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George Gascón, a Cuban immigrant and longtime LAPD police officer, is known as a groundbreaking progressive leader in criminal justice reform in the country. Gascón is running for District Attorney in Los Angeles because he believes the way the criminal justice system operates in Los Angeles must change.

George Gascón moved back to L.A. to run for District Attorney because of his passion for the city, leaving his role as District Attorney in San Francisco, where he was appointed district attorney in 2011 and was re-elected twice. As SF District Attorney, Gascón led a slate of progressive reforms including lowering incarceration rates, expunging more than 9,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 1975, and launching a first-of-its-kind website that provides data on prosecutions, caseloads, and trial outcomes in order to increase accountability and transparency in the criminal justice system.

Gascón started his career as a beat cop in Los Angeles. His trajectory took him to the top of the LAPD, where as Assistant Chief, he oversaw operations the more than 9,000 officers in the LAPD. Throughout his career, Gascón has demonstrated the ability to think in new ways about seemingly intractable problems in criminal justice, and to create meaningful change in the culture and operations of police departments including the LAPD, the Mesa Police Department, and the SFPD. In 2011, then-California Attorney General Gavin Newsom tapped Gascón to be San Francisco District Attorney where he has become known as a visionary in criminal justice reform.

Gascón is challenging incumbent Jackie Lacey, who has consistently resisted public pressure to hold police accountable for the more than 550 people who have been killed by police in Los Angeles County since her election in 2013. Other candidates include public defender, Rachel A. Rossi. Gascón is the strongest progressive choice for district attorney because of his visionary leadership and outstanding track record in criminal justice reform, as well as his experience and demonstrated ability to adapt.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-29


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City Council Races

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

Los Angeles City Council

Los Angeles City Council, District 2

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Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian was born and raised in San Fernando Valley. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2010. He is the first Armenian-American elected to public office in the city of Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to continue his work to improve the economic foundation, educational outcomes, and public-safety standards for Stockton residents. 

On the City Council, Councilmember Krekorian serves as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, vice-chair of the Housing Committee, and sits on the Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Justice Committee among others. Prior to joining the Los Angeles City Council, he served for three years on the Burbank Board of Education and represented the 43rd district from 2007-2010 in the California State Assembly.

Councilmember Krekorian is being challenged by Ayinde Jones and Rudy Melendez. Councilmember Krekorian is the strongest choice because of his track record of public service and strong relationships in the district. 

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

Last updated: 2020-02-29


Los Angeles City Council, District 4

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Nithya Raman lives in the Silverlake neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, she is running to represent District 4 on the City Council to build a more inclusive and just Los Angeles.

Raman is a trained urban planner who is running on a strongly progressive platform that promises to center the voices and needs of underserved communities in Los Angeles. Her knowledge of policy is clearly demonstrated in her platform, which focuses on addressing housing and homelessness, responding to the climate emergency, and bringing Angelenos into the lawmaking process to increase transparency and accountability in city policymaking.

She is a co-founder of SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition, a local neighborhood-based organization formed in response to the city’s inaction on homelessness. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Homelessness Committee since 2017. Raman recently served as executive director of Time’s Up Entertainment, the women’s rights movement furthering equity and safety for women in the entertainment industry. Raman’s relationships in entertainment are strong, and her campaign is based on partnering with artists and performers as a rallying force for its organizing efforts.

Raman is running against David Ryu, the incumbent who has failed to fulfill supportive housing commitments in the district. Other candidates include Sarah Levy. Raman is the strongest progressive choice because of her strong understanding of the challenges facing the city of Los Angeles as detailed in her policy platform, her track record of leading the way in standing up for communities under attack, and her ability to connect with and engage people currently outside of the political process.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-27


Los Angeles City Council, District 6

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Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, the daughter of immigrants from Mexico. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to continue to fight for the families of the City of Los Angeles and the Sixth Council District in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.

Councilmember Martinez has served on the Los Angeles City Council since 2013. Her current agenda is bolstered by her new role as City Council President, which gives her decision making power on when new proposals are raised at council meetings and who sits on committees. Since January, she has articulated priorities including launching programs to help working families, support for foster youth to get employed, and a ban on building permits for private detention centers, including facilities that would hold unaccompanied immigrant minors. When it comes to housing and homelessness, Councilmember Martinez has over-delivered on her 2018 commitment to build supportive housing units in District 6.

Councilmember Martinez is the first Latina City Council President in the City Council's 170-year history. While recent City Council decisions have tended to be unanimous and presented as a united front, Councilmember Martinez has suggested that she is more open to open and transparent debate. Prior to her election to the LA City Council, she has a long history in public service, on the L.A. Unified School District Board from 2009 to 2013 and before that, on the City of San Fernando Council from 2003 to 2009.

Martinez is being challenged by Benito "Benny" Bernal and Bill Haller. Martinez is the strongest progressive choice because of her track record in representing the needs and interests of the residents in her district and her skillful leadership that has won the support of her colleagues on the council.

According to our analysis, Councilmember Nury Martinez is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-29


Los Angeles City Council, District 8

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Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson was born and raised in South Los Angeles. He is the incumbent, having first been elected to represent District 8 in 2015. According to his official website, Councilmember Harris-Dawson’s priorities in office are to increase government responsiveness, develop economic opportunities, create equitable housing and transportation, and improve public safety. 

Councilmember Harris-Dawson’s approach to serving his district is influenced by his background as a community organizer. A primary priority is ensuring that community residents have open channels to contact him and his staff to voice any need or concern. His office launched a campaign to encourage residents to use MyLA311 to request the services needed in the community, which has resulted in a nearly threefold increase in calls over the past three years and increased responsiveness and quality of service from City service providers for the district. When it comes to housing and homelessness, Councilmember Harris-Dawson has over-delivered on his 2018 commitment to build supportive housing units in District 8.

Prior to joining the Los Angeles City Council, Councilmember Harris-Dawson worked at the nonprofit Community Coalition, renowned for its groundbreaking work in bringing together community residents to build safer neighborhoods. Original founder Karen Bass selected Harris-Dawson to replace her as head of the organization when she left to run for office, and, under Harris-Dawson, the organization saw a doubling of its budget and the purchase and renovation of a new building headquarters. 

Councilmember Harris-Dawson is running unopposed. Councilmember Harris-Dawson is a strong progressive leader because of his active engagement with community residents, his track record of strong financial management, and his keen understanding of the needs and priorities of his district. 

According to our analysis, Councilmember Harris-Dawson is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-29


Los Angeles City Council, District 10

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Aura Vasquez was born and raised in Colombia before moving to the United States with her family. She worked nights and weekends as an undocumented student to put herself through college. According to campaign materials, she is running to represent District 10 on the City Council to be a bold leader who will focus on creating a more sustainable and equitable future for Los Angeles. 

Vasquez has a deep background in community organizing and public service. She worked with the city of Los Angeles and the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign to make L.A. coal-free by 2025 and helped establish the Feed & Tariff Initiative, the largest rooftop solar program in the country. Based on her work in environmental justice, Vasquez was appointed by Mayor Garcetti to the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Vasquez was also a member of the Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council where she was the only non-Korean American to serve on the board. Vasquez, who identifies as Afro-Latina, also brings accomplishments in supporting students experiencing poverty and institutionalized racism to avoid dropping out of school in New York and fighting against the targeting of immigrants driving without a license in Orange County. 

