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Sen. Jerry Hill endorses state Senate candidate Josh Becker to take his place in Sacramento

In a field of seven hopefuls, termed-out incumbent gives the nod to Menlo Park Democrat for District 13 seat

State Sen. Jerry Hill wants Josh Becker to be his successor, Becker's campaign announced Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Becker, a Democrat from Menlo Park running to represent Senate District 13, which runs from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale, announced via email that, out of the seven candidates running for the position, he had won the endorsement from Hill.

Hill, the seat's incumbent, is ineligible for reelection due to term limits. He was in a policy meeting and not immediately available to confirm the information today, according to his spokesperson Leslie Guevarra.

"I'm excited and honored to have his endorsement," Becker said in an interview.

Calling Hill "one of the most respected state officials we've ever had," Becker said, "It means a lot to me to have his support and confidence that I'm the right person to represent this region."

Becker added that he believes he earned the endorsement from Hill because he's an independent thinker.

"It's a big priority of his to have people that are independent and willing to take on the big power players in Sacramento," he said.

In a statement he provided to Becker's campaign, Hill praised Becker as an innovator and collaborator.

"He’s got his priorities focused on the right issues," Hill wrote, noting that those priorities include figuring out how to provide more housing in "appropriate places" that's affordable; tackling traffic that clogs the area's streets and highways; and taking on climate change in the region and the state.

Becker, Hill writes, "has a wealth of experiences that will serve him well in Sacramento," such as working on Capitol Hill, being appointed by former Gov. Jerry Brown to a state commission and winning Gov. Gavin Newsom's endorsement for the seat.

"Josh is well-rounded, experienced and someone who can get things done," Hill said.

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5 people like this
Posted by Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 5, 2020 at 4:28 pm

Well that is an even better reason for me to vote for Brownrigg.

8 people like this
Posted by Congrats Josh!
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 5, 2020 at 5:40 pm

Well deserved. Jerry Hill voted against SB50 protecting local control in City planning. His endorsement means alot to many in this election.

6 people like this
Posted by Interviews when?
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Feb 5, 2020 at 11:56 pm

As mere voters, we may not have a good chance to talk directly to the several candidates. I see Michael Brownrigg has had a few thousand coffees. So he has tried. But here is my question for the incumbent: on what date did you interview each of the candidates running to succeed you? If you only interviewed Josh Becker, then you might only know that Becker would be as good as Becker. If you did not even interview Becker, what is the basis for the endorsement?

7 people like this
Posted by safe to assume
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 6, 2020 at 3:06 am

It's safe to assume that Jerry Hill has met all the candidates that were seeking his endorsement. Anyone running for Senate should have attended one of Jerry's coffees or other events. Any person that has never bothered to make an appointment to meet with the current Senator should not be considered a viable candidate.

9 people like this
Posted by Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Feb 6, 2020 at 3:52 pm

Rich white guy endorses rich white guy. Le sigh. If you want a QUALIFIED candidate, vote Sally Lieber.

Sally was a three-term State Assemblywoman who had previously served as a Councilwoman and Mayor of Mountain View as well as a County Commissioner. In the State Assembly, she was 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. You can find out more about her legislative record of accomplishments at No other candidate can match her.

Sally also has a strong record as a humanitarian activist and she has worked with refugee families and people overcoming homelessness and incarceration. Go, Sally!

4 people like this
Posted by Walter Melville
a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2020 at 4:26 pm

With the PG&E Public Safety Power Outages, Senator Hill introduced SB 248.
What is Mr. Becker's position on SB 248.

4 people like this
Posted by Belle Haven Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 6, 2020 at 4:50 pm

Hi, Walter Melville. There's a Contact Us link on his website where you can ask :)
Web Link

12 people like this
Posted by Shame on you
a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2020 at 9:08 pm

Rich white guy? Now that’s racist pure and simple. Mr. King did not categorize racism as being exclusive to one race. Please refrain. Would you say rich black guy, or rich Jew?

4 people like this
Posted by Poor judgment
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 8, 2020 at 2:28 am

It was Jerry Hill who as a San Mateo Board Supervisor in 2002 nominated and gave Dr. William Ayres the Lifetime Achievement Award for his "tireless efforts in improving the lives of children." After Ayres was arrested for molesting young boys, Ayres' victims were upset because Jerry Hill BLOCKED them on his Facebook page when they complained about him giving Ayres the Lifetime Achievement Award. I would stay clear of anyone Jerry Hill endorses.

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