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2022 Endorsements

Elected Officials

  • Faris Sabbah, Superintendent of Schools, Santa Cruz County Office of Education
  • Greg Caput, Santa Cruz County Supervisor, District 4 

  •  Luis Alejo, Monterey County Supervisor, former Watsonville Mayor and former State Assemblymember

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

  • Eduardo Montesino, Council Member and Former Mayor, City of Watsonville

  • Francisco "Paco" Estrada, Council Member and Former Mayor, City of Watsonville 

  • Rebecca Garcia, City Council Member and Former Mayor, City of Watsonville  

  • Vanessa Quiroz-Carter, Council Member, City of Watsonville 

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

  • Bruce Van Allen, Trustee, Santa Cruz County Board of Education

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

  • Adam Spickler, Trustee, Cabrillo Governing Board

  • Christina Cuevas, Trustee, Cabrillo Governing Board

  • Felipe Hernandez, Trustee, Cabrillo Governing Board 

  • Steve Trujillo, Trustee, Cabrillo Governing Board

  • Jennifer Holm, Trustee, Pajaro Valley Unified School District

  • Kimberly De Serpa, Trustee, Pajaro Valley Unified School District

  • Jennifer Schacher, Trustee, Pajaro Valley Unified School District

  • Ramon Gomez, Director, North County Fire Protection District 

Former Elected Officials

  • Senator Bill Monning (ret), California State Senate, Majority Leader Emeritus
  • Michael Watkins, Former Superintendent of Schools, Santa Cruz County Office of Education
  • Aurelio Gonzalez, Former Council Member, City of Watsonville 
  • Dana Sales, Former Planning Commissioner, PVUSD Trustee, and SC County Board of Education Trustee
  • Antonio Rivas, Former Mayor and Council Member, City of Watsonville
  • Lupe Rivas, Former Trustee, Pajaro Valley Unified School District

  • Karen Osmundson, Former PVUSD Board Trustee 

  • Jane Barr, Former Trustee, Santa Cruz County Board of Education

Organizations

  • SEIU Local 521
  • Monterey/Santa Cruz Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Sheet Metal Workers' Local 104
  • Nor Cal Carpenters Union
  • Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club

Appointed Officials/Community Leaders 

  • Jenni Veitch-Olson, Planning Commissioner, City of Watsonville 

  • Jessica Carrasco, Parks & Recreation Commissioner, City of Watsonville, Pajaro Valley Arts Board Member, Founder of Carrasco Concepts 
  • Gina Gallino Cole, Former Planning Commissioner, City of Watsonville

  • Jenny Sarmiento, Former Planning Commissioner, City of Watsonville
  • Kate P. Minott, Former Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Santa Cruz County, District 2
  • Barbie Gomez, Community Leader/ Volunteer
  • Ruby Vasquez, Community Leader, PVUSD Parent Education Trainer, Active Community Member, District 3 Resident
  • Ana Hurtado, Vice-President, Friends of Watsonville Parks & Community Services and Former Parks and Recreation Commissioner, City of Watsonville  

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

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

  • Francisco Rodriguez, Former President, Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers

  • Hugo Calderon, Assistant Division Director for Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall 

  • Mary Zimmerman McKenna, Community Member

  • Jose Humberto Camacho, Activities For All Director, PVUSD Teacher

  • Maria Nena Rodriguez-Castillo, CAB’s Employment Programs Director, Alcance/Day Worker Center (for identification purposes only)

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

Community Members

  • Miguel Orejel, PVUSD Migrant Counselor, PUPILS Coordinator, District 3 Resident 

