February 2020 BayAreaGOP Newsletter Articles
Bridget Mahoney Runs for Assembly
Bridget Mahoney, a public affairs consultant, is running for State Assembly in District 22 in San Mateo County.
On her website she says “Conservatives deserve a voice in San Mateo County and Bridget Mahoney is that choice. Issues in the district important to Bridget include lowering taxes on business and enhancing Prop. 13 tax benefits. Bridget will support Law Enforcement and work to keep our public education among the best in the country. Bridget intends to focus on the housing shortage as well as the addiction and mental health issues that have left so many homeless.”
Mahoney has also been a strong advocate of repealing AB5, the new California law that forces many independent contractors to become employees or perhaps lose their jobs. She attended the Repeal AB5 rally last Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the state capitol. She says “AB5 is a textbook example of a law backed by liberal special interests that is disrupting and devastating Californians from all walks of life. We need more common sense lawmakers who have lived in the real world and understand the consequences of their meddling.”
Assembly District 22 runs from South San Francisco down the Peninsula to Redwood City and also includes Pacifica on the coast. (See the map.)
Bridget Mahoney was born and raised in San Mateo County. She grew up in a large Irish-Italian family, the oldest of four sisters. She attended Notre Dame Belmont High School and went on to Sonoma State University, majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of San Francisco and wrote her graduate capstone project on how ballot measures are an ineffective solution to San Francisco’s homeless crisis. At USF she also served as a graduate student senator for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Bridget has always had a passion for public service. She serves as Vice President of the Western Association Auxiliary of the Order of Malta, advancing their mission of serving the sick and the poor locally. She volunteers on a young professionals board to raise money for ICA Cristo Rey, a girl’s high school located in San Francisco’s Mission District. She appreciates her Catholic education and wishes to help underserved young women to receive the same.
In politics, Bridget has helped to reinstate the charter for the San Mateo County Young Republicans and is currently serving as Vice Chair for the group. Professionally, she has worked in public affairs firms dealing with communications strategies.
To attend Bridget’s campaign kickoff February 11 in San Mateo, see the event listings. You can learn more about Bridget Mahoney at her campaign website, mahoneyforassembly.com, or on her Facebook page.
Republicans Will Vote for President & County Central Committee in March 3 Election
The March 3 California Primary will include a once-every-four-years election for President and for members of Republican County Central Committees, in addition to the normal array of partisan and non-partisan offices.
According to the rules adopted by the California Republican Party, voters in these two elections must be registered Republicans. While No Party Preference (NPP) voters may request a Democrat ballot, they must reregister Republican in order to vote for Donald Trump or members of Republican County Central Committees.
If you have received a letter asking if you would like to vote in the Democrat or other party primary, it means you are registered NPP and must reregister Republican if you want to vote in the Republican Primary. Under California’s new same-day-registration rules, you can reregister at any time up until election day, however late registrants will need to cast a conditional ballot.
There have been numerous anecdotal reports that some Republicans have been mistakenly re-registered as NPP’s. There is some evidence to suggest that the interactions with the Department of Motor Vehicles may be the source of these changes. News reports suggest that the prompts in the on-line DMV system are confusing at best and misleading at worst. If you are unsure about how you are registered you should check with your local Registrar of Voters. Many counties have an on-line system to verify your voter registration. View the list of County Elections Offices.
BayAreaGOP.com recommendations for Republican county central committees are listed in the BayAreaGOP Voter Guide along with our featured candidates. In many cases, the number of candidates who file for central committee is less than or equal to the number of positions available. In those cases, no recommendations are listed and generally those races to do not appear on the ballot.