County Supervisor Mariko Yamada Announces Bid For 8th AD in Fairfield

County Supervisor Mariko Yamada announced her intention to seek the Democratic Nomination for the 8th Assembly District this morning in a very cold Fairfield outside of the County Government Building.

Flanked by her husband Janlee Wong and Solano County Entrepreneur C.C. Yin, Supervisor Yamada made her formal announcement.


“I have always admired Mariko’s integrity and commitment to people, and particularly her commitment to civil rights. She works very hard to make people feel included in our democratic process,” Mr. Yin said.

Supervisor Yamada emphasized her commitment to working families and social services, vowing not to leave behind the least of our citizens. “I’m talking about the responsibility to remain committed to civil rights for all people, to advocate for those most vulnerable in our society, particularly the working poor, the elderly, and the disabled. I’m talking about speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

In a written statement she also said,

“Working families know that one illness, one accident, one shift in retirement benefit payments, one job loss in a family, can rob them of their progress towards the American Dream. As a social worker and county supervisor, I see the daily casualties of the misplaced prioities of our nation and our state. Local governments struggle to provide basic services in the face of constantly changing regulations and the chronic underfunding of basic services. I believe it is time for the people to give voice to common sense policies.”

Yamada joins West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon who announced last month at the Davis train station. She issued a challenge to her opponent and other potential opponents, urging them to run a clean and positive race based on ideas and vision rather than personal attacks and negativism. She made sure to emphasize that there could be disagreements on policy goals and position, but that this race should be run on ideas not personal attacks.

At noon in Woodland, Yamada will have her Yolo County Announcement.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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  • David Greenwald

    Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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52 comments

  1. Congratulations to Mariko Yamada! She will make a wonderful assemblywoman who will serve the people’s interests and bring a fresh and honest perspective to Sacramento.

  2. Congratulations to Mariko Yamada! She will make a wonderful assemblywoman who will serve the people’s interests and bring a fresh and honest perspective to Sacramento.

  3. Congratulations to Mariko Yamada! She will make a wonderful assemblywoman who will serve the people’s interests and bring a fresh and honest perspective to Sacramento.

  4. Congratulations to Mariko Yamada! She will make a wonderful assemblywoman who will serve the people’s interests and bring a fresh and honest perspective to Sacramento.

  5. Like Mr. Yin, I too have always admired Mariko’s integrity and commitment to real people problems such as quality and affordable healthcare, affordable housing for middle-income people and the elderly, and rights for the disabled.

    Mariko has been one of a few elected officials that I have seen speak up for civil rights.

    She’s a woman of courage and conviction and I wish her well.

  6. Like Mr. Yin, I too have always admired Mariko’s integrity and commitment to real people problems such as quality and affordable healthcare, affordable housing for middle-income people and the elderly, and rights for the disabled.

    Mariko has been one of a few elected officials that I have seen speak up for civil rights.

    She’s a woman of courage and conviction and I wish her well.

  7. Like Mr. Yin, I too have always admired Mariko’s integrity and commitment to real people problems such as quality and affordable healthcare, affordable housing for middle-income people and the elderly, and rights for the disabled.

    Mariko has been one of a few elected officials that I have seen speak up for civil rights.

    She’s a woman of courage and conviction and I wish her well.

  8. Like Mr. Yin, I too have always admired Mariko’s integrity and commitment to real people problems such as quality and affordable healthcare, affordable housing for middle-income people and the elderly, and rights for the disabled.

    Mariko has been one of a few elected officials that I have seen speak up for civil rights.

    She’s a woman of courage and conviction and I wish her well.

  9. “Fairfield: County Seat Solano County.”

    Fairfield needs an editor. Sounds much better to just say, “Fairfield: Solano County Seat.”

    But then, that raises the question: is that really what Fairfield has to be proud of? I think they’d be better served by “Fairfield: Home of the 80-680 Traffic Jam.”

  10. “Fairfield: County Seat Solano County.”

    Fairfield needs an editor. Sounds much better to just say, “Fairfield: Solano County Seat.”

    But then, that raises the question: is that really what Fairfield has to be proud of? I think they’d be better served by “Fairfield: Home of the 80-680 Traffic Jam.”

