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District 18 —California State AssemblyNovember 8, 2016 —California General Election

November 8, 2016 —California General Election

California State AssemblyDistrict 18

Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (319/319).

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.
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Who’s Running?

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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California State Assemblymember
156,163 votes (87%)Winning
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  • Better Schools - Improve California's system of public education, with a focus on early childhood education.
  • Safer Streets - Continue to reduce crime in our communities, and heal the wounds and trauma caused by gun violence.
  • More Prosperous Communities and a Strong Social Services Safety Net - Bring new economic opportunities to the East Bay while continuing to lift up the most vulnerable among us.
Profession:California State Assemblymember
Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (2012–current)
Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco City Attorney's Office (2003–2012)
Vice Mayor, City of Alameda — Elected position (2010–2012)
Director, City of Alameda Health Care District Board — Elected position (2007–2010)
Litigation Associate, Keker & Van Nest, LLP, (1999–2003)
Yale Law School J.D., Law (1998)
University of Oxford Graduate Studies, Politics, Philosophy and Economics (1994)
Yale College B.A., History (1993)

Assemblymember Rob Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly's 18th District in 2012, where he represents the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro as the first and only Filipino American legislator in the 165-year history of California.

Rob’s passion for justice and equality was instilled in him at a very young age by his parents, who taught him to understand injustice and the importance of joining the struggle to empower vulnerable communities. His father was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and stood with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Deep South---marching for equality and justice in Selma. His mother was and continues to be a long-time leader in the Filipino social justice movement.

Growing up in a trailer just a few hundred yards from César Chávez’s home, Bonta watched closely as his parents organized Filipino and Mexican American farm workers, infusing his formative years with first-hand experience of one of the greatest peaceful social, racial, and economic justice movements of all time. This had a huge impact on Rob’s life choices and pursuits, inspiring his life’s commitment to helping people.

Rob believed legal training was one of the most powerful ways to effect positive and profound change in the lives of those who needed it most. He worked his way through college cleaning laundry rooms and, with the help of financial aid, was able to achieve his dream of attending some of the best universities in the world, obtaining his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School after attending Yale College and Oxford University in England.  Earning honors in college, Rob was also a scholar athlete, captaining the Yale Soccer team. He also paved the way for the advancement of students of color as a mentor and volunteered in support of local children struggling with poverty.

His legal career included work as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where he represented the City and County and its employees, and as a private attorney, where he fought to protect Californians from exploitation and racial profiling.  Rob was undefeated at trial, never losing a jury verdict for his clients. Prior to being elected to the Alameda City Council, Rob served as the Chair of the City of Alameda’s Economic Development Commission, where he focused on business attraction and retention efforts, and as board president for the Social Service Human Relations Board, where he fought to protect safety net services for the most vulnerable members of the community. As Vice Mayor of the City of Alameda, Bonta strongly supported public safety, fostered economic development, and exercised fiscal responsibility. 

Bonta currently Chairs the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee and the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color. He is also a member of the following committees: Appropriations, Budget, Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services, Government Organization, Joint Legislative Budget, and Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management.

Rob and his wife Mialisa live in Alameda with their three children.

Total money raised: $1,871,426

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

Keker and Van Nest LLP and employees
Alameda Labor Council
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
California Faculty Association
California Nurses Association
California State Council of Laborers
SEIU California
SEIU Local 1000
SEIU Local 1021
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
United Domestic Workers of America

By State:

California 82.95%
District of Columbia 2.54%
Illinois 1.77%
Texas 1.60%
Other 11.14%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.66%)
Small contributions (0.34%)

By Type:

From organizations (82.40%)
From individuals (17.60%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Small Business Owner
23,273 votes (13%)
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  • Create more jobs by encouraging more businesses to return to California with less regulation on businesses and lower taxes to unleash the potential of the Entrepreneur .
  • Get the water flowing again to the Central Valley and provide more water storage across the state to ensure Californians will have enough water for future droughts.
  • Public safety, increase the number of Police officers, provide them with the tools they need and the SUPPORT to do their job to protect out citizens .
Profession:Creative Marketing & Project Manager, College Adjunct Instructor, Small business Owner
Creative Marking Manager in Textile/Fiber industry, Property owner., Dupont Fibers, JP Stevens, Klopman Mills. also Adjunct college instructor/community colleges & FIDM (1970–current)
Voted to serve in a position through a public election ., Elected member of the Alameda County Republican Party. — Elected position (2008–current)
Members 18th Assembly District also Elected County Party Chairma, Alameda County Republican Party — Elected position (2008–current)
Creative Marketing Manager, College Adjunct Instructor,Small Business Owner, DuPont Fibers, JPStevens & Company, California Community Colleges & FIDM., Property manager /family business. (1970–2004)
University of Delaware Bachelor of Science / Clothing in Business & industry , Fashion Design, Creative Marketing, Textiles & Fiber, History of Costume, Business Law, Chemistry, Public Speaking , (1970)
University of Delaware Bachelor of Science /Clothing in Business and Industry , Creative Marketing , Textiles & Fiber, History of Costume, Business Law,Chemistry, Public Speaking (1970)
University of Delaware Bachelor of Science , major Clothing in Business and Industry. Fashion Design Creative Marking (1970)
Member& volunteer, Immediate past President , BOD Membership Chairman , California Federation ope Republican Women , BOD National Federation of Republican Women (2007–current)

