May 09, 2019
Contact: Rafael Castellanos

Women’s Coalition Backs Rafael Castellanos for Supervisor

Diverse coalition of 100 San Diego area women comes together to support Castellanos for Supervisor in South County

In another sign of the broad support powering his grassroots campaign, Rafael Castellanos today announced the support of a diverse coalition of 100 San Diego area women, including teachers, physicians, homemakers, activists, and elected officials.

Janice Brown, a member of the Women’s Coalition for Castellanos and Chair of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation*, said: “Women across San Diego are coming together to support Rafael Castellanos because he is committed to fighting for opportunity, equality and dignity for every San Diegan.  The son of immigrants who worked from an early age to support his family, Rafael Castellanos knows that when women get a fair shot to succeed, all our communities are at their best. We know Rafael has what it takes to build a brighter economic future and stamp out inequality as our next County Supervisor.”

Among the pressing issues facing women throughout California and San Diego are:

  • Poverty Levels - 33% of female-headed households live in poverty, and 13% of all women
  • Wage Gap - Women make $0.89 for every dollar paid to men. Latina women make $0.43 for every dollar paid to white men.
  • Wage Theft - Women, in particular immigrants and women of color, account for a disproportionate share of the roughly 40,000 yearly minimum wage law violations in San Diego every year
  • Health Insurance - 8.5% of women aged 18-64 are uninsured

Rafael Castellanos said: “Women are at the center of our families and communities, but too often aren’t at the center of our political priorities.  From lifting families out of poverty, to closing the wage gap and expanding access to affordable healthcare, County Government needs to do more to ensure women and families get a fair shot to get ahead and stay ahead.  I’ll fight for change in County Government and put the focus on helping women and families thrive.”

A full list of the 100-member strong Women’s Coalition for Rafael Castellanos can be viewed below.  *Titles and affiliations are included for identification purposes only and do not imply an organizational endorsement.

This coalition of women adds to growing support for Castellanos, who has also been endorsed by a San Diego coalition of African-American leaders, UNITE HERE Local 30, the San Diego Hotel Workers’ Union, Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez and Chula Vista Councilwoman Jill Galvez, and Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, among others.  Earlier this month, Castellanos unveiled a proposal to launch a County Office of Fair Labor Standards to strengthen enforcement of labor laws and crack down on wage theft. Read more here.

Castellanos serves as Port Commissioner for San Diego and is a Democratic candidate for County Supervisor in San Diego’s 1st District.  To learn more about Rafael Castellanos’ campaign visit: RafaCastellanos.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Rafael Castellanos grew up in rural Nevada to immigrant parents and was the first in his family to graduate college and law school.  As an attorney, Castellanos has helped small businesses grow, built affordable housing and protected immigrants’ and refugees’ rights.  Serving as Port Commissioner, Rafael Castellanos led the charge to pass the Port’s landmark Climate Action Plan and accomplish the biggest clean-up in the history of San Diego Bay.

 

 

Women’s Coalition for Castellanos

 

Jamie

Altman

Real Estate Attorney

Maricela

Amezola

Immigration Attorney

Hayley

Stanton

Social Worker

Ilona

Antonyan

Family Law Attorney

Marian

Birge

Immigration Attorney

Karen

Brailean

Engineer

Linda

Brown

Criminal Defense Attorney

Traci

Brown

Senior Project Manager

Marti

Treese

Healthcare Consultant

Heather

Rogers

Public Defender

Eleanore

Roos

Public Defender

Trisha

Debevec

Deputy District Attorney

Debra

Discar-Espe

Executive Director

Laurie

Doyle

Volunteer Coordinator

Cynthia

Eldred

Land Use Attorney

Danielle

Esparza

Volunteer

Chris

Frahm

Water and Energy Attorney

Dana

Grimes

Criminal Defense Attorney

Kathy

Gumm

Legal Assistant

Janice

Gutierrez

Teacher

Paola

Hernandez-Jiao

Radio Personality

Angie

Lake-Castellanos

Sales Executive

Michelle

Landin

Real Estate Attorney

Betty

Ljungquist

Life Insurance Agent

Rena

Marrocco

Marketing Consultant

Ermila

Martinez

Family Law Attorney

Sarah

Mason

Attorney

Ally

McGrory Reyes

COO

Tammi

McIntyre

Treasurer

Linda

Menashe

VP of Sales and Marketing

Virginia

Merrifield

Executive

Ann

Moore

Land Use Attorney

Georgine

Nanos

Physician

Monica

Patel

Senior Regional Counsel

Melanie

Reiten Shonkwiler

Healthcare Staffing Executive

Stacy

Rosenberg

Civil Litigation Attorney

Suzanne

Roten

Employment Attorney

Melanie

Shamoun

Chief of Finance

Karen

Silberman

Homemaker

Chelsi

Sparti

Nonprofit Professional

Dale

Steele

Consultant

Jonah

Toleno

Civil Litigation Attorney

Jennifer

Wahl

CEO

Julia

Yoo

Consumer Attorney

Racquel

Vasquez

Lemon Grove Mayor

Jill

Galvez

Chula Vista Councilmember

Mona

Rios

National City Councilmember

Paloma

Aguirre

Imperial Beach Councilmember

Dr. Akilah

Weber

La Mesa Councilmember

Maria

Nunez

San Marcos Councilmember

Jennifer

Mendoza

Lemon Grove Councilmember

Alyce

Pipken-Allen

Human Resources Professional, Retired

Ellen

Nash

Nonprofit President

Janice

Brown

Employment Attorney

Linda

Ferber

Accountant

Kristin

Gilbert

Business Attorney

Melinda

DeCuir

Paralegal

Tovi

Mosie

Finance Director

Clarice

Estrada-Barrelet

Family Law Attorney

Jessica

Holloway

Attorney

Maria

Acela Stacey

Community Justice Program Manager

Naima

Solomon

Business Attorney

Kristen

Victor

Neighborhood Development Entrepreneur

Teresa

Acosta

Public Affairs Consultant

Kim

Phillips

Real Estate Manager

Brittany

Applestein Syz

Director, Clean Transportation

Meybol

Guerrero

VP of Business Banking

Carla

Weichelt

Real Estate Professional

Tracy

Myers

Movie Executive

Lucy

Yates

Mortgage Consultant

Laura

Padilla

Law Professor

Monica

Cruz

Paralegal

Veronica

Palomino

Physician

May

Nguyen

Realtor

Myrian

Solis Coronel

Marketing Manager

Ilia

Terrazas-Dickey

CEO

Janene

McIntyre

Attorney

Minerva

Garcia

Realtor

Lizeth

Esquivel

Appraiser

Jennifer

Freedman

Landlord Tenant Attorney

Rosa

Buettner

Property Management

Linda

Watkins

Retired Paramedic

Gloria

Casillas

Retired Teacher and Activist

Mia

Abrol

Homemaker

Gretchen

Adams

Homemaker

Magdalena

Ashkenazy

Actress and Singer

Tiffany

Bailey

Human Resources Professional

Tracey

Bish

Artist

Bea

Fernandez

Retired Teacher 

Alara

Chilton

Attorney

Gabriela

Contreras-Misirlioglu

VP, Public Relations and Program Development

Yvette

Lopez

Executive Director

Fay

Crevoshay

Communications and Policy Director

Danielle

DiNorscia

Homemaker

Kerri

Klein

Broker

Roxanne

Govari

Realtor

Mery

Lopez-Gallo

Radio Personality

Valerie

McGuire

Controller

Sandy

Barajas

Child Support Officer

Susan

Noonoo

Real Estate Attorney

 

 


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