By EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer
Josh Becker, who is running for state senator, had to change his ballot designation because the Secretary of State’s office did not think his original ballot designation was justified.
Becker originally wanted to have “Educator/County Commissioner,” listed under his name on the ballot, according to the California Secretary of State’s office.
But Becker apparently did not provide “sufficient justification,” to support the title “county commissioner,” according to Secretary of State spokesman Sam Mahood.
Becker is on the San Mateo Childcare Partnerships Council, which works on childcare and early education policies in the county.
Becker said in an email to the Post that he did not have to change his ballot designation, but decided on his own to do so because listing himself as a commissioner when really he’s on a county-appointed council was inaccurate.
“I could have used ‘County Council Member,’ but we decided that would be confusing,” Becker said.
Becker said that the Secretary of State’s office contacted him about the designation and suggested county council member, but Becker decided against it.
Ultimately, the Secretary of State’s office and Becker landed on “educator/nonprofit director,” which appears under his name on the ballot.
Becker has been an adjunct professor at College of San Mateo for the past seven months and is on the board of directors for Full Circle Fund, which funds nonprofits.
Becker is one of six candidates running for Hill’s seat. Also running are: Burlingame councilman Michael Brownrigg, Redwood City Councilwoman Shelly Masur, former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, Los Altos Republican Alex Glew and Millbrae councilwoman Annie Oliva.
To learn more about the candidates and other issues on the March 3 ballot, visit the Post’s election guide.