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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 57

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Primo Castro

Cancer Patient Advocate
3,156 votes (3.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Education: Every Californian deserves a world-class education afforded by our public-school system. I am committed to investing resources to give educators and parents in our communities the means to ensure that our students have a competitive edge.
  • Public Safety: Keeping our neighborhoods, schools, and families safe is a central concern, in our new context of increased technology, hate crimes, and active shooter tragedies.
  • Healthcare: Every Californian should have access to affordable healthcare, which provides screenings and preventive care to support health and avoid lasting financial impacts to families.



Profession:Cancer Patient Advocate
Member, State of California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)
Member, California Secretary of State Language Accessibility Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2016–current)


Primo Castro is a proven community leader who is dedicated to advocating for working families and investing in the community.  As a dedicated public servant for nearly 20 years, Primo Castro has worked to enhance opportunities and resources to numerous communities.


Primo’s track record of service is seen in his professional and community work. Primo serves as a Cancer Patient Advocate for a prominent and global cancer prevention & research advocacy organization where he is charged with championing for policies that aim to protect the quality of life of cancer patients and their families.  Primo’s mother died from cancer when she was 44 years old.  The love for his mother empowered him to serve as a cancer patient advocate to provide countless families the power to be a voice at the federal, state and local levels of government.


Primo has worked for the California State Assembly, Senate, and Secretary of State.  He understands how laws are created and passed and will advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for residents in the 57th and across the state of California. With over a decade of experience working in the California State Legislature, Primo has been instrumental in bringing much needed resources to communities from throughout Southern California.  He has cultivated relationships, developed partnerships that expand opportunities in areas of education, worker protections, housing, employment, transportation, and business development.


Dedicated to serving others, Primo is involved in the community with programs aimed at engaging students in learning, providing safe and healthy environments, and overall enhancing the quality of life for youth and families. Primo has served on various committees and commissions which promote health equity, civic engagement and opportunities for marginalized communities.


Primo is the proud son of immigrants and is a first-generation college graduate leading the way for his siblings and extended family.  Primo obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Michigan State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach.  Primo is a father to four strong and talented young ladies--Madison Eva, Sofia Taylor, the twins Julia Kennedy and Lourdes Carter. Melba serves as the Dean of Student Success at a community college in the 57th Assembly District.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $13,319

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Los Angeles County, California
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)
Employees of Andrade Gonzalez LLP
Employees of Devermont And Devermont
Employees of LACOE

More information about contributions

By State:

California 80.62%
District of Columbia 19.38%

By Size:

Large contributions (96.85%)
Small contributions (3.15%)

By Type:

From organizations (22.48%)
From individuals (77.52%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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