The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration would like to extend a warm welcome to all the new members of the legislature as well as to our friends that are returning to the legislature in a different position. Although the statewide election for California is yet to be officially certified, that happens on December 11, 2020, the results for most of the races are pretty solid. Below are the results as of Friday November 6, 2020. If you are in a district with a new member we encourage you to learn more about your member and perhaps after January 1, 2021 make an appointment (many offices are doing video or phone appointments) to introduce yourself to your new member and let them know what is important to you.
Senate District 5 – Stockton
Susan Eggman was elected to the Assembly in 2012 and she will move to the Senate seat previously held by Senator Galgiani. Dr. Eggman is a former Army medic, medical social worker, and associate professor of social work at CSU Sacramento. In addition to serving in the legislature, she was elected to serve on the Stockton City Council in 2006.
Senate District 13 Josh Becker – San Mateo/Palo Alto
Josh Becker is a public policy innovator working at the nexus of community activism, technology, and social justice. He has served for five years on the California State Workforce Development Board (appointed by Governor Jerry Brown), serves on the Child Care Partnership Council in San Mateo County, and is a Founding Trustee at the University of California Merced.
Senate District 15 – Santa Clara
Dave Cortese was first elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. He served four years as Board president. Prior to joining the Board, he served for eight years on the San Jose City Council, including two years as vice mayor. Mr. Cortese graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory then University of California Davis where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctorate at Lincoln University Law School in San Jose.
Senate District 17 – Monterey/San Luis Obispo
John Laird served as California Secretary for Natural Resources appointed by Governor Jerry Brown from January 5, 2011 until January 7, 2019. Mr. Laird also served as a member of the State Integrated Waste Management Board from 2008 to 2009 and taught state environmental policy at University of California Santa Cruz. In 2002, he was elected Assembly Member for the 27th District, which included portions of Monterey, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties, and reelected in 2004 and 2006.
Senate District – 19 – Santa Barbara/Ventura
Monique Limon was elected to the Assembly in 2016 and will move to the Senate seat previously held by Senator Jackson. She has worked continuously to serve her community as an educator, leader, and an advocate for causes advancing the quality of life in her community. Prior to being elected to the Assembly she served two terms on the Santa Barbara Unified School Board and as Assistant Director for the McNair Scholars Program at the University of California.
Senate District 23 – Rancho Cucamonga/Redlands [This race is too close to make any call]
The race between Abigail Medina (49.8%) and Rosilicei Ochoa Bogh (50.2%) this is a very close race so we will publish more info on this race in a later publication.
Senate District 29 – Fullerton/Yorba Linda
Josh Newman is a United States Army veteran, community activist, non-profit founder, and former State Senator for the 29th Senate district of California. He was elected to serve the 29th Senate District in November of 2016 but recalled in 2018 after a controversial vote on the gas tax. Prior to serving in the State Senate, Newman served as founder and Executive Director of ArmedForce2Workforce, a non-profit initiative founded in 2012 to assist young veterans in the Orange County/Greater Los Angeles area in the pursuit of rewarding, career-oriented employment.
Senate District 37 – Anaheim/Irvine/New Port Beach
Dave Min is a law professor at UC Irvine and has focused his research on building an economy that works for people of all backgrounds. Mr. Min spent his early career working for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to break up fraud operations, was a senior policy advisor to Senator Chuck Schumer, and served as deputy staff director on the Joint Economic Committee.
Assembly District 25 – Fremont/Santa Clara
Alex Lee has worked as a Legislative Policy Advisor, most recently for Senator Henry Stern, in the Senate as well as having worked in the Assembly. Alex has worked on issues including public safety, housing, education, climate change, and seniors.
Assembly District 33 – Big Bear
Rick Herrick was first elected to the Big Bear Lake City Council in November 2006, then re-elected in 2010, 2014 and 2018 and is now serving as Mayor for the city and as the Chairman for the Nay Foundation, Big Bear Alpine Zoo endowment. Previously serving as the City of Big Bear Lake Mayor, Chairman of the Big Bear Fire Department, Chairman of the Big Bear Fire District, and the Chairman of Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency. In addition, Mr. Herrick has served as the President of the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce and a Director for the Big Bear Valley Parks and Recreation District.
Assembly District 37 – Santa Barbara/Ventura
Steve Bennet has a long history of public services as a Ventura County Supervisor, an environmental leader, and a public high school economics teacher with over 20 years of experience in education.
Assembly District 38 – Santa Clarita
Suzette Martinez Valladares worked as a district representative for former local Congressman Buck McKeon. In 2012, she left the public sector and became Executive Director of Southern California Autism Speaks. In 2018, she assumed the role of CEO of Little Steps of Faith, a faith-based non-profit preschool that provides quality childcare to underserved families in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.
Assembly District 57 – Whittier/Hacienda Heights/La Mirada
Lisa Calderon comes to the Assembly as the daughter of farm workers, the first in her family to go to college, and a successful businesswoman. She has a long history of advocating for the advancement of issues and people who the system leaves behind.
Assembly District 67 – El Sobrante/Lake Elsinore/ Murrieta
Kelly Seyarto is a retired Battalion Chief and served a firefighter for 35 years. He served the Murrieta City Council from 1997 – 2006, and most recently returned to serve as the Mayor of Murrieta. In addition to his public service over the years, Mr. Seyarto has been a community leader in nonprofit and community organizations including on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club, the League of California Cities Public Safety Committee and the Western Riverside Council of Governments.
Assembly District 72 – Garden Grove/Seal Beach/Santa Ana
Janet Nguyen was elected to the Senate in 2014 and served through 2018. She is a small-business owner and had a long history of public service as a former Orange County Supervisor and Garden Grove City Council Member.
Assembly District 73 – Laguna Nigel/Dana Point/San Clemente
Laurie Davies was elected to the Laguna Niguel City Council in 2012. She was appointed Mayor in 2015 and re-elected in 2016. Currently, she is serving as Mayor. During her time in office, she has a proven record of accomplishment. She served as a Board Member on the Transportation Corridor Agency, Chaired the League of Cities Committee on Transportation, Communication and Public Works, was elected to the OCTA where she serves on the Transit Committee and Chairs the Legislation Committee as well as sitting on the Board of the Association of California Cities Orange County where she serves as President.
Assembly District 78 – San Diego/La Jolla
Chris Ward was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2016, and has focused on housing, homelessness, economic development, public safety and other critical local goals. He has served as Chair of the San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless, City Council Chair of the Land Use and Housing Committee, and past chair of the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. He previously served as the Chief of Staff to State Senator Marty Block, representing most of the 78th Assembly District.