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Jessica Caloza Has Strong Start To Assembly Campaign

Caloza Raised $150,000 in 10 Days and Announces Major Endorsements

Source: Caloza for Assembly

LOS ANGELES, CA —In a decisive display of the intense enthusiasm and early momentum behind her bid to represent California State Assembly District 52, Jessica Caloza's campaign today announced that it had surpassed a substantial $150,000 raised a mere 10 days since she formally entered the race. Reaching the six-figure benchmark, an initial test of a campaign's fundraising strength, illustrates the dominating force behind Caloza's grassroots campaign. It also underscores that Caloza is on a path to build a sizable war chest for the upcoming March 2024 primary election. Upon making public the robust fundraising haul, Jessica Caloza released the following statement: "Having this early support from so many people representing working families as well as local activists, community leaders and small business owners means the world to me. It also speaks volumes about the broad coalition of support our campaign is building every day." Caloza added, "This campaign is not about me - it's about people from all backgrounds in every community across the 52nd District. These resources will help to fuel our grassroots and community powered campaign and I look forward to continuing to expand our coalition in the days, weeks and months ahead as we sprint to the March election." Caloza, a first generation immigrant and a daughter of working class parents, has amassed a far-reaching coalition of support since entering the AD-52 contest, earning sought-after support from working families organizations and some of California's most widely respected leaders, including the following: ORGANIZATIONS

  • SEIU California State Council

  • Asian Democrats of Los Angeles County (ADLAC)


  • California Attorney General Rob Bonta

  • California State Treasurer Fiona Ma

  • Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez

  • Assemblymember Mia Bonta

  • Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, Assembly Majority Leader

  • Assemblymember Mike Fong

  • Assemblymember Matt Haney, Assistant Majority Whip

  • Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer

  • Assemblymember Evan Low, Chair of the API Legislative Caucus

  • Assemblymember Stephanie Nguyen, Assistant Speaker Pro Tem


  • Abigail Zelenski, LA Civil Rights Commission Chair and Small Business Owner*

  • Abraham Lim, Montebello City Commissioner*

  • Adrienne Hament, St. Ignatius Church Community Advocate*

  • Alan Kumamoto, Consultant*

  • Alexander Manglinong, Attorney, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP*

  • Allen Palos, LAUSD Marketing Representative*

  • Andrew Murphy, ADLAC President*

  • Andrea Figueroa, Dental Hygienist*

  • Anish Mohanty, California Democratic Party Delegate*

  • Anna Marie Cruz, Non-profit Leader*

  • Aquilina Soriano Versoza, Executive Director, Pilipino Action Center*

  • Audrey Soriano, President, Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats (PALAD)*

  • Bianca Nepales Gervacio, Former PALAD President*

  • Chancee Martorell, Executive Director, Thai Community Development Center*

  • Cindy Lee, ADLAC Secretary*

  • Dave Zelenski, Small Business Owner*

  • Denise Ng, Consultant, Asian Food Trade Association*

  • Dr. Angelica Cortez, Non-profit Leader*

  • Dr. Gay Yuen, Retired Professor of Education*

  • Dr. Jason Chiu, CSU Los Angeles, Ethnic Studies Professor*

  • Dr. Juily Phun, CSU Los Angeles, Ethnic Studies Professor*

  • Dr. Robyn Rodriguez, President, Filipino American Educators Association of California*

  • Dr. Victor Manalo, Retired CSU Los Angeles Associate Professor*

  • Edith Winterhalter, CSU Northridge Associate Vice President for Budget & Strategic Business Operations*

