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Congress

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

17th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

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Rep. Ro Khanna was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Chicago and Yale Law School. Khanna served the Obama Administration in Washington D.C. from 2009-2011; afterwards he accepted a position at a law firm and moved to Silicon Valley. He is the incumbent in the district, having served in this position since 2017. He is running for re-election on a platform supporting the Green New Deal, internet privacy reforms, Medicare for All, immigration reform, and economic growth.

In Congress, Khanna has been outspoken in support of legislation to fight climate change, including the Green New Deal. He has called for various online and cybersecurity reforms, including helping to draft an Internet Bill of Rights. He sponsored the VALOR Act, which became law in 2019 and makes it easier for employers to create apprenticeship programs for veterans. He is a member of the No PAC Caucus, which has pledged to not take donations from any PACs.

He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee, House Budget Committee, and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Prior to the election in 2016, Rep. Khanna was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini, and taught Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and San Francisco State University. From 2009-2011, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce and in 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the California Workforce Investment Board.

Khanna is being challenged by Stephen Forbes (D), Joe Dehn (L) and Ritesh Tandon (R). Khanna has consistently demonstrated a commitment to progressive values, and a willingness to challenge the corporate power in his district. According to our analysis, Khanna is the strongest choice for continued progressive leadership in office.

Last updated: 2020-02-05


18th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

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Rep. Eshoo was born in Connecticut, and moved to California after high school. She is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 1993; after the 2012 redistricting the district was renumbered from the 14th to the 18th. Her campaign materials highlight her commitment to gun violence prevention, taking action on climate change, protecting the Affordable Care Act, ensuring net neutrality, as well as immigration reform.

In Congress Eshoo has worked to pass legislation to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, lower prescription drug prices, and authored an op-ed with Rep. Adam Schiff on the need to reduce American dependence on drugs produced overseas. She supports universal healthcare, but has stopped short of supporting Medicare for All, citing concerns about how it would be funded. She has opposed Trump’s immigration policies, including the Muslim ban, detention centers, the border wall, separating families at the border and making it harder for immigrants to obtain public services, like food stamps. She has fought to protect net neutrality, end robocalls, and worked with Rep. Lofgren on new data and privacy protections.

Eshoo is being challenged by Rishi Kumar (D), Bob Goodwyn (L), Richard Fox (R), and Phil Reynolds (R). According to our analysis, Eshoo is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-18


19th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

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Rep. Lofgren was born and raised in the Bay Area, and attending Stanford and Santa Clara Law School. Lofgren is the incumbent, having served in the House of Representatives since 1995. According to campaign materials she is running for re-election to protect dreamers, end gun violence, protect the free and open internet, and getting dirty money out of politics.

In Congress, she helped pass the DREAM Act of 2019 (and 2010), and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act in the House. She has opposed the Trump administration's immigration policies, and has called for an end to the detention centers, and for foreign aid to end the instability in Central America that leads to people fleeing their homes. As the representative for the heart of Silicon Valley, she has been active on Internet and technology issues. She fought the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), NSA surveillance of Americans, and recently introduced the Online Privacy Act. Lofrgen has been a strong supporter of women’s rights, abortion protections, LGBTQ equity and has led the implementation of the House of Representatives' mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination trainings.

Prior to her role as Congresswoman, she was an immigration lawyer, taught at Santa Clara Law School, and served as Staff Assistant to Congressman Don Edwards.

Lofgren is being challenged by Ivan Torres (D), Justin Aguilera (R), Ignacio Cruz (R), and Jason Mallory (NPP).

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

Last updated: 2020-02-17


State Assembly

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

State Assembly, 24th District

Member of the State Assembly

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Marc Berman was raised in Palo Alto. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2017. According to campaign materials he is running for re-election because he wants to use his long history of public service to continue to push California forward on election security and higher education accessibility.

In the State Assembly, Berman has authored bills that sought to improve election cybersecurity and campaign finance disclosure, improve the census process for 2020, and ease the food stamp and public housing verification process. Berman has also been deliberate in working to ensure that California students have access to the public university system in the state regardless of their socioeconomic status. He currently serves as the Chair of the Elections & Redistricting Committee, Chair of the Select Committee on Master Plan for Higher Education in California, and Chair of the Select Committee on Census, and is also an acting member of two additional committees. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Berman worked with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation to support efforts to close the achievement gap through STEM education in Silicon Valley. Berman was then an elected member of the Palo Alto City Council where he worked to develop public infrastructure projects, and increase the city’s financial transparency.

Berman is being challenged by Peter Ohtaki (R) and Kennita Watson (L). He scores a lifetime 92 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Berman 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, Marc Berman is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-21


State Assembly, 25th District

Member of the State Assembly

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Alex Lee has lived in the South Bay all his life. According to campaign materials he is running for State Assembly because he wants to build on his experience as a legislative staff to advocate for Bay Area residents on issues of housing, education, and climate change as an elected official.

Lee has spent his short career working as a legislative aide to state officials, which he does to act as a constituent liaison who can bridge the gap between community needs and the legislative process. He began in the office of State Senator Henry Stern and then transitioned to be a field representative for Assemblymember Evan Low. Lee has been active on issues around homelessness, housing affordability, and public safety, and has promised to prioritize solving the housing crisis if he is elected. Prior to entering state politics, Lee was Student Body President at UC-Davis where he worked to advocate for improved student benefits around tuition and housing. 

According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. 
 

Last updated: 2020-02-21


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Anna Song has lived in Santa Clara County for over 20 years. According to campaign materials she is running for State Assembly to leverage her two decades of county experience to provide leadership and direction in the statehouse. 

Anna Song is an insurance agent, and the current Vice President of the Santa Clara County Board of Education. She does this work to use her aptitude for critical thinking and collaboration to advocate for positive outcomes for students across the county. She has been a strong voice for families and vulnerable members of the education community during her 20 years on the Board. Song has a background in non-profit management, with particular attention to domestic violence and fair housing advocacy. She has also served four terms on the Santa Clara County Democratic Party Central Committee and has been honored with an award for her work by the California Democratic Party. 

According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. 
 

Last updated: 2020-02-21


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Anne Kepner was raised in San Jose and has lived in Santa Clara for over 20 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for State Assembly to bring her community and professional experience to the statehouse to shift policy on issues of education, economic opportunity, and housing. 

Kepner is an attorney, which she does to advocate for marginalized communities in cases relating to predatory and negligent behavior from companies and institutions. She is a past President of the West Valley-Mission Community College Board, currently serves as the Board Chair for the Mission City Community Fund and is the PTA President at Buchser Middle School. As a lifelong resident of the area, Kepner has observed the economic shift of the region over her lifetime and hopes to establish comprehensive wrap-around services for residents as an Assemblymember. Her agenda leans heavily on plans to eliminate barriers to access to housing and education that make life in the region challenging for working families. 

According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. 

Last updated: 2020-02-21


State Assembly, 27th District

Member of the State Assembly

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Ash Kalra has lived in San Jose for over 35 years. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2017. According to campaign materials he is running for re-election because as a longtime resident of San Jose, he is committed to improving the region’s environmental footprint and public safety.

In the State Assembly, Kalra has has been outspoken in his advocacy for clean energy and preserving public green spaces. He is the author of the bill that banned single-use plastic toiletries in California hotels, and introduced legislation to protect tropical forests. Kalra has also worked on social protections, authoring bills to eliminate high school exit exams, and protect DACA recipients in the state. Kalra currently serves as the Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee, and sits on four additional committees. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Kalra was an attorney with the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office, working primarily to provide drug offenders with the opportunity to complete rehabilitation programs. Kalra was elected to the San Jose City Council in 2008 where he worked to stimulate economic growth and improve the public transportation system.

Kalra is being challenged by G. Burt Lancaster (R). He scores a lifetime 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Kalra 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, Ash Kalra is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-21


State Assembly, 28th District

Member of the State Assembly

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Evan Low was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2014. According to campaign materials, as a young member of the Assembly, he is running to continue to build his career of serving his home community and working toward equitable solutions for his constituents.

