Mariko's Missive, Vol. 23 - A Campaign Newsletter for the 4th AD

August 7, 2013

Dear Friends:

Seems like only yesterday that I was sworn-in to the Assembly after a long and hard-fought 2008 election. Thank you for the privilege of serving these past 4 1/2 years.

In 2011, redistricting drew me into the big, beautiful 4th Assembly District that is 68% new. With your support, I won re-election to my final Assembly term representing the southern half of Colusa; all of Lake and Napa; and parts of Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo counties.

Since then, I've traveled over 40,000 miles crisscrossing this geographically large and complex district, meeting great people and listening to their hopes and concerns.

I will be working hard each day to resolve problems and seek sensible state policies over the 15 months remaining in my term. At the same time, I want to be sure that as I leave office, the new 4th District will be in capable hands.

What has always guided my policy decisions in the Legislature are the core values that distinguish us as Democrats: fighting for the poor and the middle class; protecting the environment; and ensuring that equal opportunity remains the law of the land. I believe the constituents of the 4th Assembly District deserve no less from my successor.

The June 3, 2014 Primary Election is now less than a year away. After meeting and carefully considering each of the candidates running for my seat, there is only one who I believe has what it takes to fairly represent the expansive 4th Assembly District.

That candidate is Napa County Planning Commissioner Matt Pope, who I am endorsing today.

I am supporting Matt because his background, energy, temperament and life experience have prepared him for the grueling race ahead and will help him lead with courage and integrity once elected. He has served his country, he has served his community, and he now wants to serve you. His Democratic values are deeply-rooted and will anchor him in the Assembly.

Please join me in supporting Matt Pope for Assembly 2014. To learn more about Matt, or to contribute to his campaign, please visit his campaign website at

Thank you again for the honor of serving you.


Assemblymember Mariko Yamada

P.S. Looking forward to seeing you along the campaign trail!