Mae Torlakson is a Democratic candidate for California’s 14th State Assembly District. District 14 consists of Concord, southern parts of Vallejo and Mount Diablo. Torlakson was born in the Philippines and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines where she sang and recorded professionally to pay her tuition. In 1988, she immigrated to the United States and became a U.S. citizen in 1994. Torlakson was the first Filipino woman to be elected into office in Contra Costa County. She has been named one of the top 100 most influential Filipinas in the U.S.
Torlakson is currently serving her third term on the board of the Ambrose Recreation and Park District, which provides recreation services to the 28,000 residents of Bay Point and the Oak Hills community in Pittsburgh. She serves as chair of the Friends of the Delta Trail and led advocacy efforts that secured $4.5 million for the Great California Delta Trail. Torlakson wants to ensure college affordability, environmental protection and economic opportunity. She lives with her husband, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.