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2020 Endorsements

Elected Officials

  • Bill Monning, California State Senator, SD-17

  • Robert Rivas, California State Assembly Member, AD-30

  • Mark Stone, California State Assembly Member, AD-26

  • Sheriff Jim Hart, Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office

  • Faris Sabbah, Superintendent of Schools, Santa Cruz County Office of Education

  • Zach Friend, Supervisor, Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors

  • Greg Caput, Supervisor, Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors

  • Luis Alejo, Supervisor, Monterey County Board of Supervisors 

  • Rebecca Garcia, Mayor, City of Watsonville

  • Felipe Hernandez, City Council Member and Former Mayor, City of Watsonville

  • Lowell Hurst, City Council Member and Former Mayor, City of Watsonville

  • Aurelio Gonzalez, Council Member, City of Watsonville

  • Rose Filicetti, Trustee, Santa Cruz County Board of Education

  • Abel Sanchez-Valencia, Trustee, Santa Cruz County Board of Education

  • Dana Sales, Trustee, Santa Cruz County Board of Education

  • Leticia Mendoza, Trustee, Cabrillo Governing Board

  • Adam Spickler, Trustee, Cabrillo Governing Board

  • Christina Cuevas, Trustee, Cabrillo Governing Board

  • Karen Osmundson, PVUSD Board Trustee

  • Jennifer Holm, PVUSD Board Trustee

  • Kimberly De Serpa, PVUSD Board Trustee

  • Martine Watkins, Former Mayor & Current Council Member, City of Santa Cruz

  • Ramon Gomez, Director, North County Fire Protection District

  • Aurelio Salazar Jr., President, Hartnell College Board of Trustees

  • Kathryn Ramirez, Vice-President, Salinas City Elementary School District Board 

  • Cynthia Mathews, Council Member, City of Santa Cruz

Former Elected Officials

  • Fred Keeley, Former Speaker Pro-temp, CA State Assembly
  • Michael Watkins, Former Superintendent of Schools, Santa Cruz County Office of Education

  • Tony Campos, Former Supervisor, Santa Cruz County Board Supervisors, District 4

  • Lupe Rivas, Former PVUSD Board Trustee 

  • Leslie De Rose, Former PVUSD Board Trustee

  • Jeff Ursino, Former PVUSD Board Trustee  

  • Richelle Noroyan, Former Santa Cruz City Council Member 

  • Eduardo Montesino, Former Mayor, City of Watsonville

  • Bill Neighbors, Former Watsonville City Council Member

Union/Labor

  • Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Ron Chesshire, Former CEO, Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union No. 104
  • Carpenters Union Local No. 505 
  • Painters and Drywall Finishers Local Union 272
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 234
  • UA Local 62 Plumbers and Steamfitters

Organizations

  • California State Democratic Party
  • Santa Cruz County Democratic Party
  • Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County 
  • Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club

Appointed Officials/Community Leaders

  • Omar Torres, Regional Director, California Democratic Party- District 7
  • Jenny Sarmiento, Planning Commissioner, City of Watsonville
  • Jenni Veitch-Olson, Planning Commissioner, Santa Cruz Central Democratic Committee- District 4

  • Ana Hurtado, Parks and Recreation Commissioner, City of Watsonville

  • Kate P. Minott, Appointed Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Santa Cruz County, District 2

  • Pat Fohrman, Santa Cruz County Senior Commissioner; IHSS Advisory Board Member; SCCRTC Elderly and Disabled Advisory Board Member

  • Kayla Kumar, Commissioner of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission of Santa Cruz County; Candidate for Santa Cruz City Council 

  • Rachel Mayo, Former Dean of Education Centers & Innovative Learning at Cabrillo College

  • Alfonso Lobato, Board President, Friends of Watsonville Parks & Community Services

  • Omar Aguilera, Board Treasurer, Friends of Watsonville Parks & Community Services

  • Olga Fuentes, Co-Founder of the Watsonville L.G.B.T.Q Movement

  • Daryl Wise, Founder of the City of Watsonville Mayor’s Bike Ride for Health

  • Jessica Carrasco, Local Artist, Pajaro Valley Arts Board Member, Founder of Carrasco Concepts

  • Alan Hicks, Board Member, Watsonville Film Festival

  • Mary Zimmerman McKenna, Community Activist

  • Marilu Herrera, School Site Council President, Freedom Elementary School

  • Elizabeth Chavez, President, PVUSD District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

  • Raquel Pulido, Vice-President, PVUSD District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

  • Cristy Solorio, Former President, PVUSD District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) 

