For those of you from the San Francisco Bay Area, here are some of our kababayans who are running for various positions in the Nov. 4 Elections

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Nov. 4 elections: 15 Fil-Ams running in San Francisco Bay Area
Fel Amistad@inquirerdotnet ( News Partner)
4:56 AM | Monday, November 3rd, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Foremost among the Filipino Americans standing for election is Alameda County’s Rob Bonta, a dynamic legislator who is seeking his second term in State Assembly District 18.

Three city mayors — Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves, Hercules Mayor Myrna de Vera, and Suisun Mayor Pete Sanchez — are seeking another term.

In Colma town, former Mayor Joanne Del Rosario is running for her third Council term.

In San Francisco, Commissioner Hydra Mendoza is running as education board trustee.

In Daly City, Councilmember candidates include incumbents Ray Buenaventura and Mike Guingona.

For school board trustees, Rosie Tejada and Katherine Zarate Dulany are running for reelection.

Other Fil-Ams profiled in this piece include Pat Gacoscos, who is seeking reelection to the City Council of Union City; San Mateo County’s Rob Bernardo, who is running for his second term with the Harbor District Commission; Garry Barbadillo, a candidate for a City Council seat in Milpitas; Dr. Tony Ubalde a reelectionist with the Vallejo Board of Education; and Neolani Sallings who is running for a seat in the board of Santa Clara Unified School.

Rob Bonta

Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), the first Filipino American to be elected to the State Assembly, is seeking reelection in the 18th District, which covers the cities of Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro.

The son of farmers and organizers with the United Farm Workers of America who worked with legendary Filipino leaders Philip Vera Cruz and Pete Velasco, the 42-year-old Bonta has an impressive record of getting 16 out of his 20 principally-authored bills signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Rob authored AB123, a landmark legislation that mandated the inclusion in the state curriculum the contributions of Filipinos to the California farm labor movement, a measure that make all ethnic Filipino proud of their heritage.

He also introduced AB1469, a bill that that addressed the “financial challenges” afflicting the teachers’ pension fund, the California State Teachers’ Retirement Systems (CalSTRS), which had an underfunded liability of $7.4 billion.

A savvy problem-solver, Bonta said he worked together with teachers, school districts and the state “on a shared responsibility approach” where everybody put more money without changing the benefit so that the program is fully funded over the course of 30 years.

Still on education, the FilAm legislator authored The Safe Schools and Safe Learning Act of 2013 (AB514). It provides resources to support youth who have been victims of school-based discrimination, harassment or bullying (including their families), gang violence, and psychological traumas caused by violence at home, school and community.

Joanne del Rosario

Two-term Colma Councilmember Joanne del Rosario has served in the council eight years, during which time she was the town’s mayor, vice mayor and councilmember. With her proven leadership and performance in office, she is practically assured of getting another mandate from the townspeople whose trust she has earned.

Known and respected by Town Council colleagues as a consensus builder, Joanne takes pride in the council’s record of not cutting back on any of the services enjoyed by residents, despite the economic challenges that started in 2007.

Unlike other towns and cities, Colma was spared of layoffs through sound fiscal management, which entailed restructuring certain projects while maintaining basic services needed by the community.

Joanne was born in New York City in 1953 and lived in Yonkers until the age of 12. She then resided in Manila until 1974. She was educated both here in the United States and the Philippines. She came to live in California in 1978, and moved to Colma in 2001 with her husband, Rene Malimban. She has one son, Reginald, from a previous marriage.

Joanne was first elected to office as a member of the City Council in December 2006 and last served as mayor in 2009.

Joanne is past president of the Filipino America Association of Colma and past director of the Filipino American Coalition. She is a member of the Seton Medical Center Community Advisory Council and a member and past president (2010) of ALLICE (Alliance for Community Empowerment) “Kumares and Kumpares” whose purpose is to educate and bring awareness to the community on issues regarding all forms of domestic violence.

In 2009 she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the United States by the Filipinas Women’s Network….Click for the continuation of the article at >>