Candidates’ Endorsement Night and Reception

The Marin Women’s Political Action Committee is hosting a Candidates’ Endorsement Night and Reception — covering several June 5 Primary races including Assessor and District Attorney. The event takes place Monday, April 23 with a Candidates’ Reception 5:30 -6:45 pm at In Cavo Wine Tasting and Collective, 1099 4th St, San Rafael. Meet the candidates informally at the Reception before hearing them speak and answer questions during the Endorsement meeting. The Endorsement Night meeting begins at 7:00 pm in the San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Avenue.

The cost for the Reception is $20. Candidates can attend for free. The Endorsement program is free. Public is welcome, However, only members can vote for endorsement. An RSVP for the Reception is requested: (415) 897-1224.

MWPAC Luncheon March 9

Delaine Eastin



Delaine Eastin joins student leaders who were guests at the luncheon.

Once again the Marin Women’s Political Action Committee held its very popular luncheon honoring elected women officials and young female student leaders. It was held Friday, March 9 at The Club at McInnis Park, San Rafael. Our keynote speaker was Delaine Eastin, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, who is currently running for Governor. Also speaking was Eleni Kounalakis, former Ambassador to Hungary under President Obama, who is now running for Lieutenant Governor. The luncheon was sold out and included 20 young female student leaders from local high schools, COM and Dominican University who were guests of MWPAC


Post Election Wrap-Up

Marin Women’s Political Action Committee, November 15, 2017

Peter B. Collins, Veteran Bay Area Radio Host with podcast at

Pat Johnstone, Democratic Central Committee of Marin

Greg Brockbank, Attorney and former San Rafael City Councilman

Post-election wrap-up analyzes voter turnout

An enthusiastic audience braved the storm to attend MWPAC’s Election Wrap-up at The Club at McInnis Park. It was an evening of lively discussion after dinner was served. Three panelists (l-r) Veteran Radio Broadcaster Peter B. Collins, Democratic Field Worker Pat Johnstone, and Attorney and Political Activist Greg Brockbank spoke on a variety of issues regarding the November 7 election, covering both local and national races.

One hot topic was how to get out more voters. Elections in the future will only be held on even numbered years, when there are top of the ticket races. The panel discussed why more people don’t bother to vote. Pat said she knocked on many doors and some of the people she talked to didn’t even know there was an election, or who was on their city council or they got those people mixed up with the County Supervisors. For cost reasons, campaigns focus on households that vote regularly, so those who are not flagged as frequent voters may not get the information that might encourage them to vote, or if they are new to the area, their voting record doesn’t follow them to their new address.

It was agreed that nationally Democrats need a strong message. Candidates can’t just run an anti-Trump campaign. Dems have to get out the vote, and vigorously address voter suppression tactics in certain states.
The disturbing national events are motivating some people to follow news coverage from first thing in the morning, but others are tuning it all out!

Endorsement Night

The Marin Women’s Political Action Committee held its Candidates’ Endorsement Night, September 13th, at the San Rafael City Council Chambers. Members voted to endorse the following women in city council races:

Susan Cleveland-Knowles, Sausalito

Barbara Coler and Cindy Swift, Fairfax

Denise Athas, Novato

Holli Thier, Tiburon

Steve Burdo was recommended for the San Anselmo race.

Our organization is dedicated to helping women run successfully for public office. In races where there are more open seats than qualified women, members can vote to recommend a male candidate.

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


New Members Tea Party — A Fun Time For All!

At our high energy New Members Tea, held on Monday, May 22 at the Falkirk Cultural Center, we honored three very accomplished and dynamic young women office holders. We also welcomed in several new members! Everyone enjoyed a wonderful selection of pasta, salad and diverse appetizers, plus desert, provided for the most part by Program Chair Barbara Matas.

We recognized three young women who have successfully run for office:
Sashi McEntee, Mill Valley City Council
Heather McPhail Sridharan, Kentfield School Board
and Jessica Jackson Sloan, Mayor of Mill Valley

The three women talked about how they got motivated to run for office, the challenges of campaigning, and that they feel they can make a difference in their communities by holding a local office. They stressed the time commitment, and explained how they try to achieve balance between their official duties and, in each case, raising a family.

MWPAC presented each woman with a certificate commending them on their courage to run for office and make a contribution to the enrichment of their communities.

Photo: Left to right: Jessica Jackson Sloan, Heather McPhail Sridharan, and Sashi McEntee display their MWPAC certificates.


MARCH 31, 2017, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, at the Club at McInnis

This popular luncheon, hosted by MWPAC to honor elected women public officials, features guest speaker, Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, as keynote speaker. Kimberly Ellis, former Executive Director of EMERGE and candidate for Chair of the California Democratic Party. Also speaking is Rachel E. Hundley, Mayor of the City if Sonoma.

The luncheon honors young women student leaders from local high schools and colleges.


Remembering Ed Vorous

On Saturday, July 30, Ed Vorous, one of our board members, passed away after a short illness. Anyone who knew Ed knew what a special person he was. He was funny, charmingly frank, and sincere in his beliefs. He loved helping people and he was “on the job” practically 24/7.

Ed was active in several organizations, and we were blessed to be one of them. Ed loved to cook and whipped up meals for many of our special occasions such as our infamous Christmas parties, our candidates’ training sessions, and other events. He found us a venue for events the last few years — the Redwoods Presbyterian Church in Larkspur. We all loved his cookies! Where he found time to do everything, I do not know. He left us much too soon, but he lived life to the fullest and lit up our lives in the meantime. We will miss him terribly.