Elect Gail Pellerin to push AD-28 in the right direction.
State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.
The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.
California’s 28th Assembly District includes parts of Monterey, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 18% are Republican and 54% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 14% Latino, 6% Asian, and 3% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-29 is 33% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-289 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 50 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 42 points.
There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Pellerin and Republican opponent Liz Lawler. Pellerin’s campaign has not yet filed fundraising receipts for this campaign.
Pellerin, former Santa Cruz county clerk, is from Sacramento and has lived in Santa Cruz for almost 30 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to focus on affordable housing, health-care access, climate change, and mental-health services.
Pellerin, a former journalist, has worked in public service for more than 35 years. She served as a legislative staffer in Sacramento and later as elections manager under then County Clerk Richard Bedal, and went on to win reelection four times. She has also worked on election issues in other roles, including with the California Democratic Party on its voter-protection committee. She has been active in women-serving organizations like Girls Inc. and Women’s Educational Success at Cabrillo College. Pellerin led the creation of the Cabrillo College Local Government Fellows program, which provides scholarships, paid internships, and mentorship opportunities to encourage students to get involved in local government.
Pellerin has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Teachers Association, Equality California, and Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte. She has also received the endorsement of several elected leaders, including current AD-28 Assemblymember Mark Stone, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, State Senator John Laird, and Assemblymember Robert Rivas. Based on our analysis, Pellerin’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-28 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.