The Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) announced their endorsement of Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento for Orange County Board of Supervisors District 2 today. Sarmiento, a former City Councilmember, attorney, and business owner, won the Party’s endorsement with well-over two-thirds of the votes.
“The Democratic Party of Orange County is proud to endorse Mayor Sarmiento in the race for the Orange County Board of Supervisors District 2,” DPOC Chairwoman Ada Briceño said. “Under Mayor Sarmiento’s leadership, Santa Ana has made major advancements on fundamental Democratic Party issues, including creating a hazard/hero pay program for frontline essential workers and increasing the supply of affordable housing. Mayor Sarmiento also championed funding for a universal legal defense fund that provides free legal counsel to undocumented families facing deportation and established rent control and tenant protections for working families. Mayor Sarmiento is the passionate, principled, and results-oriented leader the communities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim, and Orange deserve to represent them on the Board of Supervisors.”
Sarmiento was elected as Santa Ana’s second Latino mayor and the United States’ first Bolivian mayor in 2020. If elected to the Board of Supervisors’ newly-drawn Latino-majority district, Sarmiento would only be the third Latino supervisor in county history. He would also be the first Santa Ana official to serve on the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 74 years.
“It is a true honor to receive the Democratic Party of Orange County endorsement for the Board of Supervisors,” Mayor Sarmiento said. “I am so proud of the progress Orange County Democrats continue to make in our communities despite tremendous obstacles. I look forward to continuing to work alongside the Party to provide housing and wraparound services to community members experiencing homelessness, to increase open space, to prioritize public health, to uplift working families, and to promote government transparency.”
The Democratic Party of Orange County represents more than half a million registered Democrats in Orange County, California. In 2019, under the Party’s leadership, Orange County’s voter roll flipped from a Republican majority to a Democratic majority. DPOC has also helped flip countless local and state seats blue and increased the diversity of political candidates and elected officials in Orange County.
In addition to earning the Democratic Party of Orange County’s endorsement, Mayor Sarmiento has also received the endorsements of the Orange County Labor Federation, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324, Planned Parenthood, Supervisor Katrina Foley, Santa Ana City Councilmember Johnathan Ryan Hernandez, and Santa Ana City Councilmember Jessie Lopez.