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District 16 — California State Assembly

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About this office

State assembly members introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, and draft the state budget. They are elected to two-year terms.
For this office, only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary election advance to the general election. The two candidates may be from the same political party.
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Candidates

You can vote for 1 of these 2 candidates.

Catharine Baker

Republican
State Assemblywoman
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Improve education: reform the rigid teacher tenure...
  2. Rebuild smarter infrastructure: stop High Speed Rail...
  3. Require fiscal discipline: pay down debt and get our...
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Cheryl Cook-Kallio

Democratic
Public School Teacher and former...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Cheryl's top priority will be improving our public...
  2. Cheryl will continue to be a champion for women and...
  3. Cheryl believes we should do everything we can to...
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Republican
California State Assemblymember
129,585 votes (55.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improve education: reform the rigid teacher tenure system, support children and great teachers, and put California students first in UC admissions.
  • Rebuild smarter infrastructure: stop High Speed Rail and the Twin Tunnels, and invest in roads and public transportation and smarter water infrastructure.
  • Require fiscal discipline: pay down debt and get our financial house in order, rather than go on a spending spree.

Experience

Experience

Profession:State Assemblywoman
Assemblywoman, California State Assembly — Elected position (2014–current)

Education

University of California, Berkeley Juris Doctor (2000)
University of Chicago Bachelor of Arts, With Honors, Political Science (1993)

Biography

In her first term in the Assembly, Catharine has lived up to her pledge to be a different kind of legislator – one who works across party lines to get things done. She wrote legislation to better prevent child abuse in schools, to make the Bay Bridge oversight authority more transparent and accountable, and to offer veterans support in finding new careers when they return to civilian life. All these bills passed with unanimous, bipartisan support and were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. She has authored legislation to improve California’s transportation system and water infrastructure; modernize California’s schools so all children, regardless of the zip code they live in, can receive a great education; to make higher education accessible and affordable for California residents, and to make the state more accountable and financially disciplined with taxpayer funds. It’s no surprise the Contra Costa Times said, “Baker shows the Legislature there’s room for bipartisanship.”

An active parent leader in local schools, Catharine served on numerous local school improvement committees and on a preschool board. She is a Trustee with the Diablo Regional Arts Association, supporting arts education opportunities for families and school children. She is active in local Scouting with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, serving as an archery instructor and camp volunteer. As small business counsel at Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel law firm in Pleasanton, Catharine’s practice is helping local small businesses and non-profit organizations get started and succeed.

 

Catharine is a native Californian. She earned her BA degree from the University of Chicago, overcoming cancer her senior year to graduate Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her JD degree from UC Berkeley School of Law. Catharine is married to her college sweetheart, Dan, and they have two school-aged children, twins.

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (67)

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 
Answer from Catharine Baker:

For more detailed information on the policy issues in my platform I invite you to visit my website at www.bakerforassembly.com/issues. Please share with me any feedback or questions you have on specific policy issues or the information provided. 

Fiscal Priorities

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?

No answer provided.
High Cost of Living

If elected, what solutions do you propose to deal with the high cost of living in the Bay Area?

No answer provided.
Minimum Wage

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 

No answer provided.
Money in Politics

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?

No answer provided.
Traffic Congestion

What steps are needed to improve region-wide transportation planning and the growing traffic congestion?

No answer provided.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $3,417,884

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

1
California Republican Party
$1,095,603
2
Farmers Insurance Group and employees
$28,300
3
Employees of Sutter Hill Ventures
$27,200
4
Republican Party of Tulare County
$24,400
5
California Association of Realtors
$17,000
5
California Dental Association
$17,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 93.17%
District of Columbia 0.94%
Texas 0.90%
Illinois 0.74%
Other 4.25%
93.17%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.23%)
Small contributions (0.77%)
99.23%

By Type:

From organizations (65.95%)
From individuals (34.05%)
65.95%34.05%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Candidate Contact Info

Email cbaker@bakerforassembly.com
Email campaign.manager@bakerforassembly.com
Democratic
Teacher
102,290 votes (44.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Cheryl's top priority will be improving our public education system. She will work to attract and retain more high quality teachers, reduce class sizes, and improve education funding so all students receive a quality education.
  • Cheryl will continue to be a champion for women and families. As a councilmember, she helped to secure funding for prenatal care and mammograms. In the Assembly, she will fight for equal pay for equal work and affordable healthcare.
  • Cheryl believes we should do everything we can to protect our natural resources, including the Delta, by standing up against the twin tunnels. She will stand up to big oil companies and fight for tougher regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Public School Teacher and former City Councilmember

Biography

 

A teacher, mother and public servant, Cheryl Cook-Kallio learned about service from her dad, a career Navy man and her grandfather, a man who fought in WWI and then found a way to enlist again so he could serve in WWII with his son.

A celebrated public school teacher, respected Pleasanton City Councilmember and tireless community activist Cheryl has fought to: enhance public education, increase a ordable housing options, improve streets and roads, and make our community safer.

As a teacher Cheryl was dedicated, providing our youth with the best foundation possible to be successful in the 21st century. She spent 39 years educating our youth and was recognized with honors for her excellence in the classroom.

Cook-Kallio served eight years on Pleasanton’s City Council. During her time as Vice-Mayor and Councilmember she led the way to increase a ordable housing, expand parkland and implement curbside recycling. Working with regional transportation agencies, Cheryl improved streets and roads, finding solutions to traffic gridlock.

Now retired from the classroom, Cheryl serves as a Boardmember to the Pleasanton Partnership in Education Foundation, member of the CA Civic Learning Task Force Advisory Board, a member of the Teacher Advisory Board for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s iCivics Foundation, and as the Northern California Senior Consultant for the Center for Civic Education.

Cheryl earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and her Masters of Arts degree in U.S. History with an emphasis on the U.S. Constitution from San Jose State University.

She holds teaching credentials in Social Science and English, with a supplemental credential in Spanish. Cheryl and her husband John, a retired teacher, live in Pleasanton. They are the parents of four children. 

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $3,072,989

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

1
California Democratic Party
$2,117,471
2
Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee
$45,000
3
Democratic Central Committee Of Marin County
$40,000
3
Santa Clara County Democratic Party
$40,000
4
AFSCME California
$17,000
4
Alameda Labor Council
$17,000
4
Professional Engineers in California Government
$17,000
4
SEIU Local 1021
$17,000
4
SEIU Local 2015
$17,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 99.41%
District of Columbia 0.37%
Maryland 0.15%
Ohio 0.03%
Other 0.04%
99.41%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.74%)
Small contributions (0.26%)
99.74%

By Type:

From organizations (96.54%)
From individuals (3.46%)
96.54%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Candidate Contact Info

Email cheryl@votecookkallio.com
Email will@votecookkallio.com

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