In the State Assembly, he has worked to strengthen protections for the LGBTQ community, pushed for more affordable housing, and has passed bills to protect victims of crime and human trafficking. Low has been a responsive legislator, working to improve college admissions reforms since early 2019, and establishing the California Legislative Technology & Innovation Caucus. Low currently serves as Chair of the Business & Professions Committee and is a member of five additional committees. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Low was the first Asian-American and openly gay person to be elected to the Campbell City Council. He later served as Mayor of Campbell and was a community college instructor at De Anza Community College.

Low has progressive positions on LGBTQ protections, the importance of continued technological innovation in the state, and improving the number of affordable housing units in the state. That said, he has voted against bills that provide public access to police misconduct records, that increase employer responsibility in preventing workplace harassment, and that limit the establishment and continued operation of charter schools in the state. In 2018, he was included on a list of lawmakers who had accepted gifts of access, receiving a pricey concert ticket from AT&T. As an advocate for continued technological advancement in the state, this action raised questions about a conflict of interest with a large tech company.

Low is being challenged by Sam Ross (NPP), and Carlos Rafael Cruz (R). He scores a lifetime 74 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislators’ progressive voting record. According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Though we disagree with Low’s stance on the issues named above, his work to build influence on most progressive issues and relationships in the community will advance progressive policies and makes him the strongest choice in this race.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-21


State Assembly, 29th District

Member of the State Assembly

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Mark Stone lives in Scotts Valley. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2012. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election because he wants to continue to protect the most vulnerable Californians.

In the State Assembly, Rep. Stone has led reform in criminal justice, youth and education, LGBTQ+ rights, and the environment. Last year, his bill to eliminate copayments for medical and dental visits for incarcerated people became law, as well as a bill that allowed more incarcerated people to qualify to earn parole credits. He also introduced a Student Borrower’s Bill of Rights, and the Coastal Adaptation, Access, and Resilience Program (CAARP) to fund climate adaptation projects. He currently chairs the Judiciary Committee. Prior to their election to the State Assembly, he served two terms on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors.

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

According to our analysis, Mark Stone is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-21


State Assembly, 30th District

Member of the State Assembly

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Rober Rivas is from Paicines and moved to has lived in Hollister for most of his life. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2018. According to campaign material, he is running for re-election to continue to fight for the “resources local communities need and deserve.”

In the State Assembly, he authored the landmark Farmworker Housing Act, which would allow surplus agricultural land to be rezoned for farmworker housing. He also co-authored the bill to fund the Golden State Teacher Grant Program. The program provides $20,000 in scholarship grants for recent college graduates that acquire a teaching credential in high-need fields, such as STEM or special education, and teach for four years in select schools. Rep. Rivas currently serves as Chair of the Joint Committee on Fair Allocation and Classification. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, he served on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors.

Robert Rivas is running against Gregory Swett (R). He scored a 90 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator’s progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Rivas has consistently advocated for the needs of constituents and faced down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians.

According to our analysis, Robert Rivas is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-24


State Senate

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

State Senator, 13th District

Member of the State Senate

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Josh Becker has lived in Menlo Park for 20 years. According to campaign materials he is running for State Senate because he hopes to build on his extensive track record leveraging the intersection of technology and public policy to create community systems and social change.

Becker is an attorney and public policy innovator, which allows him to invest in community organizations that are working to support public infrastructures like healthcare, education, and environmental sustainability. He was appointed and served five years on the California Workforce Development Board, and acted as the CEO of Lex Machina where he supported efforts to create more transparency in the law. Becker has also co-founded several companies and organizations focused on social responsibility: Full Circle Fund, New Cycle Capital, Stanford Board Fellows, and a cancer research biotech company.

