ENDORSEMENT: Mae Torlakson for California Assembly

By Roger Straw, May 21, 2016

Whose “hit pieces” to believe?  Support Mae Torlakson for State Assembly

I have about 10 huge full color mailers that arrived in my mailbox from Mae Torlakson’s opponent, and half of them are nasty hit pieces. Unfortunately, I have about the same from Torlakson’s campaign. Who to believe?

I met Mae here in Benicia early in her campaign, and I stand behind her. She is endorsed by nurses, teachers, the California League of Conservation Voters, most of our current elected officials and the Democratic Party.  The issues page on her website does not mention crude by rail, but she has a strong position on environmental issues, beginning with the following:

Environmental protection is a global issue. We need to collaborate with other states and other nations to tackle this pressing need. We need to take decisive action to combat global warming and other forms of environmental degradation. We want a world where our children and our grandchildren can be outdoors and breath fresh air and enjoy the beauty of our majestic mountains, our fertile valleys, and our astoundingly scenic and rugged coastlines.

California has been a leader in environmental protection through progressive policy, regulations and laws. We must do all what we can to reduce our carbon footprint and protect our environment.

In the Assembly, I will work to invest in alternative energy and transportation to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Torlakson’s opponent Tim Grayson is a minister of a very conservative church and former Mayor of Concord with a questionable ethical record there.  His website issues page mentions global warming and assures us he thinks it’s real (he thinks this is an issue?), but he was a Republican when he stood with climate change deniers and big oil when they tried to repeal California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act.

Assembly District 14 includes the southern portion of Solano County, including Vallejo and Benicia, and much of Contra Costa County.  Here’s a map:

California Assembly District 14 map


Please vote for Mae Torlakson in the June 7 primary.