More than a century ago, Regina's great-grandfather immigrated to the US from Sweden. He arrived with a box of carpentry tools, big dreams, and not much else. Three generations later, Regina has a PhD from Yale, and she's launched a serious campaign for Congress. 

Regina believes that with hard work and determination, every American should be able to build a prosperous, joyful life. But today, the American Dream is under assault. Millions of Americans may lose their health insurance, through no fault of their own. Climate change, wildfires, and water shortages threaten the financial solvency of our small businesses and local vineyards, ranches, and farms. Rural schools are facing steep cuts. Even the Pell Grant program is on the chopping block.

Regina is running for Congress because California's 4th District deserves a voice in Washington, DC. Our district has real needs, and we deserve real solutions. Regina is a pragmatic problem-solver who will fight for jobs, affordable healthcare, and the environment. 

Regina is running against incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove). McClintock is an extreme Tea Partier who consistently votes against the interests and values of his district. For example, McClintock claims to be pro-business, yet he opposes the smart investments that are necessary for our region to thrive and grow. He's twice voted against federal support for rural broadband, even though large swathes of his district lack access to high-speed internet. 

McClintock treats his constituents with callous disregard, and incredibly enough, he has no roots in the district. He is not from here, and he does not live here. In 2008 McClintock promised to move to the 4th District -- but he's never done so. 

Regina, by contrast, is a proud native of the 4th District. She is an experienced public servant, an award-winning social scientist, and the devoted mother of three young boys. Regina was previously a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department, as well as a tenure-track professor at MIT.

Now more than ever, we need leaders in Congress with the courage and integrity to stand up for what's right. That's Regina. Please join our campaign and help send her to Congress.


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  • Tracy Skolnick endorsed

    “We need major changes”

  • Irina Zavina endorsed

    “Regina is a breath of fresh air in politics and she is what CA-4 needs!”

  • Ann Bowler endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because she is intelligent and pragmatic with first hand knowledge on our immigration system and foreign policy. She is a good listener who cares deeply about each individual in our district. Though I appreciate all Democratic candidates running in District 04, Regina's skills and background give her the best chance of beating McClintock.”

  • Kim Banner endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because she is extremely well qualified and cares about the issues that are important to me.”

  • Daniella Zimmerman endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because even though I live in CD#1, I know she will bring needed wisdom, values, commitment, and a strong work ethic to our Congress, and that will better all of our lives.”

  • Adam Younger endorsed

    “Excellent ideas, good character, and fascinting background. Good luck, Ms. Bateson!”

  • peter endorsed

    “She believes in the environment in Lake Thoe & the Placer area. Not a political attitude but a rational one.”

  • David Sligar endorsed

    “I support Regina because she understands that people, not corporations, are the constituents of government and therefore are its proper concerns. When education is withheld, when short term profits are worshipped at the expense of the environment, when government is about rewarding the privileged instead of protecting the interests of all, our nation and our civilization are destroyed. Best fortune, Regina!”

  • Lauren Burke endorsed

    “I support Regina because she believes in global warming and is running to enrich our community, not herself. Her values are in the right place.”

  • Ingrid Arndt endorsed

    “I endorse Regina Bateson because she is taking profound, principled action to ensure her children, Californians and Americans have the best future possible.”

May 6, 2017

Can a woman win in CA-04?

Since I launched my Crowdpac site, several people have asked me, "Can a woman win in our district?" Sometimes this question follows close on the heels of praise for our female candidates, as in, "You were all great in that forum last night. But ... can a woman really win?" Other times, the question grows out of a desperate desire to beat Tom McClintock in 2018. Some of our fellow Democrats and progressives think their neighbors won't vote for a woman. So, the argument goes, if a woman runs against McClintock, we risk leaving votes on the table, and we aren't adopting the smartest possible strategy to beat him. 

I think people will continue to ask "the woman question" throughout the campaign. So I'd like to give you, my supporters, a toolkit to help you address the issue. 