  11. “Fairfield: County Seat Solano County.”

    Fairfield needs an editor. Sounds much better to just say, “Fairfield: Solano County Seat.”

    But then, that raises the question: is that really what Fairfield has to be proud of? I think they’d be better served by “Fairfield: Home of the 80-680 Traffic Jam.”

  12. “Fairfield: County Seat Solano County.”

    Fairfield needs an editor. Sounds much better to just say, “Fairfield: Solano County Seat.”

    But then, that raises the question: is that really what Fairfield has to be proud of? I think they’d be better served by “Fairfield: Home of the 80-680 Traffic Jam.”

  13. Rather than a snide put-down of Fairfield(polarizing feelings against the Davisite Yamada?), I say… Fairfield, let’s join together in electing Yamada, the very best Assembly candidate for all of us!!

  14. Rather than a snide put-down of Fairfield(polarizing feelings against the Davisite Yamada?), I say… Fairfield, let’s join together in electing Yamada, the very best Assembly candidate for all of us!!

  15. Rather than a snide put-down of Fairfield(polarizing feelings against the Davisite Yamada?), I say… Fairfield, let’s join together in electing Yamada, the very best Assembly candidate for all of us!!

  16. Rather than a snide put-down of Fairfield(polarizing feelings against the Davisite Yamada?), I say… Fairfield, let’s join together in electing Yamada, the very best Assembly candidate for all of us!!

  17. If we join forces with Fairfield then we can support Supervisor Yamada in her quest for Assembly where she can work with us to address the traffic congestion!

    Thank you for running Mariko! We need good candidates like you.

  18. If we join forces with Fairfield then we can support Supervisor Yamada in her quest for Assembly where she can work with us to address the traffic congestion!

    Thank you for running Mariko! We need good candidates like you.

  19. If we join forces with Fairfield then we can support Supervisor Yamada in her quest for Assembly where she can work with us to address the traffic congestion!

    Thank you for running Mariko! We need good candidates like you.

  20. If we join forces with Fairfield then we can support Supervisor Yamada in her quest for Assembly where she can work with us to address the traffic congestion!

    Thank you for running Mariko! We need good candidates like you.

  21. This is sad.

    Mariko has done an OK job at the County, but she hardly has any great successes that she can hang her hat on. She is a sweet lady, but has not worked well with others on the board.

    The manufactured support on this blog is additionally disappointing.

    I guess the picture just says it all. You couldn’t fake a more dour looking press conference.

    Any real Mariko fans should be more than deflated by this poor showing.

  22. This is sad.

    Mariko has done an OK job at the County, but she hardly has any great successes that she can hang her hat on. She is a sweet lady, but has not worked well with others on the board.

    The manufactured support on this blog is additionally disappointing.

    I guess the picture just says it all. You couldn’t fake a more dour looking press conference.

    Any real Mariko fans should be more than deflated by this poor showing.

  23. This is sad.

    Mariko has done an OK job at the County, but she hardly has any great successes that she can hang her hat on. She is a sweet lady, but has not worked well with others on the board.

    The manufactured support on this blog is additionally disappointing.

    I guess the picture just says it all. You couldn’t fake a more dour looking press conference.

    Any real Mariko fans should be more than deflated by this poor showing.

  24. This is sad.

    Mariko has done an OK job at the County, but she hardly has any great successes that she can hang her hat on. She is a sweet lady, but has not worked well with others on the board.

    The manufactured support on this blog is additionally disappointing.

    I guess the picture just says it all. You couldn’t fake a more dour looking press conference.

    Any real Mariko fans should be more than deflated by this poor showing.

  25. It was 9 am in the morning and bitterly cold out there (hence the dour appearance). To say that she doesn’t work well with others on the board is false. She has not worked well with Thomson or McGowan, but she works very well with Chamberlain and former member Frank Siefferman Jr was in Woodland along with his father, Frank Sr. The Woodland press conference was much more reflective of her base of support–far more people attended it than attended Cabaldon’s announcement.

  26. It was 9 am in the morning and bitterly cold out there (hence the dour appearance). To say that she doesn’t work well with others on the board is false. She has not worked well with Thomson or McGowan, but she works very well with Chamberlain and former member Frank Siefferman Jr was in Woodland along with his father, Frank Sr. The Woodland press conference was much more reflective of her base of support–far more people attended it than attended Cabaldon’s announcement.

