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

22nd Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

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Democrat

Builds Power
Builds Progress
Builds Representation



Bobby Bliatout is the son of Hmong refugees who moved to the Central Valley when he was four years old. Bliatout grew up in the Central Valley and attended Cal State Bakersfield. According to campaign materials he is running to represent District 22 in Congress because he believes middle class and working families are being left behind, while the wealthy and powerful continue enriching themselves. He pledges to focus on solving issues important to Valley families, including health care coverage, the homelessness crisis, and climate change-related threats to farmlands, water, and air pollution.

Bliatout is the Chief Executive Officer of two community clinic networks operating in the greater Fresno and Sacramento areas, which together provide medical and dental services to more than 100,000 patients and employ nearly 300 people. Bliatout has also worked as a farmer in the Central Valley, an experience that left him with a deep understanding of the challenges experienced by many Central Valley families connected to agriculture. 

Bliatout is running against Representative Devin Nunes (R) who is the incumbent and has held the seat since 2003. Nunes is one of President Trump’s strongest allies in Congress, holding a seat as the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee and the No. 2 Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. In addition to his extreme right-wing legislative agenda, there is strong and compelling evidence that Rep. Nunes is centrally involved in the Ukraine scandal at the center of the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Other challengers in this race include Phil Arballo (D), Dary Rezvani (D), and Eric Garcia (NPP). Arballo has been able to produce superior fundraising totals to Bliatout at this point, however, we have great confidence that whichever Democrat advances to the general will receive sufficient fundraising support, given Nunes’ trail of misdeeds. 

According to recent election results, it is challenging for a Democrat to win this district. However, in 2018, Democratic challenger Andrew Janz lost by a much narrower margin than usual, suggesting that it is possible for a strong challenger to win this seat in a presidential election year, as turnout will increase for Democrats across the board. Bliatout is the progressive choice because he has a comprehensive progressive policy agenda, emphasizes a community-based approach to governance, and has key supporters that can help him win the district.

According to our analysis, Bobby Bliatout is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office and deserves your vote.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-13


23rd Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

Kim Mangone photo
Democrat

Builds Power
Builds Progress
Builds Representation




Kim Mangone, a veteran, is from Lancaster, CA. According to campaign materials, Mangone is running for congress because she understands the leadership her district needs and is confident that her problem-solving skills will allow her to advance policies to benefit her community.

Kim Mangone is a United States Air Force veteran, aircraft mechanic, and retired systems engineer. While serving her country, Mangone developed innovative solutions to the problems she encountered and said she would apply those skills if elected. Mangone, a single parent, put herself through school while working full-time. The experience of balancing school, work, and child care has given her insight into the issues that many in her community experience and is what motivates her to become the district’s next representative.

Kim Mangone is running against Representative Kevin McCarthy (R), who is the incumbent and has been in congress since 2007. Mangone is the best progressive choice because of her vision to enact policies that help us achieve universal healthcare and her pledge to protect programs like social security from GOP attacks.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-13


State Assembly, 23rd District

Member of the State Assembly

No Good Choices


Jim Patterson is the incumbent, having served as State Senator for District 23 since 2013. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Patterson has shown that he does NOT advocate for the needs of constituents or face down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians. Patterson scored 0 out of 100 on this year’s Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator's progressive voting records.

Patterson has no challengers in this race. According to recent election results, Democrat do not usually win this seat.

Our analysis shows that there isn’t a progressive candidate that is likely to advance to the general election in this race. We encourage you to write in a candidate of your choice to show support for progressives in this district. Keep reading for progressive recommendations in other key races and on ballot measures where your vote can make a critical difference.
 


Statewide Ballot Measures

Proposition 13

VOTE YES

Vote YES On Prop 13, School and College Facilities Bond


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