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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 77

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Tasha Boerner Horvath

California State Assemblymember
121,447 votes (60.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • REDUCING HOMELESSNESS: As our State Assemblymember, I am working to support policies that strengthen the programs and services that protect our most vulnerable residents. I am committed to reducing homelessness by addressing the root housing and men
  • ECONOMIC RECOVERY BY FULLY FUNDING PUBLIC SCHOOLS & CREATING QUALITY JOBS: Thriving local businesses are the heart of our communities. In the State Assembly, I’m working to ensure we are training the workforce of today and tomorrow by fully funding
  • PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT: In the State Assembly I am a champion for environmental policies that preserve our beaches, parks, trails and open spaces, invest in renewable energy, keep our air and water clean, and address the climate crisis.



Profession:California State Assemblymember
California State Assemblymember, 76th District, California State Assembly — Elected position (2018–current)
City Councilmember, City of Encinitas — Elected position (2016–2018)


Claremont Graduate University M.A., International Studies (1998)
University of California, Berkeley B.A., Political Science (1995)


Tasha Boerner Horvath is a fourth-generation San Diego County resident, State Assemblymember, businesswoman, community leader and a mother. Tasha is running for re-election to the California State Assembly to fight for sustainability, opportunity and equity for San Diego County’s coastal communities.



Tasha took office in December 2018, after running a strong, grassroots campaign fueled by hard work, listening to residents and experience serving on the Encinitas City Council. On the Council she served on a number of local and regional boards and committees including San Diego Association of Government and the League of California Cities Housing, Community and Economic Development Policy Committee. Before her election to the Council, Tasha served on the Encinitas Planning Commission, balancing the need for affordable housing with preserving community character.


BUSINESSWOMAN: Tasha’s professional experience in Marketing Communications focuses on tackling tough problems with strategic vision and pragmatic action for non-profits, small businesses, global Fortune 500 companies, and higher education institutions. She has consulted for a public-private partnership with the World Health Organization to eradicate neglected diseases in over 83 countries; supported capital campaigns to educate sustainable development entrepreneurs across Latin America; collaborated with international technology giants like Apple and Google for Deutsche Telekom; and led an international marketing team in the higher education sector. 


COMMUNITY LEADER: Tasha volunteered on the Paul Ecke Central PTA Board, where she was VP of Programs and Head of the Traffic and Safety Committee, leading the collaborative community group that successfully advocated for safer streets, improved traffic flow and better infrastructure for everyone in the neighborhood. In early 2016 she also started a city-wide safe routes initiative bringing the schools, districts and the City together to improve traffic congestion and increase walking and biking to schools. 


MOTHER: Tasha lived in Europe for 12 years, and her two children were born there. They are a bilingual family and speak German and English at home.



Tasha earned a M.A. in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University Institute of Politics and Policy. Part of Tasha’s graduate work was done at Humboldt University of Berlin. She received her B.A. in Political Science in 1995 from the University of California, Berkeley, the #1 public university in the world. Go Bears!

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for middle and low income people in California?
Answer from Tasha Boerner Horvath:

I support policies that strengthen the programs and services that protect our most vulnerable residents. I am committed to reducing homelessness by treating the root causes of the crisis, and will work to ensure that California’s low-income seniors and families have access to the services and support they need.

To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.
Answer from Tasha Boerner Horvath:

As Chair of the Select Committee on Sea Level Rise, and the California Economy and the Assistant Majority Leader for Policy and Research, I see my role as a legislative leader to bolster the state’s contribution to global climate efforts, including investing in public transportation infrastructure, renewable energy technologies, and ending our reliance on fossil fuels as energy. 


I also support carbon fee and dividend, cap and trade, regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and a ban on fracking. 

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

I support expanding Career Technical education programs because they are incredibly important to expand economic opportunities for students and youth as an alternative to a traditional Bachelor’s degree. When voting for the 2020-2021 budget, I fought to make sure to protect education, childcare, and after school program funding, including making sure that Career Technical Education services were fully funded. 


I recently authored AB1153, a bill establishing a Cooperative Education Reskilling and Training Pilot Program at MiraCosta Community College, establishing a pilot program of 11 not-for-credit work skill training courses that can completed in 3-6 months, and designed to be taken in conjunction with or before enrollment in for-credit work skill training courses. 

Many similar programs exist throughout California’s community college system, community centers, local unions, and both San Diego County and City have recently expanded partnerships with businesses and non-profit organizations for student and youth career training and development. I support increasing access to and education about Career Technical Education in public schools for caregivers and students, such as pre-apprenticeship programs and career exploration programs to give students as much information as possible to make an informed decision for their futures. 

What programs, proposals, projects, or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Tasha Boerner Horvath:
California’s water systems are rapidly aging and facing mounting pressures from droughts. I support additional investment in our water infrastructure, from expanding storage capacity to repairing, replacing, and rebuilding conveyance systems.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $744,756

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

California Teachers Association and employees
California Nurses Association
SEIU California
Cox Enterprises
United Domestic Workers of America

More information about contributions

By State:

California 84.93%
Pennsylvania 1.66%
Washington 1.60%
District of Columbia 1.48%
Other 10.33%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.69%)
Small contributions (0.31%)

By Type:

From organizations (84.59%)
From individuals (15.41%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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