Vasquez’s policy platform is informed by her organizing and advocacy experiences in Los Angeles. Her priorities include helping transition Los Angeles to 100% renewable energy, protecting the health of families by ending neighborhood oil drilling and reducing pollution, and making city services more responsive to residents. She also supports progressive economic solutions like tuition-free community college and a public bank that can inject investments back into neighborhoods. 

Vasquez is running for an open seat, as incumbent Councilmember Herb Wesson has served the maximum terms for the position. Other candidates include Channing Martinez, Melvin Snell, Grace Yoo, and Mark Ridley-Thomas. Notably, Mark Ridley-Thomas, who is currently on the LA County Board of Supervisors, has also termed out, and he and incumbent Wesson are running for each other's seats to maintain their hold on power. Ridley-Thomas is a longtime elected official who has been repeatedly investigated for misuse of campaign and taxpayer funds. 

Nearly 20 percent of Vasquez’s campaign funds come from donations of $100 or less, which far exceeds that of any other candidate in the race. In a crowded field of progressives, Vasquez is the strongest choice because of her track record in successfully advocating for progressive policy changes that reduce barriers and improve lives for many communities inclusively.


 

Last updated: 2020-02-27


Los Angeles City Council, District 12

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Loraine Lundquist was raised by a career army soldier and a middle school math teacher, living all over the country before settling in Northridge nine years ago. According to campaign materials, she is running to represent District 12 on the City Council to tackle the challenges of the district and the city as a whole. 

Loraine is a neighborhood council member, environmental activist, and astrophysicist. Currently, she is a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Sustainability at California State University, Northridge where she runs a program to provide science and sustainability education to local K-12 schools. She also serves on the advisory panel for LADWP long-range planning, and has testified before the California State Senate and Assembly. Lundquist served as the co-chair of the homelessness committee of Northridge East Neighborhood Council and was a founding member of the West Valley Neighborhood Alliance on Homelessness. 

Lundquist’s policy platform centers on taking action on homelessness, holding the DWP accountable, and resisting special interests. Lundquist says she voted for local measures to raise taxes to pay for housing and services to help ease homelessness and wants to use that money to build more homeless housing and shelters. She also wants comprehensive reform of the LA transit system that will balance the needs of commuters with the needs of local communities, and more investment in local water infrastructure. 

Lundquist is running against John S. Lee, the incumbent who has failed to fulfill supportive housing commitments in the district, and whose campaign has received funds from the fossil fuel industry. Lundquist lost to Lee, who is a Republican and was the chief of staff to the previous councilmember, in a special election held last year. This election presents an opportunity to elect a progressive champion to serve the district. Lundquist is the strongest progressive choice because of her commitment, expertise, and strong endorsements from progressive organizations and leaders. 

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

 

 

Last updated: 2020-02-29


Los Angeles City Council, District 14

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Kevin de León was born in Los Angeles and was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college. A former state Assemblymember and Senator, he also served as President pro tempore of the California State Senate from 2014 to 2018. According to campaign materials, he is running to represent the 14th District on the City Council to advance policies to reduce homelessness, improve clean air and water, and make sure that Los Angeles is a safe place to live, work, and play. 

During the years he was in the California Assembly and Senate, de León represented all or a portion of district 14. According to public reports, he successfully secured funding for parks, environmental cleanup initiatives and housing for homeless Angelenos in that time. As President of the Senate, de León has a historic set of progressive accomplishments from his time in office, including millions for the revitalization of the Los Angeles River, toxic waste clean up, and funding for more than a dozen new parks. As part of this effort, he authored Proposition 68, to keep drinking water clean and open new parks throughout the state. And as the author of Proposition 2, he was able to successfully launch an ambitious program to provide permanent supportive housing for Californians experiencing homelessness statewide. Notably, de León authored SB54, California’s Sanctuary Law, which prevents state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources on behalf of federal immigration enforcement agencies, including ICE. 

de León’s policy platform focuses on building homes for Angelenos experiencing homelessness, keeping the air clean, and reducing traffic and commute times. He also has a focus on quality education, fair treatment of teachers, and ensuring that Los Angeles is a safe place for families to live, work, and play.

Kevin de León is running against Mónica García, John Jimenez, Cyndi Otteson, and Raquel Zamora. de León stands out as the strongest progressive choice because of his remarkable track record as an elected official serving the residents of California and his progressive ideals which have led to significant progressive legislative reforms that have improved the lives of Californians across the state. 

According to our analysis, Kevin de León is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-28


State Senate

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

State Senator, 21st District

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Kipp Mueller is from Sacramento and moved to Santa Clarita, CA, in 2019. According to campaign materials, he is running for State Senate to represent the needs of the working and middle class families over special interests.

Mueller is a workers’ rights and immigration attorney, representing workers and unions in legal disputes with large corporations. As a workers’ rights and immigration attorney, Mueller has successfully represented union workers who have experienced fatal work accidents, and worked as a pro-bono asylum attorney at an ICE detention center in Adelanto.

Mueller is running against Warren Heaton, Jr. (D), Dana LaMon (D), Steve Hill (D), and incumbent Scott Wilk (R). According to recent election results, this is a tough race for Democrats. Mueller is the best progressive choice because of his track record of defending workers’ rights, his commitment to defend our values, and to fight for a better future.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-28


State Senator, 25th District

Member of the State Senate

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State Senator Anthony Portantino is from Long Branch, NJ. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2016. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to represent the needs of the foothills community in the State Legislature.

As a State Senator, Portantino has advanced bills to address public health issues, increase access to higher education, and improve senior citizens’ services. Prior to his election to the State Senate, Portantino served on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council, as Mayor of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committee, and as President of the League of California Cities Mayors and Councilmembers Department.

As Senate Appropriations Chair, Portantino took actions that resulted in various progressive bills being tabled. Even though we don’t agree with all of Portantino's actions as Appropriations Chair, his position of power in the State Senate, his support of inclusive education and health policies make him a strong choice in this race.

Portantino is running uncontested for reelection. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Portantino has often shown courage advocating for the needs of constituents and facing down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-21


State Senator, 27th District

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Senator Henry Stern is a sixth-generation Californian and native of this district. He is the incumbent, having served in the State Senate since 2017. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to continue to be a voice for common sense policy that uplifts families and neighborhoods through community-driven, local policy solutions.

In the State Senate, Senator Stern has pushed for community-based resilience solutions that protect families and has authored legislation to empower communities to take a local approach to fight human trafficking. He currently chairs the Senate Elections Committee. Prior to his election to the State Senate, he worked with businesses to construct clean energy projects, co-founded a technology incubator, and taught civics classes.

Senator Stern is being challenged by Houman Salem (R). Based on our Courage Score analysis, Senator Stern has consistently shown courage advocating for the needs of constituents and facing down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-28


State Senator, 29th District

Member of the State Senate

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Josh Newman is a veteran from Orange County and currently resides in Fullerton, CA. According to campaign materials, he is running for State Senate to stand up for California by putting people and working families' needs over corporate interests.

Newman previously served as a State Senator, where he focused on advancing policies to improve veteran and mental health services, as well as initiatives to promote public education, jobs, and infrastructure improvements. Following the legislature's approval of a bill to repair the state’s aging transportation infrastructure in 2017, Senate Bill 1, Newman was singled out by a well-funded, hyper-partisan campaign that resulted in his recall. Prior to his election to the State Senate, he served as a United States Army officer, business owner, as well as a veteran and community activist.

