Endorsement Night September 9


 
The Marin Women’s Political Action Committee members voted September 9, 2020 to endorse and recommend the following candidates for the Nov. 3 election:

Fairfax Town Council – Barbara Coler is endorsed and Chance Cutrano is recommended.

San Anselmo Town Council – Alexis Fineman is endorsed.

Sausalito City Council – Melissa Blaustein and Vicki Nichols are endorsed.

San Rafael Mayor – Kate Colin is endorsed.

San Rafael City Council – Rachel Kertz is endorsed.

Marin Community College Board – Stephanie O’Brien is endorsed. Paul da Silva and Stuart Tanenberg are recommended.

Marin Healthcare District Director – Anne Sparkman is endorsed and Edward Alfrey is recommended.

The organization endorses women running for elected office. However, if there is no qualified woman running for an office or there are more open seats than qualified women candidates, male candidates may be recommended.

 

MWPAC Announces Endorsements

Members of the Marin Women’s Political Action Committee met January 15 at the San Rafael City Council Chambers and voted to endorse and recommend the following candidates running for public office:

Endorsements:
Stephanie Moulton-Peters, District 3, Marin Board of Supervisors
Kathleen Defever, Tiburon Town Council
Elizabeth Brekhus, Ross Town Council
Sashi McEntee and Tricia Ossa, Mill Valley City Council

Recommendations:
Dennis Rodoni, District 4, Marin Board of Supervisors
Charles Kircher, Ross Town Council

MWPAC supports qualified women who run for public office. The organization recommends male candidates who meet our bottom line issues and either are not running against a qualified woman, or there are more open seats in a race than there are qualified women candidates. All candidates have to fill out a questionnaire before they are invited to participate in the group’s Endorsement Night.

Video courtesy of Marin Community Media.


MWPAC Announces Endorsements


[Video produced by Marin Community Media]
 

Thursday night, members of the Marin Women’s Political Action Committee voted to endorse the following candidates:

Fairfax Town Council — Renee Goddard and Cindy Swift

San Anselmo Town Council — Kim Pipkin. Steve Burdo, recommended.

Novato City Council —

District 1 — Susan Wernick

District 3 — Eric Lucan, recommended

District 5 — Amy Peele

The mission of MWPAC is to encourage, promote, support and endorse women running for public office. In races where there is no qualified woman candidate or more open seats than qualified women, the group may vote to recommend a male candidate. All candidates receive a four-page questionnaire to fill out and return. Candidates who return the questionnaire may receive an invitation to an endorsement meeting if they are found to be running a viable campaign and they agree with our bottom-line issues.
 

MWPAC Endorsement Night Results

The Marin Women’s Political Action Committee held its second Endorsement night focusing on school district races. The event was held Monday, September 24 at the San Rafael City Council Chambers. Members voted to endorse the following women candidates and to recommend the following male candidates:

Dixie School District — Megan Hutchinson and Brooks Nguyen
Kentfield School District — Sarah Killingsworth and Heather McPhail Sridharan
Novato Unified School District — Diane Gasson and Derek Knell
San Rafael School District — Rachel Kertz, Jon Marker and Natu Tuatagaloa
Sausalito-Marin City School District — Bonnie Rose Hough
Tamalpais Union High School District — Cynthia Roenisch

In addition, members voted to endorse Carol Dillon-Knutson for the Novato Sanitary District


 

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.

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.

MWPAC ENDORSEMENT NIGHT

The Marin Women’s Political Action Committee held its second Endorsement night focusing on school district races. The event was held Monday, September 24 at the San Rafael City Council Chambers. Members voted to endorse the following women candidates and to recommend the following male candidates:

Dixie School District — Megan Hutchinson and Brooks Nguyen
Kentfield School District — Sarah Killingsworth and Heather McPhail Sridharan
Novato Unified School District — Diane Gasson and Derek Knell
San Rafael School District — Rachel Kertz, Jon Marker and Natu Tuatagaloa
Sausalito-Marin City School District — Bonnie Rose Hough
Tamalpais Union High School District — Cynthia Roenisch

In addition, members voted to endorse Carol Dillon-Knutson for the Novato Sanitary District

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.