Karina Cervantez Alejo is the Democratic Vice Mayor of Watsonville and is running to represent California’s 30th district in the State Assembly. Assembly District 30 holds some of the state’s most valued agricultural land and spans portions of Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. The daughter of farm workers in the Central Valley, she attended UC Santa Cruz where she got an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in psychology. Cervantez Alejo ran for Watsonville City Council in 2012 and became the city’s second Latina to have been elected to that body. In 2014, she served as Mayor.
Cervantez Alejo also currently teaches at California State University Monterey Bay. She has the advantage of being the Democratic Party’s officially endorsed candidate in her race. She has outlined her policy goals on her website – job creation, addressing income inequality, small business growth, increasing access to higher education and long-term water policies that support the state’s agricultural and tourism industries.