Anna Caballero is a Democrat and a 30 year veteran of local and state policy making in California. Caballero served on the Salinas City Council for seven years and before becoming the city’s first female Mayor in 1998. She is an attorney and has practiced law at a private firm as well as with California Rural Legal Assistance, a nonprofit. She began her own nonprofit that develops strategies for reducing community violence.
From 2006-2010, Caballero represented District 28 in the State Assembly. While there, she was a member of the Legislative Latino Caucus and the Legislative Rural Caucus. Her policy work in the legislature focused on farmworker housing, affordable housing funding, water issues, gang violence and student aid for undocumented students applying for citizenship.
Instead of running for a third and final term in the assembly, Caballero chose instead to vie for a seat in the State Senate. She lost to her Republican challenger in the general election.