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Robert Rivas (D)
TERM LIMIT: 2030

Assembly '12
Luis Alejo* (D-Inc) 79,141 65.37%
Rob Bernosky (R) 41,932 34.63%
Assembly '14
Luis Alejo* (D-Inc) 43,431 59.81%
Mark Starritt (R) 29,187 40.19%
Assembly '16
Anna Caballero (D) 79,885 62.47%
Karina Cervantez Alejo (D) 47,998 37.53%
Assembly '18
Robert Rivas (D) 83,162 68.23%
Neil G. Kitchens (R) 38,719 31.77%
President '12
Barack Obama* (D-Inc) 84,553 66.99%
Mitt Romney (R) 38,951 30.86%
Governor '14
Edmund G. Brown (D) 49,991 67.16%
Neel Kashkari (R) 24,444 32.84%
President '16
Hillary Clinton (D) 95,060 66.69%
Donald J. Trump (R) 38,962 27.33%
Governor '18
Gavin Newsom (D) 80,028 64.46%
John H. Cox (R) 44,118 35.54%
US Senate '12
Dianne Feinstein* (D-Inc) 84,885 68.41%
Elizabeth Emken (R) 39,189 31.59%
US Senate '18
Dianne Feinstein* (D-Inc) 56,999 50.11%
Kevin De Leon (D) 56,756 49.89%
Ins. Commisioner '18
Ricardo Lara (D) 69,474 58.17%
Steve Poizner (NPP) 49,960 41.83%
Prop 6 '18 (Gas Tax Repeal)
NO 75,349 61.88%
YES 46,410 38.12%

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%)

AD30 (100.00%)

SD12 (55.14%) SD17 (44.86%)

CD19 (25.48%) CD20 (74.52%)

BOE2 (100.00%)

Registration

REGISTRATION REPORT DATE: October 19, 2020
TOTAL VOTERS: 233,945

D +31.36%

DEM: 51.62% (120,751)  -- REP: 20.26% (47,390)  -- NPP: 23.05% (53,932) -- OTH: 0.20% (476)


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


Robert Rivas (D)

Born: 1980-01-02

Term 2030

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.

Organization Year Score
AFSCME 2019 100%
CA Chamber of Commerce 2019 35%
CA Labor Federation 2019 90%
CA Labor Federation (Lifetime) 2019 90%
California Environmental Justice Alliance 2019 100%
California Federation of Teachers 2019 100%
California League of Conservation Voters 2019 94%
California League of Conservation Voters (Lifetime) 2019 n/a%
Courage Campaign 2019 88%
Equality CA 2019 100%
Health Access 2019 96%
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn 2019 0%
Planned Parenthood of CA 2019 100%
Sierra Club CA 2019 82%

REGISTRATION REPORT DATE: October 19, 2020
TOTAL VOTERS: 233,945

D +31.36%

DEM: 51.62% (120,751)  -- REP: 20.26% (47,390)  -- NPP: 23.05% (53,932) -- OTH: 0.20% (476)

Past Registration/Turnout

p12: D +28.87% DEM: 86,855 (53.49%) REP: 39,980 (24.62%) NPP: 29,936 (18.44%) TOTAL - 162,380 - TURNOUT: 32.10%
g12: D +28.74% DEM: 89,146 (52.97%) REP: 40,772 (24.23%) NPP: 32,421 (19.27%) TOTAL - 168,280 - TURNOUT: 70.89%
p14: D +27.36% DEM: 87,506 (51.69%) REP: 41,190 (24.33%) NPP: 34,452 (20.35%) TOTAL - 169,300 - TURNOUT: 26.82%
g14: D +27.35% DEM: 87,493 (51.11%) REP: 40,684 (23.76%) NPP: 36,459 (21.30%) TOTAL - 171,198 - TURNOUT: 43.90%
p16: D +28.22% DEM: 92,016 (51.40%) REP: 41,501 (23.18%) NPP: 39,053 (21.82%) TOTAL - 179,011 - TURNOUT: 48.00%
g16: D +28.81% DEM: 99,935 (51.23%) REP: 43,735 (22.42%) NPP: 43,961 (22.54%) TOTAL - 195,072 - TURNOUT: 74.51%
p18: D +29.81% DEM: 99,189 (50.95%) REP: 41,159 (21.14%) NPP: 46,612 (23.94%) TOTAL - 194,697 - TURNOUT: 35.60%
g18: D +29.31% DEM: 100,631 (49.53%) REP: 41,081 (20.22%) NPP: 53,394 (26.28%) TOTAL - 203,172 - TURNOUT: 62.06%

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 2020

Analysis

This is a safe Democratic district. Incumbent Democrat Robert Rivas was the top vote-getter in the primary, receiving 69.4%. Republican Gregory Swett, a walnut farmer and president of the Willow Grove school board, received 30.6%. Swett has yet to form a committee and is unlikely to wage anything more than a token campaign. 42.52% of the district's voters cast a ballot for this race in the primary.