Newman is running against Ling Ling Chang (R) who is the incumbent and has held the seat since 2018, and Joseph Cho, Ph.D. (D). Newman is the best progressive choice because of his track record of putting the people of California above politics.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-28


State Senator, 33rd District

Member of the State Senate

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State Senator Lena Gonzalez is from Los Angeles and now resides in Long Beach, CA. She is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2019. According to campaign materials, she is running for State Senate to be a bold leader that represents the diverse needs of her district.

As a State Senator, Gonzalez has advanced policies that aim to create an inclusive economy, protect the environment, and build a strong future by providing youth with STEM opportunities. Gonzalez currently sits on the Senate Health Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Prior to her election to the State Senate, she served on the Long Beach City Council and worked in the civic engagement investing division at Microsoft.

Gonzalez is running unopposed. She has a lifetime score of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator's progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Gonzalez 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, Gonzalez is likely to provide very strong progressive leadership in office.

Last updated: 2020-02-28


State Senator, 35th District

Member of the State Senate

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State Senator Steven Bradford is from Gardena, CA. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2017. According to campaign materials, he is running for State Senate to advance policies to help local working class families.

As a State Senator, Bradford has authored numerous pieces of legislation that promote a clean environment, climate justice, civil rights, and enhancing public safety. Bradford currently serves as Chair of the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and sits on the Public Safety, Governmental Organization, Appropriations, as well as the Energy, Utilities and Communications Committees. Prior to his election to the State Senate, he served in the Gardena City Council and the State Assembly.

Senator Bradford is being challenged by Anthony Perry (AI). Based on our Courage Score analysis, Bradford 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, Bradford is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-28


State Assembly

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

State Assembly, 36th District

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Johnathon Ervin, a veteran, is from Flint, MI, and has lived in the Antelope Valley for 17 years and currently resides in Lancaster, CA. According to campaign materials he is running for Assembly because his “district needs someone that is ready to fight for them.”

Ervin is an Engineering Manager and serves in the United States Air Force Reserve, where he cultivates innovation while serving his country. Prior to being honorably discharged in 2007, he was in the United States Air Force for 10 and a half years. While enlisted, he completed two degrees in Electronics and Technology. Ervin has also worked as a Planning Commissioner for Lancaster, CA, and a School Board member on Muroc Joint Unified School District.

Ervin is running against Tom Lackey (R) who is the incumbent and has held the seat since 2014, as well as Lourdes Everett (D), Steve Fox (D), Diedra Greenaway (D), Ollie McCaulley (D), Eric Ohlsen (D), Michael Rives (D). According to recent election results, this is a challenging seat for Democrats to win. Ervin, though, is a notable progressive choice because of his strong vision to create good-paying jobs by incentivizing the current aerospace industry to expand, as well as investing in revitalizing the community's infrastructure. Furthermore, he pledges to fight to increase access to quality healthcare, invest in public education, and to preserve the environment.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-13


State Assembly, 38th District

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Last updated: 2020-02-04


State Assembly, 39th District

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Assemblymember Luz Maria Rivas is from Northeast San Fernando Valley and returned to Los Angeles after completing her Masters in Education at Harvard University. She is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2018. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election because of her belief that every Californian should have a pathway to economic empowerment, independence, and self-efficacy.

In the Assembly, Rivas has worked on legislation to address California’s homeless student crisis, to ensure postsecondary schools cannot refuse transcripts because of a student’s debt, and has authored the Share Our Values Film Tax, which would give tax credits to companies that decide to film in California instead of a state that have enacted anti-abortion legislation. Prior to serving in the assembly, Assemblymember Rivas was an Electrical Engineer and an educator, and strongly believes that an education in a STEM field can create opportunity and empower all people, particularly girls and women. She founded a non-profit, DIY Girls, which teaches engineering and design skills, and was also appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Public Works in 2016.

Assemblymember Rivas is running against Ricardo Benitez (R). Rivas has a lifetime score of 95 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator's progressive voting record. Based on this analysis, Assemblymember Rivas has consistently shown great courage and advocated for the needs of constituents while facing down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians. She has demonstrated her progressive values in her commitment to equity, education, and supporting marginalized populations in her community.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 41st District

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Assemblymember Chris Holden is a lifelong resident of Pasadena. He is the incumbent, having served as Assemblymember for the 41st District in the State Assembly since 2012. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to continue to find solutions that create and protect jobs, preserve vital services, and strengthen the economic vitality of the San Gabriel Valley.

As an Assemblymember, Holden has authored and led the passage of several bills to support small businesses and innovation, save developmental disability services, protect public health, and preserve civil rights. Assemblymember Holden currently chairs the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, he spent 24 years as a Pasadena City Councilmember and Mayor.

Assemblymember Holden is challenged by Robin A. Hvidston (R). He scores a lifetime 92 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator's progressive voting record. Based on this analysis, Assemblymember Holden has consistently shown courage advocating for the needs of constituents and facing down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians.

According to our analysis, Assemblymember Holden is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office
 

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 43rd District

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Assemblymember Laura Friedman is a longtime Glendale resident. She is the incumbent, having served as Assemblymember for the 43rd District in the State Assembly since 2016. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to continue her work as a strong advocate for the environment.

As an Assemblymember, Friedman has authored and led the passage of several bills related to small business and innovation, and has worked to save developmental disability services, protect public health, and preserve civil rights. Assemblymember Friedman currently serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, which covers air quality, climate change, renewable energy, coastal protection, and other environmental issues. Prior to her election to the State Assembly, she served seven years on the Glendale City Council, including a term as the Mayor of Glendale.

Assemblymember Friedman is being challenged by Mike Graves (R), and Robert J. Sexton (NPP). She has a lifetime score of 99 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator's progressive voting record. Based on this analysis, Assemblymember Friedman 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, Assemblymember Friedman is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 44th District

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Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin currently resides in Thousand Oaks, CA. She is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2014. According to campaign materials, she is running to keep her seat to continue to create jobs, ensure her community is safe, and advocate for fiscally responsible governance.

In the State Assembly, she has advanced legislation to increase funding for education, mental health services, expand consumer protections, and address sexual harassment in the workplace. Irwin currently serves as Chair of the Veteran Affairs Committee and the Cybersecurity Select Committee, as well as sits on three additional committees. Prior to her election to the State Assembly, she worked as an engineer and served as Mayor of Thousand Oaks.

Irwin has progressive positions as it pertains to education, consumer protections, and increasing access to mental health services. That said, she has voted against key progressive bills on criminal justice reform, labor rights, and increasing access to affordable housing.

Irwin is being challenged by Denise Pedrow (R). Irwin has a lifetime score of 46 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator’s progressive voting record. According to recent election results, Democrats can win this seat but it's often a close race. Though we disagree with Irwin’s votes on the issues named above, and know that a stronger progressive candidate would more accurately represent the 44th district, Irwin is the most progressive candidate on the ballot. That said, we encourage more progressive candidates, that will better reflect this community’s needs, to run in future cycles.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 45th District

Member of the State Assembly

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Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel grew up in the Oak Park community in Ventura County and currently lives in the San Fernando Valley. He is the incumbent, having served as Assemblymember for the 45th District in the State Assembly since 2018. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to continue to advance the legislative priorities of the Democratic Caucus in the State Assembly.

