Pleasanton attorney Catharine Baker announced this week that she will seek the Republican nomination for election to State Assembly District 16 next year.
Although she is the only Republican vying for election to the office currently held by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), three Democrats have also announced their intentions to seek election to the office. They are Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich and Orinda councilman and former mayor Steve Glazer.
Assembly district 16 includes Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore in Alameda County and the Contra Costa County cities of Alamo, Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, San Ramon and Walnut Creek.
"California should be a leader in education, economic growth, fiscal soundness, and infrastructure, yet we are lagging behind," Baker said in a campaign launch statement. "We need to end government as usual in Sacramento, and get California working again."
Baker is an attorney with the Pleasanton law firm of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel where her clients include local small businesses and non-profit organizations. In 2011, she received the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for pro bono legal services from the California State Bar Association for her commitment to providing free legal representation to low-income individuals and families
A resident of Dublin, she is also vice president of the Dougherty Elementary School Site Council and chairs the school's Safety Committee. She is also a volunteer board director with the Diablo Regional Arts Association in Walnut Creek.
Baker earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, overcoming cancer her senior year to graduate Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. She later went on to earn her law degree from UC Berkeley.
She is married to Dan Baker. The couple has two children, Kate and Alex.