  • Edgar Garcia, Arts Administrator*

  • Edwin Martinez, Community Leader*

  • Edwin Saucedo, Former ADEM and DNC Delegate & Community Leader*

  • Emma Perez, Healthcare Administrator*

  • Evelyn Andamo, Community Leader*

  • Fred Rosenthal, Retired Businessman*

  • Gail Kennard, Small Business Owner, KDG Architecture & Planning*

  • Gloria Perlas Pulido, Cerritos Planning Commissioner*

  • Harini Krishnan, South Asians for America (SAFA) National Organizing Chair*

  • Henry Ngo, Community Member*

  • Hoang Nguyen, Non-profit Leader*

  • Jaime Geaga, LA Central Area Planning Commissioner & PALAD Boardmember*

  • Janet Nepales, Community Leader*

  • Jennifer Taylor, Small Business Owner, Ambiculture Advisors*

  • Jessica Gillette, Attorney*

  • Joanne Kumamoto, Small Business Owner*

  • John De La Merced, Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) Past President*

  • Jonathan Yap, Artist & Entrepreneur*

  • Jose Chin, Jr., Small Business Owner, Fiesta Fastfood*

  • Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal, Friends of Echo Park Library & PALAD Founding President*

  • Jun Miranda, Restaurant Owner, Kusina Filipina Los Angeles*

  • Leo Bato, Realtor & Registered Nurse*

  • Linda Johnstone Allen, Artist and Community Leader*

  • Lisa Thong, APIs Mobilize Chair*

  • Luis Lopez, Non-profit Healthcare Director & Democratic Party Delegate*

  • Luisa Blue, Retired Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)*

  • Mae Gates, President, Black Women's Democratic Club*

  • Manjusha Kulkarni, Non-profit Leader*

  • Marc Caratao, Community Leader*

  • Marcel Broomall, Community Member*

  • Marily Mondejar, Filipina Women’s Network*

  • Marisa Pizarro, Small Business Owner & Music Executive*

  • Marvin Aritrangco, Small Business Owner, Hungry Turtle Cafe*

  • Mary Grace Barrios, PALAD Vice President of Labor Relations*

  • Meriden Angeles, Actress and Producer*

  • Minda Chin, Small Business Owner, Fiesta Fastfood*

  • Noya Wang, Alhambra Planning Commission President*

  • Pedro Ramirez, Long Beach Bacolod Association President*

  • Philip Nulud, Shareholder & Attorney, Buchalter & Former Director, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)*

  • Priya Mohan, Attorney*

  • Rosalie Caratao, The Los Angeles Philippine Women’s Club*

  • Ruben Nepales, Community Leader*

  • Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Retired Attorney*

  • Saik-Choon Poh, Civil Engineer*

  • Sandy Roxas, Small Business Owner & Attorney*

  • Serapia Kim, ADLAC Board Member*

  • Simona Grace, Founder, Moms in Office*

  • Steve Hirai, Asian American Architects & Engineers Association (AAa/e) Boardmember*

  • Steve Kang, California Democratic Party Delegate*

  • Theresa de Vera, Disability Rights Advocate*

  • Vicky Perez, Registered Nurse & Manzanar Committee Board Member*

  • Zoe Zelenski, LAUSD Student and #KidsforCaloza Chair*

*Titles for identification purposes only ABOUT JESSICA CALOZA As a first generation immigrant and a daughter of working class parents, Jessica Caloza has dedicated her life to public service and being a fighter for working families. She has served in various roles at the federal, state, and local levels of government. She was most recently the Deputy Chief of Staff to California Attorney General Rob Bonta. Previously, Caloza served as a Los Angeles Public Works Commissioner and made history as the first Filipina woman ever to serve in this role. She led public works projects to improve the quality of life for neighborhoods, strengthen the local economy, and create more good paying middle class jobs across Los Angeles. Passionate about fully funding and improving public schools, Caloza also worked in President Barack Obama's Administration as an education policy advisor. Prior to her service in the federal government, she worked as a community organizer on President Obama’s campaign, and before that, Caloza worked for social justice non-profits that provided critical services to immigrants, working families, and youth. Caloza is passionate about giving back to the community and was the first in her family to graduate from college from the University of California, San Diego. A longtime grassroots activist and community organizer, Caloza serves on the boards of local nonprofits that deliver services to survivors of human trafficking and provides mental health counseling to youth and their families. She is also active in Democratic politics and serves as the Southern California Chair of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus in the California Democratic Party and is a longtime board member of the Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats (PALAD). For more information please visit

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