
$2,250 CA Water Assn PAC 890906
$2,035 CAns Allied For Patient Protection Political Action Cmte 920780
$2,000 CA Building Industry Assn PAC 890483
$2,000 CA Federation of Teachers COPE 741857
$2,000 CSEA Retirees Inc. PAC 1302173
$2,000 CA Bankers Assn State Political Action Cmte 742694
$2,000 CA Ind Telephone 771171
$2,000 Personal Insurance Federation Agents & Employees 1338487
$2,000 CA Cable and Telecommunications Assn PAC 745932
$2,000 Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians Tribal Governement Operations 49306
$2,000 CDF Firefighters Small Contributor PAC 790318
$2,000 CA United Homecare Workers Union Local 4034 PAC 1292045
$2,000 CA Beer and Beverage Distributors Community Affairs 761487
$2,000 United Nurses Assn of CA Union of Healthcare Profs PAC 1295768
$2,000 Cisco Systems Inc. CA PAC 1292423
$2,000 Collateral Promotion Trustee 743255
$2,000 CA Assn of Highway Patrolmen 802001
$1,500 Western States Council of Sheet Metal Workers PAC 851706
$1,500 CA Ambulance Assn PAC 890111
$1,500 Physicians for the Group Practice of Medicine 992303
$1,500 Bank of America PAC 990697
$1,500 IBEW 332 Education Fund All Purpose Account 1298069
$1,500 CA League of Food Processors PAC 760553
$1,500 CA State Council of UNITE HERE 744194
$1,250 Calfornia Machinists Non-Partisan Political League 761035
$1,200 Monning for Senate 2012 1336745
$1,000 San Francisco Bar Pilots 743492
$1,000 CA Apartment Assn PAC 745208
$1,000 CA New Car Dealers Assn Political Action Cmte 741623
$1,000 JPMorgan Chase & Company PAC C00128512
$1,000 Liuna Local 777 Political Action Cmte 942524
$1,000 Faculty for Our Universitys Future 850007
$1,000 National Assn of Insurance and Financial Advisors 743365
$1,000 International Paper Political Action Cmte 1318753
$1,000 CA Medical Assn Political Action Cmte 742617
$1,000 Medical Insurance Exchange of CA PAC 1323065
$1,000 UFCW Region 8 States Council Political Education Fund 910874
$1,000 AT&T CA Employee Political Action Cmte 981470
$1,000 C.O.P.E. Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Local 1936 1271175
$1,000 CA Conference Board Amalgamated Transit Union 761357
$1,000 FairPAC Sponsored by Civil Justice Assn of CA 1311499
$1,000 Taxicab Paratransit Assn of CA LIFTPAC 746220
$1,000 The Micra CA PAC of Norcal Mutual Insurance Company 1264748
$1,000 CA Assn of Community Managers PAC 983494
$750 IBEW Local Union 234 PAC 1316529
$600 Karina Cervantez for City Council 1348793
$587 CA Foresty Assn PAC 761244
$587 Lumber Assn of CA & Nevada 771461
$500 Drive Cmte 880969
$500 Sheet Metal Workers International Assn 850381
$500 Los Angeles Police Protective League PAC 743579
$500 County Apartment Assn PAC 791492
$448 Salinas Valley Democratic Club 1266847
$400 United Farm Workers Political Action Cmte 782630
$350 Hernandez for Assembly 2012 1334127
$250 Monterey Bay Central Labor Council Cmte on Political Education 841975
$250 Friends of Bill Monning for Assembly 2012 1333843
$250 Pajaro Valley/Cesar Chavez Democratic Club 1280743
$250 South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council Cmte on Political Education 744711
$250 Nora Campos for Assembly 2012 1333705
$198 Dave Potter for Monterey County Supervisor 5th District 952057
$150 Das Williams for Assembly 2014 1353473
$100 Das Williams for Assembly 2012 1333959
$100 Re-Elect Ben Hueso for Assembly 2012 1335042
$100 Friends of Mark Stone 1260902
$100 South County Democratic Club 990589
$100 Michael Allen for Assembly 2012 1335032
$100 Rudy Salas for City Council 2010 1325897
ROBERT E. BERNOSKY (R)

ROB BERNOSKY is a businessman and GOP political activist who ran against Democrat Luis Alejo in 2010 (old AD28), receiving 37% of the vote, and again in 2012 (AD30).

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