Candidate Bioographies


U.S. Representative Mark DeSaulnier

Mark DeSaulnier is our U.S. Representative and has served our 11th Congressional District since 2015. He serves on the House Committees of: Education and the Workforce; Oversight and Government Reform; Transportation and Infrastructure; and Rules. He is a member of the Safe Climate Caucus and is on the Executive Board of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Additionally, he is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

From January 2015 to July 2019, DeSaulnier missed 1% of roll call votes, which is half the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. To volunteer, donate, or for more information, visit


District 7 State Senator Steve Glazer

Incumbent State Senator Steven Glazer was first elected to the state senate in 2015 and reelected by a 67% margin in 2016. A ten-year city council member and three-term Mayor of Orinda, Glazer strongly believes in the value of local decision-making. He was Senior Political Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown 2009–2012.

Glazer has always been reluctant to advance “one size fits all” state rules if matters could be better decided by local jurisdictions. During Glazer’s four years in the Senate, he has been recognized for his bi-partisan approach to his work. While a fiscal conservative, he has shown a strong commitment to progressive values. He has been named legislator of the year by the California Small Business Association, California State Student Association, Crime Victims United, AMVETS, CA Women for Agriculture, and the East Bay Regional Park District. He has received top ratings by the League of Conservation Voters, Equality California, and Planned Parenthood. The Sierra Club, Environmental Justice Alliance, and League of Conservation Voters rate Glazer’s positions on the environment between 80% and 85%. He has voted at least 98% of the time with the Democratic Caucus.

Notable achievements by Glazer include passing the nation’s first truth-in-lending law for small businesses, the enactment of the country’s first rainwater recycling tax reduction program, updating the state’s assault weapon ban, and measures to improve the 4-year graduation rate at California universities. Glazer is a former Trustee of the 23-campus California State University and currently sits on the Senate Education Committee. An issue statement is available online. To volunteer, donate, or for more information, visit


District 7 State Senate Candidate Marisol Rubio

Marisol Rubio is running against Steve Glaser for the State Senate District 7 seat.

Rubio grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she majored in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology and was the recipient of the P.E.O. Women's Leadership Award and Scholarship. Rubio majored in neurobiology so that she could be a voice for high-need students as a bilingual science teacher, multi-subject and special education tutor, health promotion officer, and disability student advisor for eight years.

Rubio has held several leadership and organizational roles and worked in collaboration with people across many professional and demographic backgrounds over the past twenty-four years. Rubio has resided in our community for over six years. She understands all too well the challenges currently faced by local families, because she lived through them firsthand as a single mother of a disabled child navigating a broken health care and education system that leaves too many families, like hers, behind.

Rubio was elected a Democratic National Convention Delegate, where she drafted the Disability and Caregiver Rights Platform, and is an elected Democratic Party of Contra Costa County At-Large Delegate.

As the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Issues Committee Co-Chair, Rubio passed several key resolutions in just two months, including two resolutions she co-authored (and that were adopted) and one prioritized by the California Democratic Party Platform. She also helped pass the Green New Deal for California, the DPCCC Calls for A Presidential Debate on Climate Change, and the Public Banking Act. She is currently working on gun control, housing, and disability resolutions.

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District 16 Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan was elected to the California State Assembly in 2018 to represent our District 16. She was appointed to serve in the Assembly leadership as Assistant Speaker pro Tempore and selected by her colleagues as Chair of the Select Committee on Women's Reproductive Health. She also serves on four standing committees: Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, Privacy and Consumer Protection, Public Safety and Banking and Finance.

In February, Bauer-Kahan introduced a package of bills. Three of these passed the senate and were signed into law by Governor Newsom:

  • AB 1292 Trust Transfer Gun Control Requirements — Modernizes current law that oversees the transfer of a firearm housed in an estate or trust.

  • AB 1421 Smart Justice Fiscal Savings Reform — Seeks to establish cost savings for the courts and jail system by prohibiting the flash incarceration of individuals who served their jail sentence but are unable to pay court fines or fees.

  • AB 1532 Deadly Food Allergen Handling — Requires food servers to learn about allergens and cross contamination as part of their training the food handler’s card examination.

Bauer-Kahan was born in Santa Clara County in 1978. She is the granddaughter of immigrants who came to America to escape the Holocaust. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center. Returning to the Bay Area, she practiced environmental law and taught appellate law and legal writing at Golden Gate University and Santa Clara University. She worked with major tech companies on intellectual property cases, involving topics including copyright, trademark, and trade secret theft. Visit to volunteer, donate, or for more information.