Poythress Concedes Race

SALINAS – Assemblymember Anna Caballero today declared victory in her campaign to win election to the open 12th Senate District seat. Caballero declared victory after her opponent, Madera County supervisor Rob Poythress conceded.

As of the close of business Friday, Nov. 9, the California Secretary of State’s website showed Caballero with a lead of more than six thousand votes.

In the aftermath of her opponent’s concession Caballero issued the following statement;

“I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers and supporters who helped us reach out and listen to voters across the six counties which comprise the 12 Senate District.

“The outcome tells me the message and vision of our campaign was the right one for rural California and the district’s voters.  

“I will work hard to make sure that the needs and interests of rural California on health care access, education, clean water and clean air, affordable housing, and agricultural production are taken seriously by the legislators and politicians in Sacramento, most of whom represent big cities.”



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California’s 12th State Senate District, is split between the Salinas Valley and

 the counties of Fresno, Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, and Stanislaus.


Statement from Assemblymember Anna Caballero

November 7, 2018

SALINAS – Assemblymember Anna Caballero released the following statement today regarding the status of the vote count in the 12th Senate District:

“I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who knocked on thousands of doors across the 12th Senate District to deliver our message. As a result of their effort, and the enthusiastic response of thousands of voters through the District, we finished election night with a slight lead. 

“But Tuesday night’s results also made it clear there are still a significant number of votes to count in the 12th Senate District.

“Our campaign is prepared to monitor the vote counting in each of the six election offices in the counties which make up the senate district including, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Benito and Stanislaus counties.

“We look forward to the final result and are cautiously optimistic, based on Tuesday’s results, that the vote count will conclude in our favor.”


Kamala Harris Endorses Anna Caballero for Senate

Salinas, Calif. – Today, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris announced her support for Assemblymember Anna Caballero in the race for Senate District 12, stating:

"I'm pleased to endorse Assemblymember Anna Caballero for the California State Senate District 12 seat.  As a former District Attorney and Attorney General, I know how important it is to have elected officials like Ms. Caballero.  She has always kept our communities safer, and has fought to reduce gang violence through early childhood education, literacy programs, after-school activities and strengthened parenting programs.  I look forward to partnering with her to advance our shared goals and values."

Cabellero has also recently received the support of Congressman Jim Costa, State Senator Cathleen Galgiani, Assemblymember Adam Gray as well as editorial endorsements from the Fresno and Modesto Bee newspapers. 

See a full list of endorsements here: 

California’s 12th State Senate District, split between the Salinas Valley and the counties of Fresno, Madera, Merced, San Benito, Monterey, and Stanislaus, is one of the most competitive legislative districts in California.


Prominent Central California Legislators Endorse Caballero for Open State Senate Seat

Praise Caballero as “Important voice for rural California"

MERCED – Three of rural California’s most prominent elected officials have endorsed Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) in her campaign for the open 12th District seat in the state Senate.
In separate statements Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno), State Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) and Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) commended Caballero for her positions on issues important to rural California.
Costa, who served in the Assembly and state Senate before his election to Congress, said, "I am pleased to endorse Anna Caballero for the California State Senate. She has been an important voice for us here in rural California, and I’m looking forward to working side-by-side with her on crucial issues such as water, agricultural security, and healthcare.”

“I look forward to working with Anna Caballero in the State Senate. We need strong voices in Sacramento that will fight for equality for all, including women and immigrants. We will work together to represent the Central Valley, and I am looking forward to getting more things done for our community,” Galgiani declared.

Calling Caballero someone who can be counted on to put rural California’s priorities first, Gray said, “She has been an ally in our fight to stop the state water grab and a champion to improve health care access in the Valley. In the Senate, she will be a great partner in the fight to ensure that rural communities get their fair share of state resources."

In response to the endorsements, Caballero stated, “This kind of support is very important to our campaign. I have worked with all three legislators and look forward to continuing these effective partnerships in the future.”


RELEASE: Fresno Bee, Modesto Bee Back Caballero for Senate


Merced, Calif. – The Fresno Bee and Modesto Bee have endorsed Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) for election to the open 12th District seat in the state Senate.

Noting that Caballero is a moderate Democrat, the editorial which ran in the two newspapers said, “Her experience in the legislature could make her more independent. She came to the Valley to represent the forgotten. It’s the same fight.”

Caballero said she appreciated the endorsement from the two largest daily newspapers in the 12th Senate District. “The endorsement of our campaign by these two newspapers ratifies the work we are doing to reach out to voters throughout the district to discuss the issues and find solutions which can serve to move the 12th Senate District forward,” Caballero stated.

