Democrats pledge early support to Rivas

The California Democratic Party on Saturday gave a pre-endorsement to San Benito County Supervisor Robert Rivas at the Region 7 Pre-Endorsement Conference. The pre-endorsement comes just three weeks after Rivas officially launched his campaign for the 30th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and Hollister.

“I am extremely proud to have received 80 percent of the vote from local Democrats,” Rivas said. “Winning this pre-endorsement is a sign of the support we’re receiving as we meet with voters around the district.”

The California Democratic Party sets a high threshold for pre-endorsements. A candidate must receive over 70 percent support from delegates to the pre-endorsement conference. Rivas reached 80 percent support from party leaders and activists.

“I’m proud to join our Democratic Party in supporting Robert Rivas for State Assembly,” Monterey County Democratic Party Chairman Alan Haffa said. “Robert is a strong leader who is committed to advancing our Democratic values in Sacramento. He knows how to get things done and deliver results.”

The pre-endorsement is expected to be officially ratified during the California Democratic Party Convention in San Diego on February 25.

“My campaign is about bringing people together,” Rivas said. “I’m running for State Assembly to fight for good-paying jobs, affordable housing, and great schools. I look forward to visiting every neighborhood in Assembly District 30 to discuss the issues that matter most to our residents.”

Rivas is a student support manager at San Benito High School and an adjunct professor at Gavilan College.

More information on Rivas’ campaign for State Assembly can be found at