  • Carmen Caput, Community Member

  • Lorena Preciado-Orejel, Mother, District 3 Resident

  • Mariza Vicencio-Lobato, PVUSD Kinder Teacher

  • Pete Galvan, Community Member

  • Doreen Martinez, Community Member

  • Kayla Kumar, Community Member

  • Dan Haifley, Former Executive Director, O'Neill Sea Odyssey

  • Andrew Goldenkranz, Chair, Santa Cruz County Democratic Party

  • Tony Russomanno, Community Volunteer

  • Leslie Steiner, Campaign Management and Consultation, Coastal Campaigns     

  • Barry Scott, Director

  • Pedro Castillo, Retired UCSC Educator   

  • Wendy Hurst, Retired Educator, Community Volunteer

  • Robby Veitch-Olson, Pastor, Active Community Member

  • James Armstrong, Parent, District 3 Resident

  • Denise Armstrong, Parent, District 3 Resident

  • Jose Raul Hernandez, Involved Parent, District 3 Resident

  • Tellisa Hernandez, Parent, District 3 Resident

  • Jose Jimenez, Parent, District 3 Resident

  • Maria Sanchez, Distict 3 Resident

  • Enriqueta Pineda, District 3 Resident

  • Antonio Hernandez Jr., District 3 Resident

  • Antonio Hernandez, District 3 Resident

  • Maria Herrera, Parent, District 3 Resident

  • Mario Hernandez, PVUSD, District 3 Resident

  • Elizabeth Orozco, Parent, District 3 Resident

  • Noemi Orozco, District 3 Resident

  • Hilda Hernandez, Parent, District 3 Resident

  • Cesar Fernandez, Parent, District 3 Resident

  • Armando Mata, Parent, District 3 Resident

  • Lizbeth Melchor, Parent, District 3 Resident

  • Ignacio Melchor, Parent, District 3 Resident 

  • Angela Gonzalez, District 3 Resident

  • Celsa Acevedo, Parent, District 3 Resident

  • Angel Gonzalez, District 3 Resident

  • Alicia Jara, District 3 Resident

  • Jose Jara, District 3 Resident

  • Monica Jara, District 3 Resident

  • Lesly Gutierrez, Parent, Community Member 

  • Daniel Hernandez, Parent, Community Member    

  • Cesar V. Lopez, Parent, Watsonville Community Member

  • Anahi Adan Lopez, Parent, Watsonville Community Member 

  • Javier Gomez, Parent, Community Member  

  • Adam Vega, Parent, Community Member 

  • Jessica Marie Vega, Parent, Community Member 

  • Tom John Batley, Retired, Community Member   

  • Jessica Ayala, Community Member

Maria is a voice of reason, integrity, and trust. Her decade of experience on the school board displays a record of thoughtful and measured critical assessment of the issued. She does her homework, she listens, asks questions, and makes informed decisions. Watsonville needs her leadership on the city council.  — Gina Gallino Cole
Former Planning Commissioner, City of Watsonville

"District 3 needs a leader who will advocate for policy & programs to meet the needs of the Watsonville community. Maria's service on the school board has prepared her for that."

— Rebecca Garcia
- Rebecca Garcia, Watsonville City Council Member & Former Mayor, District 5

There's no one more prepared to lead Watsonville City Council's District 3 than Maria Orozco. Her decade of experience proves time and time again that she is a leader that governs with integrity and makes informed decisions that benefit the community.  — Felipe Hernandez
Cabrillo Board Trustee

“Maria has a proven record of integrity when it comes to community advocacy. Watsonville can trust her to balance strength of character with an open mind.”

— Jennifer Holm
Jennifer Holm, Trustee, PVUSD School Board of Trustees

"It’s Maria Orozco for Watsonville City Council District # 3 that Wendy and Lowell Hurst, long-time community leaders agree upon." — Lowell & Wendy Hurst

Maria not only has the education and experience, but also the heart, drive, and integrity needed to lead effectively and govern with compassion. She's exactly who our community needs right now.  — Vanessa Quiroz-Carter
Watsonville City Council Member, District 2

As a former two-term Mayor and District 3 City Council Member, it is a privilege to give my full support to Maria Orozco for Watsonville City Council, District 3. Maria has the leadership, experience, and cares for our Watsonville community. Please Vote for Maria Orozco in November. — Antonio R. Rivas
Former Mayor & Retired Educator

I have worked with Maria on several parks and school projects for our community throughout the years
and I can confidently say that if Maria is involved, it will be successful. She has faithfully served our
students, teachers, classified staff, and parents for 10 years and is just as passionate for public education today as she was when first elected. Maria always asks questions, listens, does her research, and makes informed decisions. Our schools have improved throughout the years and Maria played an active role in that success. She has been a consistent advocate for our parks and community services and influential in successfully fundraising to bringing new events in our city for all ages. We need Maria on the city council to help us overcome our challenges and reach our full potential. There is no better option. — Abel Valencia
President, Santa Cruz County Office of Education Board of Trustees

"Maria is working for the community. Maria has demonstrated commitment to our youth and community while serving in the School board. She has worked to improve services for both our youth and the city. Her work experience and awareness of issues facing the community will make Maria an amazing asset to City Council."

 

— Jennifer Schacher
- Jennifer Schacher PVUSD Trustee Area V

I heartily endorse Maria for city council. She will be a great addition. — steven trujillo
Cabrillo board of trustees, district 7

"Maria has served the community well on the school board. She’ll be a great city council member!"

 

— Bruce Van Allen
Bruce Van Allen, Trustee, Santa Cruz County Board of Education


Paid for By Maria Orozco for Watsonville City Council 2022, FPPC# 1451010


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