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Hannah-Beth Jackson served six years in the California State Assembly, representing the 35th District encompassing Ventura, Oxnard and much of Santa Barbara County. She served as Chair of the Committee on Natural Resources, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection and Co-Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Title IX. Other leadership positions included serving as chair of the Legislative Womens Caucus and chair of the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. She is a tireless advocate for progressive change, having authored more than 60 bills that were signed into law on issues including education, health care, environmental protection, financial privacy, crime victims, reproductive rights, domestic violence, childcare and protecting the rights of consumers.
She has been named Legislator of the Year by the Consumer Federation of California, the Congress of California Seniors, the California League of Conservation Voters, the National Organization for Women, the Junior League of California and Californians Against Waste. Other awards include the "Guardian of the Coast Award" from Vote the Coast, the "Wetlands Recovery Award" and "Friend of the Coast Award" from the Wetlands Recovery Project, "Outstanding Public Service Award" by the California School and Employees Association and the Planned Parenthood "Giraffe award" - for sticking her neck out.
Hannah-Beth is married to Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge George Eskin. She has a 21-year-old daughter, two stepchildren and four grandchildren. The family resides in Santa Barbara.
Jenifer Fernandez Ragland Ancona
Jenifer is a former news reporter turned political activist and operative. She has written about politics, the environment and public education for several newspapers, including most recently for the Los Angeles Times. She has done grass-roots organizing, event planning and press work for progressive candidates from former Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean to members of the Santa Barbara City Council. She spent two years as a top legislative aide in the 35th District office of the California State Assembly in Santa Barbara before joining Speak Out California. She also works as Communications Director for PowerPAC.org, a statewide social justice organization based in San Francisco.
Dan Ancona credits his political interest to growing up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and being a regular reader of the Washington Post (and the comic strip "Bloom County") during high school. After graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, he moved to San Francisco to work for several software startups during the Clinton boom. His current interest in politics was sparked while watching the Democrats' 2002 midterms bloodbath. He has volunteered in various capacities with numerous campaigns since then, including starting the first Democratic Party county central committee weblog, sbdems.blogspot.com.
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