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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 16

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Cheryl Cook-Kallio

102,290 votes (44.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Cheryl's top priority will be improving our public education system. She will work to attract and retain more high quality teachers, reduce class sizes, and improve education funding so all students receive a quality education.
  • Cheryl will continue to be a champion for women and families. As a councilmember, she helped to secure funding for prenatal care and mammograms. In the Assembly, she will fight for equal pay for equal work and affordable healthcare.
  • Cheryl believes we should do everything we can to protect our natural resources, including the Delta, by standing up against the twin tunnels. She will stand up to big oil companies and fight for tougher regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.




A teacher, mother and public servant, Cheryl Cook-Kallio learned about service from her dad, a career Navy man and her grandfather, a man who fought in WWI and then found a way to enlist again so he could serve in WWII with his son.

A celebrated public school teacher, respected Pleasanton City Councilmember and tireless community activist Cheryl has fought to: enhance public education, increase a ordable housing options, improve streets and roads, and make our community safer.

As a teacher Cheryl was dedicated, providing our youth with the best foundation possible to be successful in the 21st century. She spent 39 years educating our youth and was recognized with honors for her excellence in the classroom.

Cook-Kallio served eight years on Pleasanton’s City Council. During her time as Vice-Mayor and Councilmember she led the way to increase a ordable housing, expand parkland and implement curbside recycling. Working with regional transportation agencies, Cheryl improved streets and roads, finding solutions to traffic gridlock.

Now retired from the classroom, Cheryl serves as a Boardmember to the Pleasanton Partnership in Education Foundation, member of the CA Civic Learning Task Force Advisory Board, a member of the Teacher Advisory Board for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s iCivics Foundation, and as the Northern California Senior Consultant for the Center for Civic Education.

Cheryl earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and her Masters of Arts degree in U.S. History with an emphasis on the U.S. Constitution from San Jose State University.

She holds teaching credentials in Social Science and English, with a supplemental credential in Spanish. Cheryl and her husband John, a retired teacher, live in Pleasanton. They are the parents of four children. 

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $3,072,989

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

California Democratic Party
Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee
Democratic Central Committee Of Marin County
Santa Clara County Democratic Party
AFSCME California
Alameda Labor Council
Professional Engineers in California Government
SEIU Local 1021
SEIU Local 2015

More information about contributions

By State:

California 99.41%
District of Columbia 0.37%
Maryland 0.15%
Ohio 0.03%
Other 0.04%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.74%)
Small contributions (0.26%)

By Type:

From organizations (96.54%)
From individuals (3.46%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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