From the Umberg/Alvarez Press Conference Thursday morning.
SANTA ANA Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Longtime Santa Ana Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez announced today that she has decided to formally endorse former State Assemblyman Tom UmbergÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s campaign for County Supervisor. Umberg is on the ballot for the February 6 special election to fill the open vacancy in central Orange CountyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1st Supervisorial district (Santa Ana, Garden Grove, & Westminster).
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have decided today to endorse Tom Umberg to represent us on the Orange County Board of Supervisors,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Alvarez, an Orange County Deputy District Attorney. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Although we have been opponents in the past, we are working together this time. I strongly believe that he is the best qualified candidate for this position. As a former State Assemblyman, Military Officer, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Deputy Drug Czar, he has the most experience and the strongest credentials. I look forward to working together with him as County Supervisor to bring important county resources to the City of Santa Ana and the rest of central Orange County.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Umberg and Alvarez ran against each other in the Democratic Primary for the 69th State Assembly District in 2004. It was one of the stateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most hotly contested elections. Umberg narrowly won by 365 votes.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am very excited to add my one time opponent, Claudia Alvarez, to my list of endorsements for this important Supervisorial race,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Umberg. Ã¢â‚¬Å“As the senior member of the City Council and as a Deputy District Attorney, she has been working hard in Santa Ana to make a difference for our community. I am honored to have her confidence and support. I look forward to working together with her as County Supervisor.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Umberg has also been endorsed by Santa Ana Councilman Sal Tinajero and former Santa Ana Councilman, and now State Assemblyman, Jose Solorio.