Santa Ana city council member and AD-69 candidate Michele Martinez today announced what the campaign is saying is a “powerful” endorsement from the Santa Ana Police Officers Association. It’s hardly surprising given that Santa Ana police are likely worried that they may follow the same path of the Santa Ana Fire Department. The wording of the press release seems to suggest the other endorsements Martinez has received were “less than” powerful? After all, these guys were the ones who recovered Martinez’s “stoled bike.”
Here’s the announcement:
Santa Ana, California –Michele Martinez’s Campaign for State Assembly announced the endorsement of Santa Ana Police Officers Association (SAPOA) today. SAPOA joins the Orange County Coalition of Police & Sheriffs (OC COPS), the Santa Ana Firemen’s Benevolent Association, and the Santa Ana Police Management Association as public safety groups that have announced their support of Martinez in recent weeks.
“Michele Martinez had dedicated her time on the Santa Ana City Council to keeping our kids and neighborhoods safe,” said SAPOA President John Franks. “She has been a partner with local law enforcement and her colleagues on the City Council in dramatically reducing crime in our city and we are proud to endorse her campaign for State Assembly.”
“I am honored to have the support of the men and women of the Santa Ana Police Officers Association,” said Martinez. “As the largest city in our district, Santa Ana will play a significant role in deciding who becomes our next Assemblymember. The SAPOA is an endorsement that carries a lot of weight with local voters and I look forward to working closely with them over the course of our campaign.”
The Santa Ana Police Officers Association is comprised of sworn and non-sworn Santa Ana Police Officers, retired police officers and reserve officers of the Santa Ana Police Department. They are dedicated to making Santa Ana a safer place to live and work.
As a member of the Santa Ana City Council, Martinez currently represents around 60% of the newly configured 69th State Assembly District. She was first elected to the Santa Ana City Council in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. A strong advocate for public safety, economic development and education on the council, she chairs the Parks, Recreation, Education and Youth Committee and is a member of the Neighborhood Improvement/Code Enforcement Committee. Michele holds a B.A in Criminal Justice from California State University Fullerton and she is a product of Santa Ana High School and Santa Ana College. She works as the Director of the Alliance for a Healthy Orange County (AHOC) Martinez is running for California’s 69th State Assembly District, which includes the city of Santa Ana and portions of Anaheim, Orange and Garden Grove. By population, the 69th Assembly District is the most Latino seat in California. Latino surname residents make up around 76% of population and compose over 50% of the electorate. Female Democratic voters hold a 6% registration lead over their male counterparts.