(Pleasanton, CA) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB-CA) and Rocco’s Pizzeria owner Rocco Biale, join numerous small business leaders including Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association President, Brian Hirahara and endorse Catharine Baker for Assembly.
“As a small business advisor, Catharine has dedicated her career to helping small businesses,” said John Kabateck, NFIB-CA Executive Director. “We know she will fight to roll back over-regulation, over-litigation, and over-taxation so that small businesses can expand and hire more people for good paying jobs.”
“Small businesses and the good jobs they create are under constant assault from Sacramento, forcing so many to close or limit job opportunities,” said Rocco Biale, owner of Rocco’s Pizzeria in Walnut Creek. “Catharine has much needed experience working with small businesses and their employees, and she will fight to give us more opportunity to succeed and create jobs in our communities.”
“Every year, far too many anti-job, anti-small business bills are passed in Sacramento.’ Commented Brian Hirahara, President, Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association. “We need Catharine and her business know-how in the Assembly to fight this anti-business attitude so our small businesses can focus on growing and hiring more employees.”
NFIB-CA represents more than 20,000 small and independent businesses throughout California.
A partial list of Catherine’s small business leaders endorsement include: Jan Batcheller, Owner, The Gift Source and director of the Museum on Main; Mark Fernwood, Owner, Pattivs; Dina Honda, President, Lamorinda Development & Investment; Natalie Hughes, President & CEO, Packaged Business Solutions; Natalie Inouye, President, Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation; Judy Lloyd, Owner, Altamont Strategies; Stephanie Liu, Owner, Tri-Valley Academy; Anne Mobley, Owner, White Rabbit Boutique; Max Rios, Owner, Rios-Lovell Winery; Greg Schniegenberg, Helix Electric; Mike Sonnikson, Owner, Sonnikson and Stordahl Construction. To see the full list of endorsements [Click Here]
Catharine is a mother of school-age twins and an active parent leader in local schools, having served as Vice President of the Dougherty Elementary School Site Council and on several school improvement committees.
Catharine is also a volunteer leader in her community, previously serving on a local preschool board and volunteering with Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts in the region as an archery instructor. She also volunteers on the board of the Diablo Regional Arts Association in Walnut Creek, supporting arts and educational programs for families and schoolchildren throughout her community.
Catharine earned her B.A. degree from the University of Chicago, overcoming cancer her senior year to graduate Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. Catharine later went on to earn her J.D. degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law, and helps small businesses and local charities get started and become successful.