Menlo Park woman launches campaign for governor

Amanda Renteria at her home in Menlo Park. (Photo courtesy Renteria for Governor.)

Less than four months before the primaries, a Menlo Park woman has launched a campaign to be elected as California's next governor.

Amanda Renteria, who was born and raised in the Central Valley but has lived in Menlo Park for a little more than a year since serving as a top aide for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, has been campaigning across the state since she announced her candidacy in mid-February.

In an interview with The Almanac, Ms. Renteria said she considers herself a "career public servant."

"I come at public service with this idea that there's folks we have left out," she said.

Born and raised in Tulare County, Ms. Renteria said that making sure the Central Valley gets fair consideration in statewide policy-making would be a priority for her as governor. Lack of clean water and air, and a lack of employment opportunities are some of the problems that area experiences now, she said.

She joins a number of other candidates in the race for governor; major Democratic candidates include Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor; Antonio Villaraigosa, former Los Angeles mayor; John Chiang, state treasurer; and Delaine Eastin, former state superintendent of public instruction.

In 2014, Ms. Renteria ran for the District 21 congressional seat, located in the Central Valley, but lost to Republican David Valadao.

Ms. Renteria grew up the daughter of migrant farm workers in Tulare County; she attended Stanford University for her undergraduate work and Harvard University for an MBA.

She has worked as a budget analyst for the city of San Jose, an economic policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, and as chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan the first Latina to hold that position, she said.

After working for the Hillary Clinton campaign, she worked as chief of operations for the California Department of Justice, but recently stepped down to run her campaign.

Since launching her campaign, she has also published a narrative on the website Medium describing an experience in which, as a 24-year-old, she dealt with inappropriate advances at work, calling it her "#MeToo" story.

What spurred her to enter the race was what she has seen of the other candidates, she said, particularly watching a debate in which she felt candidates Newsom and Villaraigosa argued about how they've leveraged their political positions to make money.

"That's not what it's about," she said. "It's about making sure we have a government and public institutions that people honor and trust."

Her campaign website is


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16 people like this
Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Not gonna happen, girlfriend. Why don't you save your time and money, and campaign for one of the already candidates for governor.

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Posted by Steve_J
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2018 at 3:48 pm

Steve_J is a registered user.

Pearl is correct. Not going to happen. Clinton campaign worker is not going to help you!!

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 7, 2018 at 4:27 pm

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Great opportunity for one of the minor parties to snatch the election from the splintered Democrats.

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Posted by Yet More Nonsense
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2018 at 4:39 pm

Nice try, Hickey. But you got it wrong again, as usual.

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Posted by 909
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Mar 7, 2018 at 8:17 pm

Got a feeling she was recruited by Gavin Newsom’s campaign to take some votes from Tony Valar, or whatever name the ex LA mayor uses now.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 7, 2018 at 9:50 pm

I hope Ms. Renteria is the Democratic Party vote getter in the June primary.

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Posted by Steve_J
a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2018 at 7:34 am

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Jack wrong again. Smoking blunts again??

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Posted by Kudos
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 8, 2018 at 8:24 am

I applaud Ms. Renteria for stepping forward and putting the focus on important issues. Thank you!

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Posted by Samuel Y
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Mar 8, 2018 at 8:50 am

If you want a candidate who is putting the focus on important issues in California, support John Chiang.

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Posted by Valerie Gardner
a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 8, 2018 at 9:45 am

I am happy to hear that a woman is stepping up to run for governor. It takes a lot of courage and I thoroughly applaud Ms. Renteria. We definitely need more women in government.

It is, however, distressing that Kate Bradshaw, the author of this article, omitted mentioning the presence of Michael Shellenberger, another recently announced Democratic candidate, running as a climate "hawk" and aiming to reverse both California's increasing methane and carbon emissions as well as consumer costs of energy.

Michael Shellenberger, renown energy researcher and thinker, who co-wrote the Ecomodernist Manifesto, is trying to bring more rational clean energy policies to this state, which prides itself on being a climate leader but which has lost its leadership and has vastly expanded natural gas usage under Jerry Brown, who together with his sister, has financial interests in oil and gas sales.

Brown and Newsom are dismantling California's fully-paid reliable clean energy investments in nuclear power, vastly boosting demand for natural gas. If they really were focused on climate, they'd be dismantling fracking and natural gas, increasing renewables but keeping our nuclear going as long as possible. Then we'd have an abundance of cheap, clean energy and we'd have money to electrify everything and add water purification and carbon draw-down from the excess. Instead, Brown has moved California in the wrong direction, allowing New York State under Cuomo to leap frog us and become the climate leader of the country.

As far as I can see, only Shellenberger (who was named as one of Time magazine’s Heroes of the Environment in 2008), would provide the climate leadership that we Californians (and the world leaders looking to us to model how to rapidly achieve the Paris commitments) needs.

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Posted by Kate Kennedy
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Mar 8, 2018 at 2:09 pm

I'm so heartened that we have some fresh faces entering the Gubernatorial primary. It's awesome that a woman is running, and I'm also really excited about Michael Shellenberger. Right now, what we need more than anything is smart, honest, open minded candidates who aren't beholden to corporate interests and PACs, and who work for their constituents, not their donors, to enter races up and down the ballot, all over the country.

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Posted by Southam
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Mar 8, 2018 at 3:50 pm

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Anyone but Newsom. I could get behind John Chiang.

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights

on Mar 9, 2018 at 11:13 am

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?

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Posted by San Mateo GOP
a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 9, 2018 at 4:04 pm

Great fun looking at the comments from republicans above. They sure do love talking about Democrats these days, one notes. Perhaps it's because at either the state or the national level, their own party is indefensible.

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Posted by Brooksie
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 9, 2018 at 4:36 pm

@smgop: you'll have to forgive the conservative commenters above; their failed party can't win a statewide office, nor a bay area congressional seat. It's very frustrating for them and they need to let off little steam.

And yes, they've not much to be proud of at the national level either.

Be kind.

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