January 28, 2020
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State Senate District 13 Candidate Mike Brownrigg Hits 100th Houseparty

Brownrigg’s Grassroots State Senate Campaign Is On-Ground and in Homes in All Cities in District 13 to Hear About and Discuss Local Issues

Burlingame, California – Mike Brownrigg, Democratic candidate for California senate in District 13, today announced that he held his 100th houseparty this past weekend, part of his commitment to run an authentic, voter-centered, grassroots campaign throughout Senate District 13.  Burlingame residents Kris and Jim Cannon, Lynn and Sam Israelit, Phyllis and Pat Kinsella along with Carolyn and John Root hosted the most recent houseparty. Mike listened, took questions and laid out his plans for housing affordability, climate change mitigation and fresh ideas for transportation around the District as well as other local and District-wide issues. 


“I have talked with over a thousand voters from every city in the District, from Half Moon Bay to Redwood City, from Los Altos to South San Francisco. What I have heard over and over are rising concerns over affordability and cost of living in our District, major traffic and transit concerns, and of course, concerns for our kids in terms of climate change and education. When I share my experience in addressing housing, climate, schools and quality of life issues in Burlingame, and my 30 years track record of getting hard things done in government, voters like what they hear. I think most come to share my optimism that, with courage and conviction, we can tackle these issues in California. I get it…and I will get it done in Sacramento,” said Brownrigg.  


“I’ve seen Mike’s work first hand as both a planning commissioner and as councilmember,” said John Root, 100 houseparty co-host and former Burlingame City Council Member. “He has always sought out and tackled tough problems. His extensive experience, in both public service and the private sector, uniquely qualifies him to successfully represent the residents of District 13 in Sacramento.”


Brownrigg’s grassroots campaign launched his houseparty program in January 2019. This gathering achieves the campaign’s goal is to have at least 100 houseparties in all of the 25 cities and unincorporated county communities in the district.


“Senator Jerry Hill, whose seat this is and who is retiring, is my role model,” says Brownrigg. “Jerry has been ubiquitous in our county.  I hope to emulate his deep engagement across SD 13, in every single community and neighborhood.”  


Following are a few quotes from others who hosted houseparties for Brownrigg.


“We were proud to be able to share Mike with our guests.  Having seen him in action over many years, we know that he has the experience, integrity and temperament to represent us effectively in Sacramento,” said 50th Brownrigg House Party host Brenda Sell, San Mateo.  “Our friends appreciated being able to have a conversation with Mike about what’s on their minds.  As he’s been doing across the district, Mike wowed our friends. We urge you to get to know and vote for Mike.”


 “I like Mike because in his role as mediator and in his political career, he listens – he thoughtfully listens – and does not just pontificate. He has the experience and temperament to be an effective state senator,” said Mickie Winkler, former mayor of Menlo Park.


“I met Mike through a friend and decided I wanted to introduce him to my friends. It was great having Mike in our home, with friends and neighbors, talking about key issues,” said Suzy Allison, Los Altos resident.  “His lifelong family roots in both Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties means he really understands what is working — and not working — in our communities.  My friends all left impressed...and more optimistic!” 


“A friend introduced me to Mike.  He told me that he was running for state senate, because he wanted to work on tough problems.  His sincerity and empathy struck me.  He won my support and I hosted a gathering at my home in Half Moon Bay to introduce him to my coastside friends,” said Sheryl Young, Half Moon Bay resident.  “Faced with pointed questions about issues specific to the coast, Mike displayed a genuine understanding of the unique challenges facing the different communities around the district.  Importantly, we appreciated his position that solutions are nuanced and not one-size-fits-all.”


Brownrigg's campaign for State Senate has over 750 community supporters and a growing list of endorsements from prominent local elected officials, including over 35 mayors and former mayors, and over 50 other elected officials.  


Brownrigg is one of the top fundraisers in the race of five candidates. His campaign ended the financial reporting period with a total of $640,000 in contributions.


Brownrigg is a 10-year Burlingame City Council Member, two-term Mayor and served eight years on the Planning Commission. Under his leadership, Burlingame expanded child and senior care, added more affordable housing and opened new parks and schools. Prior to elected office, Brownrigg worked as a congressional aide for Democratic U.S. Rep. Howard Berman and served in the executive branch as a diplomat in the Foreign Service. Professionally, Brownrigg is a partner in a social impact investment firm that helps improve underserved communities around the world. He and his wife, Marty, a pediatrician, live in Burlingame where they are raising their four children. Mike's a problem solver and consensus builder who is focused on addressing key issues facing state senate district 13 and California. He was among the first to shine a light on the affordability crisis affecting families in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. He knows too many families are forced to choose between health care and a roof over their heads. That's why he'll fight to solve the affordability crisis by expanding housing options, bring down the cost of childcare and health care and expand four-year public university choices in our area to keep our kids learning and working here. He'll work to ensure California remains a leader on climate change and waste reduction. 


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