MEDIA RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2016
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SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM KEVIN DE LEON BACKS MICHELE MARTINEZ FOR SUPERVISOR
Santa Ana, CA – State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León announced his endorsement of Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez’s campaign for Supervisor today. De León joins a long list of leaders who are supporting Martinez, including Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Assemblymember Tom Daly, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon, Senator Ricardo Lara, Senator Tony Mendoza, and Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma.
In announcing his support, de León remarked:
“Michele Martinez’s personal story is one that is rooted in hard work and determination. She truly embodies the spirit of our great state. As a City Councilmember and regional leader, she has already created meaningful change in Central Orange County. I cannot wait to see what she does on the Board of Supervisors.”
Upon her first election in 2006, Michele Martinez became one of the youngest Councilmembers in Santa Ana’s history. She was subsequently re-elected in 2010 and 2014.
Michele currently serves as President of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization. She is the immediate Past-President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).
Michele holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton, and she is a proud product of Santa Ana High School and Santa Ana College.
Michele placed first in a field of four candidates vying for Orange County’s 1st Supervisorial District in June’s Primary Election. Her strong Primary Election performance marked the first time in over twenty years that a challenger placed ahead of an incumbent Orange County Supervisor.