District Attorney Mike Hestrin and Sheriff Chad Bianco announce endorsements of public safety champion Melissa Melendez for State Senate

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. – Today, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin and Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco announced their endorsements of Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez in the upcoming Special Election for the 28th State Senate District.
“Melissa Melendez’s proven record on criminal justice issues is unrivaled in Sacramento. We need her to be a resounding voice for crime victims and a strong supporter of our men and women in law enforcement. I’m proud to endorse Melissa Melendez for State Senate as she will continue to be a strong advocate for justice and keeping our communities safe from crime.”
– District Attorney Mike Hestrin,
County of Riverside
“I’m proud to endorse Melissa Melendez for the State Senate. She is one of the few elected officials in Sacramento who is a constant champion of law enforcement and a staunch supporter of the public’s safety. As the Riverside County Sheriff, I’m confident Melissa Melendez will always be tough on crime and fight to keep our communities safe.”
– Sheriff Chad Bianco,
County of Riverside
These latest endorsements from Riverside County’s public safety leaders comes on the heels of endorsements by former State Senator Jeff Stone, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove and Temecula Councilman Matt Rahn earlier this month.

Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez has represented the 67th Assembly District since 2012. Prior to elected office, Melissa served her country in the United States Navy as one of the first women to fly aboard an EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft during the Cold War. Melissa completed subsequent deployments as part of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After leaving Naval service Melissa achieved her MBA and began her own successful business.

Melissa’s husband Nico Melendez proudly continues the family’s military service as a Commander in an active naval reserve unit and their son Angelo also serves in the U.S. Navy and is stationed in Florida.