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Esmeralda Soria Secures Endorsement of California Teachers Association in Race for Assembly District 27

Sep 22, 2022
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Esmeralda Soria Secures Endorsement of California Teachers Association in Race for Assembly District 27

One of California’s largest unions, the 310,000 member-strong California Teachers Association, proudly backs Community College Professor and City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria

FRESNO, CA –Today, Fresno City Councilwoman and Fresno City College Adjunct Professor Esmeralda Soria announced that the California Teachers Association (CTA) has endorsed her candidacy for Assembly. In announcing the CTA’s support, Councilwoman Soria released the following statement:

“My story is proof of the power of education. As the daughter of immigrant farmworkers, it was not clear that my path would include higher education. But through the opportunities provided to me by California’s terrific public schools and universities, I am proud to have earned my law degree from UC Davis. And now as an adjunct professor, I am fortunate to be on the other side of the educational experience and can see before me the same transformative influence it has on my students just as it did for me.

That’s why I am so honored to have the support of the California Teachers Association. Nobody understands better the value and importance of education than the hard working teachers across this state. I look forward to partnering with the CTA to continue delivering on California’s promise of education for all.”

California Teachers Association is the latest high profile organization to join a broad and growing coalition united behind Esmeralda Soria that includes labor, business leaders, local elected officials, and more. Soria’s early endorsements include:

● AFSCME California PEOPLE
● California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
● California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations
● California College and University Police Chiefs Association
● California Correctional Peace Officers Association
● California Democratic Legislative Women's Caucus
● California Democratic Party
● California Federation of Teachers
● California Hospital Association

● California Labor Federation
● California Latino Legislative Caucus
● California Realtors Association
● California School Employees Association
● California Women's List
● California Young Democrats
● Central Labor Council
● Central Valley Leadership Roundtable
● City of Fresno Firefighters Local 202
● Equality California (EQCA)
● Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC)
● Fresno Bee / Merced Sun-Star
● Fresno County Chamber of Commerce
● Fresno Madera Tulare Kings Building & Construction Trades
● Fresno Stonewall Democrats
● IBEW Local 100
● Latinas Lead
● Madera Democratic Party
● North Valley Labor Federation
● Operating Engineers Local 3
● Planned Parenthood
● SEIU 2015
● SEIU 521
● SEIU California State Council
● UA Local 246
● United Farm Workers
● United Nurses Associations of California
● Women's Political Committee
● Assemblymember Blanca Rubio
● Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua
● Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula
● Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia
● Assemblymember Evan Low
● Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez
● Assemblymember Jose Medina
● Assemblymember Kevin McCarty
● Assemblymember Laura Friedman
● Assemblymember Luz Rivaz
● Assemblymember Mike Fong

● Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell
● Assemblymember Robert Rivas
● Assemblymember Rudy Salas
● Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantez
● Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo
● Board of Equalization Boardmember Malia Cohen
● Board of Equalization Boardmember Tony Vasquez
● California Democratic Party Region 4 Regional Director Alex Carrillo
● Former Assemblymember Henry T. Perea
● Former Assemblymember Juan Arambula
● Former Assemblymember Luis Alejo
● Former Assemblymember Richard Alatorre
● Former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
● Former Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante
● Former Merced City School District Board Trustee Miguel Lopez
● Former Senator Gil Cedillo
● Former Senator Richard Polanco
● Former State Center Community College Trustee Dottie Smith
● Former State Center Community College Trustee Eric Payne
● Former State Center Community College Trustee John Leal
● Governor Gavin Newsom
● Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
● Lt. Governor Eleni Koulanakis
● Senator Anna Caballero
● Senator Lena Gonzalez
● Senator Maria Elena Durazo
● Senator Monique Limon
● Speaker Anthony Rendon
● State Center Community College Trustee Annalisa Perea
● State Center Community College Trustee Danielle Parra
● State Center Community College Trustee Madgalena Gomez
● State Center Community College Trustee Nasareen Johnson
● State Center Community College Trustee Richard Caglia
● State Controller Betty Yee
● Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
● U.S. Senator Alex Padilla
● Alex Salazar, Madera Realtor & Small Businessowner
● Alma M. Beltran, Mayor of Parlier
● Anissa Fragoso, Business Owner/President of Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
● Artesia City Councilmember Ali Sajjad Taj
● Barbara Thomas, Former Fresno County Office of Education Trustee

