Santa Cruz County Supervisor Greg Caput announced Sept. 14 that he is endorsing Felipe Hernandez to succeed him in the November election.
Hernandez, a former Watsonville mayor and current Cabrillo College trustee, is facing current City Councilmember Jimmy Dutra in the race to fill the District 4 seat.
Caput announced earlier this year that he would not seek another term on the Board of Supervisors, after first being elected to the seat 12 years ago.
“I’m honored to earn the support of Supervisor Greg Caput, who has been a major champion for the families and businesses of the Pajaro Valley,” Hernandez said. “I want to continue and build upon their exemplary work, including making sure the Watsonville Community Hospital continues to operate successfully and to provide the promised flood protection from the Pajaro River. His support provides a major boost to my campaign to win this election on November 8.”
“I am proud to endorse Felipe Hernandez for supervisor,” Caput said. “Felipe has honesty, integrity and character. Felipe is easy to talk to and treats you with respect. He served our country, and veterans support him. He advocated for the Pajaro River Project and thanks to his door-to-door efforts we will receive over $400,000,000 of Pajaro River levee improvements. He stood up for Pajaro Valley High School and advocated for the construction of the athletic fields. He stood for keeping Watsonville Community Hospital open. He stood up in support of a measure for both a rail and trail.”
District 4 includes most of Watsonville and the greater Pajaro Valley.