Cari Templeton

Palo Alto Planning Commissioner

Activism focus: Women's Rights, Healthcare Reform, Gender & Racial Equity

Candidate Statement

Hello, Democrats! I’m Cari Templeton, and I would love to continue serving you as a delegate for AD-23. I am an activist, parent, and public servant in Palo Alto. I am proud to represent our district since 2017 by promoting Progressive values at the local, county, state, and national levels, and with your support I look forward to the opportunity to continue.

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I am actively involved in our movement to encourage progressive change in our party, to elevate the voices of all members of our community by increasing local participation in the Democratic Party. To that end, I worked for and volunteered on many campaigns in 2018, 2020, and 2022, including campaigns: to implement a business tax and energy transfer tax in Palo Alto to provide transit and affordable housing funds, to save renter protections in Mountain View; to endorse progressive candidates for local office in the Santa Clara County Democratic Party; to promote pro-choice, pro-labor Democratic women to the state legislature; to reform healthcare in California; to register new voters including young and unhoused; and to lead canvassing for Bernie Sanders in Mountain View during the 2020 primary.

As a former board member of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and as an Emerge California graduate, I helped elect progressives and women of color locally and statewide, volunteering on 30+ campaigns in 2018, 2020, and 2022. As a 2020 DNC Delegate for Bernie Sanders, I lobbied for the Green New Deal and Medicare for All at the national convention. We have come so far, and still have a long way to go. Let’s work to keep California leading the progressive charge for healthcare, for our environment, and for all our people!

I humbly ask for your vote. Thank you!

I am proudly running alongside many progressive grassroots leaders. Learn more at


  • Medicare for All

  • Housing for All

  • Green New Deal

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  • Abolish ICE

  • Protect Women’s Rights

  • Living Wage & Worker’s Rights

  • Clean Air and Water

  • Invest in Our Communities

  • Criminal Justice Reform

  • Tuition Free Public University

  • Ending Gun Violence

  • Campaign Finance Reform

  • Human rights and equal rights for all marginalized people

  • Equity for women, people of color, and LGBTQ

We proudly ENDORSE Cari Templeton for ADEM!

  • Steve Chessin, Voting Reform Activist

  • Dr. Jennifer DiBrienza, Palo Alto USD Trustee & Activist

  • Dr. Meghan Fraley, Doctor and Activist

  • Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author & Palo Alto Council Member-elect

  • Dr. Forest Peterson, Labor Activist

  • Ben Spielberg, Educator and Activist

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