I decided to run for office because too many California families are being denied the promise of the Califronia and American Dream.  My Grandparents came to America with nothing but the desire and willingness to work hard and provide a better life for thier children and grandchildren. My parents did better in spite of the fact that they came of age during the Depression and had to quit school .  The proudest day in my parent's life was the day I graduated from the University of Delaware, because my success was the embodiment of my grandparents Dreams! My story is the story of so many who have made Califronia Exceptional ! Unfortunatly too many parents today see thisdream slipping away and  realize that their children will not have the same opportunities as they did.  We cannot let that  happen and I want to make a change in Sacramento!  

I have been active in the Republican Party since 2007, on the state level and as a members of the Alameda County Republican Party since 2007, including being elected the Chairrman of the ACRP in 2011.    I am very active in the California Federation of Republican Women and National Federation of Republican Women.  I am currently the Immediate Past President for California and  I am a member of the Board of Directors of the National Federation as Chaiman of the NFRW  Membership Committee.

 I support less regulation on bussinesses so we can bring more jobs back to Clifornia, I also support lower taxes for businesses and hard working families.  I am a very strong proponent of school vouchers & charter schools so all children have the opportunity to suceed. A good education is the gateway to a better future. I  believe education and economic growth is the key to component to Crime reduction!  

  Please go to my website for more infromation:  





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 Roseann Slonsky-Breault:

California is in a water crisis.  We cannot always rely on Mother nature.!

When we have a strong wet winter season more than half the of the water goes out to the ocean. We need to build more storage across Califronia so we can be prepared for future droughts whether the drought is made by nature or  a manmade drought!  We must get water flowing to the central valley again.  It is a shame to see the demise of the agricurtural industry in the central valley.

Water is the life blood for civilization. The farmers in California provide food for California, our country and the world .  It is a sin that the farmers are denied the water they need!!!!

The lack of water is also  destroying jobs, farmers are losing their family farms and the most fertile land in the country is turning into a desert!   

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?

Answer from Roseann Slonsky-Breault:

The problem is we have too many career politicians and they know how to manipulate the system which includes more money !   Politicians  stay in their position until they lose an election  or termed out and even then they go and run for a seat in another office.   We need more term limits but done in a way that if the are termed out or lose an election "they need to wait a few years before they can run for another office."

It is almost impossible for someone new to have an opportuntity to run for a seat in any office. It would be nice if some new candidates had an oppoetunty to run and win. They might bring innovative and  fresh ideas and better solutions to our problems .  

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. 

Answer from Roseann Slonsky-Breault:

I support and endorse the idea that everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed and all people deserve a fair wage. However I do not agree with the $15 minimum wage law signed by Gov. Brown.

It adversely impacts businesses and will most certainly cause significant job loss and also make it less likely that young people will find employment.  Small businesses are the back bone of our local economy and require the freedom to operate their business. The business owner knows better about how to run their business than the politicians.  


Fiscal Priorities

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

Answer from Roseann Slonsky-Breault:


California's budget relies on "Boom " cycles where the richest among us pay a huge portion of the taxes. This is not sound policy and makes budgeting difficult and lacking exactness . 

We need to restructure the Pension funds in California. For decades California public employee pensions funds have not been properly funded.  This cannot continue!

The bullet train needs to be stopped in its tracks! It is already way over budget and major construction has not even started. We could use this money more wisely such as fixing our infrastructure

and providing lower income familes opportunities for a better future for their children with school vouchers, charter schools , etc. Every child should have the opportunity to have a better future!

High Cost of Living

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

Answer from Roseann Slonsky-Breault:

California is not business friendly with too many regulations and too high a tax rate. Too many businesses are leaving California. We need less regulations on business and on hard working families.

With more job opportunities hard working families in California can have a better future. 

The state needs to live within it's means and stop raising taxes on hard working families.



Traffic Congestion

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

Answer from Roseann Slonsky-Breault:

We need to improve our infrastructure , build better roads.  We should build more housing closer to public transit.  I notice that in my area  CalTrans is changing the roads and making more

bike lanes leaving less road space for cars, and creating more congestion than we already have!  I personally don't think bikes belong on congested urban roads!

We also need to build one more bridge across the San Francisco Bay. Traffic across the Bay bridge has become incredibly congested!   A bridge from near San Leandro to  South San Francisco area would help ease some of the traffic  destined  to bypass San Francisco. 

I realize this would take quite a few years but  with more people moving to the Bay Area there will be even more cars in the future.  We should start to prepare now! 

Total money raised: $9,239

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

Employees of Gellert & Associates
Employees of Mome
Employees of Rockledge Associates
Employees of Rosemary Hernandez, ZA
Employees of Bluy CPA
Employees of Dhillon Law

By State:

California 98.53%
Nevada 1.47%

By Size:

Large contributions (73.60%)
Small contributions (26.40%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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