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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 27

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Omar Torres

Community Relations Director
16,793 votes (8.52%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Push for College and Medicare For All
  • Register and educate voters about our Democratic Party (especially Decline-to-state voters & new voters)
  • Elect more women and people of color to local office

Experience

Experience

Profession:Community Relations Director
Community Relations Director, Office of Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco (2015–current)
Member,, Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2006–current)
Regional Director, District 7, California Democratic Party — Elected position (2015–current)
Trustee, Franklin-McKinley School District — Elected position (2014–2018)

Education

San Jose State University Political Science, state and local politics (current)

Biography

I have served as the Community Relations Director for East San José Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco. I am the past Executive Director of the Santa Maria Urban Ministry located in the heart of the Washington Neighborhood. A food pantry that helps eradicate poverty in our low-income communities. Began my community organizing skills when I joined the Washington Youth Volunteer Group when I was 14 years old. I saw many challenges facing my community like poverty, lack of education & gang/drug issues. WYVG collaborated with the Guadalupe Washington Neighborhood Association (GWNA) in bringing more open space (Brenda Lopez Memorial Plaza), a youth center (Washington United Youth Center) and a new library (Biblioteca Latinoamericana.) Later as GWNA president, I was instrumental in erecting new traffic lights around Washington. Eventually, as a Community Activity Worker for the City's defunct Strong Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI) I organized in the King-Ocala, West Evergreen and Five/Wounds Brookwood Terrance area's. SNI's primary mission was to build strong neighborhoods by developing community leadership & working collaboratively with residents to achieve delivery of City Services & Neighborhood Priorities for underrepresented areas. As the East San José Weed & Seed Site Coordinator, I assisted the Police Department to "weed out" violent crime like gangs, drug use, and drug trafficking in targeted "hotspot" neighborhoods and "seed in" social & economic revitalization for these struggling areas. I continue to recruit community residents so they can empower themselves solving problems in their neighborhoods & organizing around issues like immigration, poverty or other social justice issues. Voters elected me to the Franklin-McKinley School Board in November 2014. I also serve as the Region 7 Director for the California Democratic Party, establishing relationships with Democratic party activists from Santa Clara County to Monterey County. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Councilmember Sylvia Arenas

Organizations (2)

  • New Deal Democrats
  • LiUNA Local 270

Elected Officials (3)

  • Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco
  • Trustee Karen Martinez
  • Trustee Peter Ortiz

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

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Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a progressive Democrat. The way I grew up molded my beliefs. Education and engaging our communities will help them succeed. 

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