County of San Benito Clerk, Auditor & Recorder

Candidate Statements – State Assembly 29th District

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Prior to the Random Alphabet drawing on March 17th, statements will be listed in the order of filing. Once the Random Alphabet is drawn, statements will be reordered to match the order the candidates will appear on the ballot.


STATEMENT OF CANDIDATE FOR
MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 29

ROBERT RIVAS
Occupation: State Assemblymember

Education & Qualifications:

I am a lifelong resident of this region– the grandchild of a farmworker who came here to build a better life. As your Assemblymember, it is my honor to represent the community that has given me and my family so much. My wife Christen and I are raising our daughter here, and I am committed to ensuring that the doors of opportunity remain open for the next generation.


We have made substantial legislative progress despite the challenges of the past few years. I led the successful passage of legislation to enhance safety protections for agricultural workers. I authored the Golden State Teacher Grant Program, which secured $89 million for grants to teachers who commit to teach in a school lacking qualified educators. I have championed efforts to invest in affordable housing and protect our natural environment. I currently serve as Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, advocating for our state’s critical and diverse agricultural sector.


Looking forward, we must ensure that California provides the best public services for its residents. That means great schools, affordable and high-quality healthcare, good paying jobs, and investments in roads, public transit, and other infrastructure that affects our quality of life. Our state must be more efficient and more effective in delivering these services. If re-elected to the State Assembly, this will be a key focus of mine over the next several years.


With your help, I will continue standing up for every resident of the 29th Assembly District.


For more information, please visit www.rivasforassembly.com


STATEMENT OF CANDIDATE FOR
MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 29

STEPHANIE L. CASTRO
Occupation: EducatorAge: 50

Education & Qualifications:

I am a woman of my word. I won’t make promises I cannot keep, but I will fight and stand for my constituents, small businesses, and our personal freedoms. I will fight for positive changes that need to be made in our school system, like school choice, on our roads, with our homeless, and will be harsh on crime in your community so we can all feel safe at home. I will fight to improve our working wages, where we can see real wage growth without taking more out for taxes or raising them either, so you can readily provide for your family. I am a married mom of 3, with my oldest son serving in our U.S. Air Force. I am a double credentialed educator who taught elementary and high school students in the communities of Hollister, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and Salinas. You should vote for me because there are bad policies coming out of California, like AB101 that brought the highly controversial and divisive Critical Race Theory curriculum to our children, and other policies that cause your gas, heating, rent, and food costs to be extremely high. I oppose this and will be the voice for the common people who will develop common sense policies and solutions. I have fought hard for everything I have worked for and will always persevere when things feel tough. I intend to maintain that level of endurance throughout my campaign, in Sacramento, and beyond, because we all deserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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