Assemblymember Gabriel currently serves in the State Assembly, where he was appointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to serve in the Assembly Leadership as Assistant Majority Whip. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, he worked as a constitutional rights and general litigation attorney. In this role, he sued the Trump Administration to protect Dreamers who were promised protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Assemblymember Gabriel is an advocate for stronger gun violence prevention, protection against hate crimes, and bringing jobs and innovation to the San Fernando Valley. That said, he has voted against key progressive bills on issues including criminal justice reform and worker protections.

Assemblymember Gabriel is running unopposed. Though we disagree with his stance on the issues above, his strong base of support and prominent position in the Assembly Leadership make him a strong choice in this race.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 46th District

Member of the State Assembly

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Assemblymember Nazarian was born in Iran and immigrated to the San Fernando Valley, where he grew up. He currently lives in West Toluca Lake in Los Angeles. He is the incumbent, having served as Assemblymember for the 46th District in the State Assembly since 2012. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to focus on making California schools the best in the nation, to address the lack of affordable housing, and to improve services in L.A. County that help provide a pathway out of homelessness.

In the State Assembly, he authored legislation to extend the Film & TV Tax Credit and has fought to increase school aid, lift the ban on light-rail in the San Fernando Valley, and require health insurers to cover evidence-based behavioral health treatment for autism. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, he served as Chief of Staff to Paul Krekorian, then-Assistant Majority Leader in the California State Legislature. He was also appointed as Special Assistant to the California Trade and Commerce Agency by former Governor Gray Davis.

Assemblymember Nazarian is a strong local advocate for ending homelessness, smart transit solutions, and keeping jobs in the San Fernando Valley. That said, he has voted against key progressive bills on issues including electoral reform, criminal justice reform, and protecting the environment.

Assemblymember Nazarian is being challenged by Lanira K. Murphy (D). He has a lifetime score of 86 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator's progressive voting record. Though we disagree with his stance on the issues mentioned above and believe his district deserves a more progressive representative, we are not aware of a viable progressive alternative currently running.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 48th District

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Asm. Blanca Rubio is the two-term incumbent, having first won her seat in 2016. In the most recent election, Rubio ran unopposed, and runs unopposed again in this cycle–which is unfortunate, as our Courage Score analysis shows she does NOT advocate for her constituents against corporate lobbyists and interest groups.

Rubio earned a Courage Score of 29 – closer to the Republican average than a typical Democrat score. She sided with charter schools against public education, and cops over victims of police brutality. She put landlords before renters, and failed to protect our state from the Trump Administration’s environmental rollbacks.

There is no progressive choice on the ballot. 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.
 


State Assembly, 49th District

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Ed Chau is from Hong Kong, grew up in Los Angeles and currently resides in Arcadia, CA. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2012.

In the assembly, he has advanced legislation to protect consumer privacy, address elder abuse, increase access to healthcare, and protect peoples’ voting rights. Chau currently serves as the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, and the Assembly Select Committee on Emerging Technologies and Innovation. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, he served on the Montebello Unified School District Board of Education and as a Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Chau is being challenged by Bryan Perez (D), Pricilla Silva (D), and Burton Brink (R). He has a lifetime score of 93 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator’s progressive voting record. Based on this analysis, Chau has consistently shown great courage advocating for the needs of his constituents and facing down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 50th District

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Richard Bloom was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Altadena, CA, and West Los Angeles, and now resides in Santa Monica, CA. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2012. According to campaign materials, he is running for State Assembly to ensure that the diverse voices and needs of the district are represented in Sacramento.

Bloom currently serves in the State Assembly, where he has worked to spur economic development and job growth, increase funding for public education, advanced protections for the LGBTQ+ community, address homelessness, and protect the environment. Bloom currently serves as Chair on the Budget Sub-Committee on Natural Resources and Transportation and the Select Committee on the State of Hate. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, he served as Santa Monica’s mayor and on the Santa Monica City Council.

Bloom is being challenged Will Hess (D), and Jim King (D). He has a lifetime score of 88 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator’s progressive voting record. Based on this analysis, Bloom has consistently shown courage advocating for the needs of constituents and facing down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 51st District

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Asm. Wendy Carrillo is from El Salvador and moved to the Boyle Heights neighborhood in 1985. She has lived in Los Angeles since and first won her seat in 2017. Her campaign materials cite educational opportunities, quality healthcare, living wage jobs, and social justice as her priorities in office.

In the Assembly, Carrillo serves on the Appropriations, Rules, Labor, Health and Utilities & Energy Committees. She was recently a co-author of AB1482, which protects renters from unjust evictions and unreasonable rent increases – it was signed into law in late 2019. Before serving in the Assembly, she was a journalist covering human rights and hosted a community-based progressive radio show.

Carrillo is running unopposed. In our Courage Score analysis, Carrillo earned a score of 90 out of 100 in 2019 and, prior to that, had a lifetime score of 100. She consistently demonstrates courage when advocating for constituents against corporate lobbyists and interest groups. 

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

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 52nd District

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Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez is from and continues to reside in Pomona, CA. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2013. According to campaign materials, he is running to continue to represent his district’s needs in Sacramento.

In the State Assembly, he introduced legislation to bring the Ontario International Airport under local control, extend public transportation, and address public safety concerns. Assemblymember Rodriguez currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Public Employment and Retirement, as well as Chair of the Select Committee on Local Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. He also sits on the Committees on Communications and Conveyance, Health, Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, and an additional two Select Committees. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, he worked as an Emergency Responder and served on Pomona City Council.

Assemblymember Rodriguez has progressive positions when it comes to education and voting rights. That said, he is silent and was absent on key votes pertaining to environmental protection, criminal justice reform, and workers’ rights.

Assemblymember Rodriguez is being challenged by Toni Holle (R). Assemblymember Rodriguez has a lifetime score of 53 out of 100 on Courage Score, our analysis of a legislator’s progressive voting record. According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Though we disagree with Assemblymember Rodriguez stances on the issues named above, and know that a stronger progressive candidate would more accurately represent the 52nd district, Assemblymember Rodriguez is the most progressive candidate on the ballot. That said, we encourage more progressive candidates, that will better reflect this community’s needs, to run in future cycles.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 53rd District

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Assemblymember Miguel Santiago is a lifelong Angeleno and makes his home in Boyle Heights. He is the incumbent, having served as Assemblymember for the 53rd District in the State Assembly since 2016. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to continue leading the effort to make community college free for all Californians.

In the Assembly, he has authored and led the passage of several bills related to affordable housing and homelessness, gun violence prevention legislation, public health, and the environment. He currently serves as Chair of the Communications and Conveyance Committee, where he has worked to ensure broadband access throughout California. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, he served as the President of the Los Angeles Community College Board.

Assemblymember Santiago is being challenged by Godfrey Santos Plata (D). He has a lifetime score of 90 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator's progressive voting record. Based on this analysis, Assemblymember Santiago 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, Assemblymember Santiago is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 54th District

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Asm. Sydney Kamlager-Dove is from Chicago and moved to Los Angeles to attend USC in 1990. She has lived in California for most of the last 30 years. The incumbent, she was elected to the Assembly in early 2018.

Kamlager-Dove sits on Public Safety, Insurance, and Rules Committees. She has authored a number of renter protection measures and crucial criminal justice reforms, helping lead a movement to ban private prisons in California that culminated in Governor Newsom’s signing SB32 last October. Prior to her election she worked to help elect progressive Holly Mitchell to the Assembly, and served on the LA Community College Board of Trustees for two years.

