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Assemblymember Gail Pellerin named head of elections committee

Morgan Hill Times  |  July 5, 2023


“I’m honored to have the confidence of the speaker and continue to work to ensure that California is the gold standard for secure, accurate, transparent and accessible elections,” Pellerin said. “I look forward to continuing the work to improve the voter experience, ensure voting system integrity and enhance the accuracy of our voter rolls.”

WeToo III: Looking for a few good women

Capitol Weekly  |  June 8, 2023


"Women have never achieved parity with their male colleagues in the California Legislature. Many advocates believe that could change before the end of the decade, but getting there is hardly a given."

Shasta County's decision to ditch Dominion triggers state Assembly bill

Record Spotligtht |  May 4, 2023


"Introduced on Feb. 14, Pellerin’s Assembly Bill 969 would require a county board of supervisors to have both a transition plan and a replacement contract with a state-certified system in place before terminating an existing voting system contract."

State legislators announce formation of Central Coast Caucus

Santa Cruz Sentinel  |  March 26, 2023


"A group of state legislators have band together to raise the profile of Santa Cruz County and other Central Coast communities as they grapple with an historically destructive winter storm season and a growing number of coastal issues."

Santa Cruz County Supervisors approve ordinance banning force against kids

Pajaronian  |  March 14, 2023


"The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance that would prohibit companies forcibly transporting children. Also under the ordinance, families could sue transport companies that use force against their children for $10,000, plus legal costs."

Silicon Valley community college district could offer free tuition

San Jose Spotlight  |  February 20, 2023


"California Senate Bill 629, introduced by state Sen. Dave Cortese, would allow the West Valley-Mission Community College District to stop charging its students tuition and cover other costs such as transportation and books. The bill, if approved, would expand access to higher education and open opportunities for low-income students in one of the nation’s most expensive regions, advocates said."

Local assemblywoman introduces Ocean Life Recovery Act

Paso Robles Daily News  |  February 18, 2023


“Protecting our ocean habitat must happen now before it is too late, I am happy to join Assemblymember Addis on this important legislation,” said bill co-author Assemblymember Gail Pellerin (D-Santa Cruz)."

You are not ‘totally alone in this’: NAMI’s 40 years of working to support those living with mental illness

Lookout  |  February 14, 2023


"The organization on the front lines of mental health awareness, advocacy and education has been around for four decades, but the work has ratcheted up exponentially in recent years."

Opinion: Recruiting a Legislature that looks like California (finally)

Mercury News  |  December 16, 2022

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"In a dramatic 92% increase since 2017, 50 women (the majority women of color) now serve, an historic high-water mark of 42%. For the first time, a majority of our legislators are women, people of color or LGBTQ+..."

Election roundup | Santa Cruz County clerk certifies November election results

Santa Cruz Sentinel  |  December 7, 2022


"Yard signs have come down, candidate emails have gone mute, all of the eligible outstanding ballots have been processed – the 2022 election cycle has officially come to an end."

A new class of Legislators emerges

Politico  |  November 28, 2022

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"That’s a good thing, too, because we’re one week away from the Dec. 5 organizing session, where legislators will gather in Sacramento for the first time to be sworn-in and cast leadership votes..."

Pellerin Starts Strong in Bid for Historic Assembly Seat

Scotts Valley Press Banner  |  November 10, 2022


"The new 28th Assembly District, a product of the recent decennial redistricting process, still represents north Santa Cruz County, but no longer counts mid-county or the southern coastal region as part of its footprint...."

ELECTION 2022: Photo Finish

San Jose Inside |  November 9, 2022


"There were no surprises in the Assembly races, since Democrats outnumber all other parties and independents combined in the county...."

Democrats leading three state Assembly races affecting Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz Sentinel  |  November 9, 2022


"Unofficial election night results, last updated early Wednesday morning, show Santa Cruzan Gail Pellerin, a Democrat running for the newly drawn State Assembly District 28..."

Nov. 8, 2022 Election: Pellerin Starts Strong

Good Times  |  November 8, 2022


"Former Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin appears poised to become the first woman from the county to hold a seat on the State Assembly, with early returns showing 62.67% of Santa Clara County voters supporting her run..."