  • Dobie Jenkins, Retired; Former Planning Commissioner, City of Watsonville

  • Ann Jenkins, Retired; Former Watsonville Library Board Member

  • Deborah Luhrman, Former Chair, Santa Cruz Democratic Central Committee

  • Antonio Hernandez, Vice-President of Internal Affairs for Associated Students- CSUMB, Former PVUSD Student

  • Raymon Cancino, Chief Executive Officer, Community Bridges (use for identification purposes only)

  • Michael Joseph, Watsonville Brown Berets; Active Community Member

  • Maria Cadenas, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Community Ventures (use for identification purposes only), Candidate for Santa Cruz City Council

Community Members

  • Les Gardner, Active Community Member

  • George Ow Jr., Real Estate Developer and Philanthropist 

  • George C. Couch III, Owner, Couch Distributing Co., Active Community Member 

  • Debra Couch, Active Community Member

  • Nancy Gardner, Active Community Member 

  • Andrew Goldenkranz, Educator, Fremont Union High School District 

  • Leslie Steiner, Campaign Management and Consultation, Coastal Campaigns 

  • Rachel Williams, Community Activist 

  • Ruby Vasquez, PVUSD Parent Education Trainer, Active Community Member

  • Miguel Orejel, PVUSD Migrant Counselor, PUPILS Coordinator

  • Abel Mejia, PVUSD Teacher, Watsonville High School 

  • Blanca Baltazar-Sabbah, PVUSD Involved Parent/ Active Community Member

  • Mariza Vicencio-Lobato, PVUSD Kinder Teacher, Alianza Charter School 

  • Jose Marquez, Realtor, Active and Supportive Parent, Freedom Elementary School

  • Barbie Gomez, Co-Founder of Project Elderly Care, PVUSD Bus Driver

  • Gina Gallino Cole, Involved Parent/Active Community Member 

  • Pedro Castillo, Retired UCSC Educator  

  • Stephanie Barron-Lu, Parent, Community Member 

  • Norma Horton Varillas, Former PVUSD Family Child Care Center Specialist 

  • Wendy Hurst, Retired Educator, Community Volunteer

  • Robby Veitch-Olson, Pastor, Active Community Member

  • Rocco Cappalla, Computer Science for All Advocate 

  • Raul Hernandez, Involved Parent, Duncan Holbert School

  • Tellisa Hernandez, PVUSD Kinder Parent, Freedom Elementary School

  • Maria Herrera, PVUSD Parent, Freedom Elementary School

  • Mario Hernandez, PVUSD Parent, Rolling Hills Middle School 

  • Elizabeth Orozco, Parent, Former PVUSD Student, Area 6 Resident

  • Noemi Orozco, Former PVUSD Student, Area 6 Resident

  • Armando Mata, Parent, Area 6 Resident

  • Lesly Gutierrez, Parent, Former PVUSD Student

  • Itzel Gutierrez, Parent, Former PVUSD Student

  • Daniel Hernandez, Active Parent/Community Member 

  • Karen Martinez Limon, Former PVUSD Student

  • Celia Solis, PVUSD Parent, Watsonville High School 

  • Mabel Marquez, PVUSD Health Care Assistant, Aptos High School

  • Mariano Márquez, Community Member, PVUSD Alum 

  • Mayra Magana, Parent, PVUSD Alum

  • Daniel Zavala, Parent, PVUSD Alum

  • Cesar V. Lopez, Parent, Community Member

  • Anahi Adan Lopez, Parent, Community Member

  • Lizbeth Melchor, PVUSD Parent, Rolling Hills Middle School

  • Ignacio Melchor, PVUSD Parent, Pajaro Valley High School

  • Javier Gomez, PVUSD Parent, Community Member 

  • Jessica Moore, PVUSDParent, Mar Vista Elementary

  • Derek Moore, PVUSD Parent, Mar Vista Elementary  

  • Adam Vega, Parent, PVUSD Alum

  • Tiffany Wilson, Parent, Community Member

  • Maria Guadalupe Orozco, PVUSD Alum, Community Member 

  • Tom John Batley, Member, People's Democratic Club 

  • Jose Jimenez, PVUSD Kinder Parent, Freedom Elementary School

  • Kristine Ramirez, Community Member

  • Ashley Rigor, PVUSD Alum

  • Rene Bermudez, PVUSD Alum, Parent, Community Member

  • Jesus Rodriguez, PVUSD Parent, Alianza Charter School

  • Maria Vega-Rodriguez, PVUSD Parent, Alianza Charter School

  • Angela Gonzalez, PVUSD Alum, Area 6 Resident

  • Celsa Acevedo, PVUSD Parent, Area 6 Resident

  • Hilda Hernandez, PVUSD Parent, Area 6 Resident

  • Cesar Fernandez, PVUSD Parent, Area 6 Resident

  • Alicia Jara, PVUSD Employee, Area 6 Resident

  • Jose Jara, PVUSD Employee, Area 6 Resident

  • Monica Jara, Former PVUSD Student, Area 6 Resident 

I’m proud to endorse Maria Orozco for PVUSD School Board because she is our greatest champion for our schools, teachers & students! As a native daughter of Watsonville who actually attended local public schools & now as a mother with children in local schools, no one can better advocate for a quality education than her. Please support this rising young leader!