Kamlager-Dove is challenged by Clinton Brown (D), Tracy Bernard Jones (D), and Glen Ratcliff (R). Kamlager-Dove earned an 88 out of 100 on our Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislator's progressive voting records, in both 2018 and 2019. She consistently demonstrates courage when advocating for constituents against corporate lobbyists and interest groups.

Based on our analysis, Kamlager-Dove is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 55th District

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Andrew Rodriguez is a lifelong resident of the City of Walnut and the 55th State Assembly District. According to campaign materials, he is running for the position to be an accessible, transparent, and effective representative for his community in Sacramento.

Rodriguez is Mayor Pro Tem of the city of Walnut. In this position, he has advocated for more housing in the district, smart growth strategies for the city, and he completed a general plan land use update for the city for the first time in forty years. He has also worked as a land use planner in San Gabriel Valley and on several political campaigns, including then Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s successful U.S. Senate bid.

Rodriguez is running against Phillip Chen (R), who is the incumbent and has held the seat since 2018. Assemblymember Chen has shown that he does NOT represent the needs of constituents in facing down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians. Rodriguez is the progressive choice because of his passion for urban revitalization, planning, and public administration and growing list of endorsements.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-24


State Assembly, 57th District

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Last updated: 2020-02-04


State Assembly, 59th District

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Asm. Reginald Jones-Sawyer is originally from Arkansas, but has lived in Los Angeles for decades, serving in a number of local government positions, including the Mayor’s Office, before winning his Assembly seat in 2012.

Jones-Sawyer chairs the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee and serves on the Agriculture, Budget and Labor & Employment Committees. He has authored several influential progressive bills – among them, legislation to improve funding for the courts and a bill to stop housing discrimination against the previously incarcerated. He has also procured millions of dollars in grant funds for programs to help previously incarcerated people become productive members of their communities.

He is opposed by Efren Martinez (D) and Marcello Villeda (R). In 2019, Jones-Sawyer was a reliable progressive vote, earning a 95 of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator's progressive voting record. This shows a track record of advocating for constituents against corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians.

According to our analysis, Asm. Jones-Sawyer is the strongest choice to provide progressive leadership in this office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 62nd District

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Asm. Autumn Burke is the incumbent, having held this seat since 2014. She was born in Los Angeles County and was a small business owner before taking offce 6 years ago. According to campaign materials, the centerpieces of her legislative career are expanding health care access and economic opportunity for her constituents.

Burke is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, and sits on the Banking & Finance, Health, and Utilities & Energy Committees. She has authored bills to improve transparency among hospital contracts, support the environment by improving the electric car charging network, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

She is challenged by Robert A. Steele (R). In the past year, Asm. Burke earned an 85 out of 100 in Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator’s progressive voting records. She has been a somewhat reliable progressive legislator and generally (but not always) advocates for her constituents in the face of pressure from corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 66th District

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Al Muratsuchi has lived in Southern California for nearly 25 years. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2016. According to campaign materials, he is for re-election to bring good jobs and quality education to his district, as well as improve environmental protections and veteran services. 

In the Assembly, Muratsuchi has advanced legislation to keep aerospace jobs in the state, increase funding for public education, oppose oil drilling throughout California’s coastlines, and to improve the services provided to homeless and disabled veterans. Muratsuchi currently sits on the Budget Committee, Environmental Safety and Toxins Materials Committee, Natural Resources Committee, Utilities and Energy Committee, and the Veteran Affairs Committee. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, he served as a Torrance School Board member and as a Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice.

Muratsuchi is a supporter of progressive economic policies and environmental protections. Our environmental justice allies work with him closely in advancing environmental priorities. That said, he has a clear history of casting bad votes on criminal justice reform measures. In 2019, he scored a 64 out of 100 on Courage Score, and has a lifetime score of 58, mostly due to his continued unwillingness to support progressive justice reforms. His district is somewhat purple, but his constituents have consistently voted in support of reforming our racist, broken criminal justice system. It is deeply troubling that Muratsuchi refuses to join them.

Muratsuchi is running against Angelica Scherp (D), Connie Sullivan (D), Richard Vaugh (D), Margie Hoyt (D), Stacey Golden (D), Cathy Familathe (D), Sara Deen (D), Donald Dear (D), Bobbi Buecher (D), Thomas Brewer (R), Janice Webb (R), Peter Michel (R), Martha Logan (R), Johnny Lauro (R), Williams Valladares (R), Eric Schuchman (R), Frank Scotto (R), Arthur Schaper (R). Though we disagree with Muratsuchi’s stances and votes on criminal justice reform, his local support and relationships with community leaders support progressive momentum and make him a strong choice in this race. That said, a viable progressive challenger would deserve a close look.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-29


State Assembly, 70th District

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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell is from Long Beach, CA. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2014. According to campaign materials, he is running to keep his seat because he understands the challenges his district faces and knows how to advocate on their behalf.

In the State Assembly, he has introduced and advanced legislation to increase access to quality education and improve working conditions for the people in his district. Assemblymember O’Donnell currently serves as Chair of the Education Committee and the Ports and Goods Movement Select Committee. He also sits on the Committees Retirement, Transportation, and Budget, and Public Education Prior to his election to the State Assembly, he worked as a teacher for nearly 20 years.

Assemblymember O’Donnell has progressive education and labor positions. That said, he is silent when it comes to protecting the environment and reforming our broken criminal justice system. He also voted against key progressive bills to increase access to affordable housing.

Assemblymember O’Donnell is being challenged by David W. Thomas (R). In 2019 Assemblymember O’Donnell scored a 58 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator's progressive voting records. According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Though we disagree with Assemblymember O’Donnell’s stance on the many issues named above, and know that a stronger progressive candidate would more accurately represent the 70th district, O’Donnell is the most progressive candidate on the ballot. That said, we encourage more progressive candidates, that will better reflect this community’s needs, to run in future cycles.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-24


Congress

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

23rd Congressional District

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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


26th Congressional District

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Representative Julia Brownley is from Aiken, SC, and currently resides in Thousand Oaks, CA. She is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2013. According to campaign materials, she is running for congress to advocate for the needs of her constituents and defend the civil rights of all Americans.

In Congress, Rep. Brownley has worked to bring down high healthcare costs, fought to make higher education more affordable, preserve the environment, ensure that veterans receive the care and services they deserve, and defend Social Security and Medicare from Republican attacks. Rep. Brownley currently sits on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in 2019 received an appointment to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis due to her leadership on environmental preservation. Prior to her election to Congress, she served in the State Assembly and the Santa Monica-Malibu school board.

Rep. Brownley supports progressive environmental, healthcare, and education policies. That said, she has been silent on other progressive issues, and has cast unfavorable votes that increased funding to Immigration and Custom Enforcement, failed to extend paid family leave for federal employees, and rejected measures to limit federal employers from discriminating against job applicants with a criminal history.

Rep. Brownley is being challenged by Enrique Petris (D), Robert L. Salas (D), and Rounda Baldwin-Kennedy (R). Even though we don’t agree with all the votes cast by Rep. Brownley on the issues mentioned above, her relationships with progressive partners and support in her district helps to advance progressive policies, which makes her a strong choice in this race.