A Lookout View: Vote Gail Pellerin for Assembly District 28

Lookout Santa Cruz  |  November 3, 2022


"Gail Pellerin is a homegrown and well-loved politician who will best represent Santa Cruz County interests in Sacramento. She is a connector, a listener and someone with the skills and longtime political..."

KSCO Good Morning Monterey Bay Interview with Gail Pellerin for Assembly

KSCO  |  October 29, 2022


"Good Morning Monterey Bay airs Monday-Friday 6:00am-9:00am on KSCO Radio 1080 AM/104.1 FM in Santa Cruz, CA. This upbeat and fun talk radio show is hosted by Rosemary Chalmers and Alex Shaffer..."

Pellerin vs. Lawler: What each Assembly District 28 candidate is learning on the ‘other side of the hill’

Lookout Santa Cruz  |  October 24, 2022


"Democracy is on the ballot,” she said. “I have been a fighter for voting rights and reproductive rights and LGBTQ community rights and safe community rights most of my entire adult life and I am out there..."

Will women rule in the 2022 California election?

Lookout Santa Cruz  |  September 21, 2022


"While female candidates still face challenges, voters could elect a record number of women to the state Legislature in November. The roster of female lawmakers could rise to 45 of the 120 seats, according to a CalMatters analysis..."

Our California and Bay Area endorsements for the Nov. 8 general election election ballot

San Jose Mercury  |  September 13, 2022

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"Here are our recommendations so far for the Nov. 8 election. Click on the links to read the full editorials. Bookmark this page to return to view additional recommendations as they are published...."

All candidates for California State Assembly District 28 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Ballotpedia  |  September 6, 2022


"Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for California State Assembly District 28 —Gail Pellerin (D) and Liz Lawler (R)— completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. ..."

A (very) early general election preview: 4 things to know about the November battles ahead

Lookout Santa Cruz  |  July 7, 2022


"Election season may be in a lull, but it’s not over. In fact, a few political showdowns are still heating up. Here’s what you need to know as the Nov 8th..."

Roe v. Wade decision: 600-plus Santa Cruzans gather at courthouse to oppose SCOTUS ruling

Lookout Santa Cruz  |  June 24, 2022


"The nation woke up to a new reality Friday as the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. In Santa Cruz, a progressive county within a sanctuary state..."

Primary Turnout Reaches 36%, Santa Clara County and State Races Set for November

San Jose Inside  |  June 14, 2022


"Likewise, newcomer Gail Pellerin, former Santa Cruz County clerk, is likely to ride a wave of hometown support..."

Pellerin, Lawler hold lead in 28th Assembly District election

Morgan Hill Times  |  June 9, 2022


"Retired Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin holds a steady lead in the four-way race for the 28th Assembly District, according to election officials..."

Santa Cruz’s Pellerin leading in 28th Assembly District race

San Jose Mercury News  |  June 8, 2022

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"The unofficial election results from the California Secretary of State office show Pellerin, a Democrat, has 18,083, or 34.2%, of votes counted..."

Pellerin jumps into first in race for lower house seat

San Lorenzo Valley Press Banner  |  June 8, 2022


"Santa Cruz County election results showed Pellerin racking up 7,254 votes, ahead of Lawler’s 2,793, Rennie’s 2,392 and UC Santa Cruz student..."

Election 2022 Results: Strong beginning for longtime county clerk

Lookout Santa Cruz  |  June 7, 2022


"Santa Cruz’s Gail Pellerin has emerged so far in the pole position for the November election, chalking up 34.2% of the vote, with apparently..."

Off The Lip Radio Show, Episode #464: Gail Pellerin

Off the Lip Radio  |  May 25, 2022

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"Gail Pellerin is vying for the 28th State Assembly District, covering parts of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties, and who faces enormous challenges..."

KSQD 28th Assembly District Candidates Forum

KSQD  |  May 25, 2022

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"Three of the four candidates for the 28th State Assembly District appeared in a radio forum answering questions about everything from climate change to..."

Editorial | Elect Pellerin for District 28 Assembly

Santa Cruz Sentinel  |  May 20, 2022


Pellerin can do that – and has shown she is an impartial and independent leader in voting rights, the state’s mental health crisis, gender equity..."