— Luis Alejo, Supervisor, Monterey County Board of Supervisors

In my experience Maria has demonstrated a commitment to the school and the community she serves. — Thomas John Batley

You are the most qualified, intelligent and successful candidate for this office! I strongly support you. — Pedro Castillo, Retired Educator

As a parent of three children in PVUSD I am grateful to have met Maria Orozco. Maria has shown to be a great advocate for our students and parents. She takes the time to listen to parents and address any concerning issues. She always delivers an answer to all our questions. She is very committed to give parents an equal opportunity when it comes to any decision-making matter. She makes sure to deliver any concerns/questions parents have to our school board. She has successfully carried-out many ideas and has plenty more to involve our Spanish speaking parents. She has a clear understanding of the importance to get our parents to be active participants in our district. We appreciate her transparency and dedication to better serve our students and community. I am happy to support Maria in her re-election for School Board.

Elizabeth Chavez, President, District English Learner Advisory Committee

— Elizabeth Chavez

Christina Cuevas Cabrillo College Trustee Area 3 Proud to endorse your campaign. — Christina Cuevas

It is my honor to endorse Maria for another term as PVUSD Trustee. Maria is focused, intentional and fair. While serving on the Board together, Maria always put the needs of students first. Maria is well prepared with excellent questions and thoughtful remarks at every board meeting. PVUSD is lucky to have a leader like Maria. I support another term for her and urge people to vote Maria Orozco. — Leslie De Rose

Maria is smart, caring, and tireless in her dedication to the students, staff, and families of PVUSD. She is also an excellent role model for the next generation of leaders. — Andrew Goldenkranz

It is an honor to endorse Maria for another term as PVUSD Trustee. It’s been my experience as a parent that Maria has always put the students needs before anything and she fights for what’s right. She is always well prepared and informed about what’s going on. Maria has always been available to answer my questions and always shared information with the community. ~Marilu Herrera, Site Council President Freedom Elementary School — Marilu Herrera, Site Council President, Freedom Elementary

PVUSD is the real winner. Maria Orozco has been an outstanding trustee, and our schools are much the better for her intelligent and compassionate handling of school issues. This coming year more than ever, we need intelligence and foresight on the PVUSD School Board. — Ann & Dobie Jenkins

Maria is a vibrant, energetic and intelligent representative to her constituents and employees within the school district. She has been very supportive of what’s best for our students and employees. She has the right combination of compassion, empathy and passion for educational and social justice. — Abel Mejia

As a parent of a Pajaro Valley Unified School District student I am pleased to endorse Maria Orozco for the PVUSD School Board. Maria has been a great advocate for our students and has shown unconditional commitment to our District English Learner Advisory Committee parents.d your endorsement text here

— Raquel Mercado Pulido

As a student who went through our educational system and someone who lived and understands the hardships and struggles that many of our students face on a daily basis, no one is more qualified to represent our community then Maria. She is the voice of our students! She is the voice of our families! She is the face of our district! And she is definitely the face of Watsonville! Maria has my complete endorsement! Suerte Maria y si se puede!!

— Miguel Orejel, PVUSD Migrant Counselor/ PUPILS Program Coordinator

 

If you live in Maria Orozco's district, please consider voting for her. She's smart, hard worker and committed to our students. As a young parent of three small children, she knows the importance for children to have access to a good education.

— Jenny T. Sarmiento

Maria Orozco Muchas felicidades!! Realmente eres una magnifica representante de nuestros estudiantes, familias y comunidad a travės de la Mesa Directiva Escolar. Has convertido la Educaciòn de Calidad para nuestros niñ@s una de tus màs grandes prioridades.

— Alma Horton Varillas, Former PVUSD Family Child Care Center Specialist

Very happy to support Maria Orozco's campaign for PVUSD School Board Trustee. Maria is actually the trustee for my neighborhood, and I can honestly say that she truly listens to all my questions and concerns. Not only listens but ACTS on them. Maria has been a Trustee representative to our DELAC and is very professional, caring and interactive with the parents. She listens to all questions and returns with answers...let's help her get re elected. Maria is truly committed to our community!

— Ruby Vasquez
Cynthia Mathews


Paid for By Maria Orozco for School Board 2020, FPPC# 1427264
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