Endorsement from OC Democrats solidifies Ashleigh Aitken’s lead in Anaheim mayor’s race

Anaheim, CA—Grassroots Democratic activists enthusiastically backed Ashleigh Aitken for mayor of Anaheim with an official endorsement from the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) last night. The DPOC endorsement comes as Ashleigh continues to significantly outpace her opponents in fundraising and build a broad progressive coalition in support of her campaign.

“Democrats are united in support of Ashleigh Aitken for mayor of Anaheim,” said Fran Sdao, Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County. “Ashleigh is a proven leader with the experience and courage to stand up for Anaheim neighborhoods, grow the economy with good jobs, and build affordable housing.”

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Bill Lockyer Calls Ashleigh Aitken Most Qualified to be Next Mayor of Anaheim

Bill Lockyer, who served Californians as our Treasurer, Attorney General, and Senate President Pro Tem, has endorsed Ashleigh Aitken for mayor of Anaheim. Lockyer has retired from public office and now practices law in Orange County.

“Ashleigh Aitken has the public safety, community leadership, and fiduciary experience needed to unite the people of Anaheim for solutions to homelessness and to strengthen the local economy for working families,” said Bill Lockyer. “She’s the most qualified and prepared candidate to be Anaheim’s next mayor.”

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Adam Schiff—Democratic Congressional Leader on National Security, Endorses Ashleigh Aitken for Anaheim Mayor

Anaheim, CA— Representative Adam Schiff (CA-28), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has endorsed Ashleigh Aitken for Mayor of Anaheim. Rep. Schiff and Ashleigh started their public service as federal prosecutors.

“Having served as a federal prosecutor, Ashleigh has the public safety experience Anaheim needs in their next Mayor,” said Representative Adam Schiff (CA-28). “Whether it’s home invasions, gang violence or cybercrimes, Ashleigh knows that police officers increasingly need more resources to keep people safe and that as neighbors we all play an essential role in helping to protect our communities.

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Aitken is the first to announce officially filing to be a candidate for Mayor

Anaheim, CA—Yesterday, Ashleigh Aitken became the first candidate to announce filing official nominating petitions to run for Mayor of Anaheim. Last month, she hit the milestone of being the first and only candidate to raise $550,000 in contributions from supporters.

 “As Mayor, I’ll put Anaheim’s neighborhoods first,” said Ashleigh Aitken, a consumer protection attorney. “For months, I’ve been meeting with residents, non-profit organizations, and small business owners about fixing the problems our neighborhoods are facing—homelessness, housing affordability, and public safety. I’m excited and honored to be out in our community everyday earning support to be Anaheim’s next Mayor.

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Ashleigh Aitken Supporters propel Aitken above half million dollar milestone

Anaheim, CA—Campaign finance reports due at the end of June show that Ashleigh Aitken has raised $550,000 in her race for Anaheim Mayor, signaling broad support for her campaign to bring people together to make Anaheim an even better place to live and work for every resident.

Ashleigh has elevated her campaign by spending months meeting with neighbors and small business owners about solving problems in Anaheim. In a clear distinction from the other candidates, Ashleigh has raised all of her campaign funds from individuals, businesses, and unions while other candidates have artificially propped up their campaigns with six-figure checks from their personal bank accounts.

“In every neighborhood, people talk with me about the need to solve homelessness and housing affordability, and increase public safety. They’re joining our campaign because they see I have the experience, as a former federal prosecutor and a former Chair of the Anaheim Community Services Board, to unite residents and get city hall focused on fixing problems,” said Ashleigh Aitken, a consumer protection attorney. “I’m extremely appreciative to receive this level of support from so many people in Anaheim.”

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"Ashleigh Aitken Would Be A Great Anaheim Mayor", Says Neighboring Mayor of Orange

Anaheim, CA— Teresa “Tita” Smith, Mayor of the City of Orange—which borders Anaheim to the South, has endorsed Ashleigh Aitken for Mayor of Anaheim.

“There’s a lot of character in our older neighborhoods and downtowns,” said Teresa “Tita” Smith, Mayor of the City of Orange. “As Mayor, Ashleigh will protect the unique quaintness of Anaheim while helping the city meet the challenges of homelessness and housing affordability. She will be a great Mayor.”

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Aitken Continues Building Support from Anaheim Education Leaders

Anaheim, CA—Ashleigh Aitken’s campaign for Anaheim Mayor announced an endorsement today from Dr. J. Paolo Magcalas, an Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee.
 