● Benjamin Torralva, Small Business Owner
● Central Unified School District Boardmember Yesenia Zamora
● Central Unified School District Vice-President Naindeep Singh Chann
● Cindy Laskbrook, Riverdance Farms/Farmer and Former Merced College Board Trustee
● David Cardenas, Fowler City Mayor
● Delhi Municipal Advisory Council Blanca Lucrecia Lozano Davila
● Delhi Municipal Advisory Council Hayde Berence Sanchez-Lozano
● Delhi Municipal Advisory Council Rosa Nuno
● Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights Leader
● Doreen Dominguez, Vanir CEO
● Ernesto Flemate, Retired Migrant Education Counselor
● Farmersville Councilmember Greg Gomez
● Fernando Aguilar, Business Owner/Director of Atlas Soccer Team
● Firebaugh City Councilmember Felipe Perez
● Firebaugh City Councilmember Freddie Valdez
● Firebaugh-Las Deltas School District Boardmember Eliseo Gamino
● Former Central Unified School District Boardmember Terry Cox
● Former Firebaugh Mayor Brady Jenkins
● Former Fresno City Councilmember Dan Ronquillo
● Former Fresno City Councilmember Oliver Baines III
● Former Fresno County Board of Supervisor Henry Perea
● Former Fresno County Board Supervisor & Attorney at Law Susan Anderson
● Former Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea Sr.
● Former Fresno County Young Dems President Clara Varner
● Former Merced City School District Board Trustee Miguel Lopez
● Fresno City Councilmember Luis Chavez
● Fresno City Councilmember Miguel Arias
● Fresno City Councilmember Tyler Maxwell
● Fresno County Assessor Paul Dictos
● Fresno County Board of Education Trustee James Martinez
● Fresno County Board of Education Trustee Kimberly Tapscott-Munson
● Fresno County Board of Supervisor Brian Pacheco
● Fresno County Democratic Party Chair Ruben Zarate
● Fresno County Fair Boardmember Chuck Riojas
● Fresno County Fair Boardmember Gary Chahil
● Fresno County Young Dems President Navkaran Gurm
● Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis
● Fresno Unified School District Trustee Claudia Casarez
● Fresno Unified School District Trustee Veva Islas
● Gary Brar, Madera Farmer
● Gurdeep Shergill, Fresno Community Leader and Business Owner
● Gustine Unified School District Boardmember Zachery Ramos

● Huron Mayor Rey Leon
● Joe Guttierrez, Merced Community College District Trustee/ Businessowner
● Joe Murillo, Attorney
● Josephine Kiran, Small Business Owner
● Karina Quintanilla, City of Palm Desert Councilmember
● Keith Ford, Fresno City College Professor & President of SCFT 1533
● Kerman Councilmember Espi Sandoval
● Kerman Councilmember Ismael Herrera
● Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez
● Kimberly Helms Lewis, Merced County District Attorney
● Kingsburg City Councilmember Jewel Hurtado
● Livingston City Councilmember Jose Moran
● Madera City Councilmember Artemio Villegas
● Madera City Councilmember Jose Rodriguez
● Madera City Councilmember Steve Montes
● Madera County Democratic Central Committee Chair & CDP Vice-Chair of Rural Caucus Susan Rowe
● Madera County Supervisor Leticia Gonzalez
● Madera Mayor ProTem Anita Evans
● Madera Mayor Santos Garcia
● Madera School Trustee Lucy Salazar
● Marcelino Valdez, Fresno Small Business Owner
● Mary Gonzales-Gomez, Kings County Board of Education Trustee
● Mendota City Councilmember Oscar Rosales
● Mendota Mayor Pro Tem Victor Martinez
● Mendota Mayor Rolando Castro
● Merced City Councilmember Bertha Perez
● Merced Community College District Trustee Mario Mendoza
● Merced County District Attorney Kimberly Lewis
● Merced County Supervisor Rodrigo Espinoza
● Michelle Roman, Kingsburg City Councilwoman
● Mirna Garcia, Realtor
● Monica Diaz, City of Fresno Planning Commissioner & Business Woman
● Nancy Reding , Merced Community Leader
● Pastor DJ Criner, St. Rest Baptist Church
● Pastor Paul Binion, Westside Church of God
● Paul Boyer, Mayor of Farmersville
● Paula Amezola, Culver City School Board Trustee (originally from Madera)
● Planada Elementary School Board Trustee David Rodriguez
● Planada Municipal Advisory Council Olivia Gomez
● Raj Beasla, Fresno Sikh Leader
● Randy Villegas, Visalia Unified School District Trustee

● Reza Assemi, Fresno Business Leader/Developer
● Reza Nukumanesh, Community Leader
● San Joaquin Mayor Julia Hernandez
● Sandy Corrales, Former Palmdale School Boardmember
● Santa Nella County Water District Boardmember Patricia Ramos-Anderson
● Sgt. Jose Barajas Jr. – City of Merced
● Sgt. Leonard Cabrera – City of Fresno
● Sgt. Ron Manning – City of Fresno
● Sol Rivas, Merced County Businesswoman and Leader
● Teresa Acosta, Carlsbad Councilmember
● Tyler Mackey, Pinedale County Water District Boardmember & Tower District Community Leader

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California’s New Assembly District 27 is an open Latino Majority District. It consists of portions of Merced, Fresno, and Madera Counties and includes the cities of Fresno, Coalinga, Kerman, San Joaquin, Merced, Mendota, Dos Palos, Madera, Los Banos, Firebaugh, Huron, Atwater, Chowchilla, and Livingston.

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