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Sergio Contreras Secures Wave of Endorsements in OC Supervisor Bid

Early Support Underscores Increasing Momentum for Westminster Councilmember's Campaign to Represent Orange County's BOS1

WESTMINSTER, CA -- On the heels of recently launching his campaign to represent Orange County Board of Supervisors District 1, today Westminster City Councilmember Sergio Contreras rolled out an impressive array of endorsements from leaders across the county.

Those backing Councilmember Sergio Contreras for Orange County Supervisor today include:

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

  2. Garden Grove School Board Trustee Walter Muneton

  3. Garden Grove School Board Trustee Teri Rocco

  4. Garden Grove Councilmember Kris Beard (Ret.)

  5. Westminster School Boardmember Jamison Power

  6. Westminster School Boardmember Amy Walsh (Ret.)

  7. Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley

  8. Costa Mesa Councilman Manuel Chavez

  9. Rancho Community College Trustee Lawrence Labrado

  10. Santa Ana Councilmember Sal Tinajero (Ret.)

  11. Santa Ana School Board Trustee Alfonso Alvarez

  12. Anaheim Elementary School Boardmember Juan Gabriel Alvarez

  13. Anaheim Elementary School Boardmember Ryan Ruelas

  14. Anaheim Elementary School Boardmember Dr. Jose Pablo Magcalas

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

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

  17. Huntington Beach Union High School District Trustee Duane Dishno

  18. Fullerton School Boardmember Aaruni Thakur

  19. Oceanview School District Vice President Gina Clayton-Tarvin

  20. Midway City Sanitary District Director Margie L. Rice

"Sergio Contreras has built a remarkable career, from serving on the School Board to the City Council to his work at the United Way. He has always put people and working families first. We need Sergio Contreras' forward-thinking ideas, his sound judgement and his unique ability to bring people together to solve problems on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. I am proud to endorse Sergio Contreras for Orange County Supervisor District 1."
-- Kris Beard, Garden Grove Mayor Pro Tem (ret.)

"Sergio Conteras understands the many challenges facing the 1st District. That's why we need him on the Board of Supervisors, working day and night to bring positive change to Orange County. I am fully confident in Sergio's abilities to advance common sense solutions that lift up working people, reduce crime, address homelessness and expand healthcare access. I'm with him 100%."
-- Santa Ana School Board Trustee Alfonso Alvarez

"Sergio Contreras is the best choice for the Board of Supervisors District 1. He's got a tremendous background, deep experience in public policy, and has all the skills needed to hit the ground running as our representative on day one. I'm pleased to give him my wholehearted support." 
-- Garden Grove School Board Trustee Walter Muneton

In recently announcing his campaign, Contreras previously released the following statement:

“Orange County is one of the greatest places in the world to live. I was raised here, and my love for this community is deep, which is why I have dedicated my life and career to serving it – from serving on the School Board, to the City Council, to working in the nonprofit world.”

“We are all blessed to call Orange County home.  But, at the same time, our community – and especially the first district – faces many challenges. Crime rates are rising, affordable housing is becoming more and more scarce, homelessness is rampant, and far too many residents are being denied access to basic health services.  I have watched with growing concern as the Board of Supervisors has squandered our tax dollars on shameless self-promotion instead of working to address the issues we are facing as a community.  I see a Board of Supervisors that is more interested in supporting a radical agenda than working to improve the lives of residents of the first district.”

“It’s time for change. I’m running for Supervisor to put the focus back on our community. It is time to reject petty partisan politics and instead pursue an agenda that will lift up all Orange County families. On the Board, I will use my experience serving a diverse community to work with Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and everyone in between to beef up public safety, slow the skyrocketing cost of housing, increase access to healthcare, and create more middle-class jobs.  Together, we can ensure that Orange County remains the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family."

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.

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