2018 Endorsements - Central Contra Costa County

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LOCAL CANDIDATES

 

Board of Equalization, District 2

 

 

MALIA COHEN

Malia Cohen is running to represent District 2 on the California State Board of Equalization to put people's interests before special interests. As President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Malia has fought to even the playing field. She’s taken on special interest groups like Big Tobacco, Big Soda, Big Oil -- and won. She’s running to bring that same fight to the Board of Equalization to make sure our tax dollars are well-spent.

Malia has been a fearless advocate for working people throughout her career. As Supervisor, Malia championed the $15 minimum wage, invested in affordable housing, fought for reproductive rights and women’s safety, and successfully advocated to provide children with healthcare.

State Assembly, 14th District

 

 

TIM GRAYSON

Assemblymember Tim Grayson learned common-sense values from his family. He was raised by his father (a Teamster), and his mother (a public transit worker). He was the first in his family to earn a college degree. The East Bay has been his home for 17 years, where he and his wife, Tammy, are raising their two children. As the City of Concord’s police chaplain, Tim worked with survivors of violent crimes, with first responders and their families, and co-founded the region’s Family Justice Center to support victims of domestic violence, child and elderly abuse, and human trafficking. As a former Concord Councilmember and Mayor, he put taxpayers first by balancing our city’s $90 million budget, leaving 30% in reserve for emergencies while keeping taxes low. He is proud to have created over 1,700 new living wage jobs in Concord. Upon re-election, Tim plans to continue bringing the same common sense and out-of-the-box thinking back to Sacramento.
State Assembly, 16th District

 

 

REBECCA BAUER-KAHAN

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan is an accomplished attorney, environmental advocate, community volunteer, law professor and mother. A Bay Area native, she has dedicated her career and personal time to improving our community, solving complex problems, protecting civil rights and fighting to ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Rebecca is the granddaughter of refugees, who came to the United States to escape the Holocaust. They were able to secure a sponsor, a stranger who made a great sacrifice to allow them to survive – and thrive. Their experience has shaped Rebecca's perspective, inspiring her to help others in her own community.

As an attorney, Rebecca specialized in ensuring major corporations complied with environmental laws and regulations by leading internal investigations to improve their environmental practices, while maintaining profitability. 

Concord City Council, District 1

 

 

JUDI HERMAN

Judi Herman is running for city council because, after raising her family in Concord and working in public service as a psychologist for the California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation, she wants to serve her community. Judi believes that Concord is at a crossroads facing crucial decisions about how to best use the Concord Naval Weapons Station and how to best meet the city's financial needs in the future. She believes the city needs to nurture both small and large businesses, owners and employees, young people starting out and established families and seniors, so all will benefit and thrive. In addition, Judi believes Concord needs to address crime, but be smart on crime, linking punishment with compassion and effective rehabilitation.

Judy said, "We need a new voice on the city council. I am willing to speak out for all of Concord’s residents. I have experience making changes and fighting for the rights of others as an activist and as a leader in organizations fighting for better conditions for workers and clients. Concord is a great city. I also have a personal stake in Concord. I’ve lived here for 28 yrs. My children were raised here, and my wonderful husband and I have worked in the Bay area during that time. I also have three grandchildren who need to have a bright and secure future. I am ready to speak out for you and for Concord. As a City Council member, I will have the opportunity and the voice to make things better for all of us."

San Ramon City Council

 

 

SABINA ZAFAR

Sabina Zafar is an experienced technology executive and mentor, a proud mother, and a 12-year resident of—and tireless advocate for—the City of San Ramon. She has led the charge against the rapid growth of this City and the aggressive pro-development policies shortsightedly adopted by our current City leaders. She questions the direction of city and the loss of vision and community traditions that have made San Ramon one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Sabina understands the delicate balance needed to build a growing City while keeping the charm and beauty of our trees, architecture and small-town feel. She is committed to ensuring our leaders adopt an open and inclusive approach to civic governance. More importantly, Sabina will listen to the concerns of the residents, and will not take the path of least resistance when addressing the demands of a growing city in the face of evolving state and federal regulatory legislations and conflicting opinions on what is best for San Ramon.

