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California State SenateCandidate for District 36

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Marggie Castellano

Businesswoman/Environmental Advocate
191,392 votes (48.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Accessible and affordable healthcare
  • The creation of jobs that pay middle class wages
  • A commitment to scientific innovation to promote economic prosperity



Profession:Businesswoman/Environmental Advocate
International Science Documentary Producer, Self-employed (1987–current)


N/A Bachelor's Degree, Small business and political science, a technical degree in Computer Programming (current)
Arizona State University Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Concentrations in small business and political science (2015)
Metropolitan Institute Diploma of Computer Information Technology, Operations and Programming (1974)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Answer from Marggie Castellano:

The cost of living continues to rise in California, creating a shortage of affordable housing that is simply unacceptable. I would fully support providing greater funding for affordable housing and will advocate for ordinances to create desperately needed low-income housing for seniors, families, and the disabled. These skyrocketing rent prices are displacing families and individuals, and we must do everything we can to not let this happen.

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Answer from Marggie Castellano:

As a state senator, I will work with stakeholders in our community to launch public education campaigns and hold community events that promote togetherness and creative problem solving, regardless of political views I will also protect every Californian’s freedom of speech, hold those guilty of hate crimes responsible, and invest in education.

Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Marggie Castellano:

Our climate is changing rapidly due to human activity. Californians need to do everything we can to stop this change from destroying our beautiful state and the industries within it. This action must start in the legislator. As a State Senator, I would push for our state to continue to lead the country by extending the Global Warming Solutions Act to 2050, by creating green collar jobs, and by rejecting any and all fossil fuel infrastructure projects.

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of young, low-income Californians?
Answer from Marggie Castellano:

I believe California should aim to be the number one state in per pupil spending. In recently years, California has consistently ranked in the bottom ten states per pupil funding yet one of the top states for per prisoner spending--this is absolutely unacceptable. In the state legislature, I will work to invest more resources directly into the classroom, allowing schools to hire more teachers and reduce classroom sizes.

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Senator to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?
Answer from Marggie Castellano:

As a state, California needs to be held to its promises. Our state made the clear promise to our public employees to provide a defined pension plan. As a senator I will ensure that our government workers recieve their promised pensions.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $367,998

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Democratic Party
Democratic Party of Orange County State PAC
Tehama County Democratic Central Committee
California Nurses Association
SEIU California

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.11%)
Small contributions (0.89%)

By Type:

From organizations (96.48%)
From individuals (3.52%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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