Off and Running

Now that an opponent entered the race, thanks to all of you we have hit the ground running with our campaign for my re-election to school board! 

Here’s the latest progress and many ways for you to join in:

  1. Yard signs - we now have over 100 posted by neighbors throughout Walnut Creek, Clayton and Concord. Order yours here.
  2. Endorsements - More than 20 elected officials have endorsed my campaign including Congressman DeSaulnier, Assemblymember Bauer Kahan, District Attorney Becton, and mayors/councilmembers from every city in my district area.  Plus, more than 50 teachers, parents and community members have added their names as well.  See the full list and please add your name here.
  3. House parties: Save the date for Sunday Sept 18th for a house party in Walnut Creek!  And let me know if you’d like to host in your area as well.
  4. Canvassing: We’ll begin to walk neighborhoods in September, so dust off your shoes and join me for great exercise and community outreach. Click here to join our walking team.
  5. Student Fellowship: Do you know a student who’s interested in politics?  Share this link with them to learn new skills, get volunteer hours, and a letter of recommendation (apply by Sept 2nd): 

Upcoming events: 

  • Thursday Sept 8th - Get your free ticket here for this event featuring Diablo Valley area women candidates (including me) who all are dedicated to creating a future free from gun violence. Learn about the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense program at

  • Saturday Sept 10th - the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County is holding its annual BBQ. Get your tickets here (early bird is until Aug 31) or let me know if you want to volunteer at my campaign table!

  • Sunday Sept 18th - Save the date for a campaign house party in Walnut Creek

  • Saturday Oct 1st - Join me in supporting the Mt Diablo Education Foundation by running, walking or volunteering in the Break a Sweat Run for Education:

  • Tuesday Oct 4th, 7pm MDUSD Community Advisory Committee CAC candidate forum

  • Thursday Oct 6th, Join me as I’m co-hosting the EmergeCA 20th anniversary celebration: 

    • Tickets and Sponsorship (under additional information, add “Cherise” under this prompt "Would you like to make this Ticket or Sponsorship contribution in honor of a host committee member, program member, board member, or alum?") 

    • Can't attend but want to support (under the amounts, check the box "contribute in honor of someone" and write “Cherise Khaund”)

We look forward to seeing you soon, at an event or neighborhood walk!


Cherise and her campaign team

pictured here: Campaign Director Aasim Yahya, Communications Director Michelle Alas, and Data Guru Sam Benabou

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Kickoff 2022 Success

I am overwhelmed with gratitude to all of you who came out to my kickoff event!
It was so wonderful to reconnect in person with you, especially right before our district kicked off the first day of school the next day.
I dropped off all the backpacks and school supplies we collected to the district for this Saturday’s parent conference event. Thank you to all who contributed!
Special thanks to my campaign team who made this event possible:
  • Campaign manager Aasim Yahya who spoke so eloquently last night,
  • my mom & fab assistant Mary Kay Melton, who brought wonderful friends from Viamonte at Walnut Creek,
  • treasurer Erin Roeder,
  • graphic designer Julie Contreras, Urban Bird Design,
  • event organizers Ernie DeTrinidad, Meg Honey, Natalie Karas Ivankovich, Janine Payne Schneir
  • teacher Mari Arenson for helping with set up

And to my fellow electeds who came, whose collaboration makes such a difference in our ability to serve students & families:

  • Clayton Mayor Peter Cloven
  • Clayton Vice Mayor Holly Tillman
  • Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton 
  • Walnut Creek Councilmember Kevin Wilk
  • Contra Costa Community College Board member Rebecca Barrett
  • former MDUSD board member Joan Pierce

Whether we end up with an opponent in this race or not, I know that this group will continue to work together to make a difference in improving the quality of our public education for EVERY Mt. Diablo student.

For those who couldn’t make it in person but reached out with endorsements & donations, thank you and I hope to see you soon.

I hope you all are having a wonderful first few days of school!!













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Announcing Early Endorsers!

Wow this campaign is off with a running start, thanks to the early support of many organizations, electeds, and individuals including:



Evolve California

Contra Costa Building & Construction Trades Council  

Teamsters Local 856   

Elected Officials:

  • Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer Kahan
  • County Board of Supervisors, Karen Mitchoff
  • Mayor of Walnut Creek, Matt Francois
  • Walnut Creek City Councilmember, Kevin Wilk
  • Walnut Creek City Councilmember, Cindy Darling
  • Mayor of Clayton, Peter Cloven
  • Vice Mayor of Clayton, Holly Tillman
  • Concord City Councilmember, Carlyn Obringer
  • Pleasant Hill City Councilmember, Matt Rinn
  • Contra Costa Community College Board member, Rebecca Barrett
  • Martinez Unified School District Board member, Courtney Masella O'Brien
  • Martinez Unified School District Board member, Anne Horack Martin

Check out the full list and add your name at 

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You're invited to my 2022 kickoff

You're invited to our first event of the 2022 campaign!  I hope to see you there, and feel free to forward this or share my social media to invite your friends too. 

Busy?  That's ok, here are more ways you can help:

I look forward to seeing you soon!

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