Elect State Assemblymember Scott Rhinehart to push AD-73 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 four-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 73rd Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-73 voted for Trump for president in 2016 and Cox for governor in 2018.
About the Race
In the primary, Democrat challenger Rhinehart trailed Republican opponent Laurie Davies by a margin of 3.2 percent. Rhinehart’s campaign has raised $85,376.58 and pledged to refuse fossil fuel money. While he has not pledged to refuse police or corporate PAC money, Rhinehart’s campaign has not received such funds. Rhinehart’s donor base consists mainly of individual donors. Opponent Davies’s campaign has raised $101,012 and has not committed to refuse police, fossil fuel, or corporate PAC money. Her donor base also consists mainly of individual donors, but also includes property development companies.
About the Candidate
Scott Rhinehart is from West Virginia and has lived in Orange County for 16 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for State Assembly to be an advocate for his community and to increase access to economic opportunities, quality health care, and preserve the environment.
Rhinehart owns his own real estate brokerage. His firm provides programs for first-time buyers, seniors, and veterans, which help address the hardships middle-class families and small businesses face in today’s economy. Rhinehart has also worked as a political advocate, where he successfully helped beat the Briggs Initiative, an effort to ban members of the LGBTQIA+ community from being employed in California’s public schools, and to increase investments for HIV and AIDS prevention.
Rhinehart’s priorities for AD-73 this year include fighting for affordable and accessible health care, protecting the district’s beaches, air, and water, and championing equality for every Californian.
Rhinehart has been involved in political advocacy, including working to defeat the Briggs Initiative, Proposition 8 (the anti-gay California Marriage Protection Act) and fought to increase funding for HIV/AIDS prevention. He is a longtime supporter of equal rights for all Americans, particularly workers’ and women’s rights.
Rhinehart is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. According to recent election results, it's challenging for Democrats to win this seat, although Rhinehart has a strong chance. Rhinehart is the best progressive choice because of his track record of fighting for all Americans’ rights and his vision of creating an economy that works for everyone, ensuring that people have health-care coverage and addressing issues of climate change. According to our analysis, Scott Rhinehart is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.