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Dawn Addis,  Candidate for State Assembly,  District 35,  proudly Endorsed by the  DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF SANTA MARIA VALLEY,  met with constituents on Saturday,  February 8, 2020, at the Democratic Club Headquarters, 327 E. Plaza, #2, Santa Maria, 93454.   A casual, informal forum in which our community issues and Dawn’s plans for the future were discussed.    



“I’m running because the current Assembly representative is out of touch with the voters in this district on many important issues.

I support common sense gun safety laws.  I’ll vote for laws to stop ghost guns and stronger background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands.  That’s why I’ve been endorsed by the Brady Campaign. On the other hand, Jordan Cunningham earned an “A” grade from the NRA.

Protecting the Coast and addressing the Climate Crisis are top priorities for me.  I’ ll vote to reduce plastics and toxic pollution and support more funding to preserve our natural resources and protect wildlife.  That’s why I’ve been endorsed by the Sierra Club and the California League of Conservation Voters.   In comparison, Jordan Cunningham failed the 2019 Sierra Club Legislative Scorecard with a grade of 40% and an “F-” grade from PAW PAC.

Our kids should be are off limits to big nicotine and disingenuous politicians.  Obviously the incumbent and I are different, but the more I learn the more upset I feel. A lot of it has to do with our backers. He is backed by a vaping company, JUUL, that markets to kids. I am backed by you.  What’s wrong with getting money from JUUL? JUUL markets to kids with unsafe nicotine products in flavors like watermelon and cherry. They are purposefully creating the next generation of addiction that we will all pay for. As a mom I’m worried and frustrated.  On Council I have voted numerous times to ban the sale of these products in my community. I know moms, dads, teachers, principals, and kids here are worried. I am working hard to protect our youth. The incumbent is working against us, while getting campaign rich.”


Prior to my current district leadership role, I served as department chair and classroom teacher. During that time, I became engaged with the unique differences, struggles, strengths, and celebrations of my community. I keep the wellbeing of children and families at the heart of all of my decision making.

As a Morro Bay City Council Member I put people at the heart of my decision making.  Being a mother, a public educator, and a community organizer guides my actions. Through my leadership and my votes I have advocated for increased housing, clean water security,  improved infrastructure, local jobs, and economic development. I am experienced at building common ground and following through on tough issues to deliver results.

The Central Coast is ready for a representative who is as hard-working as we are. It is time for a proactive approach in Sacramento.  It is time for a leader who will take meaningful action to create economic and social opportunities. It is time to speak boldly for the people of the California.

You’ve asked how the incumbent and I are different, and I am proud to share. I show true love for environmental protection, he does not. This is exemplified with

  • My key endorsements from the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), the Sierra Club and the California Environmental Justtce Alliance (CEJA).
  • My pledge not to take oil money
  • My leadership to oppose the expansion of fracking
  • My vote to protect Dog Beach
  • The incumbent, does not show love for Central Coast lands. His campaign depends on Chevron and Phillips 66 money, and his voting record from CLCV and CEJA are both below 30%.



“SEIU California and it’s 700,000 members endorsed Dawn Addis for Assembly.  SEIU is dedicated to building a better California by fighting for policies and candidates who benefit working families and advance the issues we care about. We proudly support Dawn Addis for state Assembly because she will fight to increase economic fairness for working people, ensure high quality services and create a sustainable, equitable, just and prosperous California.”

Congressman Salud Carbajal, 24th District endorsed Dawn Addis.  “In the years I have known and worked with Dawn Addis, it has become clear that she is an effective leader, a dedicated change maker and the right choice to represent us in the 35th Assembly District. From her work protecting clean water and housing rights on the Morro Bay City Council to her co-founding of Women’s March San Luis Obispo, Dawn has built a strong track record of service for the Central Coast. I am proud to endorse her and excited to send her leadership to Sacramento.”

California’s Labor Federation  “I am proud to have the support of California’s Labor Federation because I believe in the value of working families. The California Labor Federation, its members, and all working people have contributed to California’s success. I look forward to our partnership in creating economic prosperity across the State and in my district.”

 California Women’s List  “I am incredibly honored to join a phenomenal group of women who are endorsed by California Women’s List. I believe in the power of everyday women to create real and lasting change, and California Women’s List exemplifies just that.”

