73%: GROW Elect Celebrates June Primary Election Victories

GROW Elect candidates posted impressive victories around the state in this week’s June Primary elections. Over two-thirds – 73% to be exact – of GROW’s candidates either won outright or advanced to the general election.Eleven Latino Republican GROW Elect candidates won Tuesday night with the fate of two more candidates yet to be determined. Six of those candidates won outright, and five more won slots for the November elections.

These victories add to the growing number of successful GROW Elect Latino Republicans holding office throughout California. Some highlights include:


Lorie Zapf, the first Latina on the San Diego City Council, won a decisive victory for the new San Diego City Council District 2 seat in a crucial priority race for Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the San Diego GOP.INLAND EMPIRE

The Inland Empire now has two Republican Latinos as District Attorneys. Mike Hestrin was elected as Riverside District Attorney, and Mike Ramos won a landslide re-election as District Attorney for San Bernardino County.CENTRAL VALLEY

Rudy Mendoza had an impressive first place finish and advances to the general election in State Assembly District 26. Rudy is one of the party’s best opportunity to add a Latino Republican to the Legislature.CENTRAL COAST

Victor Gomez had a strong showing as he advances to the November general election for the San Benito County Board of Supervisors.SACRAMENTO

Michelle Rivas won in her tough race for the Twin Rivers Unified School District board of Trustees. Michelle beat an incumbent who had unseated her two years earlier when she had been targeted in a massive campaign by school unions. She won this time in a landslide with the help of GROW Elect.LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Downey Councilman Mario A. Guerra, one of GROW Elect’s stars, scored a surprisingly strong 44% of the vote to emerge on top in the 32nd Senate District. Sacramento pundits are watching this race closely.