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Mia has dedicated her career to serving our East Bay community. Learn more about Mia’s work to provide every child the opportunity to achieve their dreams.

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Press Release

Democratic Legislative Women's Caucus Endorses Mia Bonta in AD-18 Special Election

"The Democratic Legislative Women's Caucus endorses Mia Bonta in the special election for the 18th Assembly district because Mia possesses the qualities we seek in a colleague here in the state legislature,” said Caucus Chair Asm. Cristina Garcia. “Mia is a leader committed to her progressive personal values, yet she understands how to work with others to find the common ground that allows us to deliver meaningful legislation for Californians..."

Jul
23
2021
Press Release

California Nurses Association/ National Nurses Organizing Committee Endorses Mia Bonta for Assembly

"The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee is proud to endorse Mia Bonta to represent California's 18th Assembly district because Mia's progressive values and in-depth policy knowledge make her the best choice to represent the working families of this district,” said Sandy Reding, RN, President, CNA/NNOC.

Jul
19
2021
Press Release

Mia Bonta Earns California Democratic Party Endorsement in AD-18 Special Election

Mia Bonta today announced she has earned the sole endorsement of the California Democratic Party in the special election for the 18th Assembly District. Mia came in a strong first place finish in the primary election last week, earning nearly 40% of the vote in a 9-way race. 


Jul
5
2021
News Article

Mia Bonta Leads Race For District 18 Assembly Seat

Mia Bonta is leading the race to fill the California Assembly seat vacated by her husband Rob Bonta, who resigned to become state attorney general, according to unofficial election results Tuesday night from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

Jun
29
2021
News Article

East Bay Assembly Race Headed to Runoff, With Mia Bonta in Lead

Mia Bonta, the president of the Alameda Unified School District's Board of Education, opened up an early lead on Tuesday in a special election to fill her husband's seat in the state Assembly. But early returns from the 18th District, which includes most of Oakland, San Leandro and Alameda, showed Bonta falling short of the majority vote needed to avoid a runoff later this summer.

Jun
29
2021
Press Release

Mia Bonta Finishes First in AD-18 Special Election Primary, Advances to General

Tonight, Mia Bonta celebrated a strong first-place primary finish, advancing to the August 31st special general election for California’s 18th Assembly district.

Jun
29
2021
News Article

Where East Bay Assembly candidates stand on proposed Oakland A's ballpark

“The Howard Terminal project is the best chance Oakland has at keeping the A’s in Oakland, and I believe it would be a mistake to allow a third major league sports franchise to leave the Town,” said Alameda Unified School District Board president Mia Bonta. “We need jobs for Oaklanders, housing for Oaklanders and community gathering spaces here in Oakland so we can maintain the soul of the Town in a way that also lifts up those who call it home.”

Jun
24
2021
News Article

Education activist Assembly bet vows to be Fil-Am ally if elected

To a politically woke sector of the Filipino American community, identity is key to the June 29 special elections for District 18. The winner will succeed Attorney General Rob Bonta, a Fil-Am who has broken the race barrier twice in Sacramento.  Soon after the Legislature confirmed his nomination for AG by Governor Newsom, he named his choice for successor: Mia Bonta, his wife and fellow social justice advocate.

Jun
16
2021
News Article

Mia Bonta explains how a name shaped her - and it isn't Bonta

"The focus on her marriage also ignores something else: Before her name was Bonta, it was Mialisa Tania Villafañe, the daughter of a single working mother in the Bronx. A name that shaped her life — and her husband’s — in profound ways."

Jun
13
2021
Press Release

NARAL Pro-Choice California and Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte Endorse Mia Bonta in AD-18 Special Election

Today Mia Bonta announced that she has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice California and Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte (PPAMM), highlighting her strong support among women’s health and reproductive rights advocates.

Jun
10
2021
Press Release

United Nurses Associations of California Endorses Mia Bonta in AD-18 Special Election

Today Mia Bonta announced the endorsement of the United Nurses Associations of California (UNAC). She is also supported by the California Medical Association PAC (CALPAC) and  UAPD/AFSCME 206, highlighting her broad appeal among health care professionals.

Jun
4
2021
News Article

EQCA splits support between queer, straight female candidates in special East Bay Assembly race

California's statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization is splitting its support between two female candidates — one queer, the other straight — in the special election for an East Bay Assembly race to represent part of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro.


Equality California announced Wednesday a dual endorsement of social justice attorney Janani Ramachandran, an Oakland resident who is queer and lesbian, and Mia Bonta, currently the Alameda Unified School Board president, in the contest to fill the 18th Assembly District seat in Alameda County.

Jun
2
2021
Press Release

Equality California Endorses Mia Bonta for Assembly

"As a mother of three and president of the Alameda USD School Board, Mia Bonta is an ally and a champion for LGBTQ+ and all students,” said EQCA Executive Director-designate Tony Hoang. “We know that Mia will fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice in our schools, in our criminal justice system, in healthcare and every other aspect of life, which is why we are proud to dual-endorse her campaign for Assembly District 18."

Jun
2
2021
Press Release

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Endorses Mia Bonta in AD-18 Special Election

Today Mia Bonta announced she has earned the sole endorsement of Congresswoman Barbara Lee in the special election for the 18th Assembly District. Her endorsement marks the first time in decades that the Congresswoman has endorsed a candidate for Assembly from this district.

