South San Francisco, CA December 13, 2021
Newly elected South San Francisco Councilmember, James Coleman, has announced his candidacy for California Assembly District 22, the position currently held by Assembly Speaker Kevin Mullin, who will be termed out this year.
Last year, the twenty-one year old Coleman made the headlines as he won his bid to serve the residents of District 4 on South San Francisco’s City Council upon his return from Harvard in March of that year. He previously had attended local public schools including Ponderosa Elementary, Alta Loma Middle School, and South San Francisco High School. The self described social justice advocate continues to run a progressive campaign and is noted as ‘the city’s youngest and first openly LGBTQ+’ Councilmember per the City’s website, and was a founding member of Change SSF.
Housing and policing policies were priorities in his 2020 campaign which was spurred by what he saw as inequalities in South City, it appears this time his focus will be on a ‘courageous champion for working class San Mateo County families’.
Coleman joins the Assembly race with San Mateo Deputy Mayor Diane Papan who took office in 2015 and is seeking to address issues of traffic reduction, affordable housing and public safety
Assemblymember Mullin has announced his campaign to replace Representative Jackie Speier upon her announcement that she will not be seeking re-election. She has endorsed Mullin for US Senate.
Coleman has stated housing is one of his concerns, pictured below with Senator Scott Wiener, who co-authored SB 9 and SB10, at a YIMBY Action Event, along with South San Francisco, then Vice Mayor, Mark Nagales and Council member Eddie Flores.