First, try to stay calm. Assume the best about the other person's intentions and beliefs. Hopefully they're asking the question because they want to support me or another woman; they just need to cast aside this lingering issue that's bothering them. As I noted in my remarks at the PWD forum in Roseville, in the 167 years since California became a state, the counties that now make up the 4th District have never been represented in Congress by a woman. It's been more than twenty years since a woman appeared on the general election ballot for this congressional seat, so it's natural that people might be scratching their heads and wondering how this is going to work out.  

Luckily, the available evidence suggests that a female candidate should do just fine. On average, when women run for public office, they do just as well as men. There are so few women in office not because they don't win elections, but because they don't get on the ballot in the first place. 

Some people think our region is different. Too many of our voters are rugged cowboys, businessmen, or social conservatives who will not take a female candidate seriously -- or so the conventional wisdom goes. But we should be careful not to jump to conclusions about each other. Given the opportunity to vote for a well-qualified female candidate, people are more open-minded than you might think.  

Since 1990, two women (both Democrats) have appeared on the general election ballot to represent this area in Congress: Patricia "Pat" Malberg in 1990 [1] and 1992, and Katie Hirning in 1994 and 1996. Pat very nearly beat John Doolittle in 1990 when she won 49% of the vote, and she won 46% of the vote in their 1992 rematch -- a feat no other candidate matched until Charlie Brown got 46% of the vote in 2006 (and then 50% in 2008). 

Looking at the general elections from 1990 to the present, Democratic congressional candidates who are women have gotten an average of 41% of the vote in our district [2], as compared to an average of 37% for Democratic congressional candidates who are men [3]. Let me repeat that: on average, female Democrats do slightly better in our district than male Democrats.   

So rather than debating whether "a woman" can beat McClintock, I hope you can focus on getting to know each of the candidates as individuals. Talk to us. Learn our stances on the issues. Invite us to speak at group meetings. And don't get too fixated on McClintock. Yes, there's a lot to dislike there. I get that. But ultimately, it's not enough just to beat McClintock. You should also be looking for a candidate who will represent the interests and values of our region, finally giving you a real voice in Congress. You deserve no less. 

Sincerely, Regina

[1] I am referring to the 1990 race in the 14th Congressional District, which encompassed many of the counties now in the 4th District. 

[2] The 41% figure includes Pat Malberg's performance in 1990 in the 14th District. Starting in 1992, women candidates have won an average of 39% of the vote in the 4th District. 

[3] In 2014, Art Moore challenged Tom McClintock in the general election. Moore, a moderate Republican who emphasized his lengthy military career, won 40% of the vote in the general election. If we include Art Moore (R), then male challengers have earned an average of 38% of the vote in this district since 1990. 

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    “We need major changes”

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  • Irina Zavina endorsed

    “Regina is a breath of fresh air in politics and she is what CA-4 needs!”

  • Ann Bowler endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because she is intelligent and pragmatic with first hand knowledge on our immigration system and foreign policy. She is a good listener who cares deeply about each individual in our district. Though I appreciate all Democratic candidates running in District 04, Regina's skills and background give her the best chance of beating McClintock.”

  • Kim Banner endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because she is extremely well qualified and cares about the issues that are important to me.”

  • Daniella Zimmerman endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because even though I live in CD#1, I know she will bring needed wisdom, values, commitment, and a strong work ethic to our Congress, and that will better all of our lives.”

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  • Adam Younger endorsed

    “Excellent ideas, good character, and fascinting background. Good luck, Ms. Bateson!”

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  • peter endorsed

    “She believes in the environment in Lake Thoe & the Placer area. Not a political attitude but a rational one.”

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  • David Sligar endorsed

    “I support Regina because she understands that people, not corporations, are the constituents of government and therefore are its proper concerns. When education is withheld, when short term profits are worshipped at the expense of the environment, when government is about rewarding the privileged instead of protecting the interests of all, our nation and our civilization are destroyed. Best fortune, Regina!”

  • Lauren Burke endorsed

    “I support Regina because she believes in global warming and is running to enrich our community, not herself. Her values are in the right place.”

  • Kelly Conley endorsed

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  • Ingrid Arndt endorsed

    “I endorse Regina Bateson because she is taking profound, principled action to ensure her children, Californians and Americans have the best future possible.”