Last updated: 2020-02-28


27th Congressional District

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Representative Judy Chu was born in Los Angeles and has lived in Monterey Park, CA, for over 33 years. She is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 2009. According to campaign materials, Rep. Chu is running for congress to continue her fight for progress in the San Gabriel Valley.

In Congress, Rep. Chu has worked with the Department of Defense to address military hazing, pushed to successfully declare the San Gabriel Mountains a national monument, and has established two Small Business Development Centers that have helped spur local economic growth. Rep. Chu currently sits on the House Committees on Ways and Means, Small Businesses, as well as sits on two subcommittees, and is a founder and co-chair of the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus. Prior to her election to Congress, Rep. Chu served on the Garvey School District School Board, Monterey Park City Council, and in the State Assembly.

Rep. Chu is challenged by Beatrice Cardenas (R), Johnny J. Nalbandian (R), and Christian Daly (NPP). According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Rep. Chu is the best progressive choice because of her track record of fighting for progress for the San Gabriel Valley and her pledge to continue to do so.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-28


28th Congressional District

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Representative Adam Schiff is from Framingham, MA, and currently resides in Burbank, CA. He is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 2001. According to his campaign materials, Schiff is running for re-election to advocate for working-class families, equality, and sensible policies on issues from gun violence to climate change. 

In Congress, Rep. Schiff has advanced legislation to bring good-paying jobs to his district, increase access to affordable education, and improve environmental protections. Rep. Schiff currently serves as Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, where he has skillfully led the impeachment inquiry into the current President’s abuse of power. Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Schiff served as a State Senator and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles. 

Rep. Schiff supports progressive education, immigration, and environmental policies. That said, he has cast unfavorable votes on issues pertaining to military spending and the use of military force. 

Rep. Schiff is running against Chad D. Anderson (D), Sal Genovese (D), Ara Khachig Manoogian (D), G. "Maebe A. Girl" Pudlo (D), William Bodell (R), Eric Early (R), and Jennifer Barbosa (NPP). Though we disagree with Rep. Schiff’s past hawkish foreign policy votes, his highly effective management of the impeachment inquiry, position of power in Congress, and community support helps advance progress and makes him the strongest choice in this race.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-28


29th Congressional District

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Representative Tony Cárdenas is a native of San Fernando Valley. He is the incumbent, having served as the representative for the 29th District in Congress since 2013. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to continue providing strong progressive leadership in Congress across issues including juvenile justice, clean energy, immigration, education, and job creation.  

As a congressional representative, Rep. Cárdenas has authored a variety of bills in support of issues including education, job creation, immigrant services, and the closure of tax loopholes. Prior to his election to Congress, he was the first Latino to represent the Valley in California’s State Legislature. There he co-authored the landmark Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act, which has made $100 million in funds available to counties each year since 2001 to promote a comprehensive, collaborative approach to juvenile justice that has increased transparency into policing and probation programs and provided resources for effective prevention programs. Rep. Cárdenas also spent ten years serving on the Los Angeles City Council where he authored legislation that created Los Angeles' first Animal Cruelty Task Force.

Rep. Cárdenas is being challenged by Angélica María Dueñas (D), Michael R. Guzik (D), and Brian Perras (R). Rep. Cárdenas stands out as the progressive choice because of his consistently forward-looking vision and ability to successfully pass legislative reforms since he first entered public service in 1996. Based on our analysis, Rep Cárdenas is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.

Last updated: 2020-02-28


30th Congressional District

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Representative Brad Sherman was born and raised in Southern California and lives in Sherman Oaks, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. He is the incumbent and is currently serving his twelfth term in Congress. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to continue providing strong progressive leadership in Congress for the labor movement, human rights, animal rights, and the environment.  

As a congressional representative, Rep. Sherman has provided leadership in areas including fiscal policy and foreign relations and was among the first legislators to call for impeachment against the president in 2017 on the grounds of obstruction of justice. He is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Financial Services Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, he served on the California State Board of Equalization from 1991 to 1996. It is, however, important to note that Rep. Sherman has been called out by former aides for enabling a generally toxic workplace atmosphere, although he has not been accused of any specific abusive acts in or outside the workplace.

Rep. Sherman is being challenged by Courtney “CJ” Berina (D), Raji Rab (D), Brian Carroll (D), and Mark S. Reed (R), although none of them appear to meet our viability criteria. Despite the above concerns, Rep. Sherman stands out as the best choice because of his senior position in Congress, progressive voice, base of support in his district, and ability to successfully pass legislative reforms. 
 

Last updated: 2020-02-28


32nd Congressional District

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Representative Grace Napolitano is from Brownsville, TX, and currently resides in Los Angeles County. She is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 1999. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to stick up for labor rights, push for immigration reform, improve veteran services, and restore water infrastructure.

In Congress, Napolitano has advanced legislation to secure funding to improve water management, mental health services, and has led a task force to reduce gun violence. Napolitano serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. Prior to her election to Congress, she served on the Norwalk City Council, as Mayor of Norwalk, and in the State Assembly.

Napolitano is running against Emanuel Gonzales (D), Meshal "Kash" Kashifalghita (D), and Joshua M. Scott (R). Napolitano is the best progressive choice because of her track record of using her position of power on Capitol Hill to advance legislation that addresses her constituents’ needs.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-28


33rd Congressional District

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Rep. Ted Lieu is from Taiwan and immigrated to the United States at age three and currently resides in Torrance, CA. He is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 2015. According to campaign materials, Rep. Lieu is running to keep his seat because he is the leader that best reflects the needs of the people in his district. 

In Congress, Rep. Lieu has been a voice and advocate for marginalized communities. He was an initial author of legislation to ban so-called “gay conversion therapy” and has been leading the fight to end the unjust system of money bail. He currently sits on the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, as well as four subcommittees. Prior to Rep. Lieu’s election to Congress, he served in the Torrance City Council, State Assembly, and State Senate. 

Rep. Lieu is running against Liz Barris (B), Albert Maxwell Goldberg (D), James P. Bradley (R), Sarah Sun Liew (R), and Kenneth Wright (NPP). Rep. Lieu is the best progressive choice because of his track record of advancing progressive policies and his commitment to being a leader that reflects the needs of the people. 

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

Last updated: 2020-02-28


34th Congressional District

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Representative Jimmy Gomez is from Southern California and currently resides in Eagle Rock, CA. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2017. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to advance progressive legislation to address environmental injustice, increase access to education and healthcare, as well as support reproductive and workers' rights. 

In Congress, he has co-sponsored over 200 pieces of legislation that focus on environmental justice, public health concerns, access to quality education and housing, domestic violence, sexual assault, campaign finance reform, civil rights, and reproductive rights. Rep. Gomez currently sits on Ways and Means and the Committee on Oversight and Reform. Prior to his election to Congress, he served in the state legislature and as a community organizer. 

Rep. Gomez is being challenged by David Kim (D), Frances Yasmeen Motiwalla (D), Keanakay Scott (D), and Joanne L. Wright (R). According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Opponents criticize Gomez for taking sizable campaign donations from special interests, as well as an immigration vote that resulted in funding increases to border patrol and ICE.  

Given the aforementioned concerns, Rep. Gomez is still the best progressive choice because of his committee positions, his commitment to championing progressive legislation that addresses issues facing his constituents. According to our analysis, Gomez is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-28


35th Congressional District

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Representative Norma Torres is from Guatemala and immigrated to the United States at five-years-old. She is a longtime resident of the Inland Empire and currently resides in Pomona, CA. Rep. Torres is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 2015. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to continue her fight against Republicans’ regressive policies.

