FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2020
Contact: lily@dianepapan.com 

Fremont Mayor Lily Mei Announces
Run for Open District 10 Senate Seat

FREMONT, CA – Mayor Lily Mei formally announced her candidacy for State Senate District 10, an open seat in 2022 today. She is endorsed by Congressmember Ro Khanna, local mayors and leaders throughout the District, which currently spans cities and communities from Castro Valley to Silicon Valley, pending census redistricting efforts occurring this year.

Mayor Mei, a working mom, and former local School Board Trustee, is the first elected woman and Asian American mayor in Fremont’s 65-year history, bringing a unique perspective on the needs of women, children, and families to her leadership role.

“As Senator, I’ll take my bold innovations and proven results in addressing our homeless crisis and creating jobs and affordable housing while maintaining safe and healthy schools to all Californians,”
said Mayor Mei.

“Please join me in voting for Mayor Lily Mei as our next State Senator—she is an exceptional, visionary leader who will take on the State’s toughest issues to protect our most vulnerable Californians,”
– Congressman Ro Khanna.

As Fremont’s Mayor, Mei has led the charge for effective, broad-scale efforts addressing food insecurity, dramatically expanding affordable housing for seniors and working families, and fighting her city’s homeless crisis – including creating a state of the art homeless navigation center with mobile hygiene services, compassionate transitional housing, job placement and mental health services.


“Investing in statewide, year-round fire safety preparedness is another top priority,” said Mei. “At the same time, I’ll be addressing the need for transformative climate change through green initiatives such as emergency solar microgrids.” Under the Mayor’s tenure, Fremont has created the largest number of EV stations of any city in the county.

“Lily is the right woman to represent us in the State Senate during these critical post-COVID times. She’ll provide bold innovation for job creation, climate action, and infrastructure,”
– Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci.

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ABOUT LILY: Mayor Lily Mei is the first elected woman and Asian American mayor in Fremont’s 65-year history. Besides being the first woman to serve as Fremont’s Mayor, Lily is also a working mom who previously served two terms as a School Board Trustee before being elected to the City Council and subsequent Mayorship. She is the proud parent of two young adults who are well on their way in their life journeys thanks to the excellent public schools, programs for young people, and quality of life Lily champions.

Lily embraces safe, welcoming communities. She is a board member for Citizens for Better Community, board advisor to Music for Minors II, a former board member and lifetime member of the South Bay Chinese Service Club, and active in organizations such as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group – Minority Women Leadership Day/Education Summit and American Association of University Women.

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REGIONAL LEADERSHIP & EXPERIENCE:

  • Mayor of Fremont and past Fremont City Council Member, City of Fremont
  • Two-Term Board Trustee, Fremont Unified School District
  • Co-Chair, Transportation Technology Subcommittee; Member, Transportation & Infrastructure Services Policy Committee, National League of Cities
  • Member, Housing, Community and Economic Development Policy Committee, League of California Cities
  • Chair, I-680 Sunol Express Lane Joint Powers Authority; Immediate Past Vice Chair, Goods Movement Planning Committee; Member, Planning, Policy and Legislation Committee, Alameda County Transportation Commission
  • Vice Chair, Alameda County Mayors’ Conference
  • Co-Chair, Mayors’ Economic Recovery Committee, Silicon Valley Mayors’ Circle for Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Advisory Board Member, United States Conference of Mayors
  • President, California Asian Pacific Islander School Board Members Association (APISBMA)
  • Board member, Citizen’s for Better Community
  • Board member, Music for Minors II
  • Board member, South Bay Chinese Service Club

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