Josh Becker endorsed by governor for state Senate


By Matthew Vollrath

Special to The Almanac

Josh Becker, a Menlo Park resident running for California state Senate in District 13 next year, has landed an endorsement from Gov. Gavin Newsom.

A Becker campaign press release quotes Newsom's comments about the candidate: "Josh is a long-time, dedicated community leader. Josh Becker has earned my confidence and endorsement."

Becker, a former venture capitalist and entrepreneur, has collaborated with Newsom for nearly 20 years, he said. Back when Newsom was a supervisor in San Francisco, the pair worked together on the Full Circle Fund, an organization Becker founded to provide grants to nonprofits working to improve the Bay Area. Becker said both he and the governor "favor bold action" around issues of transportation, homelessness, and the environment.

"Obviously [this endorsement creates tremendous momentum for us," Becker said, "but only in combination with local endorsements and support on the ground."

In addition to Newsom's, Becker has received over 40 other endorsements from local elected officials. These include two U.S. congressmen, numerous city council members, and nine local mayors, including Ray Mueller of Menlo Park and Daniel Yost of Woodside.

Key issues for Becker are climate and transportation, including government investment in solar power and electric vehicles, and public education. He noted that only half of San Mateo County third-graders currently read at grade level, and that admission to the University of California system is becoming increasingly difficult for in-state students, problems that he hopes to address if elected.

District 13 runs from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale, and includes the majority of San Mateo County and part of Santa Clara County.

The District 13 incumbent, Jerry Hill, will be leaving the Senate next year due to term limits.

Shelly Masur, a member of the Redwood City City Council, is also running for the District 13 seat, as is Michael Brownrigg of Burlingame, Annie Oliva of Milbrae, and former assemblywoman Sally Lieber of Mountain View.

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10 people like this
Posted by Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 6, 2019 at 4:01 pm

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Posted by Jane Gill
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 7, 2019 at 7:18 am

If Gavin Newsom has endorsed Josh Becker, that tells me to vote for Becker’s opponent. Gavin Newsom = Kiss o’Death.

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Posted by Noah Crosby
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 7, 2019 at 7:24 am

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Posted by Noah Crosby
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 7, 2019 at 7:30 am

"Gavin Newsom = Kiss o’Death."

Yup. Old Gavin barely beat his Republican opponent by what?

62 to 38.

Squeaked by him at the wire!

(Thank you, for your concern!)

2 people like this
Posted by Politics politics
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jul 7, 2019 at 7:31 am

Newsom’s endorsement is a game over moment in the campaign. Rivals will try to balance it out by attempting to rally hard right republicans against it. But moderates and right leaning voters were already leaning toward Becker’s business experience. Congrats to Becker’s team for clearing the board so early.

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 7, 2019 at 12:51 pm

Hi Noah,

You are and many more are part of the problem here in California. Your group has already ruined this state and I don’t think it could every be fixed any time soon,


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Posted by Noah Crosby
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 7, 2019 at 1:04 pm

"Your group has already ruined this state”

Oh, the salty tears - they make a great margarita...

For the majority.

62 to 38, just to remind you.

14 people like this
Posted by VoteForSally
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 8, 2019 at 7:45 am

Surprise! Wealthy white man endorses wealthy white man! The better, and actually qualified, candidate is former CA Legislator and Speaker Pro Tem Sally Lieber. Her political and humanitarian work over decades has proven her commitment, mettle, and abilities. Sally is an environmental champion, a fighter for equality and a compassionate and proven effective leader, Sally has served as a Councilwoman and Mayor of Mountain View, a County Commissioner, and was a three-term State Assemblywoman (until she was termed out) and as the State Assembly’s Speaker pro Tempore.

In her political career, Sally led on issues including environmental protection, alternative energy, human rights, access to education, prison reform, and government transparency. If these are issues that also concern you, find out more about her legislative record of accomplishments at No other candidate can match her.

7 people like this
Posted by That's Too Bad
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Jul 8, 2019 at 9:04 am

Let me understand this correctly, Josh Becker, two time Senate race loser, gains the endorsement of CA State Governor!?! [Editor's note: Becker ran unsuccessfully for Senate only once.]

Becker said both he and the governor "favor bold action" around issues of transportation, homelessness, and the environment."

San Mateo County transportation is awful, CA homelessness is record breaking, and not in a good way, and the environment. We needed to add the token "environment" to the list, got it, duly noted.

A vote for Josh Becker is a vote for the status quo!

5 people like this
Posted by Thomas Paine
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 9, 2019 at 11:37 am

Becker still believes in spending billions on high speed rail. He refuses to face reality because he wants to get union endorsements. So where's his plan for grade crossings to deal with increased Cal Train service? Oh, he doesn't have one.

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