PITTSBURG, CA— Strengthening her record as a determined advocate for women’s rights and a key proponent for widespread access to women’s healthcare, today, Mae Cendaña Torlakson earned the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund in her bid for California’s Assembly District 14. Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund is a political organization that represents the interests of Planned Parenthood and shares Planned Parenthood’s unwavering commitment to women’s issues.

Upon receiving news of the endorsement, Mae Cendaña Torlakson announced the following:

“As the only woman running to represent Assembly District 14 in the State Assembly, receiving an endorsement from Planned Parenthood is terrific news. I look forward to teaming up with Planned Parenthood and other organizations to bring reproductive health issues and women’s rights to the forefront of Californian policy.  Women deserve access to comprehensive, high quality, specialized health care that fits their personal health care needs. In the Assembly, I will fight to ensure such access.”

In addition to Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund, Mae Cendaña Torlakson has been honored to receive endorsements from several organizations dedicated to advancing women’s issues including California Women’s List, National Women’s Political Caucus, National Organization of Women, California Democratic Legislative Woman’s Caucus, and the East Bay Women’s Political Caucus PAC.  Other prominent women’s right advocates such as Assembly Member Susan Bonilla, State Senator Lois Wolk, State Controller Betty Yee, and Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma have endorsed Mae as a champion of women’s rights.  If elected, Mae will be the second woman to represent the 14th Assembly District.

For a full list of Torlakson’s endorsements, click here.

Torlakson is a manager at the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program, which is administered by the University of California Office of the President. Torlakson helps educationally disadvantaged students pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and has led in the creation of partnerships with businesses such as mentoring programs with Cisco and SanDisk.

A longtime advocate for community parks and open space, Torlakson is serving her third elected term on the board of the Ambrose Recreation and Park District, which provides recreation services and after school programs to 26,000 residents of Bay Point and Pittsburg.

Torlakson is a founder of the Friends of the Delta Trail. She led efforts that secured $4.5 million for the Great California Delta Trail, which will provide shoreline access and a continuous trail network through the five Delta counties.

Born in the Philippines, Torlakson immigrated to the United States in 1988 and became a U.S. citizen in 1994. Torlakson raised two children, both of whom graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

Torlakson is married to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who represented the region in the State Assembly and Senate before winning statewide office in 2010. They live in the Contra Costa County community of Pittsburg.

The 14th Assembly District represents portions of Contra Costa County and Southern Solano County. It includes the cities of Benicia, Clayton, Concord, Crockett, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Rodeo, Martinez, Suisun, Walnut Creek, and Vallejo.