Susan Talamantes Eggman is a trailblazer who is not afraid to get her hands dirty. And she will always stand up for what she believes in. Since her successful grassroots campaign for the Stockton City Council five years ago, Susan has proven herself to be an honest and effective leader whose independent voice of moderation has helped her find solutions to the tough issues facing the city.
During her first run for city council, Susan surprised many by forcing a runoff against her more established political opponent. Her hard work, strong leadership, and independence resonated with voters, who rejected a series of negative attacks and elected Susan. In 2010 voters reaffirmed their support for Susan when she won reelection with over 75% of the vote.
Promoting the health and interests of San Joaquin Valley is the guiding principle behind all of Susan’s policy decisions. From boosting job opportunities for all area residents to fighting to preserve and restore the Delta, Susan’s goal is always to make San Joaquin County thrive.
Getting San Joaquin residents back to work is one of Susan’s top priorities. She fought to preserve small businesses by banning future big box stores because they hurt local small businesses and damage local economies. Susan also joined with community leaders to successfully lobby the Veterans Administration to build their new facility in San Joaquin County, which creates jobs and provides vital services for San Joaquin’s many veterans. As a U.S. Army veteran herself, Susan understands the sacrifices made by our young men and women who serve.
Susan is extremely proud of her role in revitalizing the city’s parks. She spearheaded community efforts to clean up city parks and organized free family events. Taking back these parks from drug dealers and gangs give our children a safe place to play.
As a council member, Susan championed groundbreaking initiatives to help establish Stockton as a leader in green technology. She also played an instrumental role in organizing a recent “sustainability forums,” which brought together developers, environmentalists, and government officials to discuss fiscally responsible strategies for achieving sustainable and environmentally-friendly goals.
Susan has a proven track record of standing up for the residents of San Joaquin Valley, even when it means being the lone voice of opposition. She was the only council member to oppose the General Plan, which would have increased urban sprawl. She opposed a city plan to buy a local sports team and opposed raising water rates.
After graduating from high school, Susan served four years as a medic in the U.S. Army. She then attended California State University, Stanislaus, where she earned a B.A. in psychology and a master's in social work. Susan worked as a mental health provider and a medical social worker, before receiving her Ph.D. from Portland State University. Susan is a member of the California Faculty Association.
Susan is the first Latina to serve on the Stockton City Council and she has not forgotten her roots. A founding member of the Central Valley Stonewall Democratic Club, Susan also serves on the board of directors for Stockton's El Concilio, which provides services to the Spanish-speaking community. Susan and her partner of over 30 years, Renee Hall, live in Stockton's Victory Park neighborhood, where they are raising Renee's niece, Eme.