Meet the Candidate
Running For:State Senate
Biographical Info:Marie is a native Californian. Her parents immigrated to the US and worked in the service industry. She was taught the importance of hard work by watching her aunts and uncles build several successful family-owned businesses. Marie pursued her passion in livestock management by studying Animal Science at UC Davis before pivoting her education to raise her three children Justice, Anissa and Carmen in rural northern CA. As a single parent, she grew her career in management by working with nonprofit organizations and local agencies to design, develop and implement new community health and education programs for youth and families. Marie returned to college mid-career and achieved both a Bachelor and Master degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco as a widely recognized and awarded leader in public service. Marie is a public school educator and innovator serving over 6000 students in 13 elementary schools. Marie serves as a State Commissioner for Special Education and has opened several high-performing schools in northern California. Marie is a fervent advocate for educational opportunity and is actively partnering with local Districts and County Offices of Education to respond to what kids need most to feel safe and successful in the classroom. Throughout her career in schools and healthcare organizations, Marie has impacted the lives of thousands of victims of violent crimes, people with disabilities, the mentally ill, the uninsured and working class individuals. She has been a working partner and ally to law enforcement, probation, county public health, and large hospitals systems up and down the state. In Sacramento, Marie has been a fervent advocate for common-sense public policy. Marie lives in Amador County surrounded by the serene beauty of the Sierra Foothills and rolling hills of vineyards and cattle ranches. She and her husband, Cesar, are parents to a blended family of six children, one grand baby and a grumble of pugs that fill their home with immeasurable joy.
Statement:The Sierra Nevada and Central Valley communities in Senate District 4 form the backbone of California. Our farms and ranches feed the world and we are home to some of the most beautiful rural landscapes in the state. We stand for home-town values and support our local schools and businesses. In our California, we believe in coming together to solve problems at a local level and honoring our public safety officers. I'm running because our district needs courageous, principled leadership that represents our values in the State Capitol, forces Sacramento politicians to see, hear, and understand what we care about, and stop them from imposing one-size-fits-all policies that hurt our way of life. As your Senator, I will champion policy to build a strong economy and stand up to aggressive government overreach in our homes and communities. That means opposing taxes, addressing gas prices, addressing inflation, securing our water supply, bringing better educational opportunities, attracting employers who pay livable wages, and expanding internet connectivity. It means women controlling their own healthcare decisions, fewer state mandates, and less interference in people's everyday lives and freedoms. I'll be a Senator who listens first- then leads with humility to represent every rural and valley resident with honor. I look forward to sharing my vision for a better California as we meet one another along the campaign trail in the thirteen counties of Senate District 4.
- −Declined to Respond/Undecided, Position Unknown/Unclear
- †Declined to respond, Position based on citation
|1. Should California amend its Constitution to remove current limitations and codify abortion until birth as a constitutional right? (e.g., Prop 1, 2022)
|2. Should California require medical providers to undergo “cultural competency courses” on racial politics and sexual and gender identity to have their license renewed by the state? (e.g., AB 2194, 2022)
|3. Should California adult citizens be required to pass a background check before buying ammunition?
|4. Should California require high school students to take an Ethnic Studies course that teaches Critical Race Theory before graduating?
|5. Should California women’s prisons be required to admit biological males who self-identify as female?
|6. Would you (or did you) support requiring all insurance plans to provide elective surgical abortions for free, with no deductibles or copays copays? (e.g., SB 245, 2022)
|7. Should minors age 15 or older be allowed to consent to vaccines without parental permission? (e.g., SB 866, 2022)
|8. Would you (or did you) support the legalization of loitering for prostitution? (e.g., SB 357, 2022)
|9. Would you (or did you) support the establishment of government-sponsored drug injection centers? (e.g., SB 57, 2022)
|10. Would you (or did you) support legislation prohibiting employers from making hiring decisions based on an employee’s use of cannabis away from the workplace or traces of non-psychoactive cannabis found during drug testing? (e.g., AB 2188, 2022)
|11. Should California taxpayers fund transgender treatments for minors, including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sex-change operations? (e.g., AB 2218, 2020; AB 2521, 2022)
|12. Should California require Peace Officers to undergo a “bias evaluation” that includes sexual orientation and gender identity? (e.g., AB 2229, 2022)