2014 Annual Dinner tickets available now

Join us on October 4 with Fiona Ma, ECDC-Endorsed candidate for Board of Equalization and former California Assembly-member.

Purchase tickets via PayPal on the ECDC website. Or mail us a check at El Cerrito Democratic Club, PO Box 192, El Cerrito, CA 94530. $40 per person.

About Fiona Ma

Fiona Ma was elected to represent the people of California’s 12th Assembly District from November 2006 to November 2012 (after serving the maximum of three terms.) She was the #112th woman to ever be elected to the California Legislature and the first Asian woman to serve as Speaker pro Tempore since 1850.

Assemblywoman Ma first became interested in politics as a small business owner and a Certified Public Accountant advocating on behalf of other small businesses. She was an elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business under President Bill Clinton, which produced a report to Congress on the 60 top policy recommendations to help small businesses grow and prosper in the 21st century.

She formally entered the field of politics in 1995, serving as a part-time district representative for the former President pro Tempore of the California Senate, John Burton. It was a position that would last for seven years, after which she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where she served for four years until 2006. During her tenure on the Board of Supervisors, she authored the landmark Local Business Enterprise ordinance on behalf of women and minority business owners and passed legislation to tackle human trafficking.

While serving in the Assembly, in addition to NCSL, Fiona served as Western States Chair of Women in Government; was an Executive Board Member of the California Democratic Party; and is Member of the Aspen Institute’s 2009 Class of Aspen-Rodel Fellows.

She is currently on the Board of CA Women Lead; Board of Directors for Curry Without Worry;  Board of Directors of Asian Inc; President of the Asian American Donor Program Honorary Chair and Spokesperson of the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign; and Honorary California Chair of the New Leaders Council. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the James L. Brady Riding Program for Children with Disabilities, Family Connections, Alliance for Girls and the SF Ethnic Dance Festival.  She is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild.



ECDC Endorsements – Nov 2014 Election

A crowd of about 80 people was in attendance for our August endorsement forums at El Cerrito High School. ECDC Executive Vice President Greg Lyman moderated five sessions, and the ECDC made the following candidate endorsements:

  • Tony Thurmond – Assembly District 15
  • Al Miller – Stege Sanitary District
  • Dwight Merrill – Stege Sanitary District
  • John Marquez – Contra Costa Community College Board

The club made no endorsement in the West Contra Costa School Board race. Seven candidates and two surrogate speakers attended the forum, and the resulting vote split meant that no candidate achieved the 60% threshold required to earn the club’s endorsement.

In the West Contra Costa Healthcare District race, no candidates attended the forum, and on the endorsement ballot no candidate crossed the 60% threshold.

Following some procedural votes the club unanimously voted to endorse

  • Andy Katz – East Bay MUD

Finally, the club considered El Cerrito’s proposed extension of Measure R, and voted to endorse the Yes position. Following a member inquiry, the ballot measure language can be found on the Contra Costa elections website.

  • Yes on El Cerrito Measure R

The club will consider endorsements in additional races, including El Cerrito City Council and Kensington PPCSD, at the Aug 26 and Sep 23 club meetings.

Membership deadlines for Endorsement forums

The membership deadline passed in late July for the August endorsement forums. The deadline for membership to vote in the September 23 forum, for Kensington races, is August 24.

ECDC endorsements are made in each election cycle according to our by-laws (pdf). Only members in good standing for 30 days prior to the endorsement forum may vote, and the ECDC may only endorse Democrats in any race whether partisan or non-. A candidate must be selected on ballots of 60% of the members present to gain the club’s endorsement.