Candidates’ Reception and Endorsement Night

MWPAC’s annual Candidates’ Reception and Endorsement Night on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 is rapidly approaching. The Candidates’ Reception will be held at 5:30-6:50 p.m. at the historic Belrose Theater at 1415 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. Immediately following the reception, Endorsement Night will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave, directly across the street from the Belrose Theater.

The MWPAC Candidates’ Reception is a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with the candidates personally. Please bring your questions regarding local issues to ask the candidates either at the reception or during the Endorsement presentations. This is a perfect venue to learn about the positions of the candidates, and for the candidates to hear the views of their constituents. And, most importantly, it is a great opportunity to support women candidates, as we move forward to narrow the gender gap in public office.

Admission to Endorsement Night at the City Council Chambers is absolutely free, and the public is cordially invited. However members must have paid their dues 30 days in advance of Candidates’ Night to vote for endorsement of the candidates of their choice.

To make this evening a success and to insure that we have funds to share with our endorsed women candidates, please consider being a sponsor of this year’s MWPAC Candidates’ Reception at Belrose Theater. Sponsorships start at $50 which includes a ticket to the reception for the sponsor; $100 for the sponsor and a guest; $250 for the sponsor and two guests; and $500 for the sponsor and four guests. Admission to the reception without sponsorship is $20/person.

Space at the Reception is limited. Please call Barbara Matas at 415 897-1224 or e-mail her at to make your reservations.

Candidates’ Workshop Offers Sound Advice

A roomful of hopefuls ranging from school district to Congressional candidates heard speakers provide helpful advice on how to run a successful campaign for public office at MWPAC’s Candidates’ Night, June 15, 2015..
Speakers included Dottie LeMieux of Green Dog Campaigns, who gave the nuts and bolts for the local candidate and Lise Stampfli-Torme, a communications consultant, who spoke on creating an effective web site. Laurie Earp of Earp Events and Fundraising talked on how to meet campaign costs; Steve Burdo of Kathleen Russell Consulting covered how to organize a field campaign; and Brad Breithaupt of the Marin IJ and Michele Barni of MWPAC described their organizations’ endorsement processes. Finally, Barbara Coler, Mayor, Fairfax Town Council, shared her experience as a candidate.

Two important tips emphasized by the speakers were to develop a realistic budget for your campaign and to try and meet as many potential voters as possible face-to-face to learn firsthand what they think the key issues are in your race.

The lively evening, held at the Redwoods Presbyterian Church in Larkspur, began with a gourmet Greek-themed dinner provided by Caterer Suzy Denning.
(Because of interest expressed in the fundraising portion of the program, it has been broken out as a separate video.)

New Members Tea

TeaOur New Members Tea was a big success! Held at the charming Margie Belrose Theater in San Rafael, our event honoring new members attracted a good-sized turnout including several high school students and young professionals from the Young Democrats Club, plus other guests who are not members yet, but we hope they will join us soon. Guests learned about the long history of MWPAC and about our mission to get more women elected to public office. With soothing harp music in the background, guests enjoyed tea poured from beautiful tea pots, wine, finger sandwiches, pastries and sweets. It was a lovely high tea and a chance for everyone to chat and catch up, and meet new people.

MWPAC’s Elected Women’s Luncheon

MWPAC’s annual Elected Women’s Luncheon honoring elected women officials and young women student leaders was a big success. The weather cooperated with a lovely, warm Spring-like day. Some 83 people filled the room at The Club at McInnis Park.

Guest speaker newly elected State Controller Betty Yee outlined the many duties of her office, which she has only been in for two months, and the many projects already underway. Speaking to the young women, she emphasized getting some education in finance, no matter what professional field they might enter.
Keynote Speaker Nancy Skinner, who was just termed out after three terms in the State Assembly, traced her career, from being the first and only UC Cal student to be elected to the Berkeley City Council, to her future plans to run for the State Senate. She advised the young students to keep in contact with people they meet throughout their academic career and into their early profession. These people can be invaluable contacts through life, she said.

The students each received a rose, and proclamations from Congressman Jared Huffman, State Senator Mike McGuire, and Assemblyman Marc Levine.

Election Night Wrap Up

Guest speakers Greg Brockbank, attorney and former San Rafael City councilman; Jeanne MacLeamy, architect and Novato City Council Member, and Brad Breithaupt, Opinion Page Editor of the Marin IJ, discuss the outcome of November 4th, 2014 election, locally and beyond.

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