Two candidates are running for State Assembly in the November 4, 2014 election including Marc Levine and Gregory Allen. Four candidates ran for the State Assembly seat in the June 3, 2014 primary with the following results in Marin: Marc Levine (51.91%), Gregory Allen (19.59%), Diana Conti (20.27%), and Erin Carlstrom (3.81%). Veronica “Roni” Jacobi (4.33%) withdrew from the race, but her name was still on the ballot. Sonoma’s results were Gregory Allen (21.9%), Marc Levine (45.8%), and Diana Conti (13.5%). Please scroll down to view their interviews.
District 10 encompasses all of Marin County and 44% of Sonoma County, including Cotati, Petaluma, Santa Rosa (44%), Sebastopol and Sonoma.
State senators and state assembly members make up the legislative arm of state government. Senators and assembly members operate in their state’s senate and House of Representatives respectively.
Legislators must listen to constituents, write laws, and work within their committees, while forming relationships with other legislators who have different political views. Committee hearings may be held on various policies. They must debate and persuade other legislative members to support or oppose particular bills.
These elected representatives appropriate funds for the daily operations of the state, develop an annual budget and determine state tax policy/rates. They must act in a managerial role to oversee staff and advisers. Legislators who participate in committees must oversee other committee members as well as contractors responsible for projects within their district. Public works and construction projects require oversight.
- United States citizen
- California resident for 3 years
- Registered Voter in their district
- Resident in legislative district for one year
Successful Candidates will likely have these additional qualifications, experience and/or skills:
- Communication skills including verbal and written
- Policy development and review
- Negotiations and debate
- Management and organizational
- Budget and resource allocation
Representatives with legislative and policy expertise combined with the knowledge of the budgetary process that facilitates the appropriate allocation of common resources for the benefit of community members tend to be effective governmental administrators. Such an individual will likely address the needs of the citizens of their specific geographic district within the state, as well as the citizens of the entire state.
Organizational and Financial Matters
- Budget: $107 million general fund and $156 million total state funds
- Members: 40 Senators and 80 Assembly members in the State of California
- Length of term: 4 years (limited to 12 years in either house)
- Authority: Article IV, California Constitution
- Salary: $95,291 +$141.86 per day in session
- Sessions: January to September
Veronica “Roni” Jacobi
- Status: Withdrawn from the race
- Professional Experience: Mechanical Engineer/Energy Management Systems Business Owner
- Governing Experience: Past Santa Rosa City Councilmember
- Education: B.S., U.C. Los Angeles
- Professional Experience: Business Consultant
- Governing Experience: State Assembly Member, 10th District; Former San Rafael City Councilmember
- Education: M.A., Naval Postgraduate School; B.A., Cal State Northridge
- Professional Experience: U.S. Air Force and Corporate Recruiter
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Diana M. Conti
- Professional Experience: Non-profit CEO, Parca
- Governing Experience: College of Marin, Trustee
- Education: Burlingame High School
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- Professional: Business Attorney
- Governing Experience: Santa Rosa City Councilmember
- Education: B.A., Yale University; J.D., Pepperdine University