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By Noe Magaña, BenitoLink Staff Reporter
State Assemblywoman Anna Caballero kicked off her California Senate campaign tour on the steps of Hollister City Hall in front of a group of about 40 supporters Sept. 7.
Hollister City Council members and San Benito County supervisors were also present to support Caballero as she seeks votes for the 12th District Senate seat currently held by Anthony Cannella, who terms out in November. Caballero faces Madera County Supervisor Rob Poythress for the open seat.
Hollister Councilwoman Mickie Luna introduced Caballero, saying she supported her because the assemblywoman is strong and moves the agenda forward for everyone. Luna added that Caballero doesn’t forget about the rural areas.
Luna is running for re-election for City Council in District 2.
County Supervisor Robert Rivas, the Democratic candidate in the race for Caballero’s seat in the 30th State Assembly District, also had high praises for Caballero. He said she has always served and fought for people in the community.
“She has a history of fighting for us and now it’s time for all of us to fight for her,” Rivas said.
Caballero told BenitoLink her bid for the 12th District seat is a grassroots campaign that she is running, and that her team began walking in all six counties this week.
The counties are San Benito, Stanislaus, Merced, parts of Fresno, Madera, and Monterey.
“It’s no accident that we’re starting it off this morning here because I had my law practice for 25 years a block away,” Caballero said.
She said she began her latest campaign in Hollister because of all the loving friends and supporters she has in the city.
“I knew almost everybody in the crowd and that says a lot about the activism and the interest that is here in San Benito County.”
Despite the familiarity with the process, Caballero said this time it’s different because the political climate has changed and the issues are more serious. Among them are immigration, health care, affordable housing and water.
“People are much more interested in understanding what the state does and how important it is to know who their legislators are,” Caballero said.
Caballero, who had scheduled tour stops in Los Banos and Patterson on Sept. 7, said she will not be traveling in a bus, as was the plan, because it is less cost-efficient.