  27. It was 9 am in the morning and bitterly cold out there (hence the dour appearance). To say that she doesn’t work well with others on the board is false. She has not worked well with Thomson or McGowan, but she works very well with Chamberlain and former member Frank Siefferman Jr was in Woodland along with his father, Frank Sr. The Woodland press conference was much more reflective of her base of support–far more people attended it than attended Cabaldon’s announcement.

  28. It was 9 am in the morning and bitterly cold out there (hence the dour appearance). To say that she doesn’t work well with others on the board is false. She has not worked well with Thomson or McGowan, but she works very well with Chamberlain and former member Frank Siefferman Jr was in Woodland along with his father, Frank Sr. The Woodland press conference was much more reflective of her base of support–far more people attended it than attended Cabaldon’s announcement.

  29. Ok, so I apologize. My reason for saying that she doesn’t work well with others was based on her not being able to work well with Thompson and McGowan, the two best known Democrats on the board.

    And I didn’t see a report of who was at the Woodland press conference, but I would have to guess they were a bunch of people nobody has ever heard of.

    I don’t have a gripe against Yamada, but everything else written here has been very biased and someone needs to give a reality check. If Yamada were doing this to actually win she wouldn’t have let another candidate in the race get all the early endorsements and momentum.

  30. Ok, so I apologize. My reason for saying that she doesn’t work well with others was based on her not being able to work well with Thompson and McGowan, the two best known Democrats on the board.

    And I didn’t see a report of who was at the Woodland press conference, but I would have to guess they were a bunch of people nobody has ever heard of.

    I don’t have a gripe against Yamada, but everything else written here has been very biased and someone needs to give a reality check. If Yamada were doing this to actually win she wouldn’t have let another candidate in the race get all the early endorsements and momentum.

  31. Ok, so I apologize. My reason for saying that she doesn’t work well with others was based on her not being able to work well with Thompson and McGowan, the two best known Democrats on the board.

    And I didn’t see a report of who was at the Woodland press conference, but I would have to guess they were a bunch of people nobody has ever heard of.

    I don’t have a gripe against Yamada, but everything else written here has been very biased and someone needs to give a reality check. If Yamada were doing this to actually win she wouldn’t have let another candidate in the race get all the early endorsements and momentum.

  32. Ok, so I apologize. My reason for saying that she doesn’t work well with others was based on her not being able to work well with Thompson and McGowan, the two best known Democrats on the board.

    And I didn’t see a report of who was at the Woodland press conference, but I would have to guess they were a bunch of people nobody has ever heard of.

    I don’t have a gripe against Yamada, but everything else written here has been very biased and someone needs to give a reality check. If Yamada were doing this to actually win she wouldn’t have let another candidate in the race get all the early endorsements and momentum.

  33. You can take a look at the picture in the other article to see a picture of the electeds who were there. I suspect most people from Davis would recognize those people–Heystek, Provenza, Pimentel from Woodland, Joel Butler, Sieferman Jr and Sr, among others. Audience filled with prominent figures from Davis politics.

  34. You can take a look at the picture in the other article to see a picture of the electeds who were there. I suspect most people from Davis would recognize those people–Heystek, Provenza, Pimentel from Woodland, Joel Butler, Sieferman Jr and Sr, among others. Audience filled with prominent figures from Davis politics.

  35. You can take a look at the picture in the other article to see a picture of the electeds who were there. I suspect most people from Davis would recognize those people–Heystek, Provenza, Pimentel from Woodland, Joel Butler, Sieferman Jr and Sr, among others. Audience filled with prominent figures from Davis politics.

  36. You can take a look at the picture in the other article to see a picture of the electeds who were there. I suspect most people from Davis would recognize those people–Heystek, Provenza, Pimentel from Woodland, Joel Butler, Sieferman Jr and Sr, among others. Audience filled with prominent figures from Davis politics.

  37. Mariko’s only hope was to get the endorsement of Lois Wolk. The other blue-chip endorsements are already gone.

    And nobody has even mentioned that her Fairfield announcement was with a Republican and her husband. Why even have a press conference if you can’t get a Democrat who isn’t a member of your immediate family.

