Jul 30, 2014
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Luis Alejo, Democratic Candidate for State Assembly

Alejo seeks re-election to represent Watsonville and Gilroy.

Luis Alejo, Democratic Candidate for State Assembly

General Information

Name : Mr. Luis Alejo 
Age : 38
Place of residence : Watsonville, CA



Attended college : Yes
College : UC Berkeley
Degree : Dual B.A.s in political science & Chicano Studies
Year of graduation : 1997

Grad school

University : Harvard University
Degree : Master's of Education
Year of graduation : 2003

Ph D.

University : UC Davis School of Law
Area of research : Public Interest Law
Year of graduation : 2001

Employment Information

Job titles held : Staff Attorney
Employers : Monterey County Superior Court

Political Information

Running for a: State office
Running for position: State Assembly, 30th District
Chamber/district: 30th District
Incumbent: Yes
First elected: 02 November 2010
Previous elective offices : Watsonville City Council, 2008-2010 Watsonville Mayor, 2009-2010 Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee, 2004-2010
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

Party HQ

Address 21-B Carr Street


Website : www.AlejoForAssembly.com

Other facts

My qualifications to serve as your assemblymember derives from a number of sources: STRONG EDUCATION BACKGROUND: - Law degree (juris doctorate) from UC Davis School of Law. - Master’s of education degree from Harvard University. - Dual bachelor’s of arts degrees from UC Berkeley. Honors graduate. Associate of arts degree from Gavilan Community College in Gilroy. EXPERIENCE: Staff Attorney with the Monterey County Superior Court. - Staff Attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance. Providing free legal assistance to thousands of low-income residents. - Worked as a legislative aide in Sacramento for Assemblymember Manny Diaz (D-San Jose). Obtained first hand experience in passing statewide laws, assisting constituents, working on budgetary issues, & assisting different interest groups. - Former alternative education high school teacher in Watsonville. - Former research assistant for the Harvard Civil Rights Project in Cambridge, Massachusetts focused on education policy. COMMUNITY & PUBLIC SERVICE: - California Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 2001-2010. - Director, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), 2009-2010. Santa Cruz County Dropout Prevention Task Force, 2009-Present. - Member of the California State Bar Assn & U.S. Federal Northern District Court Bar. - Central CA Vice-Chair, Chicano Latino Caucus of the CA Democratic Party, 2007-2010. - 2008 National Delegate for Barack Obama for CD-17, National Democratic Convention. - Santa Cruz Co. Democratic Central Committee, District 4 representative, 2004-2010. - Former Vice-Chair of the Watsonville Planning Commission 2006-2008. Watsonville Library Board, 2005-2006. - Watsonville General Plan Steering Committee, 2004-2006. - Santa Cruz County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission, 2003-2006. - English Learner Master Plan Task Force, Pajaro Valley Unified School District, 2007. - City of Watsonville Blue Ribbon Committee for Sustainable Revenue – member, 2006. - County Transportation Funding Task Force – member, 2007. - Board of Directors, Salud Para La Gente Health Clinics - Director, 2004-2008. - Board of Directors, White Hawk Indian Council - Director, 2005-2008. 2006 Pajaro Valley Voter Registration --Project Director. Registered hundreds of voters. - 2008 Leadership Santa Cruz County graduate. - 2009 Focus Agriculture graduate. SERVICE AWARDS: My work has been recognized through numerous awards, including: - 2011 Legislator of the Year, CA League of Cities Latino Caucus - 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award, Community College League of California. - 2009 Award of Merit, CA Legal Aid Association & CA Access to Justice Commission. - 2008 John F. Kennedy Award for Outstanding Public Service, CA Democratic Party. - 2008 Tony Hill Community Service Award by UC Santa Cruz (Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation). - 2006 Democratic Region 9 Volunteer of the Year. - 2006 Santa Cruz County Democratic of the Year. - 2004 United Way Community Hero Award. The Martin Luther King Community Service Award. UC Davis School of Law. The Association of Mexican American Educators Community Service Award. With my education, background and experience, I hope to serve you as your assemblymember, and to continue working hard to make good changes for our state and local communities. But I cannot do it without you, and I respectfully ask for your support.

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