Thompson Recognizes Trazena "Kandie" Jones as 2019 Woman of the Year in Contra Costa County

Mar 25, 2019
Press Release
Recognized for Service and work for fellow veterans

Contra Costa County, CA – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) formally announced Tranzena “Kandie” Jones as this year’s Woman of the Year in Contra Costa County. Each year, Thompson honors women from the Fifth Congressional District who make exceptional contributions to our community.

“Kandie served our nation in uniform and then continued to serve her fellow veterans when she returned home. She’s dedicated her life to ensuring her fellow service members have the support they need and her volunteer work has changed the lives of so many disabled veterans. Her work is tireless and our entire community is better for her dedication to her work,” said Thompson. “For her lifetime of service in uniform and here in our community, I am honored to recognize Kandie as the 2019 Contra Costa County Woman of the Year.”

This is the fifth annual Women of the Year Awards, started in honor of Women’s History Month. Each year, Thompson recognizes one woman from each of the counties in our district to be recognized for her service to our community.

A complete list of 2019 winners includes:

  • Tranzena “Kandie” Jones, Contra Costa County
  • Marie Beery, Lake County
  • Mary Jane Bowker, Napa County
  • Verna Mustico, Solano County
  • Lorez Bailey, Sonoma County
  • Deputy Riley Michele Jarecki, Honorary Woman of the Year and First Responder of the Year


Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties.  He is a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means where he chairs the Subcommittee on Tax Policy. Rep. Thompson is Chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. He is also Co-Chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus and a member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition.