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CAHSS Alumni Stories (HCOM): Ronnie Miramontes and Alexis Garcia-Arrazola: Otters Elected in Monterey County

The votes are in as we congratulate two Otters recently elected to positions in Monterey County in the November, 2020, elections:

Photo by: Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

Veronica "Ronnie" Maramontes, '13 HCOM

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board Trustee-Area 3, Re-elected

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Alexis Garcia-Arrazola, '19 HCOM

Seaside City Council

Veronica (Ronnie) Maramontes is a first-generation 2013 Humanities & Communication alum with concentrations in both Creative Writing & Social Action and Journalism & Media Studies. She was re-elected to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board Trustee-Area 3 seat, and is the first Latina to serve on this Board.

Alexis Garcia-Arrazola is a 2019 Humanities & Communications alum with a Pre-Law minor. He won one of the two seats up for election for the Seaside City Council and, at 23, is the youngest Latino elected to the seat. Garcia-Arrazola developed a deep understanding for public policy and the issues facing Californians as he served under Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-32) in Washington, D.C., through a Congressional Internship facilitated by the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.

Ronnie and Alexis were recently featured in the "Upsets and Upstarts" article in Voices of Monterey Bay, published November 12, 2020.


These two alumni join 2013 HCOM alumnus (Pre-Law minor) Monterey City Council Member Tyller Williamson in public office.

He was the  hosted by our Office of Admissions in February, 2019, just a few months after his historic win. Williamson is the first African-American and the first openly gay City Council Member in Monterey. He is the co-founder of Monterey Peninsula Pride and is currently pursuing his MBA at the Naval Post-Graduate Institute.

Read even more about these HCOM Otter Alumni in Volume 4 Issue 8 of The Lutrinae.

Tyler Williamson

Photo by: Monterey City Council
City of Monterey Council Member Tyler Williamson, '13 HCOM