Walnut Creek City Council

 

 

SPENCER DRESS

Spencer Dress is a Northern California native. He moved to the East Bay making Walnut Creek his home in 2012. He understood the importance of education and attended Diablo Valley College. He graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and now works in commercial marketing.

As a member of the City Council, Spencer hopes to prepare Walnut Creek for the challenges of tomorrow by promoting economic growth and providing tangible improvements to our quality of life to ensure that Walnut Creek is a vibrant, livable place for generations to come.

 

 

IMAN NOVIN

Iman Novin met his wife in Walnut Creek in 2010. He proposed in 2013 at Civic Park and decided to move permanently to Walnut Creek because he was drawn to everything this city has to offer– safety, great schools, beautiful parks, and family-friendly restaurants. He joined the Walnut Creek Planning Commission shortly thereafter where he had the honor of serving the Walnut Creek community on many important local issues like advocating for more flexible zoning standards at Shadelands and fighting for more balanced growth and community benefits. He prides himself on being a voice for positive social change, equity and environmental sustainability.

As a father and husband, Iman believes it is important that Walnut Creek continues to be a safe, family-oriented community with great schools. He said, "Our kids should have an opportunity to buy a house here and start a family of their own one day and to enjoy the parks, amenities and open spaces that we love and cherish. Our seniors and long-time residents should not be forced out and should not have to choose between the cost of housing and the cost of good medical care."


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SCHOOLS CANDIDATES

 

County Schools Superintendent

 

 

LYNN MACKEY

Lynn Mackey has devoted her life to helping our students overcome their own hardships, excel in school and thrive as adults. She believes every child deserves the opportunity to succeed and be prepared for college, career and life.

Lynn is a seasoned teacher and administrator with a Master's degree from Cal State East Bay in Educational Leadership and has over twenty years of experience working directly with the County Superintendent at the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

Lynn will bring an experienced educator’s perspective to the job of County Superintendent because she is an educator, not a politician.

County Board of Education, Area 2

 

 

SARAH G. BUTLER

As an experienced and trained school board member, Sarah Butler understands the critical role the Contra Costa County Board of Education has in serving and supporting all students throughout our county. She is excited at the opportunity to use my knowledge and leadership skills in this position.

Sarah has a long history of dedication to public education. Her priorities include:

  • Resources and Opportunities for ALL students
  • School Safety
  • Transparency, Fiscal Stability and Accountability
  • Advocacy for Public Education Funding and Resources
County College Board, Ward 3

 

 

REBECCA BARRETT

Rebecca Barrett is a Concord-native who graduated from Concord High, attended Diablo Valley College (DVC) and transferred to UCLA. After graduation, she launched an accomplished career in education policy, workforce development and public affairs.

Rebecca served all of California’s students as the Principal Advisor to the State Superintendent of Education. Then, after working in the Department of Education, Rebecca launched her own small business that trains budding local leaders to get involved in their community. She also mentors DVC students and cultivates youth leadership.

If elected, Rebecca's priorities will be to:

  • IMPROVE ACCESS & AFFORDABILITY
  • EXPAND CAREER PATHWAYS, &
  • BOOST SCHOOL SAFETY
Martinez School Board, District 3

 

 

DEIDRE SIGUENZA

Deidre has been honored to serve as a Board Member for the Martinez Unified School District for the past six years. In that time, all Martinez District schools have been recognized by the State of California for their excellent academics; increased graduation rates; completed a facility master plan, secured local funding for modernization of our aging elementary schools and enhanced safety at all schools. The District has opened new facilities and departments, allowing students the opportunities obtain an education that gets them ready for college and career opportunities after graduation.

Deidre and her husband, Dylan Radke, are long-time residents of Martinez. Deidre is an active volunteer for organizations that support the welfare of children, which includes the local PTA/PTSA, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Contra Costa County and Volunteers of America. She is an attorney and working mother. Deidre and Dylan's children attend Morello Park Elementary and Martinez Junior High School. Deidre cares deeply about Martinez schools and believes that the community’s success depends on the education of all children.

Mount Diablo Unified School District
Due to filing rules, these candidates have already been declared the winners in the November 2018 race and will not appear on the ballot.

CHERISE KHAUND  

DEBRA MASON  

LINDA MAYO  
Lafayette School District
Due to filing rules, these candidates have already been declared the winners in the November 2018 race and will not appear on the ballot.

ROBERT STURM  

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SPECIAL DISTRICTS CANDIDATES

 

Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

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STEPHEN R. MARIS

Stephen is a first-time political candidate and Martinez resident concerned about how tax money is spent in this public utility. He would like to use his life experiences and worldview in the oversight of this essential service. Stephen has an engineering degree from UC Berkeley and has started three companies since becoming self-employed in 1992. As an ex-professional triathlete, he looks forward to a hard race and your support!

Dublin-Ran Ramon Community Services District

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ANN MARIE JOHNSON

Ann's career has centered on the environmental and safety industry. Regulations increase, but creative technology exists to meet newly imposed standards for safe, reliable water. Ann believes the district needs to find new ways to expand the recycled water program, and work with other agencies to deliver reliable supply. She would like to see the DSRSD review storage options to balance supply and demand, and encourage use of recycled water during the winter. Clean water should not be discharged needlessly.

She also believes the district needs to support local businesses, reduce permit costs, and manage the looming cost of system upgrades. She believes the Board should embrace this challenge and remove barriers to cooperation with their customer base and the rest of the region. As a trained project professional, Ann understands how to build coalitions and negotiate. She would press for additional combined projects and agreements with the district's neighbors to ensure sustainable supply.

East Bay MUD, Ward 7

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FRANK MELLON

Frank Mellon has been part of this community for many years, working tirelessly to make it a better place.

  • When first elected – broke the log jam on the American River water supply conflict- Result - Joint FREWA Project is completed in 2009 and the Drought Supply was used in this last drought
  • As Board President - settled last lawsuit over Drought Supply to assure the drought supply project was successfully completed for use today and, guided EBMUD through recent drought
  • Additional water supply from other water agencies secured
  • EBMUD water demand has dropped from 192 million gallons of water per day(mgd) to 152 mgd while covering a growing East Bay population through innovative conservation and recycling programs
  • Bayside Groundwater Reserve Project is completed 2010 resulting in one million additional gallons of water per day available for drought relief

See Frank's website for more accomplishments.

Moraga-Orinda Fire, District 3

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STEVEN MICHAEL DANZIGER

Steven Danziger will bring experienced leadership, honesty, responsiveness, and a readiness to accept challenges that arise.

Steven says, "I will be your voice and be your advocate on the Moraga-Orinda Fire District Board. I can make a difference. It’s time for a change! I would be deeply honored to once again be a part of the fire service."

Steven continues: "No current board member had prior experience in the Fire Service. The inexperience of prior Boards led to decisions resulting in costly delays in the construction of Station 43 which is now 1.5 yrs behind schedule and conservatively 1.5 million dollars over budget. They wasted tens of thousands of dollars on projects to buy an office building and build a firehouse with Contra Costa County – neither project panned out."

East Bay MUD, Ward 3
Due to filing rules, these candidates have already been declared the winners in the November 2018 race and will not appear on the ballot.

MARGUERITE YOUNG  
East Bay Regional Park District, Ward 7
Due to filing rules, these candidates have already been declared the winners in the November 2018 race and will not appear on the ballot.

COLIN COFFEY  

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LOCAL MEASURES

 

Measures E & I

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ORINDA SCHOOLS

VOTE YES!

Vote YES on E & I to upgrade aging classrooms and improve student safety at Del Rey Elementary, Glorietta Elementary, Sleepy Hollow Elementary, Wagner Ranch Elementary and Orinda Intermediate School. Most Orinda classrooms are 45 to 60 years old. The last Orinda school improvement bond measure was approved nearly 25 years ago. The recent school facility master plan identifies urgent repairs and upgrades needed at each school. Measure E, along with its companion measure, Measure I, work together to protect the quality of Orinda schools and the safety of Orinda students.

Measure J

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MDUSD BOND

VOTE YES!

If approved by voters, funds from Measure J would improve student safety and campus security, expand vocational and career technical education and classrooms, upgrade computers and engineering classrooms, improve technology and science in classrooms, upgrade fire alarm and emergency communications systems, and repair and replace aging roofs and outdated plumbing and electrical wiring.

Measure Q

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MARTINEZ SCHOOLS

VOTE YES!

Measure Q will authorize the district to continue and increase its annual parcel tax at a rate of $75 per parcel for five years (with exemptions for seniors) to maintain quality education and provide over $850,000 in annual local school funding that cannot be taken by the State, shall Martinez Unified School District attract and retain qualified teachers; maintain math, science, technology, engineering, reading/ writing programs; protect art/ music; keep school libraries open; and maintain school counselors.

Measure R

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CANNABIS TAXATION

VOTE YES!

Measure R asks voters to approve a tax that will apply only to businesses that grow, manufacture, distribute, or sell marijuana in the unincorporated area of the County. This tax will not affect businesses located in cities. The taxes these businesses would pay are projected to generate about $1.7 to $4.4 million in annual revenue for the County. This revenue will be used to regulate the cannabis industry, protect public resources, and help fund public safety, health and other vital public services. If Measure R is approved, the County can immediately begin regulating the establishment and operation of commercial cannabis businesses in the unincorporated area in accordance with three previously approved County ordinances.

Measure X

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MARTINEZ ESSENTIAL SERVICES

VOTE YES!

Measure X invests in public safety and critical water infrastructure that will create a safer community and maintain our quality of life, while instituting strong safeguards to ensure your funds are spent responsibly. All funds – just a dime a day for the average Martinez consumer – will be spent in accordance with a Community Identified Spending Plan. Measure X will allow the police department to recruit qualified officers, including school resource and traffic safety officers. It will also fund repairs and replace the crumbling water and flood control infrastructure of the 1930s-era city storm drains and water mains.


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FEDERAL CANDIDATES

 

U.S. Senator

 

 

KEVIN DE LEÓN

Senator de León is the son of a single immigrant mother who supported her family in the San Diego barrio of Logan Heights working as a housekeeper and other pick-up jobs. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college.

He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors. He is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California. He has one daughter.

Working for both the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association, Kevin fought for additional funding for schools in low-income neighborhoods, more school construction, and health insurance for children. He fought against schemes to take funds from public schools through taxpayer-funded vouchers and academic censorship in public schools.

U.S. Representative, 5th District

 

 

MIKE THOMPSON

Mike Thompson was first elected to Congress in 1998. Recognized as a strong representative for his constituents, Thompson has worked on solutions that create jobs, strengthen the middle class, protect our seniors and veterans, increase access to health care, and preserve our environment for future generations. Prior to serving in Congress, Thompson represented California's 2nd District in the California State Senate where he chaired the powerful Budget Committee.

Thompson is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and sits on the Health and Tax Policy subcommittees. Thompson is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus, which consists of more than 200 U.S. Senators and House members. He is also a member and twice co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.

Thompson was the first Vietnam veteran elected to the California State Senate. He served in combat with the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. He was an instructor at the Army's Airborne School.

U.S. Representative, 11th District

 

 

MARK DESAULNIER

Mark DeSaulnier was sworn-in to the 114th Congress in 2015. He represents California’s 11th Congressional District which includes the western, central and southern areas of Contra Costa County. He currently serves on the Education and Workforce Committee, and the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform’s subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets.

DeSaulnier has served at the local level on the Concord City Council, as Mayor of Concord and as a 3-term Contra Costa County Supervisor. He was elected to the State Assembly in 2006 where he served one term and received the distinction of being the first freshman in history to chair the Assembly Transportation Committee. DeSaulnier was elected to two terms in the California State Senate in 2008 and 2012.

In his time in office, DeSaulnier has taken a leadership role on a variety of key issues including government reform, labor, transportation, the environment, health care, local government, and public safety. In the Senate, his top legislative priorities included: working to reform state governance; safe and efficient roads and highways; allowing companies to organize as more community-active corporate citizens; protecting public health; reducing Californians’ exposure to tobacco; protecting homeowners from foreclosure; tightening up the parole system and oversight of sex offenders; making it easier for people to donate life-saving bone marrow and organs; and fighting abuse of prescription narcotics.

U.S. Representative, 15th District

 

 

ERIC SWALWELL

As co-chairman of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, Eric Swalwell helps set the caucus’ policy agenda and oversees committee assignments. As founder and chairman of Future Forum, he is House Democrats’ point man on outreach to millennials – the nation’s biggest, most diverse and best-educated generation. And as Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee’s CIA Subcommittee and a Judiciary Committee member, he’s playing key roles in keeping our nation and its elections safe. In all these roles, Eric fights for Americans’ Freedom to Dream: the ability to reach for and attain better lives for themselves and their families.

When House Democrats staged a 25-hour sit-in to decry inaction on gun-violence legislation in 2016, Eric was first to live-stream the protest from his phone after House cameras went dark.

And when it became clear that Russia interfered in 2016’s election, he introduced the first legislation calling for an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the meddling and ensure it never happens again. He has been a key player and national voice in the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, questioning dozens of witnesses and speaking out against efforts to sideline and end the probe.


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STATEWIDE CANDIDATES

 

Governor

 

 

GAVIN NEWSOM

Gavin is widely recognized for his bold willingness to lead – repeatedly developing, advocating, and implementing innovative and groundbreaking solutions to some of our most challenging issues.

On a wide range of topics including same-sex marriage, gun safety, marijuana, the death penalty, universal health care, access to preschool, paid family leave, technology, criminal justice reform, sugary drinks, and the minimum wage, Gavin stuck his neck out and did the right thing, which often led to sweeping changes when his policies were ultimately accepted, embraced, and replicated across the state and nation.

Gavin’s top priorities are economic development (creating jobs and reducing poverty), education (increasing affordable access to quality schools at all levels), protecting the environment, and justice – ensuring California continues to lead by example while actively resisting any attempt by the Trump administration to take us backwards.

Attorney General

 

 

XAVIER BECERRA

Xavier Becerra is the the 33rd Attorney General of California, and the first Latino to hold the office in state history. A staunch advocate for hardworking families, Xavier has brought decades of experience to defend the rights of nearly 40 million Californians. Since taking office in January, Becerra has taken the Trump Administration to court to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). He’s led the fight against the discriminatory Muslim travel ban, the EPA’s illegal delay of air quality standards, and the ill-conceived wasteful plan to build a wall along the California border.

Becerra has announced multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of Californians harmed by bad over-the counter medications, wire fraud scams, and compromised credit card information. He has secured tens of millions of dollars in debt relief for students who were taken advantage of by predatory for-profit colleges. And he prevented Big Oil giant Valero from taking over a petroleum distributor which could have led to higher gas prices at the pump.

The first in his family to attend a four-year college, Becerra graduated from Stanford University in 1980 and received his juris doctorate from his alma mater in 1984. Following law school, he worked for a legal services agency representing the mentally ill. In 1987, he was appointed as a California Deputy Attorney General. And in 1990, he was elected to the California State Assembly. Becerra is married to Perinatologist Dr. Carolina Reyes and they are the proud parents of three daughters: Clarisa, Olivia and Natalia. Born in Sacramento, Becerra is the son of immigrants — a construction and clerical worker — who taught him the value of working hard to earn a chance to get ahead.

Controller

 

 

BETTY T. YEE

A native of San Francisco and a proud product of its K-12 public schools, Betty Yee was born to immigrant parents who established a laundry and dry cleaning business in the Parkside District of San Francisco and operated it for 30 years. The second oldest of six children, Betty grew up speaking no English at home. As with her siblings, when not in school, she worked the counter of her parents’ business, interacting with customers and often translating for her parents with vendors as well as conducting the financial transactions for them. From minding the family business when young, Betty now minds the store for California as its Controller.

Betty is a proud product of the San Francisco public schools, crediting her skills to her junior high school English and Math teachers. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and holds a master’s degree in public administration. Betty’s commitment to hard work and service were influenced heavily by her upbringing and strong sense of community. Her commitment to service and her experience working in the family business inspired her to enter public service so she may do her part to be sure the doors of opportunity remain open to Californians and their families to succeed and thrive.

Dedicated to attaining full civic participation by all communities, Betty has a strong commitment to mentoring and supporting women, youth, and those from our diverse communities of color who are seeking to enter or are pursuing opportunities in public service or elected or appointed office. Previously, she generously volunteered her time to serve on the board of directors of California Women Lead, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing leadership training, networking opportunities, and policy discussion forums for women serving in or seeking elected or appointed office and women leaders in the private sector.

Insurance Commissioner

 

 

RICARDO LARA

Throughout Senator Ricardo Lara’s career, he’s always stood up for working families and against injustice, even when doing so was difficult or unpopular. Grounded in his East Los Angeles upbringing and raised by a factory worker and a seamstress, Ricardo has built a record on bringing people together around tough challenges and delivering results that improve people’s lives.

As a graduate of LAUSD schools and a lifelong resident of Southeast Los Angeles, he knows first-hand the challenges facing the immigrant and working class communities he represents in the 33rd Senate District.

Dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as the "Point man in the push for immigrant rights," Senator Lara in 2016 engineered the successful statewide campaign to allow for multi-lingual education in California's schools. He was also one of the key leaders behind a landmark effort to grant driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in California. This legislation is more important than ever, now that Donald Trump has instructed border patrol agents that they may deport undocumented immigrants for the "crime" of driving without a license.

Significantly, if elected, Senator Lara would be the first openly gay statewide elected official in California. Currently, Senator Lara serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Senate, considered to be perhaps the most influential committee in the California State Senate.

Secretary of State

 

 

ALEX PADILLA

For forty years, his father worked as a short-order cook and his mother cleaned houses. With their hard work as an example, Alex attended local public schools and went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In 1999, at 26, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council to represent the community where he grew up. In 2001, his colleagues elected him to the first of three terms as Council President, the youngest member and first Latino to serve in this capacity. In 2006, Alex was elected to the California State Senate, where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications; and the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments.

Over the course of eight years, he successfully authored legislation on telecommunications, broadband deployment, energy and energy efficiency, grid modernization, education, job creation, environmental protection, food safety, seismic safety, and a host of other issues.

In 2015, Alex was sworn in as California Secretary of State. In this role, he is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and protecting voting rights.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

 

TONY THURMOND

Tony was born at Fort Ord in Monterey, California, to a mother who immigrated here from Panama to become a teacher and a father from Detroit who came to Fort Ord as part of his army service in Vietnam. Tony’s father left the family when he was just a young child. Tony next saw his father when Tony was 39 years old. Tony’s mother raised her four children as a single mom until she became too sick to do so. When Tony was six years old, his mother lost her battle to cancer.

Tony and his brother moved to Philadelphia to live with a cousin who raised them as her sons. This amazing woman provided the brothers with a safe home and made sure they got a great education. It was his public school education that helped Tony to become a 20-year social worker and ultimately to be elected to serve on a City Council, a School Board, and now in the California State Assembly.

Tony has deep roots in education. Between 2008 and 2012 he served on the West Contra County Unified School Board. He oversaw truancy prevention programs, supported school-based mental health programs, and launched a program called CEO Youth to teach entrepreneurship and life skills to disadvantaged students. Tony has deep roots in education. Between 2008 and 2012 he served on the West Contra County Unified School Board. He oversaw truancy prevention programs, supported school-based mental health programs, and launched a program called CEO Youth to teach entrepreneurship and life skills to disadvantaged students.

Tony is a graduate and former student body president of Temple University. Assemblymember Thurmond did his graduate work at Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA) where he received dual Masters Degrees in Law and Social Policy and Social Work. Tony is the proud parent of two public school students. They are his inspiration and a constant reminder about the promise of our neighborhood schools and the strong future that every child deserves.

Treasurer

 

 

FIONA MA

Fiona Ma is a Certified Public Tax Accountant and currently serves on the California State Board of Equalization, where she works to protect the rights for taxpayers while also ensuring that California collects its fair share of tax revenues.

As one of two Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to ever have served on the Board, Fiona understands the challenges that businesses and taxpayers face today. As Chair, she has worked tirelessly to uphold the highest level of integrity in government and fought to increase accessibility, accountability, and transparency at the Board of Equalization.

Fiona previously served as a San Francisco Supervisor. She authored the landmark Local Business Enterprise ordinance on behalf of women and minority business owners and passed legislation to tackle human trafficking.

Prior to her career in public service, Fiona worked as an accountant for Ernst & Young, before leaving to start her own accounting practice. Fiona has been licensed in California as a Certified Public Account (CPA) since 1992.


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STATEWIDE PROPOSITIONS

 

Proposition 1

HOUSING ASSISTANCE BOND

VOTE YES!

The Act will first and foremost build and preserve affordable homes, including supportive housing, for veterans, working families, people with disabilities, Californians experiencing homelessness and others struggling to find a safe place to call home. This is also an opportunity to create 137,000 jobs and pump $23.4 billion into California’s economy. The Veterans and Affordable Housing Act tackles top priorities for Californians - building homes, creating jobs and boosting the economy.

Proposition 2

HOUSING FOR INDIVIDUALS
WITH MENTAL ILLNESS BOND

VOTE YES!

Proposition 2 will provide permanent supportive housing linked to treatment and services to help people with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.

Proposition 4

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CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS CONSTRUCTION BOND

VOTE YES!

This bond will allow children’s hospitals to expand, upgrade and improve their facilities and reach, meaning more kids will have access to the specialized, life-saving care they need. The bond also helps children’s hospitals acquire the latest technology and life-saving medical equipment, giving doctors the tools to save more children’s lives.

Proposition 5

PROPERTY TAX TRANSFER TO REPLACEMENT PROPERTY

VOTE NO!

Prop 5 takes upwards of $1 billion each year from schools and local services – from fire and emergency response to health care – to give new tax breaks to a select few Californians.

Proposition 6

ELIMINATE ROAD REPAIRS AND TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

VOTE NO!

Prop 6 would eliminate funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation and public transit improvement projects currently underway throughout California.

Proposition 7

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YEAR-ROUND DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME PERIOD AUTHORIZATION

VOTE YES!

Changing our clocks twice a year has proven to be hazardous to our health and public safety. Proposition 7 is a required step in the process to stop the biannual time changes that harm health and safety of workers and their families.

Proposition 8

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REGULATE KIDNEY DIALYSIS CHARGES AND CAP INCOME

VOTE YES!

Proposition 8 will push dialysis corporations to spend more on patient care and stop extreme consumer overcharging, which can help lower healthcare costs for all Californians.

Proposition 10

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EXPAND LOCAL AUTHORITY FOR RENT CONTROL

VOTE YES!

The Affordable Housing Act, or Prop 10, is a ballot measure that will give local communities the power to adopt rent control necessary to address the state’s housing affordability crisis by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Costa-Hawkins prevents cities and counties from applying rent control to apartments built after 1995 or to single-family rental units and condos. It also allows landlords to raise the rent as much as they want when a unit becomes vacant.

Proposition 11

COUNTIES TO PAY OVERTIME FOR PRIVATE AMBULANCE SERVICES

VOTE NO!

Our emergency providers are among the best trained professionals in the nation. This initiative does not add significant levels of training beyond what is already being conducted. It does not provide the appropriate mental health provisions to mitigate the PTSD providers face as a result of what is seen on the job. Prop 11 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. While purporting to be about protecting public safety, this initiative is simply about changing the labor code to protect one private company, American Medical Response, from civil litigation for alleged violations of California law.

Proposition 12

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ANIMAL CONFINEMENT STANDARDS

VOTE YES!

Prop 12 would require cage-free housing and improve space requirements in California for three types of animals who are typically confined in tiny cages on factory farms: baby veal calves, mother pigs, and egg-laying hens. It would also ensure that veal, pork, and eggs sold in the state come from operations meeting these modest standards.


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  • Ben Meisel
    commented 2018-10-18 08:53:05 -0700
    HELP! There are terrifying, partisan, well-crafted Judicial Voting Guides by Conservatives AGAINST judges who are pro-choice and believe in separation of church & state. WHERE IS THE CONTRA COSTA COUNTY DEMOCRAT GUIDE TO PROGRESSIVE JUDGES WHO BELIEVE IN SCIENCE, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND A DIVERSE AMERICA WHERE EQUAL RIGHTS UNDER THE LAW MEANS EVERYONE?