Sergio Contreras

Sergio Contreras

City Councilman


City of Westminster

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I had a passion for helping others, but didn't know how to give that help.
Majored in Criminal Justice because I thought law enforcement would be my path.
Did my first internship in Orange County Juvenile Hall and it changed my perspective.
I ran for Westminster City School Board because I saw it as the best way I could help my community.
I ran three times before I was elected. I didn't give up on my dream.
After seven years on the Board I was appointed President.
My desire to help my community kept growing. I wanted to do more.
I ran for Westminster City Council and won!
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
California State University-Long Beach
Graduate
Public Administration
California State University-Long Beach

Career

City Councilman

I work to improve the quality of life for the businesses, residents and visitors of Westminster, CA through promoting smart policies that generate a positive impact.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Government
Politics
Helping People

Day to Day

Busy!!! Everyday, I get to prioritize and balance.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Possibly Law School.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

To prepare as early as possible. Get involved in different community and school organizations. Learn your community's needs and attempt to fulfill them. Be of service. Volunteer often!

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
graduate
Graduate
Master of Public Administration or Master of Public Policy

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You shouldn't run for office. It will be too hard. You won't win."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Gangs / Violence
First-Generation Immigrant