“As Mayor of Anaheim, Ashleigh will work more closely with teachers, parents, and our school boards to help students succeed,” said Dr. J. Paolo Magcalas, Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee. “Ashleigh knows we can give kids additional opportunities to build the skills they need by coordinating more after-school, mentorship, arts and other city programs with our schools.

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California Women’s List Backs Ashleigh Aitken for Anaheim Mayor

Anaheim, CA—Today’s endorsement from California Women’s List adds to Ashleigh Aitken’s growing and broad support for Anaheim Mayor.
 
“Working mom, successful consumer protection attorney, and an accomplished neighborhood activist. Ashleigh demonstrates everyday how hard women are working to be leaders in our communities,” said Meredith Dworkin, Board Member of California Women’s List. “As the first female Mayor of Orange County’s largest city, Ashleigh will work to ensure more women in Anaheim have a stronger voice in taking on the challenges neighborhoods are facing and in shaping the future of the city.

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Aitken’s Support From OC Unions Grows

Anaheim, CA—Ashleigh Aitken earned support from another union in Orange County’s influential building trades sector. The Laborers’ Local 652 represents more than 3,200 workers who construct and repair buildings and infrastructure throughout Orange County.
 
“Ashleigh understands our members are helping to keep Anaheim moving forward,” said Adrian Esparza, Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 652. “As mayor, Ashleigh will make sure everyone is at the table in finding solutions to the challenges the city is facing.”

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Orange County’s United Food and Commercial Workers Union is Backing Ashleigh Aitken for Mayor of Anaheim

Anaheim, CA—In her race for Anaheim Mayor, Ashleigh Aitken continues to gain momentum with an endorsement from one of Orange County’s largest unions—UFCW Local 324. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 324 represents more than 23,000 men and women employed in the Food, Dental, Financial, Health Care, Optometry, Packinghouse, Processing, Retail Drug, and Merchandise Industries
 
“Ashleigh doesn’t shy away from a fight for justice,” said Matt Bell, Executive Vice President of UFCW Local 324. “As mayor, she’ll continue to stand with workers and the people we serve to have a stronger voice in our neighborhoods, in the workplace, and at city hall.”

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Aitken Earns Education Endorsement for Mayor from School Board Trustee Art Montez

Anaheim, CA—In her race for Anaheim Mayor, Ashleigh Aitken received an endorsement from Art Montez, a trustee for the neighboring Centralia School District.

“Ashleigh understands that educational support services, such as after-school activities, arts and music programs, and academic tutoring help strengthen opportunities for students to succeed,” said Art Montez, Centralia School Board Trustee. “I’m supporting Ashleigh because, as mayor of Anaheim, she will provide leadership in creating partnerships between the city and our schools for these sustainable education programs.”

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Anaheim Community Services Board and Faith Leader, Father Arturo Ferreras-Querijero Endorses Ashleigh Aitken for Mayor

Anaheim, CA—Father Arturo Ferreras-Querijero, an Anaheim Community Services Board Member and a leader in Orange County’s Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), has put his faith in Ashleigh Aitken for Anaheim Mayor.

“Ashleigh fights for every resident to have a stronger voice at city hall,” said Father Arturo Ferreras-Querijero. “As mayor, Ashleigh will help unite Anaheim to solve the challenges our communities are facing to afford housing, create jobs that pay a living wage, and prepare our children with better opportunities to succeed.”

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Orange County Employees Association Backs Ashleigh Aitken for Anaheim Mayor

Anaheim, CA—The Orange County Employees Association (OCEA), which represents approximately 18,000 public service workers, has endorsed Ashleigh Aitken for Mayor of Anaheim.
 
“Ashleigh is a tested leader who has always stood up for what’s best for our communities,” said Jennifer Muir Beuthin, General Manager of the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA). “Our members know that best, because they are the workers on the frontline everyday to help keep Anaheim safe and healthy and we can’t wait to see Anaheim’s future with Ashleigh as our next mayor.”

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Anaheim housing and community leader backs Ashleigh Aitken for Mayor

Anaheim, CA—Ada Tamayo, an Anaheim Housing and Community Development Commissioner has endorsed Ashleigh Aitken for Mayor of Anaheim.

“Housing costs are crushing workers trying to raise a family in Anaheim,” said Ada Tamayo, Housing and Community Development Commissioner. “Ashleigh has the experience and passion to give workers and our neighborhoods the support we need from the mayor’s office to solve the housing affordability and homelessness crisis facing Anaheim.”

