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Sergio Contreras Gains Momentum, Secures Big Endorsements in OC Supervisor Bid

U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal and Santa Ana Unified School District President Valerie Amezcua Join Contreras' Campaign

WESTMINSTER, CA -- Continuing to build a broad coalition of support as he campaigns to represent Orange County's 1st District on the Board of Supervisors, today Westminster City Councilmember Sergio Contreras received two powerful endorsements from U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal (who represents the cities of Garden Grove and Westminster in the United States Congress) and Santa Ana Unified School District President Valerie Amezcua.
In making public their support of Councilmember Contreras' bid, the two leaders released the following statements:
"Sergio Contreras has the experience, skill-set and bold vision we need to move Orange County forward. As a City Councilmember, and previously as a School Board Member, Sergio demonstrated a unique ability to bring people together to solve problems and get things done. That's precisely the leadership skills we need working on behalf of the people of the 1st District. Sergio is the best candidate to deliver on this and more. I am proud to endorse him." 
-- U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal
"We need change on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The person I believe will bring the change we need is Sergio Contreras. As a local leader, he recognizes the unique and individual challenges that local governments across Orange County face. He also understands the struggles that students, young people, women, seniors and working families have to grapple with every day. I'm giving Sergio my strong support because he will be a fighter for all communities, and all people across the 1st District."
--  Santa Ana Unified School District President Valerie Amezcua

Previously Councilmember Sergio Contreras announced the following endorsements:

  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

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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