Becker is running against Shelly Masur (D), Sally Lieber (D), Mike Brownrigg (D), Annie Oliva (D), Alexander Glew (R), and John Webster (L) for this open State Senate seat. Shelly Masur presents a strong progressive challenge to Becker’s campaign. According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Becker is a notable progressive choice because of his proven track record of creating infrastructures to support social innovation.

According to our analysis, Josh Becker is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-24


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Shelly Masur has lived in Redwood City for 15 years. According to campaign materials she is a strong advocate for women and family issues and is running for State Senate so that she can build on her accomplishments in affordable housing, childcare, and community outreach.

Masur has served on the Redwood City Council since 2015, and is currently the Redwood City Vice Mayor. As Vice Mayor, she leverages her experience and Master of Public Health to create social benefits around issues related to equity and access. In this role, she has spearheaded efforts to increase minimum wage, and improve access to affordable housing. Masur has also sat on several internal and regional committees, including Finance & Audit, Charter, and Redwood City 2020. Prior to serving in City Council, Masur acted as the CEO of the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, served three terms on the Redwood City School Board, and as President of the San Mateo County School Boards Association.

Masur is running against Josh Becker (D), Sally Lieber (D), Mike Brownrigg (D), Annie Oliva (D), Alexander Glew (R), and John Webster (L) for this open seat. Josh Becker presents a strong progressive challenge to Masur’s campaign. According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Masur is a notable progressive choice because of her demonstrated commitment to working to increase equity for marginalized populations in housing, healthcare, and education.

According to our analysis, Shelly Masur is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-24


State Senator, 15th District

Member of the State Senate

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Ann Ravel was born in Chile, moved to San Jose when she was 11 years old, and raised her family in District 15. According to campaign materials, she is running to bring her lifetime of advocacy and social justice experience to the State Senate to continue to work for the protection and empowerment of marginalized communities.

Ravel is an accomplished attorney, which she says allows her to hold special interest groups accountable and improve equity for Californians. Ravel’s interest in activism began before she completed her law degree, when she worked to improve labor conditions by helping to unionize the wait staff at a restaurant where she worked. After completing her J.D., Ravel acted as the Santa Clara County Counsel for over a decade, working to restrict Big Tobacco and Big Banks, challenge Prop 8, protect children from lead paint, and create the Educational Rights Project to protect youth living in foster care. Ravel then served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice, where she continued her work to hold corporations accountable, including BP and the pharmaceutical industry. Ravel was then appointed by Governor Brown to serve as the Chair of the Fair Political Practices Commission, where she led efforts to push back against the dark money being used to push through Proposition 32. After demonstrating her ethics in this role, she was selected by President Obama to serve on the Federal Election Commission and was confirmed with a unanimous Senate vote. Today, Ravel is suing Google to adjust their practices around sexual misconduct and retaliation against female employees.

Ravel is running against candidate Nora Campos (D), Dave Cortese (D), Ken Del Valle (R), Robert Howell(R), Johnny Khamis (NPP), and Tim Gildersleeve (NPP) in this open race. According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Ravel is a noteable progressive choice because of her lifelong commitment to working to improve the experience of Californians by holding powerful entities accountable.

According to our analysis, Ann Ravel is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-24


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Dave Cortese is from East San Jose and is a lifelong resident of Santa Clara County. According to campaign materials, he is running for State Senate because he has a long history of public service at the local level that has provided him with a strong understanding of the unique challenges of the region. Cortese hopes to build on his progressive foundation by continuing to legislate on affordable housing, homelessness, and environmental protections.

Cortese has been a member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors since 2008, which he does to bring increased social equity and justice to his community. Cortese served as Board President for four years, and has several accomplishments as a member, including addressing and reducing homelessness in the region, advocating for changes to criminal justice custody operations, and decreasing the number of children involved in the child welfare system. Prior to his election to the Board, Cortese ran a large family agriculture and real estate business, served as a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Valley Transportation Authority, and as a trustee for the East Side Union High School District. In each of these roles, Cortese worked to build funding for capital projects intended to support local communities.

