New Members Tea a Lively Event

(L-R) Magali Limeta, Gloria Estavillo, Lucia Martel-Dow, Ariana Aparicio

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)


Candidates Training

The Marin Womens’ Political Action Committee presents “The Basics of Running a Winning Campaign, Time Management when you Run and Once You’re Elected, Gaining Endorsements, Web Design and Social Media, Basics of Fundraising and More.”

Lise Stampfli, Graphic Designer, Web and Social Media Developer. August 23, 2017
 

Brad Breithaupt, Marin IJ. August 23, 2017
 

Jessica Sloan, Mayor of Mill Valley. August 23, 2017
 

Dotty leMieux, GreenDog Campaigns. August 23, 2017

 


Laurie Earp, Earp Events and Fundraising. August 23, 2017