Elsa Granados was raised in Los Angeles, and has worked in Santa Barbara for over 20 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for State Assembly because she wants to use her extensive leadership experience to advocate for policies that protect her community and local natural resources.
Granados is the longtime Executive Director of Standing Together to End Sexual Assault, a nonprofit that amplifies social injustices, and advocates for policy and cultural changes to eradicate violence against women. At the state and national level, Granados has been a proactive advocate for sexual violence prevention. She has lobbied at the statehouse for increased rape crisis funding, provided feedback on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and advocated for supports specific to women who are incarcerated, farm workers, and indigenous. She has centered women's rights, environmental issues, and affordable housing in her campaign, arguing for the importance of a level playing field for all residents. Granados serves on the board of the Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee and has received their endorsement in this race.
Granados is running against candidate Charles Cole (R), Jonathan Abboud (D), Steve Bennett (D), Stephen Blum (D), Jason Dominguez (D), and Cathy Murillo (D) for this open seat. According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Granados is a strong progressive choice because of her long history in the community and her collaborative approach to social justice advocacy.
According to our analysis, Elsa Granados is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.