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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 25

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Anna E. Song

Governing Board Member, Santa Clara County Board of Education
11,992 votes (12.7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Education: I’ll focus on all levels of education from preschool to college, ensuring we have the best schools, affordable higher education, great and well-paid teachers creating quality programs that enable every child to succeed.
  • Housing: Working with housing leaders like Assemblyman David Chiu I’ll support laws that create affordable housing for working families and find shelter for the homeless while protecting renters and the elderly.
  • Transportation: I’ll partner with transportation advocates to make sure BART service to both Milpitas and Berryessa continues to downtown San Jose.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Trustee, Santa Clara County Board of Education
Governing Board Member, Santa Clara County Board of Education — Elected position (2000–current)

Education

Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio Bachelor of Arts, Theology with a Minor in Mental Health and Human Services (1994)

Biography

Anna Song: An Immigrant’s Story of Achieving the American Dream

 

Anna, 14 and her brother, 10 immigrated to the United States after her mother, a single parent, made the life changing decision to seek a better life for her children. No one in the family spoke English. Korea was in a state of political upheaval and college educations were extremely competitive to attain. Her mother believed that providing the opportunity for an education would be the most important gift she could provide her children. She was prepared to make any sacrifice necessary to make that dream come true.

 

Anna’s, family settled in Orange County where she attended public schools. Starting in the 7th grade for three years as an ESL (English Second Language) student Anna mastered English while remaining fluent in Korean.

 

When Anna’s mother became ill, she left school in her senior year to care for both her mother and brother. She didn’t graduate but later, after her mother’s recovery, she completed a GED.

 

Anna and her family were very appreciative of the assistance they received from the church and community. Anna at this point in her life was seriously considering becoming a nun as a way of giving back. She was accepted at the Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio and received a B.A. in Theology with a Minor in Mental Health and Human Services in 1994.

 

During the summers of 1992 and 1993 she completed two internships with the Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP) in South Central Los Angeles. Anna counseled recovery clients in a large multicultural residential rehabilitation program. Working in the inner city after the LA riots exposed Anna to the realities of poverty, prejudice and class conflict. 

 

Her first job after college was Director of High School Youth Ministry at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Paramount California.

 

Anna came to Santa Clara Valley in 1995 when she was hired by Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) as a Substance Abuse/Domestic Violence/Mental Health Counselor. She counseled battered woman and their children, developed treatment plans, coordinated management and assessments for mental health clients and at-risk teenage youth.

 

Next Anna was hired to create a tri-parish youth ministry in Los Altos for St. Nicholas, St. Williams and St. Simon churches.

 

Anna married in 1997. She received a full “Lilly Scholarship” to pursue Master’s Studies, at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkley in 1999. Next working for Project Sentinel in Palo Alto as a Fair Housing Specialist, she coordinated a staff of 15 testers focused on objective processing of housing discrimination complaints.

 

She had her first child in 2002 and the second in 2006. Both boys.

 

Anna started a career in the insurance industry so that she could have a job with a flexible schedule enabling her to balance between being a mother and an elected official. She currently holds a state license as a Life & Health insurance agent.

 

Anna divorced in 2014 and is now a single mother with joint custody of her children who are both enrolled in local public schools.

 

Active in the Democratic Party, Anna has served as a member of the California Democratic Party State Central Committee, Board Member, Democratic Activists for Woman Now, (DAWN) and is a past President of the City of Santa Clara Mission City Democratic Club. The California Democratic Party has awarded her the JFK, Jr. Statewide Award for Public Service. 

 

SEIU, Local 715 awarded Anna Song, School Board Member of the Year in 2002.

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (35)

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $107,697

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
California Federation of Teachers
$9,300
2
Ash Kalra for Assembly 2020
$4,700
2
Dr. Richard Pan for Senate 2018
$4,700
2
Laborers Local 270
$4,700
2
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians
$4,700
2
Personal Insurance Federation of California
$4,700
2
Phil Ting for Assembly 2020
$4,700

More information about contributions

By State:

California 96.46%
District of Columbia 1.91%
Massachusetts 1.43%
Illinois 0.10%
New York 0.10%
96.46%

By Size:

Large contributions (97.06%)
Small contributions (2.94%)
97.06%

By Type:

From organizations (62.14%)
From individuals (37.86%)
62.14%37.86%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Anna Song, Courage, Compassion and Commitment for Assembly District 25

 

Anna Song, a 5-term Santa Clara County Board of Education Trustee, is a leading candidate for State Assembly District 25. The seat is currently represented by Kansen Chu who has decided not to seek re-election.

 

Serving over 19 years, Song was first elected to the County Board of Education in 2000 and strongly re-elected in every election since.  Previously selected Board President three times, she currently serves as Vice President. Her County Board Seat #5 encompasses many of the communities in the 25th Assembly District, including Milpitas, Santa Clara, San Jose, Berryessa and Alviso. With additional ties to Alameda County Anna is well suited to represent this district.

 

With oversight responsibility of a balanced budget of $254 million, Anna has been a champion of equity in education.  She has not been afraid to question assumptions and stand up to those who would bully their special interests at the expense of children. Always available to listen, she is never afraid to stand up for what is right for each child.

Anna is the first Korean-American to be elected in Santa Clara County and first Korean- born woman to be elected to any position in California. In fact, Anna Song is the longest serving female Korean-American elected official in the United States. If elected, she would be the only Asian American and Korean-American woman in the Assembly.

Song has been an elected member of the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee and serves as a member of the State Democratic Party. She was awarded the prestigious JFK, Jr. Award for Public Service by the State Democratic Party.

Anna brings many years of non-profit work experience to her elected position including counseling, youth education, domestic violence intervention and fair housing enforcement. Professionally, Anna is currently an insurance agent for New York Life.

Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Mental Health from Franciscan University in Ohio. A single mom, Anna also has two very active boys who attend local public schools.

With thoughtfulness and integrity Anna Song is the best choice to represent the people of the 25th Assembly District in the California State Legislature. 

“I think I bring a lot to the table especially given that there is no Asian-American woman in the Assembly at this point, I consider myself a progressive. My policy perspective would be coming from being a single mom.” Anna Song, Candidate, 25th Assembly District

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This short video introduces Anna Song, a 20-year elected Trustee on the Santa Clara County Board of Education and candidate for the 25th Assembly District. In the video, she briefly outlines her positions on the major issues of education, affordable housing, transportation and climate change.

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