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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Contra Costa County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for Central Committee, District 4

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Susan Hamill

Clinical Laboratory Scientist
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Help elect more Democrats in partisan and non-partisan offices in Contra Costa County. The DPCCC is developing programs to help recruit, educate and support Democratic candidates. I would like to help the DPCCC achieve this goal.
  • Perform Voter Registration in Contra Costa County. I have set up and participated in many voter registration events. I am currently working on a project to do voter registration in High Schools in Contra Costa County.
  • Health Care access for all. I have worked extensively on this with Covered California. I also support the Contra Costa Cares program and have participated in HealthCare4All events to encourage the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors to authorize init



Profession:Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Clinical Laboratory Scientist, University of California, San Francisco (2010–2016)
Clinical Laboratory Scientist, John Muir Health, Walnut Creek, CA (2003–2009)
Clinical Laboratory Technologist Senior Specialist, University of California, Davis (1991–2001)
Clinical Laboratory Technologist Supervisor, University of California, San Francisco (1985–1991)
Clinical Laboratory Technologist Specialist, University of California, Davis (1973–1985)


University of San Francisco Masters Degree in Public Administration, Health Care Services, Administration of Health Care Facilities (1988)
University of California, Davis Certificate of Completion, eligibility for National and State Licensing exam, Clinical Laboratory Technology clinical training program (1974)
California State University, Sacramento Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology, Minor in Chemistry (1973)


 I am recently retired from a 30+ year career.  I have always believed we should participate in Community Service activities to keep our communities strong and viable.  The quality of life in our cities and towns is only sustained with the help of many volunteers.   So, during these work years I have participated in many community service activities including; being a Girl Scout leader, assisting in horseback riding therapy for autistic children, participating in CERT and the Walnut Creek Community Service Day, and volunteering at ARF and the Ruth Bancroft Garden.  

Since Clinical Laboratory Science is not a well-advertised allied health care profession, I like to let young people know about this career. I did two career day presentations this March, one at Riverside Middle School and another at Foothill Middle School.  It was my second round at both schools and I hope to participate again next year. 

A larger project I undertook began in early 2013, with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) I created the Contra Costa ACA team.  We were an all-volunteer group and participated in Covered California’s Community Outreach program.  Over the next two open enrollment cycles, we held over 150 events in Contra Costa County, primarily in our libraries, that offered education and enrollment in Covered California programs, as well as MediCal via our partnership with the Contra Costa County Health Care Services.  We were commended for our work, by then Congressman George Miller, in a letter to the Board of Supervisors of Contra Costa County.  Congressman Miller also bestowed individual letters of appreciation on the members of our entire Contra Costa ACA team.

In 2015 I attended in the Walnut Creek Citizen's Institute.  This program game me a lot information and direction as to where I might find other opportunities to participate in my community.  I am just beginning that new journey.






Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Contra Costa Young Democrats
  • Evolve

Elected Officials (5)

  • Susan Bonilla, Assembly Member, AD14
  • Joan Buchanan, formerly Assembly Member, AD16
  • Edi Birsan, Concord Council Member, District 4
  • Monica Wilson, Antioch Council Member, District 3
  • Gabe Quintero, El Cerrito Council Member, DPCCC Region 1

Individuals (7)

  • Karen Cohen, President, Diablo Valley Democratic Club
  • Katie Ricklefs, President, LaMorinda Democratic Club
  • Ellis Goldberg, President, Tri-Valley Democratic Club
  • Brodie Hilp, President, San Ramon Valley Democratic Club
  • Jim Donnelly, 1st Vice Chair, DPCCC Executive Committee
  • Richard Mossman, 2nd Vice Chair, DPCCC Executive Committee
  • Sally Sweetser, Chair, Rules Committee, DPCCC

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy





I have been a lifelong Democrat because all the basic issues in the party’s platform match my personal beliefs.  A few of my primary issues are healthcare (support of the ACA), continuing Social Security, marriage equality for all, cutting taxes for the middle class, climate change, gun control, support of public education and a woman’s right to choose.


I would like to increase my participation in the Democratic Party Central Committee and represent Democrats in the 4th Supervisory District.  I am running to be an elected member of this body to become a full voting member.  I am currently an Associate member, with appointments to the Rules sub-committee and Clubs sub-committee.  


Local Democratic Party Participation History -


I am a Member of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club and the LaMorinda Democratic Club. 


State of California Democratic Party Participation History -


I have been an elected delegate to the California Democratic Party for the last five years; first for Assembly District 16 in 2011-2012, and after redistricting, for District 14 from 2013 to the present.   I have fulfilled the duties and responsibilities of this office by attending all the conventions, participating in caucuses and being present and voting on all appropriate party business.  Since 2014, I have been a member of the Voter Services standing committee of the California Democratic Party and have increased my participation by attending the statewide E-board meeting.   The E-board meetings occur between the annual conventions.


National Democratic Party Participation History -

I ran and was elected to be a Delegate for Congressional District 11 to the National Democratic Party Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012.





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