The Lamorinda Democratic Club during its January 30 meeting voted to endorse Cheryl Cook-Kallio in her campaign for our 16th Assembly District seat currently held by a Republican.

Cheryl Cook-Kallio has dedicated her life to public service and volunteerism. A celebrated public school teacher, respected Pleasanton City Councilmember, and tireless community activist, Cheryl has fought to enhance public education, increase affordable housing options, improve streets and roads, and make our community safer.

As a teacher Cheryl provided our youth with the best foundation possible to be successful in the 21st century. She spent 39 years educating our youth in the areas of Advanced Placement U.S. History and U.S. Government, and Honor Economics.

During this time her professional accolades include the American Civic Education Teacher Award, the Fremont Education Foundation Excellence in Education Award, Irvington High School’s Teacher of the Year, State Senator Liz Figueroa’s Woman of the Year, Assemblymember Alberto Torrico’s Citizen of the Year, Teacher of the Year by the Sons of the American Revolution and a James Madison Memorial Fellowship.

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

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.

In 2002, she was selected to serve as a James Madison Congressional Fellow for United States Senator Diane Feinstein on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2005 Cheryl was selected to serve as a James Madison Federal Courts fellow in Washington D.C.

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