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Anna Marie Caballero is a Democratic member of the Californiamarker State Assembly who was elected to serve the 28th Assembly District in November 2006 and is running unopposed in 2008. Caballero chairs the California Assembly Select Committee on Youth Violence Prevention. Caballero had previously served as Mayor and a Council member of Salinas, Californiamarker.

Born to a family of copper miners, Ms. Caballero moved to the Salinas Valley 25 years ago to work for California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA). She attended college at University of California, San Diegomarker. As an attorney, she represented striking farm workers and fought side by side with unions to prevent plant closures. She, along with three partners, founded the law firm Caballero, Matcham & McCarthy, in 1982 to provide low cost legal service. The business received several awards. Caballero was recognized with the Athena Award for entrepreneurial excellence.

Caballero served on the Planning Commission and was later elected to the Salinasmarker City Council in 1991. She was then elected mayor in 1998. As Mayor, she carefully navigated Salinas through budgetary problems and managed to keep Salinas's libraries open through a denotations program. Caballero won elected to the State Assembly in 2006.

Caballero has also served as the Executive Director of Partners for Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the community together to prevent gang violence and focus on literacy, early childhood education, and providing services to families. Caballero is also a wife and mother. Her husband, Juan Uranga, is the Director of the Center for Community Advocacy in Salinas.

Caballero is thinking of running for the California state Senate [415289]. Republican incumbent Jeff Denham is term limited.


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