Cheryl Brown (California)

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Cheryl Brown
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California State Assembly District 47
In office
December 3, 2012-present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years
Bachelor'sCal State San Bernardino
Office website
Cheryl R. Brown is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 47. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Brown earned her B.A. from Cal State, San Bernardino.[1] Her professional experience includes working as co-owner of Brown Publishing Company.[1] She is also a former employee of City and County Planning Commissions, a former talk show host for KCSB Channel 3, and a former employee of the San Bernardino County Planning Department.[1]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Aging and Long-Term Care
Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media
Housing and Community Development
Veterans Affairs
Joint Rules


Campaign themes


Brown's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "The people of our community are one of the hardest hit in California. Growing our economy and fostering the creation of jobs must be our greatest priority."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Every child should have the support and encouragement to attend college. But those who do not attend college must be trained with marketable skills to find a good job that pays beyond the minimum wage."
  • Local Government
Excerpt: "Our cities and counties need the support of the state legislature. Thousands of employees are losing their jobs as cities cut basic services."



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 Cheryl R. Brown (D) and Gil Navarro (D) defeated write-in candidate Kelly J. Chastain (R) in the blanket primary.[3] Brown will face Navarro in the general election.[4][5]

California State Assembly, District 47 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCheryl R. Brown Incumbent 68.2% 12,643
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGil Navarro 31.6% 5,854
     Republican Kelly J. Chastain (Write-in) 0.2% 32
Total Votes 18,529


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Brown won election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 47. She advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Thelma Beach (R) and Jeane Ensley (R). Brown defeated Joe Baca, Jr. (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

California State Assembly, District 47, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCheryl R. Brown 55.7% 53,434
     Democratic Joe Baca, Jr. 44.3% 42,475
Total Votes 95,909
California State Assembly, District 47 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Baca, Jr. 42.3% 11,033
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCheryl Brown 29% 7,566
     Republican Thelma Beach 6.5% 1,685
     Republican Jeane Ensley 22.2% 5,787
Total Votes 26,071

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brown is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Brown raised a total of $341,334 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[8]

Cheryl Brown's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 47 Won $341,334
Grand Total Raised $341,334


Brown won election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Brown raised a total of $341,334.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Cheryl Brown's campaign in 2012
Brown, Cheryl R.$50,679
California Association of Realtors$15,600
Southwest Regional Carpenters Association$8,900
California Correctional Peace Officers Association$7,800
Women in Power$6,000
Total Raised in 2012$341,334
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[9]


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


In 2012, Brown's endorsements included the following:[11]

  • California Attorney General Kamala Harris
  • State senator Gloria Negrete McLeod
  • State senator Michael Rubio
  • Former Assemblymember John Longville, now San Bernardino Community College Trustee
  • Assemblymember Wilmer Carter
  • Board of Equalization Chair Jerome Horton
  • State senator Bob Dutton
  • Former State senator Jim Brulte
  • San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford
  • San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales
  • San Bernardino City Councilman Rikke Van Johnson
  • Former San Bernardino City Clerk Rachel Mendoza Clark
  • Former San Bernardino City Councilman Jess Flores
  • Former San Bernardino City Councilwoman Betty Dean Anderson
  • Former San Bernardino City Clerk Rachel Mendoza Clark
  • Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren
  • Fontana Mayor Pro Tem John Roberts
  • Fontana Council Member Matt Slowik,
  • Fontana Council Member Lidia Salazar Wibert
  • Fontana Council Member Michael Tahan
  • Fontana City Treasurer Janet Koehler-Brooks
  • Rialto City Clerk Barbara McGee
  • Rialto City Councilmember Deborah Robertson
  • Rialto School Board President Joanne Gilbert
  • Rialto School Board Trustee Walter Hawkins (Ret.)
  • San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Herb Fisher (Ret.)
  • San Bernardino School Board Trustee Lynda Savage
  • San Bernardino School Board Trustee Michael Gallo
  • San Bernardino School Board Trustee Margaret Hill
  • San Bernardino School Board Trustee Shelby Obershaw (Ret.)
  • San Bernardino School Board Trustee Tony Dupre (Ret.)
  • Colton City Councilmen Vincent Yzaguirre
  • Colton City Councilmen Alex Perez

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Political offices
Preceded by
Holly Mitchell (D)
California Assembly District 47
Succeeded by