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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
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Alameda CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 3

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Wilma Chan

Alameda County Board of Supervisor, District 3
44,825 votes (97.35%)Winning
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Experience

Biography

Supervisor Chan has been a strong advocate for children and families for over 40 years. From 2000-2006, Ms. Chan served in the California State Assembly where she became the first woman and Asian American to be Majority Leader. In the Assembly, Ms. Chan authored several groundbreaking bills, including one that implemented a no-lead standard in drinking water pipes and fixtures, and another that made California the first state to ban toxic flame retardants. In February 2016, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control announced that Ms. Chan's legislation had resulted in a 39% decline in the level of flame-retardants absorbed into women's breast milk since her bill was enacted in 2006.

Ms. Chan also authored historic legislation to end the practice of hospitals overcharging uninsured and underinsured patients and to cover California's 800,000 uninsured children. She won approval of $100 million to expand State Preschool and fought successfully to maintain the state's Master Plan for college student access. In 2010, it was her bill that blew the whistle on Anthem Blue Cross when they tried to implement a 33% rate increase in California. The widespread attention to this issue helped propel national healthcare reform to victory.

After serving four years on the Oakland Board of Education, Ms. Chan became the first Asian American elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. During her six years of service to the County (1995 to 2000), Ms. Chan wrote the strategic plan to keep the County Medical Center open, formed the Alameda County First Five Commission, implemented a citizenship program with the passage of welfare reform, and established youth collaboratives in Alameda and San Leandro focused on improving the lives of young people.

Ms. Chan served as the Legislator-in-Residence at UC Berkeley during the 2006-07 academic years and also taught political science on campus for two years. In addition, she served four years on the California Medical Assistance Commission, where she worked to assure Medi-Cal recipients received timely access to hospital care. She also served as Vice President for Policy at Children Now, a national children's advocacy organization located in Oakland.

Supervisor Chan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Wellesley College and a Master of Arts degree in Education Policy & Administration from Stanford University. She has two grown children and one grandchild.

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