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Take 5: Get Up Close With State Treasurer Candidate Fiona Ma
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 6 years ago on
February 7, 2018

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Fiona Ma’s first brush with politics came in 1994 when she was elected president of the Asian Business Association, a role that required her to lobby San Francisco City Hall and the state Legislature on business issues affecting women and minorities. Soon she was producing a report to Congress on the 60 top policy recommendations to help small businesses grow and prosper in the 21st century.
A certified public accountant, Ma says she then realized that running for political office would position her to make a bigger positive difference for businesses and people. Since then, Ma has served on the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors, in the state Assembly, where she became Speaker pro Tempore, and on the state Board of Equalization.
Now Ma, a San Francisco Democrat, is running to succeed termed-out John Chiang as state Treasurer.
Ma sat down with GV Wire to talk about why she’s bidding for statewide office. In the video above, she answers questions about:

  1. Banking rules for the marijuana industry
  2. Impeaching President Trump
  3. California’s High-Speed Rail Project
  4. Goals for the Treasurer’s office
  5. Her Hollywood television and movie roles

Here is the link to Ballotpedia’s rundown on the state Treasurer’s race. This is the link to Ma’s campaign website.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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