  38. Mariko’s only hope was to get the endorsement of Lois Wolk. The other blue-chip endorsements are already gone.

    And nobody has even mentioned that her Fairfield announcement was with a Republican and her husband. Why even have a press conference if you can’t get a Democrat who isn’t a member of your immediate family.

  39. Mariko’s only hope was to get the endorsement of Lois Wolk. The other blue-chip endorsements are already gone.

    And nobody has even mentioned that her Fairfield announcement was with a Republican and her husband. Why even have a press conference if you can’t get a Democrat who isn’t a member of your immediate family.

  40. Mariko’s only hope was to get the endorsement of Lois Wolk. The other blue-chip endorsements are already gone.

    And nobody has even mentioned that her Fairfield announcement was with a Republican and her husband. Why even have a press conference if you can’t get a Democrat who isn’t a member of your immediate family.

  41. ultimately, it isn’t the politicians who make the decision, it is the voters in the istrict. we’ve got well over a year for both yamada and cabaldon to make their respective cases to the 8th assembly district. the insider stuff is interesting, but ultimately a lot less important than who impresses the voters most, and who is most capable at campaigning across the district.

    as the june primary turnout is projected to be a rather low one, since the presidential primary excitement will be moved to february from the looks of it, the contest will likely be about who can move more democrats to the polls. cabaldon didn’t have what it took last time around vs. wolk, and yamada’s never run district-wide, so it’s pretty up in the air AFAIC.

    i like mariko personally, and am in agreement with the priorities she laid out in today’s speech. here’s hopign she wins.

  42. ultimately, it isn’t the politicians who make the decision, it is the voters in the istrict. we’ve got well over a year for both yamada and cabaldon to make their respective cases to the 8th assembly district. the insider stuff is interesting, but ultimately a lot less important than who impresses the voters most, and who is most capable at campaigning across the district.

    as the june primary turnout is projected to be a rather low one, since the presidential primary excitement will be moved to february from the looks of it, the contest will likely be about who can move more democrats to the polls. cabaldon didn’t have what it took last time around vs. wolk, and yamada’s never run district-wide, so it’s pretty up in the air AFAIC.

    i like mariko personally, and am in agreement with the priorities she laid out in today’s speech. here’s hopign she wins.

  43. ultimately, it isn’t the politicians who make the decision, it is the voters in the istrict. we’ve got well over a year for both yamada and cabaldon to make their respective cases to the 8th assembly district. the insider stuff is interesting, but ultimately a lot less important than who impresses the voters most, and who is most capable at campaigning across the district.

    as the june primary turnout is projected to be a rather low one, since the presidential primary excitement will be moved to february from the looks of it, the contest will likely be about who can move more democrats to the polls. cabaldon didn’t have what it took last time around vs. wolk, and yamada’s never run district-wide, so it’s pretty up in the air AFAIC.

    i like mariko personally, and am in agreement with the priorities she laid out in today’s speech. here’s hopign she wins.

  44. ultimately, it isn’t the politicians who make the decision, it is the voters in the istrict. we’ve got well over a year for both yamada and cabaldon to make their respective cases to the 8th assembly district. the insider stuff is interesting, but ultimately a lot less important than who impresses the voters most, and who is most capable at campaigning across the district.

    as the june primary turnout is projected to be a rather low one, since the presidential primary excitement will be moved to february from the looks of it, the contest will likely be about who can move more democrats to the polls. cabaldon didn’t have what it took last time around vs. wolk, and yamada’s never run district-wide, so it’s pretty up in the air AFAIC.

    i like mariko personally, and am in agreement with the priorities she laid out in today’s speech. here’s hopign she wins.

  45. She’s highly qualified but how about the right to breath air that doesn’t make your nose run, throat hurt, or your lungs sting?

    As a board member with the Yolo Solano Air Quality Management, she did nothing about the agricultural smoke from open burning that plagues the city of Winters during Fall and Winter.

    A lot of working class people (to include field workers) inhaled carcinogens from the fires she’s been overseeing. She is apparently beholden to agriculture.

    See those fires at youtube.com/smokefilledtown

    Mark

    wilsonix@toast.net