April 5, 2016
PITTSBURG, CA—Today, the Mae Cendaña Torlakson for State Assembly campaign released a poll showing that Torlakson leads the race for the 14th Assembly district, and will mostly likely end up in a top-two election against a single Republican. The poll, conducted by EMC Research, with a sample size of 400, found Torlakson leads the nearest Democrat by 21 points on the initial ballot.

The memo reads: 

“Mae Cendaña Torlakson leads Tim Grayson by twenty-one points in an initial vote. Deborah Allen, despite being unknown to voters, performs well among Republican voters (that comprise 27% of likely June primary voters), and has a stronger path to the November ballot than Tim Grayson.”

You can read the whole poll memo by clicking HERE.

Grayson is in last place in Concord

Notably, the poll found that Tim Grayson, a Concord City Councilmember, is in last place in his home City of Concord.

Comparison to Grayson’s bogus poll

Torlakson campaign spokesman Maclen Zilber noted that Tim Grayson’s internal poll, released several weeks ago, which showed a closer race, had several crucial methodological flaws:

  • Grayson’s poll was conducted prior to the close of filing, and managed to include the wrong ballot designations for all four candidates, even Grayson himself.
  • Grayson’s poll had a sample size of only 350
  • Grayson’s poll included a second Republican on the ballot to split the Republican vote, a Republican who ended up not filing. With just one Republican on the ballot, there will almost certainly be a Republican in the general election.

About Mae Cendaña Torlakson: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 in a 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, after she became eligible to apply. 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, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Walnut Creek, and Vallejo. It also includes the communities of Bay Point, Clyde, Crockett, Pacheco, Port Costa, and Rodeo.

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