Cortese is running against Nora Campos (D), Ann Ravel (D), Ken Del Valle (R), Robert Howell(R), Johnny Khamis (NPP), and Tim Gildersleeve (NPP) in this open race. According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Cortese is a noteable progressive choice because of his long career in public service and his track record of pushing for policies that benefit vulnerable populations, and improve the wellbeing of the community.

According to our analysis, Cortese is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-24


State Senator, 17th District

Member of the State Senate

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John Laird is from Vallejo and is a long-time resident of Santa Cruz. According to campaign materials he is running for State Senate to build on his long history of public service and activism by providing leadership on local environmental issues and pushing for continued social reforms.

Laird has recently completed eight years of service as the California Secretary for Natural Resources, which he did because of his strong interest and experience in advocating for environmental issues. Over the course of his career, Laird has been a leading voice on environmental issues, including advocating for the establishment of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, addressing the dwindling water supply, and responding to the frequent wildfires. Prior to his Secretarial appointment, Laird served two terms as the Mayor of Santa Cruz, sat on the Santa Cruz City Council, was the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz AIDS Project, taught environmental policy at UC Santa Cruz, and held a seat in the State Assembly for three terms. Laird was prolific in the Assembly, authoring 82 bills that were signed into law.

Laird is running against Maria Cadenas (D), John Nevill (D), and Vicki Nohrden (R) for this open seat. According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Laird is a noteworthy progressive choice because of his track record of public service, and his commitment to important regional issues like environmental protections and education reform.

According to our analysis, John Laird is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-27


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Maria Cadenas was born in Mexico, and moved to California with her family when she was 11. According to campaign materials she is running for State Senate because she wants to find innovative solutions to problems that plague our communities socially and environmentally.

Cadenas currently supports families through her work with Santa Cruz Community Ventures, which provides a variety of social supports, including seeking to create a college savings account for every child born in Santa Cruz County, reducing college debt, and providing resources for immigrant families. Cadenas does this work to ensure that vulnerable members of her community have access to crucial resources. She has worked as the Associate Director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, fought to protect LGBTQ+ youth as the Executive Director of the Cream City Foundation, and supported career pipeline development through her work with Driscoll. Each of these roles have provided Cadenas with the opportunity to provide access and opportunity to underserved populations.

Cadenas is running against John Laird (D), John Nevill (D), and Vicki Nohrden (R) for this open seat. According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Cadenas is a noteworthy progressive choice because of her demonstrated interest in complex progressive issues like reducing college debt, supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and working to provide resources to immigrant families.

According to our analysis, Maria Cadenas is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-27


Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, District 3

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Kansen Chu is from Taiwan and moved to the United States in 1976. According to campaign materials, he is running for Santa Clara Board of Supervisors to bring government, business, local community leaders, and organizations together to solve critical issues. 

Kansen Chu currently serves in the State Assembly, where he works to promote economic development, increase access to quality education, and advance environmental preservations. While in the State Assembly, Chu has used his position as Chair of the Health and Human Services committee to ensure vulnerable communities have access to efficient support services. Chu has fought to improve child welfare programs, the foster care system, and other support services such as Cal-Works and Cal-Fresh. Chu has also worked as an electronics engineer and served on the San Jose City Council and Berryessa School Board. 

Kansen Chu is running against Magdalena Carrasco, Otto Lee, and John Leyba for the open Board of Supervisors seat. In 2019, Chu scored a 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator's progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Kansen Chu 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, Kansen Chu is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-27


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Magdalena Carrasco grew up in San Jose, CA. According to campaign materials, she is running for Santa Clara Board of Supervisors to be a voice for the voiceless and strengthen her community.  

Carrasco currently serves on the San Jose City Council, which she does to improve the quality of life for the residents of East San Jose and the rest of the city. She has helped to pass the city’s Women’s Bill of Rights, which increased resources to support survivors of domestic abuse, as well as improved policies to combat human trafficking, and increased access to economic opportunities. Also, while on the city council, she has developed clean energy programs, promoted infrastructure improvements, increased access to affordable housing, been a champion for labor rights, and increased access to educational opportunities. Carrasco has also served as Vice Mayor of San Jose where she focused on increasing representation of women and people of color in all levels of government. 

