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San Diego County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Assembly District 71

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Marilyn Riley

Democratic
Central Committee Delegate
12,476 votes (14.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase the number of Democratic voters in East County, especially in outlying areas
  • Continue my work introducing new citizens to the Democratic Party
  • Arrange pre-election forums for East County candidates

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired public service attorney
Alternate,, San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee — Elected position (2012–2016)
Delegate,, San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee — Elected position (2016–2016)
Alternate,, San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee — Elected position (2002–2006)
Director of Government Affairs & General Counsel, Trade Associations (1991–1999)
Director of Government Affairs & General Counsel, Trade associations (1991–1999)
Counsel, Joint Committee on the Revision of the Penal Code, California Legislature (1988–1991)
Counsel, Senate Select Committee on Family Law, California Legislature (1986–1988)
Counsel, California Senate Judiciary Committee, California Legislature (1979–1985)

Education

University of San Diego School of Law J.D. (1979)
University of California, Riverside B.A. , German (1968)

Community Activities

Volunteer for Democratic candidates and progressive causes, Democratic Party (1964–current)
Member,, East County Democratic Club, La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club, Spring Valley-Lemon Grove Democratic Club (2015–current)
Member,, Democrats for Equality (1999–current)
Delegate, Democratic National Convention, Democratic Party (2008–2008)
Delegate, Democratic National Convention, Democratic Party (2004–2004)

Biography

A lifelong Californian, I was born in San Diego and grew up on my parents' ranch in El Cajon.  I attended local public schools and graduated with high honors from the University of California, Riverside, and the University of San Diego School of Law, where I was a Law Review editor.  In 1979, I was selected as a California Senate Fellow; and for most of my career, I worked in the Capitol as an attorney for the Democratically controlled Senate.  Politics is my passion, and I have volunteered for Democratic candidates and progressive causes for more than 50 years.  Raised by Democratic parents who encouraged political discussion and participation, I have voted in every election since I registered immediately upon attaining eligibility.  I am a product of the kind of middle-class family that is disappearing from our country.  As a public servant, my father was able to provide a comfortable and enjoyable life for my two sisters and me. (My mother returned to part-time work after we were in high school.)  I want everyone to have the chance to achieve this type of happy and successful existence.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • Democrats for Equality
  • East County Democratic Club

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

 

My political philosophy is based on my beliefs in:

  1. The right of people to a decent life that includes not only adequate and affordable food,  shelter, healthcare, and education but also a pollution-free environment;
  2. The right of people to find employment that matches their skills, to work in safe conditions, to be paid a decent salary, to be protected from discrimination, and to have both reasonable job security and a secure retirement;
  3. The right of women to equal pay and reproductive choice;
  4. The right of people to easy access to registration and voting;
  5. The right of people to an unbiased criminal justice system;
  6. The right of all minorities to be accepted as equals in our society; and
  7. The obligation of all people to protect and honor the Earth and its non-human inhabitants so that future generations are able to enjoy its beauty and diversity. 

I am a Democrat because I believe that our party is the best instrument for achieving these goals.  

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