1995 Inductee - Jess Cervantes, Jr.

1995 Inductee - Jess Cervantes, Jr.


Jess Cervantes Jr. was born in south Stockton on May 1, 1960. He is the youngest of four children born to Jess and Mercy Cervantes. He attended school in Lodi and in the tenth grade completed his primary education with a G.E.D.

In 1976, he joined his father and brother in the struggle to establish a new business. Jess and his wife Cherie together raised five wonderful children, D.J., Angela, Trina, Eva and Jess III. On July 7, 1995, their daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Anthony Contreras were blessed with a brand new baby girl, making Jess and Cherie proud grandparents for the first time.

The family business, Jess Cervantes, Inc. d.b.a. J.C. Trucking Company, was officially established in January 1, 1976. The business began with three trucks and four employees. Currently, it owns over 100 pieces of equipment and has offices in Stockton, Sacramento, and Fresno.

In the early 1990’s, Jess Cervantes Inc. started a new business: Leading Edge Data Services. This division of the corporation is a computer mainframe data processing company that maintains the California Voter File. With a team of highly skilled programmers, systems specialist and consultants, Leading Edge Data Services maintains itself in the forefront of technology and progression for Hispanic issues and candidates.

Throughout the last twenty years, the family business has received numerous awards for their business, community and political contributions. One of the company’s more global awards was from the United States Department of Commerce. Jess and his family received status as “Minority Business of the Year” in the Service Industry for the Western United States. His success can be attributed to his simple philosophy, “ there are no such things as barriers in life or business, only obstacles to overcome.”

Jess’s political career began in the early 1980’s when he became the Publicity Manager for his brother-in-law’s campaign for City Council. Since that time, Jess has worked either professionally or voluntarily for various campaigns from Presidential to local School Board. He has worked campaigns throughout California, from San Diego to the Oregon border. His political experience, which spans from being a candidate to consulting with candidates, and his business experience was the catalyst for the formation of Leading Edge Data Services.

The total numbers of campaigns that he has been involved with are uncountable, however records show that in 1994 alone, he was involved with 100 to 125 campaigns. It is relatively safe to say that if there is a campaign near you, especially a campaign for Hispanic candidates, you will find Jess.