June
2
2021
News Article

Rep. Barbara Lee endorses Mia Bonta in East Bay Assembly race

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) has endorsed Mia Bonta for the East Bay Assembly district seat vacated by Bonta’s husband, California Attorney General Rob Bonta, The Chronicle has learned.

Lee said that Mia Bonta “will bring a progressive, social, economic, and racial justice lens to our state legislature.”

Jun
1
2021
Press Release

Current and Former Oakland City Council Members Endorse Mia Bonta for Assembly

Today three current and two former Oakland City Council members endorsed Mia Bonta in the special election for the 18th Assembly district: Councilmember Noel Gallo, District 5, Councilmember Loren Taylor, District 6, Councilmember Treva Reid, District 7, former Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington, District 4, and former Councilmember Larry Reid, District 7. These officials join Councilmember Sheng Thao, who endorsed Mia Bonta shortly after her campaign launch in April.  

Jun
1
2021
Press Release

California Professional Firefighters Endorses Mia Bonta for Assembly

Today the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) endorsed Mia Bonta in the special election to represent the 18th Assembly District. CPF joins a growing coalition of labor organizations supporting Mia Bonta, including SEIU California, the California Teachers Association, the California School Employees Association, AUPD/AFSCME Local 206, and UFCW Local 5.

May
27
2021
Press Release

Senator Alex Padilla Endorses Mia Bonta in Special Election for 18th Assembly District

"As we rebuild from this pandemic and economic crisis, California needs leaders who will prioritize the needs of working families and speak up for communities that have been hit hardest,” Senator Padilla said. “Mia Bonta is one of those leaders..."

May
25
2021
Press Release

Mia Bonta Releases New TV Ad: "She's Got Our Back"

Today Mia Bonta released a new TV ad titled “She’s Got Our Back” highlighting her background as the daughter of activists as well as her top legislative priorities: helping the community recover from Covid-19, safely reopening schools, addressing the root causes of homelessness, and making sure East Bay families can afford to stay in the East Bay. 


May
25
2021
Press Release

California Latino Legislative Caucus Endorses Mia Bonta for Assembly

The California Latino Legislative Caucus today announced their endorsement of Mia Bonta in the special election to represent the 18th Assembly District. Mia has also earned the endorsement of the California Legislative Black Caucus and numerous current and former state legislators, demonstrating Mia’s broad support from her would-be peers in the State Legislature.

May
24
2021
Press Release

Mia Bonta Raises Over $250,000 for AD-18 Special Election

Mia Bonta today announced that her campaign has raised over $250,000 from nearly 300 unique donors since she announced her candidacy in the special election for California’s 18th Assembly District.

May
20
2021
Press Release

SEIU California Endorses Mia Bonta in 18th Assembly District Special Election

Today the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California announced their endorsement of Mia Bonta in the special election to represent the 18th Assembly District. Mia has also earned the endorsement of UAPD/AFSCME Local 206, underscoring her growing labor support. 


May
6
2021
Press Release

21 Current and Former State Legislators Endorse Mia Bonta for Assembly

Today 21 current and former members of the State Legislature endorsed Mia Bonta’s campaign to represent California’s 18th Assembly District, highlighting Mia’s growing support from her would-be colleagues in Sacramento. Mia has already earned major endorsements from the California Legislative Black Caucus, Secretary of State Shirley Weber, State Treasurer Fiona Ma, and many East Bay leaders.

APR
26
2021
Press Release

Oakland City Councilmember Sheng Thao Endorses Mia Bonta for Assembly

“Mia Bonta is the best choice to serve our community at this moment,” said Councilmember Thao. “I encourage all Oaklanders to join me in supporting Mia because she will be a fierce fighter for Oakland in the State Assembly. At a time when the recent spike in hate crimes against our AAPI neighbors has shaken our community, we need a vocal advocate like Mia to strengthen hate crime laws and support survivors...

APR
21
2021
Press Release

Mia Bonta Statement on Derek Chauvin Murder Verdict

"...I am committed to working tirelessly to dismantle the systems that hinder justice, protect wrongdoing, and perpetuate the cycle of violence against communities of color.”

Apr
20
2021
Press Release

Mia Bonta Earns Endorsements from East Bay Elected Officials

Today several elected officials from Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro announced their endorsement of Mia Bonta in the upcoming special election for California’s 18th Assembly District.

Apr
15
2021
News Article

Races begin for soon-to-be vacant Assembly seat

Candidates are already lining up to run for the 18th Assembly District seat, which Rob Bonta may soon vacate if the assembly member, who was recently appointed state Attorney General by Gov, Newsom, is confirmed by the Legislature.

Apr
15
2021
Press Release

Mia Bonta Announces Campaign for California State Assembly District 18 Seat

Mia Bonta, CEO of Oakland Promise and President of the Alameda Unified School District School Board, announced today her intention to run in the special election for California’s 18th Assembly District. Mia enters the race with early support from a broad range of leaders, including the California Legislative Black Caucus, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, State Treasurer Fiona Ma, and Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA).

April
12
2021
News Article

Mia Bonta Enters Race to Replace Husband Rob in State Assembly

Alameda Unified Board of Education President Mia Bonta launched a campaign on Monday for state Assembly, joining a field of candidates vying for an East Bay seat currently held by her husband, Rob Bonta, who was tapped to be California's next attorney general.

APR
12
2021