• Giselle Hale

    Giselle Hale, a businessperson and public official, grew up in the Midwest, has lived in California most of her adult life, and currently resides in Redwood City. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to bring results-oriented and progress-focused leadership to the Assembly. Hale won election to the Redwood City Council in 2018 by earning the highest vote share in a race where the top three candidates won seats. 

    Hale is in her first term on the Redwood City Council, and has been acting as mayor since 2021. Prior to running for her current seat, she held several local leadership positions, including as a member of the Redwood City Planning Commission and on the advisory committee for the National Partnership for Women and Families. Hale’s childhood was affected by socioeconomic challenges, and her local policy initiatives highlight the importance of resources, opportunities, and a public social safety net for youth and families. In her previous roles, she has worked to expand protections for residents living in RVs and oversized vehicles, expand transit-oriented development, raise local financial assistance for childcare providers, and establish paid sick and parental leave. 

    She has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups in the district, including NARAL Pro-Choice, California Environmental Voters, Housing Action Coalition, and YIMBY Action. She also has the endorsement of many state and local elected officials, including State Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, and Assemblymember Laura Friedman.
     

    Giselle Hale

    Giselle Hale, a businessperson and public official, grew up in the Midwest, has lived in California most of her adult life, and currently resides in Redwood City. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to bring results-oriented and progress-focused leadership to the Assembly. Hale won election to the Redwood City Council in 2018 by earning the highest vote share in a race where the top three candidates won seats. 

    Hale is in her first term on the Redwood City Council, and has been acting as mayor since 2021. Prior to running for her current seat, she held several local leadership positions, including as a member of the Redwood City Planning Commission and on the advisory committee for the National Partnership for Women and Families. Hale’s childhood was affected by socioeconomic challenges, and her local policy initiatives highlight the importance of resources, opportunities, and a public social safety net for youth and families. In her previous roles, she has worked to expand protections for residents living in RVs and oversized vehicles, expand transit-oriented development, raise local financial assistance for childcare providers, and establish paid sick and parental leave. 

    She has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups in the district, including NARAL Pro-Choice, California Environmental Voters, Housing Action Coalition, and YIMBY Action. She also has the endorsement of many state and local elected officials, including State Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, and Assemblymember Laura Friedman.
     

    Giselle Hale

    Giselle Hale, a businessperson and public official, grew up in the Midwest, has lived in California most of her adult life, and currently resides in Redwood City. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to bring results-oriented and progress-focused leadership to the Assembly. Hale won election to the Redwood City Council in 2018 by earning the highest vote share in a race where the top three candidates won seats. 

    Hale is in her first term on the Redwood City Council, and has been acting as mayor since 2021. Prior to running for her current seat, she held several local leadership positions, including as a member of the Redwood City Planning Commission and on the advisory committee for the National Partnership for Women and Families. Hale’s childhood was affected by socioeconomic challenges, and her local policy initiatives highlight the importance of resources, opportunities, and a public social safety net for youth and families. In her previous roles, she has worked to expand protections for residents living in RVs and oversized vehicles, expand transit-oriented development, raise local financial assistance for childcare providers, and establish paid sick and parental leave. 

    She has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups in the district, including NARAL Pro-Choice, California Environmental Voters, Housing Action Coalition, and YIMBY Action. She also has the endorsement of many state and local elected officials, including State Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, and Assemblymember Laura Friedman.
     

  • James Coleman

    James Coleman, a public official, is a lifelong resident of South San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to bring equitable leadership and policy to Sacramento. Hale defeated incumbent Richard Garbarino by a margin of four points to win election to the South San Francisco City Council in 2020.

    Coleman is the youngest person and first openly LGBTQIA+ member of the South San Francisco City Council. His run for public office was inspired by the disproportionate effects he observed across his community during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cascading crises it created in education, health care, racial justice, and housing. During his time on the city council, he has supported initiatives to provide hazard pay to essential workers, create new environmental coding for building construction, invest in affordable housing development, and make progress in providing citywide universal preschool. Coleman grew up in a working-class family, and experienced the effects of health care and socioeconomic insecurity directly when his father was paralyzed in an accident. This experience led him to pursue a STEM pathway at Harvard University, and he worked as a neuroscientist and an environmentalist after completing his degree. 

    He has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including California Legislative Progressive Caucus, California Working Families Party, Planned Parenthood, Clean Water Action, SEIU CA, and Equality California. He also has the endorsement of many state and local elected officials, including Assemblymember Alex Lee and Delano Mayor Bryan Osorio.

    Each candidate brings a unique issue perspective to this race. Based on our analysis, both candidates have maintained a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they would be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-21 and would govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district. Voters are encouraged to review their platforms to select the candidate who best aligns to your values. 
     

    James Coleman

    James Coleman, a public official, is a lifelong resident of South San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to bring equitable leadership and policy to Sacramento. Hale defeated incumbent Richard Garbarino by a margin of four points to win election to the South San Francisco City Council in 2020.

    Coleman is the youngest person and first openly LGBTQIA+ member of the South San Francisco City Council. His run for public office was inspired by the disproportionate effects he observed across his community during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cascading crises it created in education, health care, racial justice, and housing. During his time on the city council, he has supported initiatives to provide hazard pay to essential workers, create new environmental coding for building construction, invest in affordable housing development, and make progress in providing citywide universal preschool. Coleman grew up in a working-class family, and experienced the effects of health care and socioeconomic insecurity directly when his father was paralyzed in an accident. This experience led him to pursue a STEM pathway at Harvard University, and he worked as a neuroscientist and an environmentalist after completing his degree. 

    He has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including California Legislative Progressive Caucus, California Working Families Party, Planned Parenthood, Clean Water Action, SEIU CA, and Equality California. He also has the endorsement of many state and local elected officials, including Assemblymember Alex Lee and Delano Mayor Bryan Osorio.

    Each candidate brings a unique issue perspective to this race. Based on our analysis, both candidates have maintained a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they would be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-21 and would govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district. Voters are encouraged to review their platforms to select the candidate who best aligns to your values. 
     

    James Coleman

    James Coleman, a public official, is a lifelong resident of South San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to bring equitable leadership and policy to Sacramento. Hale defeated incumbent Richard Garbarino by a margin of four points to win election to the South San Francisco City Council in 2020.

    Coleman is the youngest person and first openly LGBTQIA+ member of the South San Francisco City Council. His run for public office was inspired by the disproportionate effects he observed across his community during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cascading crises it created in education, health care, racial justice, and housing. During his time on the city council, he has supported initiatives to provide hazard pay to essential workers, create new environmental coding for building construction, invest in affordable housing development, and make progress in providing citywide universal preschool. Coleman grew up in a working-class family, and experienced the effects of health care and socioeconomic insecurity directly when his father was paralyzed in an accident. This experience led him to pursue a STEM pathway at Harvard University, and he worked as a neuroscientist and an environmentalist after completing his degree. 

    He has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including California Legislative Progressive Caucus, California Working Families Party, Planned Parenthood, Clean Water Action, SEIU CA, and Equality California. He also has the endorsement of many state and local elected officials, including Assemblymember Alex Lee and Delano Mayor Bryan Osorio.

    Each candidate brings a unique issue perspective to this race. Based on our analysis, both candidates have maintained a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they would be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-21 and would govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district. Voters are encouraged to review their platforms to select the candidate who best aligns to your values.