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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 15

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Claire Chiara

22,528 votes (10.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reform California's crippled public education system
  • Lessen government regulations and tax burden driving businesses out of our state
  • Ensure accountability in state, county, and city level government expenditures



Profession:Student at UC Berkeley
Central Committee Member, Alameda County Republican Central Committee — Elected position (2016–current)
Central Committee Alternate, Alameda County Republican Central Committee — Appointed position (2014–2016)
Delegate, 2016 Republican National Convention — Appointed position (2016–2016)


UC Berkeley Intended Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics and Political Science (current)

Community Activities

Finance Director, California Young Republican Federation (2015–current)
Executive Director and Past President, UC Berkeley College Republicans (2014–current)
Membership Director and Founding Member, Alameda County Log Cabin Republicans (2014–current)
Lead Research and Ideas Reporter, The Daily Californian (2013–2014)


Claire Chiara is a senior at UC Berkeley double-majoring in economics and political science and a candidate for State Assembly in California's 15th District.


As a Millennial Californian and a young woman, she feels very strongly about protecting freedom and opportunity for future generations and ensuring that both California and the United States remain at the forefront of innovation, civil liberties, and limited, representative government. Claire strongly believes that the power to improve the world rests in the hands of the individual, not the government, and seeks to ensure that all Californians have equal opportunity and empowerment for success.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $3,206

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Dhillon and Associates
California Trailblazers
Employees of Chiara, Claire

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.01%)
Small contributions (6.99%)

By Type:

From organizations (9.45%)
From individuals (90.55%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I'm running because the voters of my district and my state deserve to hear a new voice and deserve to have a new choice on their ballots. 

For too long, our elected officials have maintained the status quo in Sacramento and failed to champion the needs of everyday people, instead choosing special interests or partisan politics over working Californians, small business owners, and children in public schools. I am a strong believer in self-determination, the American dream, limited government, and individual rights, and I feel Sacramento has simply fallen short of representing my fellow constituents and me. 

So it's time for a change.  

As a student of public schools my entire life through college, I am a strong supporter of public education, and I think it's critical for our great state to reform its broken educational system to ensure all students are made a priority and guaranteed equal access to opportunity. 


Here in the Bay Area, we live in one of the fastest-growing regions of the country, and we need to elect legislators who recognize that and seek to preserve it, not stifle it with regulation. I will always be a champion of innovators and businesses. I would be honored to have your support and your vote. 

Videos (1)

State Assembly District 15 Candidate Forum — October 1, 2016 League of Women Voters and Contra Costa TV

This video was taped in April 2016 and reflects Claire's positions on a variety of issues relevant to West Contra Costa County.

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