Endorsements

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Action

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Action

The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action is a grassroots, member-led, statewide community organization working with more than 15,000 members across California. Our membership consists of low-income workers, people of color, and immigrant families fighting for economic, social, and racial justice. 

State Assembly

State Assembly, 17th District

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect State Assemblymember David Chiu to keep AD-17 on the right track.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 17th Assembly District includes the majority of San Francisco County. Democrats typically hold this district. Democrat incumbent Assemblymember David Chiu has held this office since being elected in 2014. The most recent election results show 88.1 percent of AD-17 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, and 89.5 percent voted for Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Assemblymember David Chiu led write-in Libertarian challenger Starchild by a margin of 100 percent. Chiu’s campaign has raised $882,528 and is funded by police money, fossil fuel money, and corporate PACs. Starchild’s campaign records are not available on the Secretary of State’s website.

    About the Candidate

    Assemblymember Chiu, a civil rights attorney, is originally from Boston and moved to San Francisco in 1996. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assemblymember Chiu served as the president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, a criminal prosecutor with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and founded Grassroots Enterprise, a public affairs technology company. Assemblymember Chiu has extensive involvement in the community, having served as president of the Asian American Bar Association, as Small Business Commissioner, as board member of Partners Ending Domestic Abuse, and as board chair for the Youth Leadership Institute. He is a longtime supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community, and of improving transportation and protecting California renters. According to campaign materials, Assemblymember Chiu is running for re-election to create affordable housing, improve schools, protect the environment, and defend civil rights.

    Assemblymember Chiu’s priorities for AD-17 this year include housing, especially with the onset of COVID-19. He currently sits on six standing committees: Housing and Community Development (chair); Arts Subcommittee; Budget Subcommittee; Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration; Business and Professions; and Judiciary. He also serves as chair of the California Asian & Pacific Island Legislative Caucus. Assemblymember Chiu has sponsored 49 bills about environmental safety, transportation, and housing this year, of which 12 have been successfully chaptered. He scores a lifetime score of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assemblymember Chiu has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he also supported a problematic bill (AB 1366), which would eliminate critical oversight of telecom companies.

    Assemblymember Chiu is endorsed by several progressive groups, such as Equality California, Evolve, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and the Sierra Club. At this time, he does not have any problematic endorsements. His progressive record with legislation and community involvement speaks for itself, although his lack of campaign finance pledges needs improvement. According to our analysis, Assemblymember Chiu is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    David Chiu

    Re-elect State Assemblymember David Chiu to keep AD-17 on the right track.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 17th Assembly District includes the majority of San Francisco County. Democrats typically hold this district. Democrat incumbent Assemblymember David Chiu has held this office since being elected in 2014. The most recent election results show 88.1 percent of AD-17 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, and 89.5 percent voted for Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Assemblymember David Chiu led write-in Libertarian challenger Starchild by a margin of 100 percent. Chiu’s campaign has raised $882,528 and is funded by police money, fossil fuel money, and corporate PACs. Starchild’s campaign records are not available on the Secretary of State’s website.

    About the Candidate

    Assemblymember Chiu, a civil rights attorney, is originally from Boston and moved to San Francisco in 1996. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assemblymember Chiu served as the president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, a criminal prosecutor with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and founded Grassroots Enterprise, a public affairs technology company. Assemblymember Chiu has extensive involvement in the community, having served as president of the Asian American Bar Association, as Small Business Commissioner, as board member of Partners Ending Domestic Abuse, and as board chair for the Youth Leadership Institute. He is a longtime supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community, and of improving transportation and protecting California renters. According to campaign materials, Assemblymember Chiu is running for re-election to create affordable housing, improve schools, protect the environment, and defend civil rights.

    Assemblymember Chiu’s priorities for AD-17 this year include housing, especially with the onset of COVID-19. He currently sits on six standing committees: Housing and Community Development (chair); Arts Subcommittee; Budget Subcommittee; Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration; Business and Professions; and Judiciary. He also serves as chair of the California Asian & Pacific Island Legislative Caucus. Assemblymember Chiu has sponsored 49 bills about environmental safety, transportation, and housing this year, of which 12 have been successfully chaptered. He scores a lifetime score of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assemblymember Chiu has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he also supported a problematic bill (AB 1366), which would eliminate critical oversight of telecom companies.

