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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 11

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Lori D. Wilson

Mayor/Finance Director
52,092 votes (64.3%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing: Everyone needs an affordable place to live. That’s why as Mayor, I built a diverse housing portfolio, from affordable to high-end housing, building near transit centers to reduce commutes, and so young families can build roots in the area.
  • Healthcare & Mental Health: I'll fight for investments in mental health, and will expand affordable health coverage to make sure everyone in California has access to the care they need to live healthy and productive lives.
  • Quality of Life: I'll look for ways to improve the quality of life for everyone, from education, climate, childcare, etc. Everyone has a right to a high quality of life and to define what that looks like for them. My job is help make it possible.



Profession:Assembly member; Former Mayor/Finance Director
Assembly Member, State of California - Assembly District 11 — Elected position (2022–current)
Mayor, Suisun City — Elected position (2018–2022)
Councilmember/Mayor Pro Tem, Suisun City — Elected position (2012–2018)
Commissioner/Vice Chair, Suisun City Parks & Recreation Commission — Appointed position (2010–2012)


California State University, Sacramento Bachelor of Science, Business Administration: Accountancy (2002)


Lori D. Wilson was elected as District 11's Assemblymember on April 5th in a special election. She is committed to fighting for the residents of California’s 11th Assembly District with a track record of creating good jobs, keeping the community safe and improving the quality of life for all her constituents.


Previously, she was the first Black female Mayor to serve in all of Solano County. First elected to the Suisun City Council in 2012, she served as Vice-Mayor for six years before winning the Mayor’s race in 2018.


During her tenure, she worked tirelessly to make Suisun City a welcoming and safe place to call home. Lori has a track record of fiscal responsibility while leading efforts to bring more housing, jobs and diversity to Suisun City.


Lori successfully implemented a number of public health and safety initiatives to ensure that residents were able to stay safe and healthy through the pandemic. As part of the pandemic response, Lori worked with Suisun City Fire Department (SCFD) in coordination with Solano County Public Health and Office of Emergency Services to bring in free COVID-19 testing to Suisun City. Under her leadership, her city worked with the Community Action Partnership of Solano County to house the homeless against exposure to COVID.


Additionally, Lori worked in partnership with the police and Solano County Behavioral Health to assist those who are homeless and contracted for the Cordico Mental Wellness app to improve mental health responses. During the devastating fire season, Lori helped to set up a community center and sports complex to house those fleeing from the LNU Lightning Complex fires. She personally secured cots from the American Red Cross and delivered them so that 160 at-risk senior citizens who were en route would have a place to sleep for the night. 


Before Lori took office, she also served as Vice Chair on the Suisun City Parks & Recreation Commission and founding President of the Suisun City Community Services Foundation. Most recently, Lori worked as Director of Finance for national homebuilders for over 10 years and previously held roles as the Chief Accountant at Fair Housing Napa Valley and an Auditor of Solano County. Her career, life story and heartfelt passion for making a difference laid a solid foundation and prepared Lori to serve Suisun City residents in the political arena.


Lori is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy. Her diverse career history, including more than 20 years in Accounting & Finance, has afforded Lori tremendous opportunities to hone her skills in government and nonprofit management, strategic development and budget administration. She has a proven track record in identifying needs and developing innovative solutions.


Throughout her career as a public servant, Lori has been committed to supporting women in leadership positions. She is also a founding member of WIP Solano, a non-partisan organization formed to inspire more women to become visionary leaders in Solano County.


A native Californian raised on the west side of Fresno, Lori is married to her high school sweetheart Chavares Wilson, a retired Air Force Reserve Technical Sergeant. They have been blessed with two sons, Tyler and Kiren, and a daughter-in-law, Brittney. They have enjoyed living in Suisun City since 2004 after being stationed at Travis AFB for 5 years.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

What programs, proposals, projects, or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Lori D. Wilson:

As stated above, one proposal I support is the 30x30 initiative. I would also support legislation to strengthen the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act to better protect drinking water supplies, and funding for a statewide low-income rate assistance program for water.

More generally, I would prioritize advocating for disadvantaged communities that disproportionately suffer from a lack of access to clean water and who are often left out of legislative conversations. As the first black person elected as mayor in Suisun City, advocating on behalf of BIPOC is inherent in every policy decision I make.


Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for middle and low income people in California?
Answer from Lori D. Wilson:

Addressing the lack of affordable housing in California is one of my top priorities in the Assembly. Outside of my public service, I have spent the majority of my career at organizations that promote increased access to housing. I have served as the Chief Accountant at Fair Housing Napa, Director of Finance at Meritage Homes, and  Director of Finance at KB Home. My unique fiscal perspective provides me with the experience, knowledge, and passion to push forward smart legislation that increases access to affordable housing. 

There are several proposals I would support to alleviate the affordable housing shortage. Firstly, I support allowing for higher densities around transit corridors. Not only does the greater supply of housing drive down costs, but building more housing near transit corridors helps people get to work and save money on their commutes. Secondly, I support state intervention to accelerate the review and approval of proposed housing developments. Thirdly, I would support a law that increases the production of market rate housing. Lastly, I support Prop 13 reform – Prop 13 is an antiquated law that prevents  from everyone from paying their fair share in taxes and directly affects the number of housing units a community can build.


What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of young, low-income Californians?
Answer from Lori D. Wilson:

Increasing our state’s investment in education is also a top priority for me. It is troublesome to me that what should have been the minimum we invest in children’s’ education has become the ceiling. I plan on working to secure more funding and invest in our classrooms, teachers, classified staff as well as facilities and services that combined provide quality education and a productive learning environment for our future leaders. We have made modest progress, but we still rank 30th in the nation in per pupil funding and that isn’t good enough.

Specifically, I support increasing taxes and allocating other funding streams to help maintain schools and colleges and provide quality education. I supported Proposition 15, the Schools and Communities First measure in 2020 and look forward to working on both district and statewide level to advocate more measures that will generate revenue for schools. I also support state funding for staff development and training as well as requiring school districts to appropriate a mandatory percentage of those funds to in-service training days for classified staff. Lastly, I support AB 2635, which would establish eligibility for African American students as a fourth subgroup to receive concentration and supplemental funds, based on persistently low academic performance. As the first black woman elected as mayor in Suisun City, I strive every day to address and overcome inequities that have heavily impacted African American families, children and youth. These inequities start with education or the lack thereof and I support the LCFF to provide funding that will support students of color who have for too long been disenfranchised.


To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.
Answer from Lori D. Wilson:

I strongly support and am proud of California’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2045. As a member of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, I understand the importance of California maintaining is status of a global leader on climate change policy. As we in California advance, so does the Nation. Two specific proposals and policies I support to reach carbon neutrality are the 30x30 Initiative and the California Renewable Portfolio Standard. I would also support efforts to decarbonize  new and existing commercial and residential buildings.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $883,756

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Yin McDonald's
California Teachers Association
McDonald's and employees
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
Sprinkler Fitters Local 483 Legislative PAC

More information about contributions

By State:

California 80.12%
District of Columbia 2.70%
Illinois 2.65%
Texas 1.87%
Other 12.66%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.59%)
Small contributions (0.41%)

By Type:

From organizations (86.95%)
From individuals (13.05%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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