This just came over the transom from the Jose Solorio for Assembly campaign:
Orange County Deputy Sheriffs Endorse Jose Solorio for State Assembly
Santa Ana, CA (May 22, 2006) -- The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) has announced its endorsement of Santa Ana Councilman Jose Solorio for the 69th State Assembly District. AOCDS represents 1,800 fully sworn deputies, investigators and sergeants of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The organization prides itself on being "fervently committed to public safety."
"Jose Solorio has proven his commitment to public safety. He works hard, knows that public safety is a primary role of government and makes sure that police services are properly funded in Santa Ana. He will also bring the passion and focus of a dad to his work in the State Capitol -- crimes against children will mean longer sentences, faster trials, and stricter terms for parole," said Orange County Deputy Sheriffs President Wayne J. Quint.
Jose Solorio is a Democrat running for the State Assembly seat being vacated by Assemblyman Tom Umberg, who has endorsed Solorio. The 69th District includes all of Santa Ana and portions of Garden Grove and Anaheim. The primary election is June 6th, 2006.
As a Santa Ana City Councilman, Solorio has been a leader in efforts to reduce crime and promote after-school programs for kids who might otherwise join gangs. Solorio is especially proud that the Deputy Sheriffs recognized his proven commitment to public safety and chose him as the best candidate to protect residents of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, and Anaheim. Solorio's opponent, Claudia Alvarez, works for the District Attorney and claims public safety as her top priority. But AOCDS, which represents District Attorney investigators, chose Solorio over Alvarez. Perhaps they share the concern of many voters that Alvarez is more interested in using the District Attorney's Office as a political stepping-stone rather than protecting the residents of Orange County.
In addition to the endorsement of the Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, Councilman Solorio has also received endorsements from other statewide organizations committed to public safety and health, such as the California Professional Firefighters, California Federation of Teachers, and California Nurses Association.
For more information about Councilman Jose Solorio, please visit www.JoseSolorio.com.
When your opponent is a assistant district attorney, an endorsement from the sheriff's deputies helps.