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San Mateo Deputy Mayor Diane Papan Announces Endorsement from Assemblymember Jim Cooper

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San Mateo Deputy Mayor Diane Papan Announces Endorsement from Assemblymember Jim Cooper

SAN MATEO, CA – Today, San Mateo Deputy Mayor Diane Papan announced the endorsement of Assemblymember Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, in her campaign to represent the 21st State Assembly District.

“I share deeply Diane’s commitment to service,” stated Cooper. “Diane knows the strength of any community can be measured in its ability to support and protect the most vulnerable among us. In her time serving on the San Mateo City Council, Diane has fought to keep her community safe, healthy, and resilient. I know she’ll lead the charge in Sacramento to make sure our communities get their fair share and remain strong.”

Before joining the Assembly, Cooper served as a Captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years and spent 15 years as Elk Grove’s founding mayor and councilmember. He established solid-governing values, balanced the city’s budget, and built a city from the ground up.

Assemblymember Cooper is a member of the Black Legislative Caucus and Chair of the Public Employment and Retirement Committee and sits on the Budget, Governmental Organization, and Insurance Committees. He is the Chair of the Select Committee on Community and Law Enforcement Relations and Responsibilities.

San Mateo Deputy Mayor Diane Papan is running for the State Assembly to ensure every Californian has access to quality healthcare and mental health services, a path to home ownership, good-paying jobs, and the best schools for their children. Deputy Mayor Papan was first elected to the San Mateo City Council in 2015 and subsequently re-elected in 2020, when she was the top vote-getter in the county.

The new District is replacing the 22nd Assembly District, an open seat being vacated by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin. The new District includes the communities of Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Millbrae, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, and South San Francisco.


ABOUT DIANE: Diane Papan grew up in San Mateo County and is a long-time civic leader, currently serving as San Mateo City Councilmember. A graduate of UCLA, Papan received her law degree from Hastings Law School. She is also a Director of John’s Closet, a Peninsula nonprofit that has provided new clothes, scholarships, and essential items to over 15,000 school age children and young adults. Diane and her husband Dan are proud parents of daughter Alexa.

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