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

Financials

CMTE RAISED LAST SINCE LIFETIME RAISED SPENT LAST LIFETIME SPENT CASH ON HAND PERIOD ENDING
RIVAS FOR ASSEMBLY 2020; ROBERT $73,883 $83,879 $842,902 $105,263 $723,018 $78,994 2020-10-17
SWETT FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $-66 $0 $1,034 $22 $1,034 $0 2020-11-17

Candidate Filing Status

NAME PARTY SIL ISSUE SIL FILE NOM ISSUE NOM FILE COUNTY
Robert Rivas D 2019-11-12 2019-12-02 SAN BENITO
David Clink R 2019-11-27 SANTA CRUZ
Gregory Swett R 2019-11-19 2019-12-06 SAN BENITO

Primary Election - March 3, 2020

CANDIDATE NAME PARTY BALLOT DESCRIPTION
Robert Rivas D State Assemblymember
Gregory Swett R Walnut Grower/Trustee

November 3rd General Election Results

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233,945 Registered Voters (2020-10-19)
D: 120,751 (51.62%) | R: 47,390 (20.26%) | NPP: 53,932 (23.05%)

D +31.36%

245 of 245 precincts in (0 added)

176,840 votes cast (114 added)
75.59% Voter Turnout

NAME PARTY VOTES Δ % Rank Last Votes Behind
Robert Rivas
State Assemblymember
DEM 123,122 +83 69.62% 1 1
Gregory Swett
Walnut Grower/Trustee
REP 53,718 +31 30.38% 2 2 -69,404

Candidates

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.

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GREGORY G. SWETT (R)

GREGORY GORDON SWETT (R), 66, owns and operates Swett Orchards, a 336-acre walnut farming business, and currently serves as president of the Walnut Grove school board in San Benito County. He earned his bachelor's in business from UC-Berkeley in 1975 and resides in Paicines.

 

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Campaign 2018

Election Results

June Top-Two Primary
Robert Rivas D 30379 45.48%
Neil Kitchens R 20099 30.09%
Peter Leroe-Munoz D 7099 10.63%
Trina Coffman-Gomez D 5003 7.49%
Bill Lipe D 4217 6.31%
November General Election
Robert Rivas D 83162 68.23%
Neil Kitchens R 38719 31.77%

Analysis

Anna Caballero was first elected under the pre-2012 term limits rules, and 2017-2018 marked her third and final term permitted in the lower chamber. She  successfully ran for the SD12 seat Republican Anthony Cannella vacated due to term limits.

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 Kitchens continuing to report no financial activity after the primary, Rivas coasted to an easy 68.2%/31.8% win in November.


Democratic Party Pre-Endorsement Conference Endorsement (Primary): Rivas, Robert
Democratic Party Primary Endorsement: 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 $0 $2,393 $7,536 2019-12-31
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 $-377 $0 $167,171 $2,122 $242,271 $0 2019-12-31
LIPE FOR ASSEMBLY 2018; BILL $-10,000 $0 $371,766 $325 $260,613 $3,904 2020-06-30
MALLAMACE FOR ASSEMBLY 2018, FRIENDS OF NATHAN $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
RIVAS FOR ASSEMBLY 2018; ROBERT $35 $1,200 $888,741 $2 $1,092,079 $3,599 2020-10-17

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 (2018-10-22)
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)

121,881 votes cast (14 added)
59.98% Voter Turnout

NAME PARTY VOTES Δ % Rank Last Votes Behind
Robert Rivas
County Supervisor/Educator
DEM 83,162 +9 68.23% 1 1
Neil G. Kitchens
Businessman/Rancher
REP 38,719 +5 31.77% 2 2 -44,443

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NEIL G. KITCHENS (R)

NEIL KITCHENS (R) is the CEO of TNK Properties and the principal of the NGK Group. He previously ran in 2018 for AD30, reporting no campaign finance activity, and received 31.8% in the November election. 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.

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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.  

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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. 

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JOHN M. NEVILL (R)

JOHN M. NEVILL (D) 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 ran in 2016 for AD30 as a Republican, raising and spending no money and finishing 4th out of 4 candidates in the June top two primary with 12.2% of the vote. He resides in King City with his wife, Ellen.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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