Elect Kathy Miller to push AD-13 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 13th Assembly District includes part of San Joaquin County. Notable cities within the district include Stockton and Tracy. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-13 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018, both with large victory margins. AD-13 is very diverse, with a Latinx majority of 42 percent.
About the Race
In the primary, Democrat challenger Kathy Miller trailed the other Democrat challenger Carlos Villapudua by a 4 percent margin. Miller's campaign has raised upwards of $105,000, largely from individual, real estate, women’s and labor associations, and trade union donors. Miller has not received police, fossil fuel, or corporate funding; however, she has not signed the #NoCopMoneyCA pledge. Opponent Democrat challenger Carlos Villapudua has raised more than $51,000 and is funded through law enforcement and fossil fuel money.
About the Candidate
Kathy Miller is from Southern California and moved to Stockton in 1997. She has served on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors since 2014. According to campaign materials, she’s running for Assembly District 13 Representative to advocate for the homeless, improve neighborhoods, and balance the state budget.
Miller has proven her commitment to progress through her hands-on experiences in public office. At present, she heads the Homelessness Task Force, as well as the Children and Youth Task Force on the Board of Supervisors for San Joaquin County. These two forces, now known as the San Joaquin Continuum of Care, increased the number and improved the quality of public services offered to adults and children reckoning with poverty and homelessness. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Miller utilized her position to ensure that issues of health care and food insecurity were addressed. She is committed to transferring that same dedication in her role in the State Assembly, and promises to fight for health-care expansion for women, seniors, and families.
Prior to her appointment to the Board of Supervisors, Miller was a councilmember in the Stockton City Council from 2009 to 2014. She spent four of those years as vice mayor, and emerged as a strong voice for fiscal responsibility and an open, transparent, and accountable local government.
Considering the diversity of AD-13, particularly in the city of Stockton, Miller’s campaign has failed to address issues related to the district’s minority population. These issues include both immigration and police brutality. In a city where Black civilians are 2.9 times as likely and Latinx civilians .9 times as likely to have deadly force used on them by police, law enforcement must be held accountable. Although Miller has not taken any law-enforcement funding, she does not list police accountability as an issue of focus for her campaign. Stockton is also home to the Stockton Staging Facility, a holding area used by ICE to temporarily house detainees. The facility has been the focus of criticism, and does not contain sleeping quarters or showers. Similar to police brutality, Miller has remained silent on this issue.
Miller is running against Democrat Carlos Villapudua in this upcoming election. Villapudua has strong ties with both law enforcement and the fossil fuel industry. He is endorsed by the California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations, and has not taken a solid stance on many progressive issues. Miller has received notable endorsements from Equality California, California Federation of Teachers, and the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Despite our concerns regarding her silence on issues critical to the district, Miller is a particularly strong progressive choice because of her extensive experience in public office and strong endorsements from local and statewide organizations.
According to our analysis, Miller is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.