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Congress

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below congressional districts on your ballot.

12th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

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Last updated: 2020-02-03


14th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives



Jackie Speier was born and raised in San Francisco. She has been a lifelong public servant, having first been elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1980. She won a special primary election for the 14th Congressional District on April 8, 2008 and has run on platforms advocating for gender equity, gun violence prevention, and LGBTQ equality.

Speier began her political career as a congressional staffer for Congressman Leo Ryan. While a congressional staffer for Congressman Leo Ryan, Speier went on a fact finding mission to investigate the Jonestown settlement, where she sustained five gunshot wounds during the massacre. She has co-sponsored and supported numerous pieces of legislation on gun violence prevention in her time in office since.

Speier has long fought for women’s rights as well as LGBTQ equality. She supports adding LGBTQ protections to ENDA, Title IX protections, gender pay equity, the Equal Rights Amendment, the #MeToo movement, and abortion protections. She has opposed discrimination on the basis of religious protection, and Trump’s Transgender Military Service Ban.

In Congress, Speier also helped secure funding for the district’s CalTrain services, and been active on legislation to address climate change. She supports the Green New Deal and policies to develop renewable energies and make them more accessible.

Jackie Speier is being challenged by Cristos Goodrow (D), Ran S. Petel (R), and Eric Taylor (NPP). Based on our analysis, Speier has consistently been a strong progressive voice in Congress and is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.

Last updated: 2020-02-05


State Assembly

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Assembly races on your ballot.

State Assembly, 17th District

Member of the State Assembly


David Chiu is from Boston and moved to San Francisco in 1996. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2014. According to campaign materials he is running for re-election to continue to use his long history as a consensus building public leader to move policy forward on a range of progressive issues.

In the State Assembly, Chiu was appointed to serve as the Assistant Speaker pro Tempore during his first year, and has authored 48 bills that have been signed into law. Included among those bills is legislation to address the state’s affordable housing and homeless crisis, uphold abortion rights, and improve the sustainability of public transportation. Chiu currently Chairs the Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee, and serves as the Chair of the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, and sits on four additional committees. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Chiu served as the President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for six years, where he authored 110 city ordinances. Chiu spent his early career working as a civil rights attorney for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee. Chiu also founded a public affairs technology company called Grassroots Enterprise, where he served as the Chief Operating Officer.

Chiu has no challengers in this race. He scores a lifetime 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Chiu has consistently shown great courage in standing up for the needs of constituents and facing down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians.

According to our analysis, David Chiu is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-12


State Assembly, 19th District

Member of the State Assembly

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Phil Ting is from southern California and has lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2013. According to campaign materials he is running for re-election because he believes in the importance of California’s continued technological innovation to build a cleaner economy, promote education reform, and increase equity across the state.

In the State Assembly, Ting has worked on legislation that helps more students access Cal Grants, provides bathroom and tax protections for members of the LGBTQ+ community, and improves healthy food access for food stamp recipients. Ting has also been outspoken on clean energy issues, pushing for improvements to pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, encouraging the installation of electric car charging stations, and helping homeowners invest in water and energy technologies. He serves as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, and sits on three additional committees. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Ting worked as the Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus, and was appointed to serve as the Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco. In this role, he increased solar power use in the city, and completed the assessment backlog to bring in millions in unpaid property taxes.

Ting is being challenged by John McDonnell (R). He scores a lifetime 96 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Ting has consistently shown great courage advocating for the needs of constituents and facing down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians.

According to our analysis, Phil Ting is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-13


San Francisco County Superior Court

San Francisco County, Judge of the Superior Court, Position #1

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Pang Ly’s family fled Vietnam in 1979, and after almost a year in a refugee camp, were able to settle in Missouri. Ly received her undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Missouri. She worked as a prosecutor in Jefferson County, Missouri before moving to the Bay Area in 2000. 

Upon her return to the Bay, Ly was in civil litigation from 2000-2008. She returned to Missouri for a short period before returning to the Bay Area, where she joined the San Francisco Superior Court Asbestos Department as a settlement officer in 2010. In 2016 Ly was named commissioner pro tem, and works on a variety of cases including asbestos, probate and complex litigation. Recently, she oversaw the negotiations between the city, developers, community groups, and private citizens to resolve issues around the Central SoMa Plan that impacted the San Francisco Flower Mart and San Francisco Tennis Club.

