Why I'm Running
I am Benjamin Vazquez and I’m running for Santa Ana City Council in Ward 2. As a council member, my focus will be on making sure our limited city-wide resources benefit working class families and improve quality of life for all Santa Ana residents. Our city budgets, policies, and resources need to be centered on nurturing the families and communities of our city, instead of special interest groups. I believe that our city plan and budgets need to reflect a vision that prioritizes the working class families in Ward 2.
As a teacher at Valley High School, a cultural worker at El Centro Cultural de Mexico, and a proud homeowner at Heninger Park neighborhood, I am fully invested in my community and in the future of Santa Ana. I was born to working class parents and was raised on Center St. I attended Monte Vista Elementary, Carr Intermediate, and Valley High and am now proudly working alongside four siblings and my niece at Santa Ana Unified School District. Giving back to Santa Ana youth and community is not just a passion of mine—it is a shared family goal. I’m running for City Council in Ward 2 to continue to advance that goal.
Economic Justice for All Residents and Families
I will fight for jobs creation, protecting small businesses, worker’s rights and local hiring policies to create career pathways for our students and residents.
A More Transparent and Accessible City Government
I want to make sure that the residents of Ward 2 fully understand and have a direct say in shaping the decisions in our city and our city budget.
Invest in Youth Opportunities and Quality Education
I want to expand after-school opportunities and will work with our city’s school district to ensure our young people are successful.
Making Santa Ana A Safe and Vibrant City
I’ll fight to make sure we have comprehensive public safety services, including social and crisis response workers that residents can trust.
Providing Solutions for the Housing & Houseless Crisis
I will fight to make sure Santa Ana’s residents and families can live in and afford their homes so they can remain and thrive in the city.
Democratic Party of Orange County
Orange County Labor Federation
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) 324
UNITE HERE Local 11
Lavender Democrats Orange County
Feel the Bern Orange County
Orange County Young Democrats
CA Working Families Party
Vicente Sarmiento, Mayor of Santa Ana
Dr. Rigo Rodriguez, Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee
Carolyn Torres, Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee
Dr. Alfonso Torres, Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee
Hector Bustos, Santa Ana Unifeid School District Trustee-Elect
Dr. Jose Paolo Magcalas, Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee
Cynthia Aguirre, La Habra Unified School District Trustee
Sal Tinajero, Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee
Join the Campaign!
Our campaign for Santa Ana City Council is going to take on some very powerful special interests in our city - from the SAPOA, to corporate landlords and big businesses. It is going to take a people powered campaign to share our vision for a more just, equitable and transparent city with our neighbors so that we can get across the finish line. Please sign up to volunteer with us! Is se suede!
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