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Westminster Councilman Sergio Contreras Unveils Expansive Coalition of Local Leaders Backing his Campaign for Orange County Board of Supervisors 

WESTMINSTER, CA -- Continuing to build support from prominent local leaders in his campaign for Orange County Board of Supervisors District 1, Westminster City Councilmember Sergio Contreras today earned endorsements from a myriad of community supporters, including:

  • Sylvia Mendez, Civil Rights Icon

  • Lorraine Prinsky, President Coast Community College District

  • Fran Sdao, Chairwoman of Orange County Democratic Party (Ret.)

  • Robert Garcia, Long Beach Mayor

  • Jim Moreno, Coastline Community College Trustee

  • Bonnie Castrey, Huntington Beach Union High School District Trustee

  • Jesus Silva, City of Fullerton Mayor

  • Jerry Patterson, Congressman and Vice President of Coastline Community College District (Ret.)

  • Melissa Fox, City of Irvine Councilmember

  • Cassius Rutherford, Costa Mesa City Parks Commissioner

  • Carlos Manzo, Westminster City Planning Commissioner

  • James Dinh Pham, Westminster City Parks & Recreation Commissioner

  • Elizabeth Gonzalez, Centralia Elementary School District Boardmember

  • Jeremy Khalaf, Westminster School Board Trustee

Mayor Robert Garcia released the following statement with his endorsement:

“Sergio Contreras is the real deal. As a local leader, he has demonstrated his unwavering dedication to improving education and government services in our region, while working tirelessly to expand opportunity and improve our quality of life.  I know he'll do the same on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and I am pleased to give him my wholehearted endorsement."

Contreras also reflected on the endorsements, commenting:

“I'm deeply honored and grateful to have the support of these prominent community leaders and elected officials. Their backing is a testament to the success of our campaign and that our message of progress in Orange County is resonating. Together, I’m excited to fight on the Board of Supervisors for more good middle class jobs, greater investments in local public schools, cleaner air and water, increased access to affordable healthcare, and more affordable housing.”

Last week, Contreras earned the coveted endorsement of U.S. Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, and announced that his campaign has raised more than $100,000. Contreras leads the field of candidates in endorsements and fundraising by a wide margin, demonstrating that he has strong, broad-based support and is far and away the strongest candidate to flip the seat.

Previously, Councilmember Sergio Contreras announced the following endorsements:



  • Orange County Labor Federation (OCLF)

  • California Nurses Association (CNA)


  • SEIU 2015

  • American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 36

  • American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees (AFSCME) United Domestic Workers (UDW) Local 3930

  • American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2076

  • American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1734

  • Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 652

  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 12

  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 501

  • National Union of Healthcare Workers 

  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers Local 220

  • Painters & Allied Trades District Council 36

  • UNITE HERE Local 11

  • Ironworkers Local 433

  • Ironworkers Local 416

  • UFCW Local 324

  • Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties


Elected Officials:

  • U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal

  • U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (Ret.)

  • California State Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva

  • California State Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris

  • Garden Grove School Board Trustee Walter Muneton

  • Garden Grove School Board Trustee Teri Rocco

  • Garden Grove Councilmember Kris Beard (Ret.)

  • Westminster School Boardmember Jamison Power

  • Westminster School Boardmember Amy Walsh (Ret.)

  • Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley

  • Costa Mesa Councilman Manuel Chavez

  • Rancho Community College Trustee Lawrence Labrado

  • Santa Ana Unified School District President Valerie Amezcua

  • Santa Ana Councilmember Sal Tinajero (Ret.)

  • Santa Ana Councilmember David Benavides (Ret.)

  • Santa Ana School Board Trustee Alfonso Alvarez

  • Anaheim Elementary School Boardmember Juan Gabriel Alvarez

  • Anaheim Elementary School Boardmember Ryan Ruelas

  • Anaheim Elementary School Boardmember Dr. Jose Pablo Magcalas

  • Anaheim Elementary School Boardmember D.R. Heywood (Ret.)

  • Anaheim Union High School District Clerk of the Board, Annemarie Randle-Trejo

  • Huntington Beach Union High School District Trustee Duane Dishno

  • Fullerton School Boardmember Aaruni Thakur

  • Oceanview School District Vice President Gina Clayton-Tarvin

  • Midway City Sanitary District Director Margie L. Rice


The first Supervisorial District includes the cities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster, the unincorporated community of Midway City, and parts of Fountain Valley. The first Supervisorial District is 42% Democratic and 24% Republican by registration – making it one of the most flippable major local offices in California.

Sergio Contreras, a husband, father, homeowner, and registered Democrat, has served on the Westminster City Council since 2012, where he successfully championed the largest upgrade to Westminster’s park system since 1996, encompassing 22 park facilities and representing a $10.4 million investment in the community. Contreras oversaw the city’s first general plan update in decades. He also placed emergency call boxes in all Westminster parks to enhance public safety, and fought to place outdoor exercise equipment in local parks to improve public health.

Contreras previously served on the Westminster School Board from 2004 to 2012, including serving as president of the board in 2012. On the School Board, Contreras helped pass a $130 million school bond to modernize Westminster’s school facilities and make them safer. In that role, he established an all-day kindergarten system, making Westminster School District the first in Orange County to provide day-long kindergarten at all school sites. Contreras also increased access to music and arts programs districtwide, while expanding after-school programs.

Now, Contreras works as the Senior Director of Education and Healthy Schools for the Orange County United Way where he creates strategic community partnerships to empower students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.  Contreras lives in Westminster with his wife Adriana, where their children Sergio III and Chloe attend local schools.

Last week, Contreras's upbringing and life's story was featured in the OC Weekly, which you can find here

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