In addition to the Fresno and Modesto newspapers, other major endorsements Caballero has received include the California Association of Highway Patrolman; California District Attorneys Association; California Health + Advocates; California Nurses Association; California Professional Firefighters; California Teachers Association; and Peace Officers Research Association of California, known as PORAC.
The sprawling 12th Senate District is made up of some or all of six counties including all of Merced and San Benito counties and portions of Fresno, Madera, Monterey and Stanislaus counties.

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Fresno Bee: Anna Caballero gets Bee’s recommendation for state Senate District 12


October 16, 2018

How important can a political race be when the district’s biggest cities are Salinas, Merced, Madera, Ceres and a sliver of Modesto? How important is a state Senate district that stretches across six rural counties and three television markets?

How important? The race to replace termed-out Republican Anthony Cannella in Senate District 12 is said to the most important contest in California… (Read Full Text Here)

California District Attorney’s Association Endorses Anna Caballero


Sacramento, Calif. – Sacramento, CA – On Tuesday October 9, 2018, the California District Attorney’s Association announced their endorsement of Assemblymember Anna Caballero in the race for Senate District 12.

Acknowledging Caballero’s “demonstrated commitment to public safety, victims’ rights, and addressing the needs of prosecutors” in the 12th Senate district and throughout California, CDAA threw their support behind Caballero’s candidacy.

CDAA joins a growing list of public safety organizations backing Anna Caballero for Senate, including the Association for LA Deputy Sheriffs, California Association of Highway Patrolmen, California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) and California Professional Firefighters.

Caballero said: “I am proud of my record of working with the California District Attorney’s Association in the Assembly and look forward to continuing our work together on behalf of law enforcement and prosecutors in the State Senate.”

See a full list of endorsements on Anna Caballero’s website.

California’s 12th State Senate District, split between the Salinas Valley and the counties of Fresno, Madera, Merced, San Benito, and Stanislaus, is one of the most competitive legislative districts in California.


Assemblymember Anna Caballero serves as Chair of the Agriculture Committee in the California State Assembly and is the former Mayor of Salinas. As the first female Mayor of Salinas, Caballero oversaw the expansion of programs that reduced gang violence and brought crime in the city to an all-time low. Cited for her fiscal discipline, she turned a budget deficit into a surplus and went on to serve as the California Secretary for Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, where she cut wasteful spending and championed the expansion of housing construction and services for homeless veterans. She is endorsed by the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, Firefighters, Nurses, and Teachers.

Anna Caballero Endorsed by Republican Farmer and County Supervisor Anthony Botelho

Hollister, Calif. – Anna Caballero, Chair of the California State Assembly’s Committee on Agriculture and candidate for California State Senate District 12, was today endorsed by Republican farmer and San Benito County Supervisor Anthony Botelho. Botelho serves as the District 2 Chairman on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors as well as an apple farmer who supplies Martinelli’s Juice Co. 

“I’m a registered Republican, and support Anna Caballero for California State Senate District 12,” said Anthony Botelho, a farmer and San Benito Supervisor. “Anna has a long track record of reaching across the aisle to find solutions for  California’s most pressing issues, including in the State Assembly, where she worked on a bi-partisan committee to protect our water. Because of Anna’s commitment to working together to deliver real results, I am endorsing her as the best choice for State Senate District 12.” 

“I am very grateful for the support of Anthony Botelho as well as his important work on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors,” said Anna Caballero. “Anthony understands that I am committed to fighting for the interests and rights of rural Californians, no matter what side of the aisle they stand on. In the State Senate, I promise to continue the bipartisan work I have done in the Assembly to ensure rural Californian communities have access to clean water, good education, and affordable healthcare.”

ICYMI: Local News Station fact checks Anti-Anna Caballero TV Ad, Finds Claims to be False

Salinas, Calif. – On Tuesday, local news station KSBW did an investigative report on a negative ad that was stretching the truth about the record of Senate District 12 candidate, Assemblymember Anna Caballero.

The local news station found that the claim that Anna Caballero raised tuition for students, was completely false, as UC regents are responsible for tuition increases, not the state legislature.

Said Caballero of the false claim: “The bottom line is that the Legislature doesn’t vote on increases in tuition. That’s a decision made at the college regent’s level.”

The station also found the claim that Anna used taxpayer money on a new office for herself and her staff to be falsely based on her vote for a bill that allocates funding for a Capitol annex renovation, intended to make the historic building more ADA compliant.

Said Caballero of that claim: “If there’s nothing in my record to challenge me on, they (the opposition) make up things about me.”

Caballero continued: “In the last three of four weeks before the election, negative stuff comes out and its unfortunate, but you deal with it.”

You can watch the full investigative report on the false claims made by Rob Poythress here: