There’s a saying:  if you want to know where someone will lead you, look at where they’ve been.  So I thought I’d tell you a bit about where I’ve been and where I want us to go – together.

I’ve been an organizer.  I started with women’s health and reproductive rights, protecting women’s health clinics from attacks, in LA and then in NY. I met my husband during the 1992 Democratic convention, when women’s health clinics were under attack and we were both working to keep them open.  This experience and spirit led me to grad school for public health, and spurred me on when I saw the need to fight for my children’s schools.

I’ve been a school board member, a mom, a non-profit leader, and a city councilmember.  Because of my experience, I’ve developed an appreciation for what it takes to make things work for in my community.  I understand how to fight for what’s right, and how to stand up and make change.

And that’s what it’s going to take to be your next senator. 

California is the place that’s holding the line against the Trump administration.  And our legislature and our governor are the people who are building the wall of resistance every day with their leadership.  So as your next senator, I’ll jump right in and fortify that wall by fighting for what’s right.

By fighting for our schools.  Our schools - our hope for the future.  They must do an excellent job of educating our diverse population, of being safe spaces for kids and for families, of providing opportunity for all children.  Here in Silicon Valley, we know that we must commit to excellent schools and we need the state to do that too.  We need the state to ensure the funding our schools need to pay their teachers, to train them to adapt to our fast changing world.  We need to ensure our children have access to technology and engaging classrooms that prepare them for our world.  Because we need them to be ready to take on the challenges of today and tomorrow.

By fighting for our communities.  Our challenges are many.  Here in Silicon Valley we face housing challenges and transportation challenges.  We need innovative solutions to address the growing housing crisis in our region.  This crisis is impacting our diverse communities and making getting around impossible.  We must restore tools to cities to build housing and support solutions that improve our transportation infrastructure. 

By fighting for women’s rights and health access.  By ensuring access to health care and reproductive health services, California must continue to lead and protect our right to choose as it looks more precarious in Washington. 

By fighting for the environment. We must all do our part to protect our planet and to build a sustainable future for generations to come. We must work together to combat climate change before the effects are irreversible. It is all of our responsibilities to protect the one planet that we call home. This starts with tackling environmental issues facing local jurisdictions including matters related to traffic congestion, energy resources and conservation, land use and other issues that affect our communities and state. 

We know that California is the beacon and a leader in meeting our challenges head on.  Living here, in the heart of innovation and the birthplace of technology, I know we can do it. And I want you to know, that’s what I’ll do as your next senator.  Organizing and representing all our community members to a great education, to stable housing, to a safe neighborhood.  To bring Silicon Valley’s commitment to tackling the tough challenges with innovation and a willingness to work hard. 

I’ve got the experience, I’ve got the passion, and I’ve got you.  And together we’ll take where we’ve been, and use it to guide us along the path to where we want to go. 

Take a look at where I’ve been, and that will show you where I want to lead:  To the California we all want – for ourselves and for our children and for our future.


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