EASTIN: I was born in San Diego. My father, Hank, was from Kentucky and there was no prouder Californian. He was fond of saying that Californians are people born somewhere else who came to their senses. I was raised in San Carlos. My dad was a machinist, my mom, Dottie from San Francisco, was a dress clerk. We weren't rich, but we didn't have to be for my parents to own their own home, buy a car, and send me to college. After college, I got married and my husband and I bought our first house in Union City. Soon thereafter, I began my political career as City Councilwoman, Assemblywoman, and the first woman to be State Superintendent of Public Instruction. My husband and I desperately wanted children and we tried for years, but we were never blessed. When I was elected superintendent, he said well now you have 6.1 million children and so I did. I am running for governor because this country runs on other people's children, and someone needs to put them first again.