June Election Victories!
GROW Elect Candidates Succeed In June Primary
This past Tuesday was primary Election Day and the results are in: The ranks of successful GROW Elect candidates continues to increase as our June candidates advanced to the general election in November! We are proud of all of our candidates and look forward to many more great local candidates joining them in various fall races across the state. Here are just a few highlights from Tuesday’s primary election:
Dante Acosta: Model for GROW Elect Success
Dante Acosta’s strong showing in Tuesday’s primary makes him the favorite to win the seat for Assembly District 38 in November. He was by far the largest vote-getter in his primary election. His rise as an early GROW Elect local candidate to become the Republican nominee for the state Assembly is a model for aspiring Latino candidates. GROW Elect supported Dante in his successful run for Santa Clarita City Council in 2014, and we were proud to support him when he decided to run for the Assembly earlier this year.
He is an example of a candidate who we supported for local office and then for the legislature. It is a model that GROW Elect has promoted, and we are proud to see Dante on a path to success in November.
Young Latinos Scored Impressive Victories in the Central Valley
Jesus Andrade (pictured left), a young Latino and first time candidate, ran an impressive race for a city council seat in his hometown of Stockton. He ran against two elected officials and is now in the citywide runoff in November with a campaign focused on making Stockton a better place for all families. Kuyler Croker (pictured right), another young Latino, worked hard to earn a top spot in the runoff for Tulare County Supervisor. He impressed many with his hard work and determination in a crowded field of candidates. He is focused on public safety, creating jobs and supporting agriculture. Jesus and Kuyler are the faces of young Latinos who are passionate about improving their communities in the Central Valley.
Latinos Win in the Southernmost Counties in California
Mike Diaz (pictured right) in Chula Vista successfully secured a spot to face off against a longtime politician in Chula Vista in the November runoff. He is running to provide representation to a neglected community in that diverse city in San Diego County. Further east, Erik Ortega (pictured left) ran an impressive campaign and won a position on the November ballot for the Imperial Irrigation District in Imperial County. His campaign is focused on creating good jobs in a region with the highest unemployment rate in the state.
Latino Assembly candidates come out on top
The two Latino Republican Assembly members in California posted impressive primary results for their re-elections. Eric Linder (pictured left) received the most votes in his competitive district in Riverside County. And, Rocky Chavez (pictured right) received 100% of the vote in his district in San Diego County, assuring him of a victory for re-election in the fall.