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Congressmember Lou Correa is backing Ashleigh Aitken for Anaheim Mayor

Anaheim, CA—Congressmember Lou Correa, who has also served Anaheim neighborhoods in the California State Assembly, State Senate, and as an Orange County Supervisor, announced he is endorsing Ashleigh Aitken for Anaheim Mayor.

“Ashleigh is tough, but fair and will work hard in our neighborhoods to find solutions that help grow our middle class and local businesses,” said Congressmember Lou Correa.

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Chef Bruno Heats Up Ashleigh Aitken’s Campaign for Anaheim Mayor

Anaheim, CA—Chef Bruno Serato has endorsed Ashleigh Aitken for Anaheim Mayor. Serato is the owner of the famed Anaheim White House restaurant and founder of Caterina’s Club, which feeds over 17,000 hungry kids per week in Anaheim and Orange County.

“When I look to my side, Ashleigh is there, helping our neighborhoods and fighting to give every kid a chance to succeed. She’s always been there to support Caterina’s Club and the children we feed,” said Chef Bruno Serato, founder of Caterina’s Club. “Ashleigh will work hard as our next Mayor to bring people together to make Anaheim a city that respects all of our neighborhoods.”

“Chef Bruno cares about the lives he is changing, not just the profits of his business. He’s a shining example of what more of Anaheim’s business leaders could be doing,” said Aitken. “Bruno is helping out in our communities, not because the city made him do something, but because it’s the right thing to do.” 

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Aitken Pulls In Support for Mayor from Anaheim Planning Commissioner

Anaheim, CA—Bill Dalati, Chair of the Anaheim Planning Commission and a community activist has endorsed Ashleigh Aitken for Mayor of Anaheim.

“Ashleigh has the experience to help Anaheim solve our city’s growing challenges around recruiting new businesses and building affordable housing while protecting the character of our neighborhoods,” said Bill Dalati, Chair of the Anaheim Planning Commission.

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OC Veteran and Worker Rights Leader Nick Berardino Backs Ashleigh Aitken for Anaheim Mayor

Anaheim, CA—Nick Berardino, a long-standing leader in Orange County on veteran’s issues and worker rights, has endorsed Ashleigh Aitken for Anaheim Mayor.

Berardino served with honor as a Marine in the Vietnam War and was the general manager of the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) for more than decade. He and Aitken served together on the OC Fair Board where they worked to open the Heroes Hall museum in 2016 and the Table of Dignity tribute to farm workers earlier this year.

“Ashleigh worked tirelessly to build Heroes Hall in Orange County to honor our veterans and their families,” said Nick Berardino, veteran and worker rights leader. “She’s a respected leader for our veterans and an experienced champion for the people of Anaheim.”

While serving as president of the Orange County Bar Association, Ashleigh established the Veterans & Military Committee to focus on providing pro bono services to our veterans and military families.

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Ashleigh Aitken Gets Progressive Boost from Leader of Democratic Foundation of Orange County

Anaheim, CA—Dan Jacobson, Democratic Foundation of Orange County Chair, has endorsed Ashleigh Aitken for Anaheim Mayor. Since 2009, Jacobson has led the Foundation consisting of a broad coalition of professional, business, labor, environmental, civil rights and political leaders.  Jacobson explained that while the Foundation does not issue endorsements until later, he was so excited by Ashleigh’s run that he gave her his personal endorsement.

“People are fired up about electing Ashleigh to be the next mayor of Anaheim, and I sure am one of those people.” said Dan Jacobson, Democratic Foundation of Orange County Chair. “She has the experience, compassion, and toughness to be an effective mayor for the people, by giving our growing middle class a stronger voice in our neighborhoods and at city hall.”

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Anaheim City Workers Unite Behind Ashleigh Aitken for Mayor

Anaheim, CA—Ashleigh Aitken earned the backing of the Anaheim Municipal Employees Association (AMEA). The union represents more than 600 city employees who work in Anaheim’s libraries, parks, police and fire departments, senior and after school programs, and provide other important public services.

“Ashleigh looks out for our neighborhoods and will work with city employees to make sure we have the resources to give Anaheim residents the services they count on,” said Mike Holmes, an Anaheim Fleet Services fire mechanic and AMEA President. “Anaheim’s city workers are proud to stand with Ashleigh Aitken to be our next Mayor.”

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