Fiona Ma endorses Phil Ting as successor to Assembly

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(KTSF by Michelle Yue) Assemblymember Fiona Ma joined San Francisco Assessor Phil Ting on Sunday to announce her support for his candidacy for California State Assembly.

“Phil Ting is the best candidate to represent this district in Sacramento,” Assemblymember Ma said. “Phil’s commitment to smarter economic policies, quality education and engaging members of the community is exactly what our state needs right now.”

“He understands about efficiency and how to make government works better,” added Ma. “I believe that he is really going to dig into some of the departments and see how to save money to balance the budge.t”

Ting is running for District 19 (formerly District 12), which encompasses the Marina, Richmond, Sunset, West Portal and Ingleside neighborhoods of San Francisco along with Daly City, Broadmoor and Colma in San Mateo County. Fiona Ma has held this seat since 2006 and will end her term by the end of this year.

Ting named education, balancing the budget and reinvigorating California’s economy as some of his top priorities if elected.

Ting, who attended California’s public school himself, said that California public school system used to be the envy of the world. “Unfortunately, it is not true any more,” said Ting. “I have two young kids and I know that California does not invest enough in education.”

Ting chairs the San Francisco Advisory Board for ChinaSF, a new public-private partnership dedicated to creating economic development opportunities by making San Francisco the gateway for Chinese companies looking to establish business operations in the U.S. He promised that he would bring similar programs to the state level if elected in order to make sure that more and more Chinese companies invest in California.

Ting is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was appointed as San Francisco’s Assessor in 2005 by then Mayor Gavin Newsom, becoming San Francisco’s highest -ranking Chinese American official at that time.

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