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Westminster Councilmember Sergio Contreras Backed by UNITE HERE Local 11 in District 1 Contest


In another indication of his extensive support from working families in the race for Orange County's 1st District on the Board of Supervisors, today Westminster City Councilmember Sergio Contrerassecured the endorsement of UNITE HERE Local 11.

Sergio Contreras worked in high school and college at Disneyland as a cook, dishwasher, and busser.  He spent 10 years as a member of Hotel Employees Restaurant Employees UNITE HERE Local 681 before Local 681 merged with UNITE HERE Local 11. In addition to being a UNITE HERE member, Contrerasalso worked as an Organizer and Assistant to the President at Hotel Employees Restaurant Employees UNITE HERE Local 681. 

In a statement released following the endorsement, Ada Briceño, Co-President of UNITE HERE Local 11, stated:

"Sergio is the fighter we need on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. From his experience as a member of UNITE HERE, to his work as an organizer, to his commitment to the community as a local school board member and city councilmember, Sergio has tirelessly advocated for working class families. As a supervisor, he will advance economic opportunity and work to strengthen Orange County's middle-class economy. The working women and men of UNITE HERE Local 11 give Sergio Contreras our strong support and endorsement. We are proud to stand with Sergio."

Upon receiving the UNITE HERE Local 11 endorsement, Contreras commented:

“I’m honored to have the support of UNITE HERE Local 11. These working men and women are the backbone of our local economy, and give a voice to the many voiceless working people in our communities fighting for better treatment and higher wages.  As a former restaurant employee, dishwasher, and busser who was a UNITE HERE member, I am deeply grateful for their support of my campaign for Supervisor and look forward to uplifting working families as an Orange County Supervisor.”

Previously Councilmember Sergio Contreras announced the following endorsements:

  1. SEIU - USWW

  2. AFSCME Local 1734

  3. National Union of Healthcare Workers 

  4. United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers Local 220

  5. Painters & Allied Trades District Council 36

  6. UNITE HERE Local 11

  7. U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal

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

  9. Garden Grove School Board Trustee Walter Muneton

  10. Garden Grove School Board Trustee Teri Rocco

  11. Garden Grove Councilmember Kris Beard (Ret.)

  12. Westminster School Boardmember Jamison Power

  13. Westminster School Boardmember Amy Walsh (Ret.)

  14. Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley

  15. Costa Mesa Councilman Manuel Chavez

  16. Rancho Community College Trustee Lawrence Labrado

  17. Santa Ana Unified School District President Valerie Amezcua

  18. Santa Ana Councilmember Sal Tinajero (Ret.)

  19. Santa Ana School Board Trustee Alfonso Alvarez

  20. Anaheim Elementary School Boardmember Juan Gabriel Alvarez

  21. Anaheim Elementary School Boardmember Ryan Ruelas

  22. Anaheim Elementary School Boardmember Dr. Jose Pablo Magcalas

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

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

  25. Huntington Beach Union High School District Trustee Duane Dishno

  26. Fullerton School Boardmember Aaruni Thakur

  27. Oceanview School District Vice President Gina Clayton-Tarvin

  28. 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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