Bruce, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor“I’m honored to have this endorsement. Bruce is an outstanding leader, a true example of political integrity, intelligence, compassion and courage. I should know, Bruce has been my San Luis Obispo County Supervisor for the last sixteen years. When the County’s voters speak this year, I look forward to working with Bruce as District 35’s Assembly member.”

Betty Yee   “I am pleased to endorse Dawn Addis for State Assembly. As California’s independent fiscal watchdog, I know Dawn possesses the experience and the integrity to protect California taxpayer dollars from misspending while fighting to bring a fair share of state resources to our central coast communities.”  “It’s a true honor to be endorsed by Betty Yee. Her service – first, during eleven years as a member of the Board of Equalization, and then, since 2015, as our State’s Controller – is an inspiration for everyone, especially women that want to work for the good of the people of California.”   

Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer   “As a Morro Bay City Councilwoman, Dawn Addis has worked effectively to improve infrastructure, local jobs, and economic development. I know that she will bring this same level of competence and dedication to the state Assembly on behalf of the residents of the Central Coast. In addition to her work on council, I am impressed by Ms. Addis’ volunteer efforts as the co-founder of the SLO Women’s March and I think it would be great to have such a dynamic woman representing the 35th district in the state Assembly.”  “Fiona Ma is a truly exceptional leader, whose career as an elected public servant in San Francisco city government, in the Assembly, on the Board of Equalization, and now as our State Treasurer has made it clear that the women of California can and should rise to the opportunity to run for office in order to make our State a better place in which to live, work and prosper. I’m deeply grateful for her endorsement!

Rudy Xavier, Diversity Coalition San Luis Obispo County and  CA Senior Legislature Senior Senator “Dawn is an exceptional leader, a co-founder of the Women’s March SLO and our voice for the future! As President of the Diversity Coalition San Luis Obispo County AND CA Senior Legislature Senior Senator, I support Dawn wholeheartedly and can’t wait to have her win the Assemblywoman position for the 35th district. It will be a long, hard fight. Let’s get behind her!” 

Douglas J. Heumann, Esq “I support Dawn in her bid to be our next 35th District Assembly member!” 

California Environmental Justice Alliance  “I’m grateful to be endorsed by California Environmental Justice Alliance! Working together we can achieve environmental justice by building the political power of low income and communities of color to advance environmentally and socially just policy solutions in California.”

Equality California  I am incredibly proud to have earned the endorsement of Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. I know that together we will work as strong partners to create a positive and just future for all LGBTQ people and allies.”

 Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund.  Today is the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and I’m honored to announce my endorsement from Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund. I’m excited to work with them in making great things happen in 2020!”

Vita Miller, RN  “You are an inspiration to all generations as the co-founder of the San Luis Obispo Women’s March, and you bring integrity and ethical standards into the realm of politics. Thank you Dawn for taking on this challenge.”

Vicki Tamoush  “I proudly endorse Dawn Addis for State Assembly 35th District because of her honesty, integrity, and firm commitment to the people of the District. As she has proven through her leadership role with Women’s March SLO and the Morro Bay City Council, her priority is the needs of her constituency. She is dedicated to protecting the beautiful environment in which we live. She supports equality for all people and understands the economic challenges of this District. Dawn has earned my wholehearted support.” 

Allen Dailey  “I think Dawn would be an excellent assembly representative. We worked together to bring more LGBTQ+ education and sensitivity to local school staff – she is a strong LGBTQ+ ally. Dawn is a good, empathetic listener, an essential quality for an effective representative.” 

Allene Villa  “As a cofounder of the Women’s March SLO and social justice activist, Dawn Addis has demonstrated she is able to deal with difficult issues to create positive change on the central coast. She has a strong record of advocating for just policies, the Latino community, and the working class. Dawn Addis is the strong leader we all can count on to represent us in Sacramento!” 

“Como cofundadora de la SLO Marcha de Mujeres y activista de justicia social, Dawn Addis ha demostrado que es capaz de enfrentar temas difíciles para crear cambio positivo en la costa central. Ella mantiene un historial fuerte de abogar por leyes justas, la comunidad Latina, y la clase trabajadora. !Dawn Addis es la líder fuerte en la cual todos podemos confiar!” 

Joe Gibson  “As a labor leader that spans the Assembly District, I fully support Dawn as she has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to working families, collective bargaining, and representation in the workplace.” 

Chelsea Handler. “Wow! It is an honor to get a shout-out on Twitter from I am thankful for all of you who support me by using your digital voice as a platform to get the vote out! 📣💻🙏”

 Dara Stepanek, Co-Owner Bliss Cafe, Climate Reality Leader  “Dawn is a powerhouse of a human being. She has been a catalyst for an impressive number of local movements and moments that bring our community closer to peace and justice. She leads by doing and she is a personal inspiration.  DAWN FOR STATE ASSEMBLY and BEYOND!!!!!”

Marilyn Farmer, Principal Habitat Studio Architecture, Director, Green Building Pages  “Dawn is awesome in all regards. I have watched her interact and act in our local communities for several years now and am always impressed with her focus, her ability to communicate, her energy and enthusiasm, and most of all, her ability to build bridges and inspire. In my view she would make an ideal State Assemblywoman and local advocate.”

John Laird, former Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, Democratic candidate for California State Senate, District 17.  “Dawn best embodies the values and the work ethic that Central Coast communities demand. As a former State Assembly Member and chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, I recognize in candidates what it takes to be a good and successful advocate in Sacramento. I know that Dawn has the experience, integrity, and courage necessary to be just that for the people of the 35th district. I am pleased to endorse her.”

Eleni Kounalakis, California Lieutenant Governor.  “Women are running and winning seats in state legislatures all across America. When they win, they have the chance to impact issues that are most important to America’s families. Dawn will bring a strong voice to Sacramento to protect jobs, preserve our beautiful Central Coast, and fight for equal pay and safe workplaces for women. I enthusiastically support Dawn Addis for State Assembly!”                                               “I am incredibly honored to be endorsed by the first woman elected Lieutenant Governor in California’s history. From her record of profound engagement on affordable childcare programs, to her knowledgeable advocacy on immigration and international trade policies, Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis is a true leader for all Californians. I look forward to adding my voice to Eleni’s in Sacramento.”

Valerie McGinty, Fund Her President and Founder.  “Fund Her is proud to support Dawn Addis for Assembly District 35, a diverse Central Coast district.  Dawn will bring her track record of leadership on climate change and housing to the Assembly, making sure the communities of AD 35 have a voice in Sacraments.”  “Founded in 2017, Fund Her is the political action committee dedicated to electing progressive women to lead our states. The only organization of its kind, Fund Her provides the missing piece: the financial support to ensure progressive, accomplished women are well-positioned to win. I am genuinely honored to have this endorsement! Fund Her knows that when ordinary women and allies come together with purpose and action, we can do extraordinary things. I am excited to create the future together.

Senator Bill Monning.  “As the State Senator elected to carry the voice of the Central Coast for the past seven years, I am confident that Dawn Addis is the candidate who will best represent our communities in the State Assembly.  As an educator and local council member, Dawn embodies the values and experience necessary to advance our interests in Sacramento. I know that Dawn will continue the fight to get our fair share of resources to help our region thrive economically and protect the neediest members of our community.”  “Senator Monning has been a champion for guaranteeing that all people of California have access to clean water and quality care. I am proud to be considered an ally and to earn his endorsement. I look forward to carrying the charge forward as one of California’s legislators.”

Deborah Stakes, the President of the CCFT.   The Cuesta College Federation of Teachers announced on Wednesday its endorsement of Dawn Addis, the Democratic candidate in Assembly District 35. California Assembly District 35 includes San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County. It is currently represented by Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton).  Deborah Stakes, the President of the CCFT – which is the Local Chapter 04909 of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) – said that the organization voted to endorse Addis following an in-depth interview process that focused on Career Technical Education policies, as well as how to deal with the shortfall of funding to Cuesta College as a result of the imminent closure of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power facility. “We were impressed with the breadth of her ideas,” Stakes said.   “I am very honored to be endorsed by the Cuesta College Faculty Association. Cuesta is an incredibly important learning institution for the Central Coast, and the CCFT is an integral part of its excellence. My husband Marcus and I originally came to the Central Coast almost 20 years ago so that he could attend Cuesta as a reentry student. Cuesta’s engaged teachers helped him launch his career and through the years has been important to me, my husband, and our two sons. For that, I will always be personally grateful to the faculty and to the school, and for its incalculably valuable contribution to our community.”

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