In Congress, Rep. Torres has worked to address issues of national security by solving cyber security vulnerabilities at shipping ports. Furthermore, she has advanced initiatives to address the root causes of migration from Central America and public safety concerns of indigenous communities. Rep. Torres currently sits on the Appropriations Committee and the Rules Committee. Prior to her election to Congress, she served as the Mayor of Pomona, CA, in the State Assembly, and the State Senate where she worked to promote diversity in leadership. She also successfully fought to restore local authority of the Ontario Airport, and played a pivotal role in developing the “Keep Your Home California” program, which allowed over 80,000 families to stay in their homes and avoid foreclosures following the Great Recession.

Rep. Torres is being challenged by Mike Cargile (R). Though we disagree with some of Rep. Torres’ votes on military spending, border security, and healthcare, her progressive stances on education and the environment, as well as her relationships with partners, make her a strong choice in this race.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-28


37th Congressional District

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Representative Karen Bass is from Los Angeles. She is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 2011. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to continue to play a leading role in protecting voting rights, healthcare, jobs, education, criminal justice reform, and standing up to the Trump Administration.

In Congress, she has worked to protect peoples’ voting rights, access to healthcare, jobs, quality education, and to hold those in power accountable. She has also advanced progressive policies and instituted initiatives to help Congress better serve the people. Bass developed the Congressional Council, which provides her constituents with the ability to learn about issues in Congress and how they can become involved in the legislative process. Rep. Bass currently sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Judiciary Committee, and serves as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Prior to her election to Congress, she served in the State Assembly as the Speaker.

Rep. Bass is being challenged by Errol Webber (R) and Larry Thompson (NPP). Rep. Bass is the best progressive choice because of her proven track record of making government work better for the people it serves.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-28


38th Congressional District

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Representative Linda Sánchez is from Orange, CA, just south of the district. She is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 2003. According to campaign materials, Rep. Sánchez is running for re-election to improve the lives of families in her district by making Southern California a better place to live and work for everyone.

In Congress, Rep. Sánchez has advanced legislation to improve workplace safety, address cyber-bullying, and has worked to bring government and business together to bring good-paying jobs to her district. Rep. Sánchez sits on the Ways and Means Committee and the subcommittees on Oversight, Select Revenue Measures, and Social Security. Additionally, she serves as the Vice-Chair of LGBT Equality Caucus and was the former Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Prior to her election to Congress, she served as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer for the Orange County Labor Council, AFL-CIO. 

Rep. Sánchez is being challenged by Michael Tolar (D). Challenger critiques of Sánchez include concerns about her sizable campaign donations from special interests and her inability to quickly enact large structural change. According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat.

Rep. Sánchez is the best progressive choice because of her positions of power in Congress, relationships with partners and her vision to advance progressive policies that improve the lives of people in her district. According to our analysis, Rep. Sánchez is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.

Last updated: 2020-02-28


39th Congressional District

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Representative Gil Cisneros, a veteran, is from Los Angeles. He is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 2019. According to campaign materials, Rep. Cisneros is running for re-election to ensure future generations have the same opportunities that were available to him through the Navy.  

In Congress, Rep. Cisneros has advocated for quality education, stood up to the insurance and pharmaceutical industry to address high healthcare costs, and worked to bring good-paying jobs to his district. He currently sits on the House Committee on Armed Services and the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, he served in the United States Navy and was an education advocate. 

Rep. Cisneros has progressive education and economic positions. That said, while we have concerns about some votes, like his vote against an amendment that would have allocated $5 million to combat vaccine misinformation.  

Rep. Cisneros is being challenged by Young Kim (R) and Steve Cox (NPP).  Though we do not agree with all of Rep. Cisneros’s votes, his community support and relationships with progressive partners, his progressive votes on healthcare and other issues make him a strong choice in this race.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-28


40th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

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Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard is from Los Angeles. She is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 1993. According to campaign materials, Rep. Royal-Allard is running for Congress to support small businesses, protect seniors, and improve access to healthcare and quality education. 

In Congress, she has been a voice for marginalized communities and worked to advance policies to benefit American families. Rep. Royal-Allard was also an original co-author of The Dream Act and used her position as Vice-Chair on the House Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee to secure funds for local health needs. Rep. Roybal-Allard also serves as Chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.  Prior to her election to Congress, she served in the State Assembly. 

Rep. Roybal-Allard is being challenged by Anthony Felix Jr. (D), David John Sanchez (D), C Antonio Delgado (R), Michael Donnell Graham Jr. (AI), and Rodolfo Cortes Barragan (G). Challenger critiques of Rep. Roybal-Allard include concerns about her listening to the needs of her community and her inability to quickly enact large structural change. 

Rep. Roybal-Allard is the best progressive choice because of her positions of power in Congress, relationship with partners, and her track record of advocating for her constituents and vulnerable communities. According to analysis, Rep. Roybal-Allard is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-28


43rd Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

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Democrat

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Representative Maxine Waters is from St. Louis, MO, and moved to Los Angeles in 1961. She is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 1991. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to continue to advocate for the needs of her district and to hold those in power accountable.

In Congress, Rep. Waters has secured $10 billion in Section 108 loan guarantees, spurred economic and infrastructure development, and played a pivotal role in establishing the “Youth Fair Chance” program, which provides unemployed youth with skills training for well paying jobs. Rep. Waters currently serves as Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, where she leads the fight to hold financial institutions accountable for predatory behavior. Prior to being elected to Congress, she served in the State Assembly.

Rep. Waters is being challenged by Omar Navarro (R), and Joe Collins III (R). Rep. Waters is the best progressive choice because of her grassroots philosophy of listening to the people she serves and fighting on their behalf.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-28


44th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

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Representative Nanette Barragán is from Los Angeles and currently resides in San Pedro, CA. She is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2017. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to fight for immigration reform, veterans, access to quality healthcare, and the environment.

In Congress, Rep. Barragán works to protect vulnerable communities, social security, and Medicare from Republican attacks. She became a leading critic and leader against the administration's policy of child separations. Barragán currently serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where she is on the Health, Environment and Climate Change, and Energy subcommittees. She also serves on the Committee on Homeland Security where she is on the Border and Maritime Security and Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittees. Prior to her election to Congress, she served as the Mayor of Beach City and worked at the NAACP to address racial health disparities and discrimination.

Rep. Barragán is being challenged by Morris F. Griffin (D), Analilia Joya (D), and Billy Z. Earley (R). Rep. Barragán is the best progressive choice because of her track record of fighting for marginalized communities.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-28


47th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

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Democrat

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Representative Alan Lowenthal is from Queens, NY, and moved to Long Beach, CA, in 1969. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2013. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to advocate for his community’s needs and to defend all of his constituents’ rights and dignity.

In Congress, Rep. Lowenthal has advanced initiatives to address climate change and pushed for adopting sustainable renewable energy. Throughout his tenure, he has also continuously fought for everyone’s human rights, increasing access to quality education, and reinvesting in the nation’s infrastructure. He currently serves on the House Committees on Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as seven subcommittees. Prior to his election to Congress, he served on the Long Beach City Council, in the California State Legislature, and as a psychology professor at California State University, Long Beach.

