MWPAC Endorsement Night on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Marin Women’s Political Action Committee members voted Wednesday night, September 12, on candidates for endorsement. The following candidates will receive the group’s endorsement or recommendation:

Diana Conti, Wanden Treanor and Suzanne Brown Crow were endorsed for seats on the board of trustees for the College of Marin.
Tina McMillan was endorsed for the North Marin Water District. Rick Fraites received a recommendation.
Cynthia Koehler was endorsed for the Marin Municipal Water District.
Megan Clark and Crystal Yezman were endorsed for the Las Gallinas Sanitary District.
Jennifer Rienks was endorsed for the Marin County Healthcare District. Dr. Brian Su received a recommendation.

MWPAC is dedicated to helping qualified women succeed in running for public office. All candidates seeking endorsement must fill out a questionnaire acknowledging their support of the group’s bottom line issues. Men may receive a recommendation if there are more open seats than there are qualified women candidates in a race.


Second Endorsement Meeting Scheduled for September 24

Now that all elections will all be held on even-numbered years, the number of political races to be covered at one time has doubled.
Rather than having an overly long single endorsement night, our Endorsement Committee, with the help of additional volunteers, has set up a second Endorsement Night on Monday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. for Assembly candidates Marc Levine and Dan Monte and candidates for school board in the Dixie, Kentfield, Novato, San Rafael, Sausalito-Marin City and Tamalpais Unified District.

Endorsement Night will be held at the San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth St., San Rafael.
Here will also be a Candidates’ Reception at Incavo Wine Lounge, 1099 Fourth St. Suite F, San Rafael at 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. immediately prior to the Endorsement proceedings. Cost of admission to the reception will be $20/person, and candidates will be admitted free, as our guests of honor. Please RSVP to or you can RSVP and use PayPal to pay online..

As always, Endorsement Night, which starts at 7:00 p.m. is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome!


Wednesday, August 14, 2018, 5:30PM to 9:00PM








Time Management, Endorsements, Web Design, Social Media,Basics of Fundraising and Basics of Running a Campaign

Laurie Earp of Earp Events and Fundraising

Lise Stampfli, Web Designer

Dotty LeMieux of GreenDog Campaigns

Robert Sterling, Marin IJ

New Members Tea a Lively Event

As usual, MWPAC’s annual New Members Tea and Anniversary Party was a big success, for many reasons. A real cross section of partygoers, longtime members, new members, political candidates, and people who just like a good time, showed up to enjoy “tea,” yes, we had real tea; wine, tiny sandwiches, pasta, salad, and a killer cake. Everyone enjoyed visiting, but then we offered an exceptional program: four inspirational women from the Latino community described their various pathways to successful lives. Lucia Martel-Dow was recently named North Bay’s Woman of the Year. She was notified by Assemblyman Marc Levine’s office that she had been given this honor. She is the director of immigration services at the local Canal Alliance and a longtime champion of human rights causes, in Venezuela, Spain and now right here in Marin County. Other speakers were Magali Limeta, an MWPAC member and former president of Young Democrats; Gloria Estavillo, director of education at Canal Alliance: and Ariana Aparicio, a beneficiary of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Each of these women had an exceptional story to tell that kept the audience spellbound; the hurdles they had to overcome, the help they received from many sources, including individual mentors and organizations, and how they were each determined to get an education and find a way to live life as they wanted and serve their communities.

A big thank you to Program Chair Barbara Matas for planning the party, providing the delicious food, and putting together such a compelling program. MWPAC is celebrating seven years in existence after withdrawing from the National Women’s Political Caucus when that organization clearly made it impossible to recommend male political candidates. While we only endorse women candidates, we do feel it important to include in our endorsement process enlightened male candidates in races where no qualified woman is running or if there are more open seats in a race than there are qualified women candidates.

Endorsement Meeting Results


The Marin Women’s Political Action Committee held its Endorsement meeting April 23 at the San Rafael City Council Chambers, and members voted to endorse and recommend the following candidates for the June 5 Primary election:

Candidate for Marin County Supervisor, district 5
Judy Arnold (endorsed)

Candidates for Corte Madera Town Council
Valeria Sasser (endorsed)
David Kunhardt (recommended)
Eli Beckman (recommended)

Candidate for County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk’s Officer
Shelly Scott (endorsed)

Candidate for Marin County District Attorney
Anna Pletcher (endorsed)

Candidate for Marin County Superintendent of Education
Mary Jane Burke (endorsed)