    Assemblymember Chiu is endorsed by several progressive groups, such as Equality California, Evolve, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and the Sierra Club. At this time, he does not have any problematic endorsements. His progressive record with legislation and community involvement speaks for itself, although his lack of campaign finance pledges needs improvement. According to our analysis, Assemblymember Chiu is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

State Assembly, 20th District

  • Challenger Alexis Villalobos promises to push AD-20 to prioritize the interests of local residents who have been left out of policymaking, particularly in reinvesting in public schools, closing tax loopholes, and expanding rent control.

    Villalobos, a paralegal, is from Hayward, CA. Prior to running for election, he worked as an organizer for SEIU Local 87 and as a paralegal at several civil rights law firms in the Bay Area. He is a longtime supporter of unions and workers’ rights. According to campaign materials, Villalobos is running for office to reinvest in public schools, close tax loopholes, and expand rent control.

    Villalobos’s priorities for AD-20 this year include establishing a universal health-care system for all California residents, expanding accountability for law-enforcement officials, and moving to a 100 percent clean energy future.

    Villalobos is endorsed by a large number of progressive groups, such as Evolve California, California Progressive Alliance, Our Revolution - East Bay, and FUN Progressives. At this time, he does not have any problematic endorsements. While Villalobos has less name recognition and political power than the incumbent, he would bring a more progressive platform to the seat and has made principled funding pledges during his campaign. According to our analysis, Villalobos is a strong choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Alexis Villalobos

    Challenger Alexis Villalobos promises to push AD-20 to prioritize the interests of local residents who have been left out of policymaking, particularly in reinvesting in public schools, closing tax loopholes, and expanding rent control.

    Villalobos, a paralegal, is from Hayward, CA. Prior to running for election, he worked as an organizer for SEIU Local 87 and as a paralegal at several civil rights law firms in the Bay Area. He is a longtime supporter of unions and workers’ rights. According to campaign materials, Villalobos is running for office to reinvest in public schools, close tax loopholes, and expand rent control.

    Villalobos’s priorities for AD-20 this year include establishing a universal health-care system for all California residents, expanding accountability for law-enforcement officials, and moving to a 100 percent clean energy future.

    Villalobos is endorsed by a large number of progressive groups, such as Evolve California, California Progressive Alliance, Our Revolution - East Bay, and FUN Progressives. At this time, he does not have any problematic endorsements. While Villalobos has less name recognition and political power than the incumbent, he would bring a more progressive platform to the seat and has made principled funding pledges during his campaign. According to our analysis, Villalobos is a strong choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Last updated: 2020-10-27

State Assembly, 64th District

  • Elect Fatima Iqbal-Zubair to push AD-64 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 64th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-64 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democratic challenger Fatima Iqbal-Zubair trailed Democratic incumbent Representative Mike Gipson by a margin of 35 percent. Iqbal-Zubair’s campaign has pledged not to accept money from law enforcement or the fossil fuel industry. Gipson’s campaign has not committed to any such pledges and is backed by Chevron, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Phillips 66, Valero, Tesoro, Gilead, DaVita Inc., and many more problematic organizations.

    About the Candidate

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is from Dubai and has lived in the United States since her teenage years. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to challenge systemic racism and ensure that progressive values are taken seriously in Sacramento. Her goals for the district include holding politicians responsible for serving oil and tobacco companies above their constituents, increasing funding for public schools and achieving free public college, cleaning the water supply, and securing housing as a right for all.

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is an educator, having taught in the Watts public school system at both the high school and college levels. During her time in Watts’s high school system, she served as science department chair and started the first ever robotics team in the district, winning several team awards in the process. Teaching college courses introduced Iqbal-Zubair to students who were in foster care or homeless, and she discovered that the football field contained traces of toxic chemicals, spurring her move into politics to address the obvious disparities between neighborhoods in Los Angeles. She served as commissioner for her opponent, Rep. Mike Gipson, and says of her experience, “When I challenged the status quo and the way he voted, my voice wasn’t welcome. In this capacity, I saw that the voices of community activists were not truly heard or accounted for, in a way that could lead to real, systemic change.”

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is endorsed by many local progressive groups in the district. Rep. Mike Gipson’s tenure in AD-64 has included numerous problematic votes and endorsements, earning him a lifetime 72 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. According to our analysis, Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    About Courage California’s Endorsement

    After a comprehensive interview with Fatima Iqbal-Zubair, we have determined that she is committed to criminal justice reform, environmental justice, racial equity and justice, and immigrant rights. Her experience in the community and pledges to refuse money from corporate PACs, police, and the fossil fuel industry are in alignment with the progressive future Courage California hopes to achieve in which special interests have no place in politics. Iqbal-Zubair’s ideas and proposals are thoroughly well-thought out and demonstrate her strong, structural grasp on the issues Californians face. We are confident that she will co-govern in the interests of all Californians and actively fight for anti-racist legislation. Courage California is proud to endorse Fatima Iqbal-Zubair for AD-64. 

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair

    Elect Fatima Iqbal-Zubair to push AD-64 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 64th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-64 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democratic challenger Fatima Iqbal-Zubair trailed Democratic incumbent Representative Mike Gipson by a margin of 35 percent. Iqbal-Zubair’s campaign has pledged not to accept money from law enforcement or the fossil fuel industry. Gipson’s campaign has not committed to any such pledges and is backed by Chevron, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Phillips 66, Valero, Tesoro, Gilead, DaVita Inc., and many more problematic organizations.

    About the Candidate

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is from Dubai and has lived in the United States since her teenage years. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to challenge systemic racism and ensure that progressive values are taken seriously in Sacramento. Her goals for the district include holding politicians responsible for serving oil and tobacco companies above their constituents, increasing funding for public schools and achieving free public college, cleaning the water supply, and securing housing as a right for all.

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is an educator, having taught in the Watts public school system at both the high school and college levels. During her time in Watts’s high school system, she served as science department chair and started the first ever robotics team in the district, winning several team awards in the process. Teaching college courses introduced Iqbal-Zubair to students who were in foster care or homeless, and she discovered that the football field contained traces of toxic chemicals, spurring her move into politics to address the obvious disparities between neighborhoods in Los Angeles. She served as commissioner for her opponent, Rep. Mike Gipson, and says of her experience, “When I challenged the status quo and the way he voted, my voice wasn’t welcome. In this capacity, I saw that the voices of community activists were not truly heard or accounted for, in a way that could lead to real, systemic change.”

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is endorsed by many local progressive groups in the district. Rep. Mike Gipson’s tenure in AD-64 has included numerous problematic votes and endorsements, earning him a lifetime 72 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. According to our analysis, Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    About Courage California’s Endorsement

    After a comprehensive interview with Fatima Iqbal-Zubair, we have determined that she is committed to criminal justice reform, environmental justice, racial equity and justice, and immigrant rights. Her experience in the community and pledges to refuse money from corporate PACs, police, and the fossil fuel industry are in alignment with the progressive future Courage California hopes to achieve in which special interests have no place in politics. Iqbal-Zubair’s ideas and proposals are thoroughly well-thought out and demonstrate her strong, structural grasp on the issues Californians face. We are confident that she will co-govern in the interests of all Californians and actively fight for anti-racist legislation. Courage California is proud to endorse Fatima Iqbal-Zubair for AD-64. 

    Last updated: 2020-10-28

State Assembly, 71st District

  • Democrat
  • Elect Liz Lavertu to push AD-71 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 71st Assembly District includes parts of San Diego and Riverside Counties. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-71 voted for Donald Trump for president in 2016 and John H. Cox for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democratic challenger Liz Lavertu trailed Republican incumbent Representative Randy Voepel by a margin of 22.2 percent. Lavertu’s campaign has raised $28,821 and has pledged not to accept money from the fossil fuel industry. Voepel’s campaign has raised $140,304, has not committed to any such pledges, and is funded by Chevron, PG&E, Altria Tobacco, Philip Morris, the Peace Officers Association of California, Deputy Sheriffs of San Diego County, the Riverside Sheriffs Association Public Education Fund, the California Institute of Highway Patrolmen, DaVita Inc., and many more problematic organizations and interest groups.

    About the Candidate

    Liz Lavertu is originally from Wisconsin and has been active as a community organizer in San Diego County for over twenty years. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to focus on affordable housing and rent control, establish health care as a universal right, and guarantee increased funding for public schools.

    Liz Lavertu is co-chair of the Spring Valley Community Planning Group and a former volunteer with the Girl Scouts and AIDS Research Center. Through her work in education, she has prevented local arts programs from being subject to budget cuts, and helped to secure over $100,000 for the installation of an outdoor fitness circuit at Jamacha Elementary. Her time with the Spring Valley Community Planning Group has seen an increased investment in public infrastructure maintenance.

