School Boardmember Valerie Amezcua Announces Campaign for Santa Ana Mayor

Santa Ana, CA – School Boardmember and longtime community leader Valerie Amezcua announced her campaign for Santa Ana Mayor today. The election, which is potentially an open seat contest, is in November.

In announcing her campaign, Amezcua released the following statement:

 “I’m running for Mayor because I love Santa Ana and our city’s residents deserve a Mayor who will listen to them and work hard to deliver results at City Hall. As Mayor, I’ll implement new ideas to reduce homelessness and build housing, I’ll work with first responders to make neighborhoods safer, and I’ll build stronger partnerships with our schools and youth programs. I’ve lived most of my life here in Santa Ana, I know the things that make our city special, and I understand what can be done to improve the quality of life for our residents. I’m excited to officially launch my campaign.” 

Valerie Amezcua has served as a member of the Santa Ana Unified School District Board since 2014. She has served as the board’s President or Vice President for five of the past eight years.
Over the course of her two terms on the School Board, she has implemented commonsense reforms aimed at improving graduation rates, increasing campus safety, and expanding parent involvement.

Professionally, Valerie had a 30-year career with the Orange County Probation Department. She retired in 2017 as a Supervising Probation Officer. Her long record of community involvement includes having served on the Board of Directors for the National Hispanic Business Women’s Association, and on both the City of Santa Ana’s Human Relations Commission and Early Prevention & Intervention Commission.

Valerie is a native of Santa Ana and a graduate of the University of La Verne. She is the proud mother of Mike Melendrez and the proud wife of Sam Marin. She was recognized in 2017 by the Orange County Register as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People for her work on the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education.