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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 38

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Dina Cervantes

Education Consultant/Businesswoman
10,892 votes (8.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Education - I will work to protect public education, starting from early childhood education and extending through higher education.
  • Working Families - I will fight for high wage jobs, retirement security, affordable housing and economic growth.
  • Environment - I will support & champion policies to preserve and enforce California’s landmark emissions reduction policies and environmental protections.



California State University, Northridge Bachelor of Science (B.S), Family and Consumer Studies (2014)
California State University, Northridge Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Child and Adolescent Development (2007)


When this seat recently and unexpectedly opened up, it became clear that this was my opportunity to build upon my past work in support of public education, working families, and our environment.

My education and work in the classroom as a preschool teacher taught me the importance of creating environments where people can thrive. I believe that investing in high-quality education at the earliest levels through higher education is key to not only transforming our public education system, but to expanding opportunities for our children’s lives and futures. Whether it be trade programs, community college or a four-year university, our children deserve access to quality and affordable education.

I began my advocacy as a student leader, organizing community college students against the reduction of vocational programs. While attending CSU Northridge, I continued the fight, becoming the statewide President and Chair of the California State Student Association for the CSU system, where we prevailed in the fight to freeze student fees.

I later had the opportunity to work for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) where I focused on energy policies and projects that led to job creation and building healthy environments in our most underserved communities.

Today, I own a small business that promotes public service and community activism. I am the daughter of immigrant parents who worked hard to build a life for me and my siblings. I was once an at-risk youth who found the support I needed through our public education system to overcome adversity and lead a successful life.

I want our youth to get the education they deserve so everyone can have the types of opportunities I had to get a quality education, a good-paying job with retirement security, and start a business. In the Assembly, I will fight to protect public education, for our families to have access to healthcare, good jobs, and a clean environment.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $66,448

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Nurses Association
Employees of State of California
California Latino PAC
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Re- Elect Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction 2022
Wendy Carrillo for Assembly 2020

More information about contributions

By State:

California 89.83%
District of Columbia 8.39%
Colorado 0.81%
Texas 0.32%
Other 0.65%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.24%)
Small contributions (6.76%)

By Type:

From organizations (62.63%)
From individuals (37.37%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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