Das Williams

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Das Williams
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California State Assembly District 37
Incumbent
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
Santa Barbara City Council
2003-2010
Education
Master'sUniversity of California Santa Barbara
Personal
ProfessionTeacher
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Das Williams is a first term Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Williams earned his M.A. in Environmental Science & Management from the University of California Santa Barbara. His professional experience includes working as a junior high school teacher, a council member for the City of Santa Barbara from 2003 to 2010 and serving as a legislative aide to Assemblymember Hannah Beth Jackson of the California State Assembly.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Williams served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Higher Education, Chair
Natural Resources
Utilities and Commerce

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Williams served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Williams' website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Working for the Community

  • Excerpt: " Public safety, libraries, and emergency rooms – Das Williams is working hard to make California and the 37th Assembly district better."

Protecting education

  • Excerpt: " Having been a teacher in Santa Barbara, Das has seen first hand the struggles of maintaining quality education in California within the current financial climate. Das will continue to fight budget cuts to the school systems and make schools a better place for our children."

Defending the Environment

  • Excerpt: " From energy initiatives to jobs and training, Das has been standing up for clean energy, and California’s important role of the future of clean technologies."

Elections

2014

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Das Williams (D) and Ron Deblauw (R) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Williams will face Deblauw in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Williams won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 37. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 35. He and Rob Walter (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

California State Assembly, District 37, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDas Williams Incumbent 60.4% 115,532
     Republican Rob Walter 39.6% 75,643
Total Votes 191,175

2010

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Williams defeated Susan Jordan in the divisive June 8 primary. He then defeated Republican Mike Stoker in the November 2 general election.[6][7]

California State Assembly, District 35 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Das Williams (D) 75,821
Mike Stoker (R) 62,310
California House of Representatives, District 35 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Das Williams (D) 23,279
Susan Jordan (D) 14,644

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Williams is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Williams raised a total of $1,902,869 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[8]

Das Williams's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 37 Won $698,893
2010 California State Assembly, District 35 Won $1,203,976
Grand Total Raised $1,902,869

2012

Williams won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $698,893.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Das Williams's campaign in 2012
Service Employees Local 721$15,600
Service Employees Local 1000$15,600
Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16$13,800
California Association of Realtors$13,800
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California$12,800
Total Raised in 2012$698,893
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Williams raised $1,203,976 in contributions.[9]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Sacramento County Democratic Central Cmte $30,000
California Democratic Party $27,172
California Teachers Association $15,600
AFSCME California $15,600
Service Employees Local 620 $15,600

Scorecards

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2013

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Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

2012

In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[10]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills protect water or promote safe and affordable water.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Gorell (R)
California Assembly District 37
2012-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Pedro Nava (D)
California Assembly District 35
2010-2012
Succeeded by
K.H. Achadjian (R)