Jennifer Ong

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Jennifer Ong
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Candidate for
California State Assembly District 20
High schoolSan Leandro High (1986)
Bachelor'sU.C. Berkeley School of Optometry
Master'sCalifornia State University-East Bay, UC Berkeley (1995)
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Jennifer Ong was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 20 of the California State Assembly. She is an immigrant from the Philippines.[1]


  • 1995: UC Berkeley
  • California State University, East Bay
  • Cal State East Bay, U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry
  • 1986: San Leandro High



  • High Speed Rail
In a May 2012 interview, Ong said that she would vote to support the continued funding of high speed rail. She said that she would try to find savings in the budget by finding efficiencies in state agencies and eliminating the death penalty.[1]
  • Budget Cuts
In a May 2012 interview, Ong declared that any cuts to social services in the state budget should be supplanted by job opportunities. Specifically, with regard to budget cuts, she said that continued investments in health care and the youth are key.[1]
  • "Ballot-box Budgeting"
In a May 2012 interview, Ong defended the power of voters to support specific policies via referendum, despite the limits it places on the legislature. She said she considered it a valuable way for voters to force the legislature to act on policy.[1]



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Ong ran in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 20. She advanced past the June 5, 2012 blanket primary, defeating Sarabjit Kaur Cheema (D), Luis Reynoso (R), and Mark Green (I). Ong was defeated by Bill Quirk (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

California State Assembly, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Quirk 50.3% 67,028
     Democratic Jennifer Ong 49.7% 66,111
Total Votes 133,139
California State Assembly, District 20 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Sarabjit Kaur Cheema 6% 3,397
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Ong 25.7% 14,560
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Quirk 30.3% 17,177
     Republican Luis Reynoso 17.7% 10,041
     Independent Mark Green 20.3% 11,490
Total Votes 56,665


Ong received endorsements from:[5]

  • CA Legislature’s Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus
  • Latino Connection PAC
  • Engineers and Scientists of California Local 20
  • California Small Business Association
  • Democratic Chapter of the Legislative Women’s Caucus
  • California Optometric Association
  • KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress, SF Bay Area Ch.
  • Union of American Physicians and Dentists
  • California UNITE HERE
  • Californians Allied for Patient Protection
  • California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
  • United Domestic Workers of America
  • California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
  • Cooperative of American Physicians
  • Asian Americans for Good Government
  • American Nurses Association
  • National Women’s Political Caucus- Alameda North
  • Women’s Political Action Committee Los Angeles
  • EMILY’s List
  • Crime Victims United
  • Child Abuse Prevention Center
  • Chinese American Political Association
  • APA Democratic Caucus of Alameda County
  • Alameda Contra Costa Counties Optometric Society
  • Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Speaker Pro Tempore
  • State senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., Chair, Senate Health Committee
  • State senator Ted Lieu
  • Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan
  • Assemblymember Paul Fong
  • Assemblyman Mike Eng
  • Assemblyman Joe Coto
  • Assemblyman Warren Furutani
  • Assemblyman Dr. Richard Pan
  • Assemblyman Das Williams
  • Betty Yee, State Board of Equalization Member
  • Donald R. White, Alameda County Treasurer
  • David Chiu, President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Malia Cohen, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Delaine Eastin, Former CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Liz Figueroa, Former State senator
  • Mayor Myrna Lardizabal DeVera, Hercules
  • Mayor Ann Cheng, El Cerrito
  • Vice Mayor Margaret Fujioka, Piedmont
  • City Councilwoman Pauline Cutter, City of San Leandro
  • City Councilwoman Libby Schaaf, City of Oakland
  • City Councilman, Hermie Sunga, Vallejo
  • School Board Member Jim Sherman, San Lorenzo USD
  • School Board Member Linda Canlas, New Haven USD
  • School Board Member Hermy Almonte, San Leandro USD
  • Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams, VP, Association of Bay Area Governments
  • Joanne Del Rosario, Former Mayor of Colma
  • Ruth Asmundson, Former Mayor of Davis
  • Alice Lai-Bitker, Former Alameda County Supervisor
  • Anna May, Former City Councilmember of Hayward
  • Kevin Dowling, Former City Councilmember of Hayward
  • Bill Ward, Former City Councilmember of Hayward
  • Genevieve Jopanda, Commissioner, Park & Recreation, Daly City

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