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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  • endorsed

    “I just participated in another Rep McClintock's townhall meetings and once again am motivated to get behind change. Long-term entrenched status-quo politicians regurgitating the 'party line', regardless of the issue, have got to go - it's time. We need bi-partisan, pragmatic and inspirational leadership who has experience with government, diplomacy and authentic democratic ideals; who has a measured approach and is in touch with the substantive universal issues that affect all of us; who can base decisions and advocacy on fact, science and multi-constituent engagement -regardless of political party. After extensively researching Mrs Bateson, I think she may be just the ticket. As an Independent, I'm now endorsing, donating, and campaigning for Regina Bateson - go get him!”

  • endorsed

    “Regina's skills and background give her the best chance of beating McClintock.” It's time to step up in the District 4 race. I'm enthused to have a voice by donating tonight. Would like information on meetings about Regina's voice.”

  • endorsed

    “It’s time for someone else other than Tom Mclintock”

  • endorsed

    “Regina is the one to win office in District 4 and put McClintock in retirement!”

  • endorsed

    “Regina is the type of new leader we need in Congress!”

  • endorsed

    “We need to support pricipled, progressive candidates like Regina to take back our government.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Regina because the GOP is corrupt. Democrats are the new conservatives. Don't buy the GOP lie! Regina Rules! Check her out.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because I care about Tahoe and Yosemite and believe the citizens in CA-04 deserve a representative in Congress who shares their views.”

  • endorsed

    “We need major changes”

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

May 17, 2017

We did it!

We did it! We've hit our goal of $20,000! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your generosity and for your support. 

I am proud to say this has truly been a grassroots effort. Most aspiring politicians begin their campaigns by seeking large donations from a few wealthy benefactors. Our story is completely the opposite! Our first $20,000 came from 369 donations with an average size of $54. 

In just over a month, our movement has grown from a glimmer of an idea to a very serious campaign. Thanks to you, we are building the infrastructure necessary to beat Tom McClintock in 2018. I've been able to travel around our district, rent a PO Box, hire accountants, print business cards, and prepare for the CA state party convention later this week. 

So ... where do we go from here? Onwards and upwards! Raising our first $20,000 is a significant accomplishment, but this is just the beginning of a long campaign. In the next weeks, I'll continue to work on fundraising, and I'll be working with a PR firm to develop a better online presence. 

I also need you to remain engaged and energized! In particular, it's time to start planning house parties. A house party is a cozy, informal gathering. You invite 10 or 20 friends over to your house, and you suggest that they each bring a small donation for the campaign. I come by the party, and we all talk and get to know each other. 

If you'd like to host a house party, please email bateson2018@gmail.com. We'll coordinate dates, and I'll send you a packet of information to help you plan your party. 

Once again, thank you for your support, and I hope to meet you all in the coming weeks.

Gratefully, Regina 

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  • endorsed

    “I just participated in another Rep McClintock's townhall meetings and once again am motivated to get behind change. Long-term entrenched status-quo politicians regurgitating the 'party line', regardless of the issue, have got to go - it's time. We need bi-partisan, pragmatic and inspirational leadership who has experience with government, diplomacy and authentic democratic ideals; who has a measured approach and is in touch with the substantive universal issues that affect all of us; who can base decisions and advocacy on fact, science and multi-constituent engagement -regardless of political party. After extensively researching Mrs Bateson, I think she may be just the ticket. As an Independent, I'm now endorsing, donating, and campaigning for Regina Bateson - go get him!”

  • endorsed

    “Regina's skills and background give her the best chance of beating McClintock.” It's time to step up in the District 4 race. I'm enthused to have a voice by donating tonight. Would like information on meetings about Regina's voice.”

  • endorsed

    “It’s time for someone else other than Tom Mclintock”

  • endorsed

    “Regina is the one to win office in District 4 and put McClintock in retirement!”

  • endorsed

    “Regina is the type of new leader we need in Congress!”

  • endorsed

    “We need to support pricipled, progressive candidates like Regina to take back our government.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Regina because the GOP is corrupt. Democrats are the new conservatives. Don't buy the GOP lie! Regina Rules! Check her out.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because I care about Tahoe and Yosemite and believe the citizens in CA-04 deserve a representative in Congress who shares their views.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “We need major changes”

  • endorsed

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

  • 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.”

  • endorsed

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

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