Wed. Mar 29th, 2023

Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez has officially announced her candidacy for the 69th Assembly District, in an email I am reproducing below.  She is also hosting a Candidacy Announcement Kick-Off event on Thursday, September 22nd.  Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

Martinez’ candidacy announcement cited the support of numerous elected and appointed officials, including Assemblyman Jose Solorio; OUSD Trustee Diane Singer; Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido; and Santa Ana Council Members David Benavides, Vince Sarmiento and Sal Tinajero.

Mayor Pulido sent out a personal endorsement of Martinez today:

Dear Friends,

I hope this note finds you well. I am writing to remind you to join me in supporting Councilwoman Michele Martinez at her Kick-Off Fundraiser for the 69th Assembly District on Thursday, September 22, 2011, at Chapter One in Downtown Santa Ana from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

I proudly support Michele’s candidacy for the State Assembly. I believe she has the energy and experience that we need in Sacramento. In the past two years, I have watched as Michele has taken on some key leadership roles both on the City Council as well as representing the Santa Ana Mayor and Council on various regional boards. She has met these challenges with enthusiasm and a keen ability to leverage relationships. As a result, I am confident Michele will provide a strong voice for both the residents of central Orange County and the State of California.

Along with the Host Committee members, I look forward to seeing you on the 22nd. Below you will find additional information regarding her event and how to contribute to her campaign. If you are unable to attend the event, I ask you to show your support by making a contribution TODAY to Michele Martinez for Assembly 2012. Please use the attached remit form or click on the following link: to make your contribution.

We thank you in advance for your support!

Miguel Pulido


City of Santa Ana

Councilman Sarmiento sent out an announcement in support of Martinez on Sep. 14:

Dear Friends,

I urge you to join me in supporting my colleague Councilwoman Michele Martinez, on September 22, 2011, for her Candidacy Announcement Kick-Off Fundraiser for the 69th Assembly District. The event will take place at Chapter One in Downtown Santa Ana from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

I have had the pleasure of serving with Michele on the City Council for the past five years. I support Michele’s candidacy for the Assembly because Sacramento needs local leaders like her who have the experience to make difficult decisions. I am certain she will bring thoughtful and intelligent solutions and sound public policy regarding the many pressing issues facing Central Orange County.

I look forward to seeing you on the 22nd. For further details on the event please see the attached invitation and remit to make a contribution to her campaign. If you are unable to attend the event, I ask you to show your support by making a contribution to her campaign. Please click on the following link: or mail in your contribution to the address on the attached invitation.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Vincent Sarmiento
Council Member
Santa Ana

Here is Martinez’ campaign announcement:

August 30, 2011

Dear Friend,

On Thursday, September 22, I will formally announce my candidacy for the 69th Assembly District in California. This position, representing Santa Ana, and parts of Anaheim, Garden Grove and Orange, will become available in 2012 when Assemblyman Jose Solorio completes his final term in that office.

Our state is facing unprecedented challenges, and I believe that now, more than ever, Sacramento needs local leaders who have experience making tough decisions in diverse communities to help solve our current issues. I am confident that my experience building collaborations to address complex issues will be an asset in our State Capitol as leaders work together to address California’s most important issues. I believe job creation, education, public safety and fiscal responsibility should be our top priorities.

I am proud that during my tenure as a City Councilwoman, Santa Ana has managed to make notable progress during these difficult times. We have seen a decrease in crime by 32%, created thousands of jobs through our enterprise and empowerment zones, invested $100 million in new street repairs and safety improvements, helped secure $320 million through Measure G bonds to modernize Santa Ana schools, and we made some strategic additions to our open-space and bikeway trails. These improvements have made our community a healthier, safer place for families and businesses to thrive.

Nonetheless, you and I both know that all local issues cannot be solved at City Hall. This is why I am running for State Assembly. While I have worked tirelessly to ensure that our city thrives while ‘living within our means,’ our city’s continued success depends heavily on the economic success and stability of our state government.

I believe my role in regional collaborations will make me an effective State Assemblymember. I have been fortunate to serve all Orange County residents as a board member on the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, which encompasses our six southern counties. As part of that, I work to represent the interests of Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG) in the consideration of SCAG plans, policies and legislative platforms. On a statewide level, I also represent the City of Santa Ana on the State Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The WIB develops new workforce development policies that support economic development throughout California, in collaboration with county and city WIBs.

With your support, I plan to bring regional collaborations, innovative solutions, and a common sense approach to our State’s Capitol to provide a strong voice for central Orange County. It would be an honor if you would consider endorsing me and attend my Candidacy Announcement Kick-Off event on Thursday, September 22nd. Attached is an envelope you can use to show your support. As always, feel free to call me at (714) 380-4339 or email me at

I look forward to representing you in the California State Assembly!


Michele Martinez

Santa Ana Councilmember

Michele Martinez for Assembly 2012

310 W. 3rd Street, # 1018, Santa Ana, CA 92701

(714) 380-4339-

Paid by Michele Martinez for Assembly 2012

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By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

14 thoughts on “Updated: Michele Martinez to kick off her Assembly campaign on 9/22”
  1. Michelle Martinez, could do no worse than Solorio, Correa, Umberg or Morrisey. Although the latter, ironically was the best balanced representitive that we’ve seen.

  2. She might be a Democrat. She might be a “Mexican Puppet”. I know that all my buddies want to see Michele actually formulate some kind of philosophy proclaiming what type of people and/or institutions and/or companies and/or forces she would like to see donating to her candidacy.
    It does not matter what you want to “accomplish” as a politician. Apparently, all that matters is just who thinks they own you and just how eager you are to please them.

    1. You guys obviously don’t know her. I do. She is the most liberal member of the City Council. Her main focus is on health and the environment. That said, she knows that we need to get our state economy going.

      Solorio has been advancing one anti-employer bill after another. That is what you will get from Perez too.

      Martinez has actually worked for several big companies – and she now works for a non-profit. She is realistic, but progressive. I expect she will not bow down to special interests, the way Solorio has.

  3. Actually we do know her. And she was recently confiding in some of us about the realities of party machine politics. We know she has an independent history and that we like. But “independence” is entirely subjective. We convince ourselves of boundaries and moralities that suit our ends or more likely suit other people’s ends. We don’t want her to be a “Mexican puppet” or more likely “Whitey’s Puppet” I will spare you any anti-semitism.

  4. “I expect she will not bow down to special interests, the way Solorio has”…. Hmmmm

    Well she bow down to Jewish special interest and she did not upheld the United States and California constitution including parliamentary speech immunity.

    She could abstain if she knew what she was doing.

    That is pretty grave behavior indicating that she is another empty skirt dandelion.

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