    Liz Lavertu is endorsed by many local progressive groups in the district and her financial disclosures reveal no problematic backers. According to our analysis, Liz Lavertu is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Liz Lavertu

    Elect Liz Lavertu to push AD-71 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 71st Assembly District includes parts of San Diego and Riverside Counties. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-71 voted for Donald Trump for president in 2016 and John H. Cox for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democratic challenger Liz Lavertu trailed Republican incumbent Representative Randy Voepel by a margin of 22.2 percent. Lavertu’s campaign has raised $28,821 and has pledged not to accept money from the fossil fuel industry. Voepel’s campaign has raised $140,304, has not committed to any such pledges, and is funded by Chevron, PG&E, Altria Tobacco, Philip Morris, the Peace Officers Association of California, Deputy Sheriffs of San Diego County, the Riverside Sheriffs Association Public Education Fund, the California Institute of Highway Patrolmen, DaVita Inc., and many more problematic organizations and interest groups.

    About the Candidate

    Liz Lavertu is originally from Wisconsin and has been active as a community organizer in San Diego County for over twenty years. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to focus on affordable housing and rent control, establish health care as a universal right, and guarantee increased funding for public schools.

    Liz Lavertu is co-chair of the Spring Valley Community Planning Group and a former volunteer with the Girl Scouts and AIDS Research Center. Through her work in education, she has prevented local arts programs from being subject to budget cuts, and helped to secure over $100,000 for the installation of an outdoor fitness circuit at Jamacha Elementary. Her time with the Spring Valley Community Planning Group has seen an increased investment in public infrastructure maintenance.

    Liz Lavertu is endorsed by many local progressive groups in the district and her financial disclosures reveal no problematic backers. According to our analysis, Liz Lavertu is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Last updated: 2020-10-22

State Assembly, 75th District

  • Elect Kate Schwartz to push AD-75 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 75th Assembly District includes parts of Riverside and San Diego Counties. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-75 voted for Donald Trump for president in 2016 and John H. Cox for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democratic challenger Kate Schwartz trailed Republican incumbent Representative Marie Waldron by a margin of 18.4 percent. Schwartz’s campaign has raised $13,465 and has not committed to any campaign finance pledges. Waldron’s campaign has raised $622,121, has not committed to any campaign finance pledges, and is backed by Chevron, Edison International, PG&E, Phillips 66, Phillip Morris, Reynolds American Tobacco, Walmart, Pfizer, Koch Industries, and many other problematic organizations and interest groups.

    About the Candidate

    Kate Schwartz is a California native and has lived in the Bonsall and Fallbrook areas since 2000. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to drive down the cost of health care, repair our streets and highways, and make electric vehicle and solar panel alternatives more affordable for working families.

    Kate Schwartz has served on the Fallbrook Regional Health District Board, and currently serves as chair of the Government Relations/Community Engagement Committee. During her career as a licensed behavioral health care provider, she has advocated for patients and their families, provided behavioral services within both the public and private sectors, and continues to train master’s and doctoral-level interns. She is particularly concerned with senior issues and food insecurity.

    Kate Schwartz is endorsed by many local progressive groups in the district, and the threat of Republican incumbent and strong Trump supporter Marie Waldron’s potential and past policies greatly outweighs Schwartz’s lack of campaign finance pledges. According to our analysis, Kate Schwartz is the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.

     

    Kate Schwartz

    Elect Kate Schwartz to push AD-75 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 75th Assembly District includes parts of Riverside and San Diego Counties. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-75 voted for Donald Trump for president in 2016 and John H. Cox for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democratic challenger Kate Schwartz trailed Republican incumbent Representative Marie Waldron by a margin of 18.4 percent. Schwartz’s campaign has raised $13,465 and has not committed to any campaign finance pledges. Waldron’s campaign has raised $622,121, has not committed to any campaign finance pledges, and is backed by Chevron, Edison International, PG&E, Phillips 66, Phillip Morris, Reynolds American Tobacco, Walmart, Pfizer, Koch Industries, and many other problematic organizations and interest groups.

    About the Candidate

    Kate Schwartz is a California native and has lived in the Bonsall and Fallbrook areas since 2000. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to drive down the cost of health care, repair our streets and highways, and make electric vehicle and solar panel alternatives more affordable for working families.