Last updated: 2020-02-10



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Maria Evangelista has been a Deputy Public Defender in San Francisco for 16 years. Evangelista is a San Francisco native and was born to undocumented parents in SoMa. Evangelista received her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and her law degree from Vanderbilt University. 

Evangelista is one of the Deputy District Attorneys in San Francisco’s Collaborative Court, specifically in the Veterans Court. She is running on a platform that is concerned with disparities in criminal justice. As a judge, she “would be the protector of the Constitution for all people.” She ran unsuccessfully for judge in 2018 on a slate with three other District Attorneys. 
 

Last updated: 2020-02-12


San Francisco County, Judge of the Superior Court, Position #18

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Dorothy Chou Proudfoot is an Administrative Law Judge at San Francisco Rent Board. Previously, she was a Deputy District Attorney in the Marin County District Attorney's Office for 16 years. In 2017, she was elected President of the Marin County Bar Association and is the first Asian-American to hold that post. She is also President-Elect of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court and Vice President of Women Lawyers of Alameda County. 

On her website, Proudfoot states: “I am running for San Francisco Superior Court Judge to protect the rights of all who enter the courtroom, to uphold the important role of the judiciary in preserving our democracy, and to improve equal access to justice.” 

Proudfoot received her undergraduate and law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Last updated: 2020-02-10



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Michelle Tong has spent over 16 years as Deputy Public Defender in San Francisco County. Prior to joining the Public Defender's office, she was Eviction Defender at the Eviction Defense Collaborative. Prior to law school, she also worked at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus on immigration and employment issues. 

Tong is running to address inequities in the justice system and the “well-documented disparities that exist in our courts by addressing the implicit biases on our judiciary.” She wants to support a “system that focuses on making victims whole through restorative justice principles.” 

Tong received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her law degree from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. 

Last updated: 2020-02-12


San Francisco County, Judge of the Superior Court, Position #21

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Kulvindar “Rani” Singh has been a San Francisco Assistant District Attorney for over 20 years. Since 2016, she has been the Managing Attorney for the Domestic Violence Unit and the Collaborative Courts and Mental Health Units. She began her legal career at the Berkeley Community Law Center (now EBCLC), defending low-income tenants against wrongful eviction. 

Singh has been recognized on numerous occasions for her work on human trafficking cases, including the Modern Day Abolitionist Award from the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking. She was also nominated to the Judicial Council’s State Advisory Committee for Collaborative Courts. 

Singh attended City College of San Francisco, and the University of California, Davis. She received her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Last updated: 2020-02-07



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Carolyn Gold serves as the Director of Litigation and Policy at the Eviction Defense Collaborative. Gold has spent over 20 years as a tenants rights lawyer and advocate. 

The Eviction Defense Collaborative provides support for low-income residents, including renters facing eviction and residents of homeless shelters funded by the city. She previously served as supervising director of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Justice and Diversity Center and as Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco Superior Court. 

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and she earned her J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law. 

Last updated: 2020-02-12


Statewide Ballot Measures

Proposition 13

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This proposition would provide $9 billion for desperately needed renovations to public preschools and grade schools throughout the state, and $6 billion for construction to community colleges, the Cal State system, and the UC system. This will allow the state of California to use tax revenue to pay for improvements that local communities cannot afford themselves. 

The funding would come from bonds the state would pay back over 35 years, totaling an estimated $26 billion, which includes $15 billion in principal and $11 billion in interest. This investment is well worth the costs. It takes money, after all, to ensure that students -- especially those in districts that can’t afford major capital improvement projects -- do not have to learn in dangerous environments. 

The vast majority of Democrats in the state legislature support it, as does Gov. Newsom, and the only major opposition is a group called the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. This is the group famous for destroying California’s school funding system in 1978 through another proposition, ironically one that was also dubbed Prop 13. The group spends most of its time lobbying to reduce tax rates. It has never shown any interest in supporting California’s children, at least if that means wealthy individuals or giant corporations would pay their fair share in taxes. Without question, 2020’s Prop 13 is worth the investment since it means children will soon be able to attend school in buildings that are retrofitted to withstand earthquakes and no longer have lead in their water. 

We strongly recommend a YES vote on Prop 13.

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