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San Mateo Deputy Mayor Diane Papan Announces Endorsement from Assemblymember Ken Cooley

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San Mateo Deputy Mayor Diane Papan Announces Endorsement from Assemblymember Ken Cooley

SAN MATEO, CA – Today, San Mateo Deputy Mayor Diane Papan announced the endorsement of Assemblymember Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, in her campaign to represent the 21st State Assembly District.

“Sacramento needs Diane Papan in the Assembly,” stated Cooley. “Diane has that perfect mix of vision, leadership, and determination that makes for an effective public servant. I’ve known Diane for a long time, and I could not be prouder endorsing her candidacy.”

First elected to the Assembly in 2012, Cooley has a long history of service to his community and the State of California. In 1977, Cooley took a position in the office of Assemblyman Louis J. Papan upon graduating from the University of California Berkeley. Along the way, Cooley earned his J.D. from Pacific McGeorge School of Law. In 2002, Cooley was elected to serve on the newly incorporated Rancho Cordova City Council, serving two terms as mayor. Cooley also served as Chief Counsel to the Assembly’s Finance and Insurance Committee, well as Principal Consultant to the State Senate Banking, Finance, and Insurance Committee.

Assemblymember Cooley chairs the Rules Committee and serves on the Governmental Organization, Insurance, and Public Employment and Retirement Committees. He is the Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care.
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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