    Kate Schwartz has served on the Fallbrook Regional Health District Board, and currently serves as chair of the Government Relations/Community Engagement Committee. During her career as a licensed behavioral health care provider, she has advocated for patients and their families, provided behavioral services within both the public and private sectors, and continues to train master’s and doctoral-level interns. She is particularly concerned with senior issues and food insecurity.

    Kate Schwartz is endorsed by many local progressive groups in the district, and the threat of Republican incumbent and strong Trump supporter Marie Waldron’s potential and past policies greatly outweighs Schwartz’s lack of campaign finance pledges. According to our analysis, Kate Schwartz is the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.

     

    Last updated: 2020-10-22

State Senate

State Senator, 1st District

  • Elect Pamela Swartz to push SD-01 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State senators represent and advocate for the needs of their district at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating legislation that addresses issues within their district, as well as voting and debating on preexisting laws. The California State Senate has 40 congressional districts. Each represents a population of about 930,000 people. Representatives are elected to the Senate for a four-year term. Every two years, half of the Senate’s 40 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to two four-year terms (eight years) in the Senate. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 29 seats in the California State Senate, while Republicans hold 11 seats.

    About the District

    California’s 1st Senate District includes all of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Sierra, Siskiyou, Plumas, and Shasta Counties. Additionally, the district includes a large portion of Placer County and a small portion of Sacramento County. Notable cities include Folsom, South Lake Tahoe, and Roseville. Republicans typically hold this district, and it has not had a Democrat representative for over 40 years. The most recent election results show SD-01 voted for Donald Trump for president in 2016 and John Cox for governor in 2018. SD-01 is the most GOP-leaning district in Northern California.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat challenger Pamela Swartz trailed Republican Incumbent Representative Brian Dahle by a margin of 21.6 percent. Swartz’s campaign is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Swartz’s campaign has raised $25,000 and is funded mainly through individual donors. Swartz has pledged to refuse fossil fuel and corporate PAC donations; she has not committed to the #NoCopMoneyCA pledge. Opposing candidate Brian Dahle’s campaign has raised over $97,000 and is largely funded through corporate, fossil fuel, and law-enforcement donations. Notably, his campaign has received multiple donations from the Peace Officers Research Association of California, the largest law-enforcement organization in California. In the past, Dahle has also received substantial police donations under coded names, such as Taxfighters for Brian Dahle. In addition, his campaign has been funded by large fossil fuel corporations, including BP, Chevron, Sempra Energy, and Pacificorp.

    About the Candidate

    Pamela Swartz grew up in Redding, CA, and currently resides in Nevada County. Both areas are located in SD-01. According to campaign materials, she is running for office to better represent the district’s needs for improved health care, housing, economic, and education systems.

    Swartz is a small-business owner who believes the rural communities of SD-01 have been underserved and not strongly represented for too long. She is not beholden to any corporations or special interests, and she says her business experience and educational background in forestry/wildlife provide a unique skill set that will aid her as a state senator. Swartz has spoken out in support of single-payer health care; natural resources management, including reducing the dangers of wildfires; supporting the local farming and tourism economies; and affordable housing.

    Pamela Swartz is endorsed by many liberal groups as well as progressive groups, including the California Nurses Association, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Health Care for All--California. Additionally, Swartz has received endorsements from many labor unions, the California Democratic Party, local Indivisible chapters, and many local women’s associations. Her Republican opponent, Brian Dahle, has received high ratings from regressive organizations, like the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of California. He scored just 9 out of 100 on this year’s Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Senator Dahle is not serving his constituents with progressive solutions, while Swartz has the support of the local progressive community, a compelling campaign platform, and has already demonstrated a commitment to fiscal transparency. According to our analysis, Pamela Swartz is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Pamela Swartz

    Elect Pamela Swartz to push SD-01 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State senators represent and advocate for the needs of their district at the California State Capitol.

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

Board of Supervisor Races

Los Angeles County

  • Non-Partisan
  • Elect Holly J. Mitchell to push Los Angeles County in the right direction. 

    About the Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person board of supervisors. A board of supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by boards of supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities administered by their own city councils, as well as unincorporated areas directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to three terms or 12 years in office total.

    About the District

    Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the United States. It encompasses a population of over 10 million, with significant Latinx, Black, and Asian populations. District 2 includes the cities of Carson, Compton, Culver City, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Los Angeles (portion), Lynwood, as well as a number of unincorporated areas within the county. The five-member board of supervisors is the governing body of Los Angeles County and manages a budget of nearly $35 million annually, which they administer with the support of the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office. 

    About the Race

    State Senator Holly Mitchell is running against opponent Herb Wesson, member of the Los Angeles City Council. According to recent polling numbers, Sen. Mitchell is leading opponent City Council Member Wesson by a margin of 13 percent, with many voters in the district still undecided.

    Sen. Mitchell’s campaign has raised $445,000 through June 2020 and has pledged to not take police or fossil fuel money. Her campaign, primarily funded by individuals, labor unions, and the campaigns of colleagues in the state legislature, has accepted several donations from corporate PACs. These PACs include Herbalife International Inc. PAC, and Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Political Action Committee, the employee PAC for the brands Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent a Car.

    City Council Member Herb Wesson’s campaign has raised just over $550,000 in the same period and has not pledged to avoid any types of campaign contributions. His candidacy is supported by multiple independent expenditure efforts that spent over $1.2 million on his behalf in the primary, with $715,000 coming from three police officer unions. City Council Member Wesson played the key role in passing an amendment to the Los Angeles City Charter to reduce disciplinary procedures for Los Angeles police officers. Additionally, when he served in the Assembly, Wesson received over $10,000 in contributions from the private prison industry and supported private prisons with SB297 (The bill was vetoed by former Gov. Gray Davis).

    About the Candidate

    State Senator Holly Mitchell is a third-generation Angeleno and continues to live in Los Angeles, where she serves as a state senator for California’s 30th Senate District. According to campaign materials, Sen. Mitchell is running to represent District 2 on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in order to meet the real needs of local communities in Los Angeles County.

    Sen. Mitchell was elected to the state Assembly in 2010 and moved to the Senate in 2013. She is currently serving her final term (2018–2022) as a state senator and is the first African American Chair of the powerful Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. During her tenure, Sen. Mitchell proposed a set of criminal justice reforms that were signed into law. The reforms consisted of 10 laws to reduce barriers for Californians affected by the criminal justice system by reducing sentence enhancements for low-level drugs, removing court fees for the innocent, sealing arrest records for people not convicted, ending the sentencing of juveniles to life without parole, and other advancements. She has been a notable progressive influence in other areas as well, with nearly 90 bills signed into law on issues that include homelessness, mental health, children’s rights, and job protections.

    In office, Sen. Mitchell has scored an overall 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Recently, Sen. Mitchell has taken a stand on a problematic statewide housing bill, working with a coalition representing low-income communities to demand stronger protections for low-income people, people of color, and other vulnerable people most strongly affected by the housing crisis.

    Courage is proud to endorse Sen. Mitchell because of her track record as a champion for underrepresented and marginalized communities in California and her reputation as a strong leader on ethics for other legislators. The Los Angeles Times described her as “the Legislature’s moral compass.” Sen. Mitchell is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Sen. Mitchell is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    About the Misinformation

    A website and TV ads mischaracterizing Senator Mitchell have been unveiled by her opponent, Wesson. The ads accuse Sen. Mitchell of personally supporting private prisons in return for “thousands” of dollars to her campaign. Her campaign reported returning the unsolicited $1,000 in question, and her voting record in the State legislature proves she has never supported private prisons. On the contrary, Senator Mitchell’s record shows she has been a staunch advocate for criminal justice reform and decarceration. Sen. Mitchell and other advocates have encouraged Councilmember Wesson to return the money he has received from the private prison industry, but he has not done so as of Oct 16, 2020.

    About Courage California’s Endorsement

    After a comprehensive review of Holly J. Mitchell’s record and consultation with local partners, we have determined that she is committed to criminal justice reform, environmental justice, racial equity and justice, and immigrant rights. Her experience in the community and in the California State Legislature combined with her pledges to refuse money from the fossil fuel industry and police are in alignment with the progressive future Courage California hopes to achieve in which special interests have no place in politics. Mitchell’s ideas and proposals are thoroughly well-thought out and demonstrate her strong, structural grasp on the issues Californians face. We are confident that she will co-govern in the interests of all Los Angeles residents. Courage California is proud to endorse Holly J. Mitchell for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

    Holly Mitchell

    Elect Holly J. Mitchell to push Los Angeles County in the right direction. 

    About the Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person board of supervisors. A board of supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by boards of supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities administered by their own city councils, as well as unincorporated areas directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to three terms or 12 years in office total.

