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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Gisele Hale edged out the Republican to finish second against Diane Papan for the Assembly seat.

REDWOOD CITY. In the contest to replace Kevin Mullin in the California Assembly, Mayor Gisele Hale will go head-to-head with Diane Papan in the second round of the November round.

The latest election results show that Papan continues to hold a significant lead over the other six opponents with 41.71% of the vote, while Hale climbed to 19.74%, beating Republican Mark Gilham with 19.57% to finish second. Socialist Democrat James Coleman of South San Francisco came in fourth with 11.24% of the vote.

“I’m so grateful for the community’s support and proud of the honest, values-based campaign we’ve led,” Hale said in a statement. “These San Mateo County results show us that Big Oil, PG&E and other special interest groups failed to buy the June election, and we’ll show them that again in November.”

The race for Mullin’s seat came after political change among the peninsula’s politicians after U.S. Rep. Jackie Speyer announced in 2020 that she was stepping down. Speyer’s announcement prompted Mullin, whose previous district is now part of the new District 21 due to redistricting, to run for her seat in Congress.

Assembly District 21, recently redesignated by the California Redistricting Commission, covers eastern San Mateo County and includes the cities of Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Millbrae, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo. and parts of South San Francisco.

(Photo by Fiona Chan, courtesy of Diane Papan)

Hale has been involved in Redwood City politics for the past eight years – four of them as a council member – and was last re-elected in 2018 as the vote leader. She became mayor in December 2021 and, while on the council, has been a vocal advocate for local families and marginalized communities.

Prior to being elected to the council, Hale served on the City of Redwood Planning Commission and on the board of the City of Redwood Educational Foundation. She also served on the steering advisory group for the National Partnership for Women and Families, working to provide sick and paternity leave for working parents across the country.

Hale noted that despite a more conservative primary electorate and $1.3 million spent on behalf of her opponents by “conservative corporate PACs funded in part by the big oil companies and PG&E”, Papan still failed to secure a majority of the vote to avoid runoff.

Like San Jose Assemblyman Ash Kalra before her, Hale hopes voters will be more active in November and vote for her rather than Papan.

“In the previous midterms, turnout in San Mateo County increased nearly 30% between the primary and general elections, from 44.3% in the 2018 primary to 72.6% in the 2018 general election,” Hale said. “There are probably hundreds of thousands of voters who have not yet voted for my opponent and will probably vote in the general election. I believe — as does current Assemblyman Ash Kalra in his own 2016 race with a similar primary election dynamic — that voters will reject the lies told by the corporate supercomputing committees and listen to the truth.”

Meanwhile, Papan celebrated her current two-to-one lead and told this news organization she was confident she would keep it to get to Sacramento.

The old guard of the peninsula will remember Papan’s name. Papan is a member of the political dynasty started by Assembly “Dean” Lou Papan, who served in the legislative chamber from 1973 to 1986 and then again from 1996 to 2002. He died in 2007, leaving a legacy as “The Performer”. for pastoral voices in Sacramento.

Dayan Papan has extensive political experience in the peninsula. In addition to her seven years of experience on the San Mateo City Council, she has served with the San Mateo County City/County Government Association, the San Mateo County Council of Cities, the San Mateo County Joint Authorities Office of Express Lanes, and the Office of Combat with floods. and the Sea Level Resilience Council.

Papan is also the director of John’s Closet, a non-profit organization that provides clothing to needy school-age children from Daly City to Millbrae.

“It’s a two-to-one advantage for me and I’m looking forward to getting my message across to voters,” Papan said in an interview. “I am immensely proud that we are leaders in all cities of the region. It’s going to be a tough summer, but I think voters will take our message.”

Papan wants to focus the rest of his campaign on issues like climate change, children’s education and home life.

“Now we are moving on to general elections,” Papan said in an address to her supporters. “I intend to use my position as the undisputed leader to lead this campaign about the truth and that now more than ever we need proven, proven leadership to work towards finding real solutions to our generation’s most pressing problems.”

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