Abel Guillen

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Abel Guillen
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Candidate for
California State Assembly District 18
High schoolJ Eugene McAteer High School (1993)
Bachelor'sUniversity Of California, Berkeley
Master'sUniversity Of California, Berkeley (2001)
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Abel Guillen was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 18 of the California State Assembly.


  • 2001: University Of California, Berkeley, Master of Arts, Public Policy
  • University Of California, Berkeley, Bachelors, Sociology
  • 1993: J Eugene McAteer High School


Campaign themes


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

  • Balancing Budgets and Cutting Waste
Excerpt: "California is grappling with a fiscal and economic crisis of historic proportions. To continue making investments in our schools, protect the safety net, keep our neighborhoods safe, and meet the demands of a growing state, we must find long-term revenue solutions to our state budget problems."
  • Good Jobs and New Economic Opportunities
Excerpt: "Like many communities around the country, the East Bay is facing high unemployment and a slow economic recovery. Abel Guillen has helped deliver over $20 million for new career education and job training programs at East Bay community colleges. "
  • Investing in Education
Excerpt: "As a Community College Trustee, a product of local public schools and the first in his family to graduate from college, Abel Guillen know firsthand the transformative power of education. He understands that public education is the foundation of strong communities and a vibrant economy."
  • Environmental Action
Excerpt: "California and the East Bay have a long history of leading the way by protecting our environment and producing sustainable energy. We must continue to “protect the commons” and maintain this vital legacy."
  • Access to Affordable Healthcare
Excerpt: "Improving access to and the quality of health care is one of the greatest challenges facing our state. We must strive towards a health care system that provides cost-effective, quality health care to all individuals – regardless of one’s background."



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Guillen ran in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 18. He advanced past the June 5, 2012 blanket primary, defeating Joel Young (D), and Rhonda Weber (R). Guillen was defeated by Rob Bonta (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

California State Assembly, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bonta 50.5% 75,865
     Democratic Abel Guillen 49.5% 74,422
Total Votes 150,287

California State Assembly, District 18 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bonta 36.9% 23,007
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAbel Guillen 29.7% 18,521
     Democratic Joel Young 18.8% 11,680
     Republican Rhonda Weber 14.6% 9,082
Total Votes 62,290


Guillen received endorsements from:[5]

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