SANTA ANA — Calling him the best candidate, Santa Ana City Councilmember Sal Tinajero today announced his full endorsement of Julio Perez for the 69th Assembly District seat. Tinajero, who also serves as a public school teacher, has represented the communities that are in the newly drawn 69th District for the past 11 years.
In the release from the Perez campaign Tinajero commented on the reason for his support.
“Julio’s deep ties and understanding of our community and its educational needs drives him to serve and to give back. His skill in crafting common sense solutions and bringing people together is what makes him the best candidate for the job,” said Tinajero. “I’m supporting Julio because we share the same vision -for better schools, safer streets, and more opportunities for our children.”
Tinajero was first elected to the Santa Ana Unified Board of Trustees in 2000 and in 2006 he was elected to the Santa Ana City Council, making public safety and education his top priorities. Dedicated to education, Sal was named the 2006 National Hispanic Teacher of the Year. In 2009 he was awarded the California Golden Bell Award by the California School Board Association for his exceptional achievements as a history, speech and debate teacher at Fullerton Joint Union High School.
“I am honored to have Sal’s support,” said Perez. “He has been a great leader for over a decade in the city of Santa Ana as a teacher, school board member and city councilman and I look forward to working with him to keep our communities growing and thriving.”
Julio has earned an unprecedented amount of support from organizations representing teachers and education leaders, public safety and working families, including support from the California Teachers Association and the Orange County Labor Federation. In recent electoral history, the early backing of both teachers and labor has been crucial to the victory of Democratic Legislative and Congressional candidates in Central Orange County.
“I am honored to stand with the California Teachers Association and others in support of Julio,” added Tinajero.
Tinajero had previously been listed by Councilwoman Michele Martinez as having endorsed her campaign. With his endorsement of Perez, that relationship appears to have changed. We paid a visit to Martinez’s website to check her endorsement page this morning and the entire page had been removed. We have a Google cache copy of the old page and can confirm that Tinajero is listed on it. They must be updating the page.
I’d contact the Martinez campaign to ask what’s up, or down (such as the number of endorsements they have), but they aren’t answering questions from us because we won’t write puff pieces about her campaign.