Spotlight on the new District 28: Assembly candidates weigh in on housing, climate, education and fentanyl

The Sacramento Bee  |  May 20, 2022


The candidates for the newly created State Assembly District 28, who spoke at a Lookout-moderated forum last week, elaborate on who they are..."

NARAL Pro-Choice California Endorses 10 Future Leaders for Reproductive Freedom for the California State Assembly

The Sacramento Bee  |  May 15, 2022


"It is in that context that NARAL Pro-Choice California released its latest slate of endorsements, this time for 10 State Assembly candidates..."

Editorial: Pellerin’s experience gives her the edge for state Assembly seat

The Mercury News  |  May 12, 2022

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"Pellerin, who has Stone’s endorsement, is energetic, possesses strong people skills and is widely known for her long-standing advocacy for more women in leadership roles..."

Gail Pellerin for Assembly District 28: We need an experienced, empathetic Santa Cruz leader — and a dog in Sacto

Lookout Santa Cruz  |  May 12, 2022


"A voting-rights champion with experience in state and local government, she says she has the connections needed to make change happen..."

Santa Cruz County primary election 2022 guide

Lookout Santa Cruz  |  April 27, 2022


"Election season is ramping up ahead of the statewide primary June 7. We know that untangling all the ballot information, positions up for election and deadlines can be a hassle to say the least. Luckily, Lookout has you covered."

Primary Election Calendar for Santa Cruz County 

Lookout Santa Cruz  |  April 27, 2022


"Election season is ramping up ahead of the statewide primary June 7. We know that untangling all the ballot information, positions up for election and deadlines can be a hassle to say the least. Luckily, Lookout has you covered."

Gail Pellerin to receive Common Cause Democracy Heroes Award

Common Cause  |  April 7, 2022


"Come celebrate Common Cause’s 50 years of fighting for a better democracy and learn up-to-date, inside information about the state of American democracy as we head into the 2022 elections."

Filing in before the deadline: 28th Assembly candidates speak up

Santa Cruz Sentinel  |  March 16, 2022


"Pellerin, Santa Cruz County’s last clerk with a democratic party affiliation, announced her candidacy with a bang on Monday, boasting the endorsement of Stone himself."

Former Santa Cruz County Clerk Running For Assembly

Patch Santa Cruz  |  March 16, 2022


"Former Santa Cruz County Clerk and Registrar of Voters Gail Pellerin will run for State Assembly as a Democrat, Pellerin announced Monday."


‘What about me?’: She wanted a Santa Cruz woman in Sacramento, so veteran politico Gail Pellerin called her own number

Lookout Santa Cruz  |  March 13, 2022


"That’s why the noted advocate for voting rights and mental health awareness is attempting to become the first area woman to ever earn an elected seat in state government."

Former Santa Cruz County clerk Gail Pellerin announces Assembly run

Santa Cruz Sentinel  |  March 14, 2022


"The former county clerk launched a campaign website this weekend asking the community she served for nearly three decades to elect her as 28th District assembly member."

New entries to Calif. Assembly District 28 race as Mark Stone announces plans to retire

KION 5/46  |  March 12, 2022


"Gail Pellerin served as the chief election official for the last 27 years, navigating the elections office through the wildfires and pandemic in 2020."

Former County Clerk Gail Pellerin Running for Assembly

Good Times  |  March 15, 2022


"Former County Clerk Gail Pellerin is running for the 28th Assembly District in the upcoming June 7 primary after receiving the nod from Mark Stone."

Last hurrah for the ‘head of democracy and love’: Gail Pellerin bids her adieu

Lookout  |  December 22, 2020


"Like a grand opera or a well-scripted summer blockbuster, the final act of Gail Pellerin’s long career as Santa Cruz County Clerk was the most dramatic."

Voting On Wheels — New VoteMobile Cruises Through Santa Cruz County

KAZU  |  October 28, 2020


"Like a grand opera or a well-scripted summer blockbuster, the final act of Gail Pellerin’s long career as Santa Cruz County Clerk was the most dramatic."

Secretary Of State, Santa Cruz County Clerk to Discuss Election Changes Security at Friday Event

KAZU  |  October 28, 2020


"And election officials and voter-rights advocates are continuing to sound the alarm about risks to elections integrity posed by hacking, voter..."

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