Carrasco is running against Kansen Chu, Otto Lee, and John Leyba candidate for the open Board of Supervisors seat. Carrasco stands out as a progressive choice because of her track record of successfully advancing progressive initiatives and increasing political representation in all levels of government. 

According to our analysis, Carrasco is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-27


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Otto Lee is from Hong Kong and immigrated to California at 15 years old with his family. According to campaign materials, he is running for Santa Clara Board of Supervisors to continue his public service and to use his experience to address challenges his community faces, such as the increased cost of housing and traffic congestion. 

Lee is an intellectual property attorney, where he fosters economic development by protecting the rights’ of innovators. Lee has served on the Sunnyvale Planning Commission, the Sunnyvale City Council, and as Mayor, where he championed environmental issues such as banning single-use plastic bags, successfully promoting solar energy, and ensuring that development projects are environmentally sustainable. He has also served as a Democratic National Committee member and in the US Navy, where he received the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal for his honorable service. 

Otto Lee is running against Kansen Chu, Magdalena Carrasco, and John Leyba for the open Board of Supervisors seat. Lee stands out as a progressive choice because of his strong environmental track record and his vision to address issues that directly impact his community, such as the rising unhoused population and the need to invest in sustainable infrastructure. 

According to our analysis, Lee is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-27


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. 

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.

Critics of the measure have pointed out that the ballot measure’s language includes a provision that frees new multi-family developments around subway stops and bus stations from school impact fees. This provision will make it easier for developers to build apartment buildings within a half-mile of public transit but could also drive up the cost of new housing and take funds away from school districts across the state. Despite this provision, the measure is still supported by most education groups in the state, who believe the overall funding allocation to schools outweighs the impact of reduced funding to school districts located near transit hubs. 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.

Last updated: 2020-03-02


San Jose City Council

San Jose City Council, District 4

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David Cohen has resided in District Four for the past two decades. According to campaign materials, he is running for City Council to bring his community together and make his distinct a place people are happy to call home.

Cohen is an engineer and serves on the Berryessa Union School District Board as trustee, which he does to contribute to innovation in high technology and build strong community relationships among families, teachers, staff, and students. While serving on the school board, Cohen has created a dual immersion program for Mandarin and Spanish speakers, pushed back against increases to class size, preserved art and science programs. Furthermore, he has worked to ensure that students have access to counselors and social workers, secured additional funding for local schools, and transformed Berryessa’s school's energy source off of fossil fuels to solar. Cohen has also served as Chair of the San Jose Library Commission, where he advocated for local libraries and led an effort to ensure that community libraries have sufficient funds to operate.

Cohen is running against Lan Diep, who is the incumbent and has held the seat since 2016, as well as Huy Tran. Cohen is a noteworthy progressive choice because of his track record of bringing his community together, his ability to find solutions to issues his community faces, as well as his support from local progressive partners. 

According to our analysis, Cohen is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-27


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Huy Tran is from Hawthorne, CA, and currently resides in San Jose, CA. According to campaign materials, he is running for City Council to be the voice his community needs to protect and improve the quality of life for all residents of San Jose. 

Tran is a Steering Committee member on the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition and serves on the board of Vietnamese American Roundtable, which he does to advocate and fight for working families. Furthermore, Tran is a co-founder of Justice at Work Law Group where he successfully represented the interests of working families on employment issues involving wage theft, cases of harassment, and discrimination. He was also appointed to the Housing and Community Development Commission for the City of San Jose by the incumbent, Lan Diep; through this experience, he gained further insight into the housing issues District Four is facing and the type of representative his community needs to advocate on their behalf. 

Tran is running against Lan Diep who is the incumbent and has held the seat since 2016, as well as David Cohen. Tran is a notable progressive choice because of his dedication to real solutions to issues his community faces, such as access to affordable housing, as well as his support from local progressive partners. 

According to our analysis, Tran is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-27