    About the District

    Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the United States. It encompasses a population of over 10 million, with significant Latinx, Black, and Asian populations. District 2 includes the cities of Carson, Compton, Culver City, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Los Angeles (portion), Lynwood, as well as a number of unincorporated areas within the county. The five-member board of supervisors is the governing body of Los Angeles County and manages a budget of nearly $35 million annually, which they administer with the support of the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office. 

    About the Race

    State Senator Holly Mitchell is running against opponent Herb Wesson, member of the Los Angeles City Council. According to recent polling numbers, Sen. Mitchell is leading opponent City Council Member Wesson by a margin of 13 percent, with many voters in the district still undecided.

    Sen. Mitchell’s campaign has raised $445,000 through June 2020 and has pledged to not take police or fossil fuel money. Her campaign, primarily funded by individuals, labor unions, and the campaigns of colleagues in the state legislature, has accepted several donations from corporate PACs. These PACs include Herbalife International Inc. PAC, and Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Political Action Committee, the employee PAC for the brands Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent a Car.

    City Council Member Herb Wesson’s campaign has raised just over $550,000 in the same period and has not pledged to avoid any types of campaign contributions. His candidacy is supported by multiple independent expenditure efforts that spent over $1.2 million on his behalf in the primary, with $715,000 coming from three police officer unions. City Council Member Wesson played the key role in passing an amendment to the Los Angeles City Charter to reduce disciplinary procedures for Los Angeles police officers. Additionally, when he served in the Assembly, Wesson received over $10,000 in contributions from the private prison industry and supported private prisons with SB297 (The bill was vetoed by former Gov. Gray Davis).

    About the Candidate

    State Senator Holly Mitchell is a third-generation Angeleno and continues to live in Los Angeles, where she serves as a state senator for California’s 30th Senate District. According to campaign materials, Sen. Mitchell is running to represent District 2 on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in order to meet the real needs of local communities in Los Angeles County.

    Sen. Mitchell was elected to the state Assembly in 2010 and moved to the Senate in 2013. She is currently serving her final term (2018–2022) as a state senator and is the first African American Chair of the powerful Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. During her tenure, Sen. Mitchell proposed a set of criminal justice reforms that were signed into law. The reforms consisted of 10 laws to reduce barriers for Californians affected by the criminal justice system by reducing sentence enhancements for low-level drugs, removing court fees for the innocent, sealing arrest records for people not convicted, ending the sentencing of juveniles to life without parole, and other advancements. She has been a notable progressive influence in other areas as well, with nearly 90 bills signed into law on issues that include homelessness, mental health, children’s rights, and job protections.

    In office, Sen. Mitchell has scored an overall 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Recently, Sen. Mitchell has taken a stand on a problematic statewide housing bill, working with a coalition representing low-income communities to demand stronger protections for low-income people, people of color, and other vulnerable people most strongly affected by the housing crisis.

    Courage is proud to endorse Sen. Mitchell because of her track record as a champion for underrepresented and marginalized communities in California and her reputation as a strong leader on ethics for other legislators. The Los Angeles Times described her as “the Legislature’s moral compass.” Sen. Mitchell is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Sen. Mitchell is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    About the Misinformation

    A website and TV ads mischaracterizing Senator Mitchell have been unveiled by her opponent, Wesson. The ads accuse Sen. Mitchell of personally supporting private prisons in return for “thousands” of dollars to her campaign. Her campaign reported returning the unsolicited $1,000 in question, and her voting record in the State legislature proves she has never supported private prisons. On the contrary, Senator Mitchell’s record shows she has been a staunch advocate for criminal justice reform and decarceration. Sen. Mitchell and other advocates have encouraged Councilmember Wesson to return the money he has received from the private prison industry, but he has not done so as of Oct 16, 2020.

    About Courage California’s Endorsement

    After a comprehensive review of Holly J. Mitchell’s record and consultation with local partners, we have determined that she is committed to criminal justice reform, environmental justice, racial equity and justice, and immigrant rights. Her experience in the community and in the California State Legislature combined with her pledges to refuse money from the fossil fuel industry and police are in alignment with the progressive future Courage California hopes to achieve in which special interests have no place in politics. Mitchell’s ideas and proposals are thoroughly well-thought out and demonstrate her strong, structural grasp on the issues Californians face. We are confident that she will co-govern in the interests of all Los Angeles residents. Courage California is proud to endorse Holly J. Mitchell for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

    Last updated: 2020-10-30