Maricella Cruz, Board Member, Alisal Union School District
I was 22, an ex-gang member in Salinas trying to turn my life around, when I met Anna Caballero. I began working with her as a founding member of the Strengthening Families Program at Anna’s organization, Partners for Peace. I became a certified instructor in the program, helping families reconnect and learn to talk to and support one another. For the first time I felt like I could give something back to the community and help deal with the gang plague that had nearly taken my life. I was growing as a productive member of society. Anna noticed the “diamond in the rough”, the potential in me, and gave me an opportunity. Now I work for the Monterey County Office of Education, where today, through the Alternative Education Program, I help point at-risk kids towards college instead of gangs.
Tim McCarthy, Salinas Community Leader
I have known Anna since 1979, and was her partner in our law firm for over twenty-five years. I know her well. Anna brings a wealth of great experience to state and local government. She knows how to get things done. She is smart and savvy, and she is a bridge builder. She is principled and looks for solutions, and she knows how to “reach across the aisle” when it can lead to productive action. I know of no one who would better than Anna to represent us in the California State Senate. I urge you to join me by voting for Anna Caballero for the State Senate.