D — Assemblymember, 24th District
Assemblymember Marc Berman, a Democrat, is running for reelection to the California State Assembly from the 24th District, which includes portions of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The district contains all or part of Atherton, Cupertino, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Half Moon Bay, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Portola Valley, Palo Alto, Woodside and Sunnyvale. First elected to the Assembly in 2016 with Govern for California’s help, Marc is permitted under California’s term limits to serve in the legislature through 2028.
Marc was elected to the Palo Alto City Council in 2012 where he advocated for improved infrastructure to keep up with the city’s growth. He also worked to develop “the Budget in Brief”, a more accessible explanation of Palo Alto’s budget in order to facilitate citizen participation in the budgeting process.
Marc has deep roots in the district, where he has lived since he was four and was class president of Palo Alto High School. After law school at USC, he moved back to the area in 2008 and worked in law, focusing on technology transactions. At the same time he represented pro bono clients seeking protection under the Violence Against Women Act and asylum in the United States due to political persecution, and has served as pro bono counsel to Spark, a national youth development non-profit. Marc left his law firm to become Development Director at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, an education reform organization where he worked to advocate STEM education and policies closing the achievement gap.
Marc serves on the Jobs Economic Development and the Economy, Privacy and Consumer Protection, and Transportation Committees in the Assembly and is Chair of the Elections and Redistricting Committee. Currently working on updating California’s Master Plan for Higher Education, Marc authored AB1312, which creates a bill of rights for sexual assault survivors, including a 20-year statute of limitations.
Party registration in AD24 is 49.5% Democratic, 17.5% Republican, and 29.8% No Party Preference/Decline To State, a good fit for a progressive Democrat like Marc who is strong on fiscal issues. Marc is not expected to face a serious challenger but will easily defeat any that arise.