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I'm Watsonville Planning Commissioner, Jenny T. Sarmiento, and I am running for Watsonville City Council, District 4.   I am seeking office to advocate for the expansion of the current affordable housing programs, improving the accessibility of resources and services for mental health needs, and giving a voice to the youth of Watsonville through expanding safe places to assemble, collaborate, and grow.  I believe in a “One goal, one passion – a stronger community” (“Una meta, una pasión: una comunidad más fuerte”)vision for my campaign and the greater Watsonville community.

Learn more about me and my work in the community, and allow me to earn your support and vote!





Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:00 AM

Good Times: On the Candidates

Jenny T. Sarmiento
After a career in social services and violence prevention, Bolivia-to-California transplant Sarmiento is running for the open District 4 seat on a platform of conscientious economic development. Sarmiento, a Watsonville planning commissioner, hopes to encourage an uptick in interest from new businesses while bolstering technical support and resources available to existing small, often Latino-owned businesses. “We have to be cautious that we don’t become so gentrified that we lose the culture of the town,” she says. Addressing homelessness is also top of mind for Sarmiento, who suggests pairing social workers with police to improve outreach, as the city has done to encourage farm workers to report crimes, despite “the ICE situation.”

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 7:15 PM

Jenny T. Sarmiento Candidate Statement

Jenny T. Sarmiento

I emigrated with my family from Bolivia at the age of 12. As a working single parent, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from California State University – Fullerton.

I believe in giving back to the community that opened its arms to me twenty years ago, as a social service professional. As a lifelong advocate for children, youth and families, I have always believed that a good education is an economic equalizer. I also believe, to achieve that, families need to live in a safe, healthy, and welcoming community.

As an executive director of local nonprofits, I served on several committees to address school dropout and gang prevention; mental health and substance use services; and other public health issues, such as violence prevention.

Currently, I serve on the Watsonville Planning Commission, where I have advocated for new policies, and businesses to improve Watsonville’s economic and housing vitality.

As your Watsonville City Council Member, I will work for youth and families, help increase employment opportunities, build a safe and healthy community, advocate for affordable housing, and defend our beautiful wetlands.

Please join me in building a stronger community.

I would be honored to have your vote.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018 12:00 AM

Watsonville’s 20th Annual National Night Out

August 7th, 5 pm - 8 pm

Watsonville’s 20th Annual National Night Out Event
Join “America’s Night Out Against Crime”

Sunday, July 8, 2018 4:00 PM

Campaign Launch Meet & Support

Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters,

Thank you so much for joining our Watsonville City Council Campaign’s Meet & Support!! I certainly felt love and support from all that attended and from those who sent me their kind words of encouragement.

It was a beautiful and sunny afternoon, made even better with your presence and support. I want to thank all those who spoke on my behalf and Isaac Rodriguez and The Ville for the music they provided. And, as always, Jalisco’s patio was a great venue to meet and and talk with you all.

Thank you, to the many who raised their hands to volunteer for canvasing and future events, you can further assist us by signing up here.

I’m grateful and honored to have your friendship and support.
In Community,

Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:17 PM

Registered Pajaronian: Sarmiento announces run for city council

Committee to Elect Jenny Sarmiento
          FPPC ID #1398446
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