Rep. Lowenthal is being challenged by Peter Mathews (D), Jalen Dupree McLeod (D), John Briscoe (R), Sou Moua (R), and Amy Phan West (R). According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Rep. Lowenthal is the progressive choice because of his track record defending human rights and his leadership position in the fight against climate change.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-28


Countywide Races

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

Los Angeles County

Los Angeles District Attorney

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George Gascón, a Cuban immigrant and longtime LAPD police officer, is known as a groundbreaking progressive leader in criminal justice reform in the country. Gascón is running for District Attorney in Los Angeles because he believes the way the criminal justice system operates in Los Angeles must change.

George Gascón moved back to L.A. to run for District Attorney because of his passion for the city, leaving his role as District Attorney in San Francisco, where he was appointed district attorney in 2011 and was re-elected twice. As SF District Attorney, Gascón led a slate of progressive reforms including lowering incarceration rates, expunging more than 9,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 1975, and launching a first-of-its-kind website that provides data on prosecutions, caseloads, and trial outcomes in order to increase accountability and transparency in the criminal justice system.

Gascón started his career as a beat cop in Los Angeles. His trajectory took him to the top of the LAPD, where as Assistant Chief, he oversaw operations the more than 9,000 officers in the LAPD. Throughout his career, Gascón has demonstrated the ability to think in new ways about seemingly intractable problems in criminal justice, and to create meaningful change in the culture and operations of police departments including the LAPD, the Mesa Police Department, and the SFPD. In 2011, then-California Attorney General Gavin Newsom tapped Gascón to be San Francisco District Attorney where he has become known as a visionary in criminal justice reform.

Gascón is challenging incumbent Jackie Lacey, who has consistently resisted public pressure to hold police accountable for the more than 550 people who have been killed by police in Los Angeles County since her election in 2013. Other candidates include public defender, Rachel A. Rossi. Gascón is the strongest progressive choice for district attorney because of his visionary leadership and outstanding track record in criminal justice reform, as well as his experience and demonstrated ability to adapt.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-29


Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, District 4

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Janice Hahn was born and raised in Los Angeles. After a brief stint in Texas and New York, Hahn moved back to Southern California and raised her family in Los Angeles. She currently lives in San Pedro, CA. According to campaign materials, Hahn is running for re-election to represent District 4 on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to continue her agenda of reforms that prioritize the needs of working families, women, children, seniors, and young people across the 4th District.

Supervisor Hahn was raised in a family of prominent Los Angeles politicians. After a career in the private sector, she was elected to represent the 15th District on the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission where she fought for many reforms now included in the new charter: Area Planning Commissions, local citizen representation on commissions governing Los Angeles International Airport and the Port of Los Angeles, and a system of neighborhood councils.

Supervisor Hahn then served on the Los Angeles City Council followed by three years in the U.S. House of Representatives before she retired to run successfully to represent District 4 on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. In this role, Hahn has been a forceful advocate for addressing homelessness, has worked to protect workers at the port, and has implemented reforms to ensure residents receive safe, clean drinking water. Hahn also successfully brokered a deal to secure long-term affordable housing in Marina del Rey that prevented tenant evictions and secured millions of dollars for District 4 school funding, public safety, and water infrastructure to combat run-off of toxic pollutants while increasing environmental protections.

Supervisor Hahn is being challenged by Desiree T. Washington. Hahn is the strongest progressive choice because of her long track record and effective approach to brokering deals that balance the needs of the many stakeholder communities in District 4.

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

Last updated: 2020-02-29


Los Angeles County Superior Court

Los Angeles County, Judge of the Superior Court, Position #42

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Los Angeles County Bar Association ranking: QUALIFIED

Linda L. Sun currently serves as Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice. She began her career as Deputy Attorney General in the Licensing Section of the Attorney General’s Office, California Department of Justice. In her current role, she oversees significant caseloads addressing potential abuses of consumer trust. 

She received her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her law degree from Southwestern University.

Last updated: 2020-02-20




Los Angeles County Bar Association ranking: WELL QUALIFIED

Robert “Bob” Villa is a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney currently working in the Special Trials department. Villa has spent over 30 years in the district attorney’s office. 
In 2016 he was recognized by Justice for Homicide Victims as a “Prosecutors of the Year” for “exemplary work in the pursuit of justice on behalf of murder victims.” 

He received his undergraduate degree from the University Of California Irvine and a Juris Doctorate from Western State University of Law. 

Last updated: 2020-02-20


Los Angeles County, Judge of the Superior Court, Position #72

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Los Angeles County Bar Association ranking: WELL QUALIFIED

Steve Morgan currently serves as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, a Lt. Colonel in the Army JAG Corps, and is a law professor.

Morgan received his undergraduate degree from Messiah College in Pennsylvania and went on to complete a dual J.D./MBA at the University of Hawai'i. Upon graduation from the program, Morgan was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the Army JAG Corps. He was also an adjunct professor at The John Marshall School of Law in Chicago and currently teaches at the Abraham Lincoln University School of Law in Los Angeles.  
 

Last updated: 2020-02-28




Los Angeles County Bar Association ranking: QUALIFIED

Robert F. Jacobs is the founder of the immigration and criminal defense law firm of Robert F. Jacobs & Associates, PLC. 

Jacobs is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He was named 2019 Attorney of the Year by the local Southeast District Bar Association (SEDBA). He is also a member of the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA), a “nationwide organization of elite lawyers in practice today.” 

Jacobs received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School. 

Last updated: 2020-02-28




Los Angeles County Bar Association ranking: NOT QUALIFIED

Myanna Dellinger is a professor of law focused on international law and climate change. She is an Associate Law Professor, University of South Dakota School of Law.

Dellinger was born in Denmark and has lived in southern California for over 20 years. She received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. She contributes often to law journals and outlets, and hosts the podcasts "The Global Energy and Environmental Law Podcast" and "Dellinger on the Law." 

She signed an open letter to Congress opposing strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) laws in 2015. SLAPP laws are intended to intimidate or deter objections to public discourse with the threat of massive legal lawsuits that would exhaust the resources of individuals or organizations. Before teaching at the University of South Dakota, she was an associate professor at Western State University College of Law.

Last updated: 2020-02-28


Los Angeles County, Judge of the Superior Court, Position #76

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Los Angeles County Bar Association ranking: QUALIFIED

Emily Cole has spent 13 years as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. She was born and raised in Los Angeles County and received her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University and her law degree from Golden Gate University. 

Cole currently specializes in the prosecution of sex crimes and domestic violence and has tried high profile cases, including the prosecution of Dino Guglielmelli, a wealthy businessman that tired to hire a hitman to kill his wife. She also led the prosecution of Shehada Issa in 2017, who was found guilty of murdering his wife and son and was sentenced to life in prison. 

This is an open seat, and Cole is running against one challenger: “Judge” Mike Cummins, who is a retired judge and attorney. Cummins has been rated as NOT QUALIFIED by the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Cummins has run unsuccessfully for numerous offices, including San Luis Obispo County District Attorney in 2018. 

According to our analysis, Cole represents the best choice for judge in this race.

Last updated: 2020-02-20


Los Angeles County, Judge of the Superior Court, Position #80

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Los Angeles County Bar Association ranking: WELL QUALIFIED

McKay currently is an administrative law judge in the California Department of Social Services. He hears Affordable Care Act appeals for the Department of Social Services. 

Prior to his role as an administrative law judge, from 2006-2014 he served in the Health Quality Enforcement section of the California Attorney General’s office. 

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, his MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and his law degree at Wayne State University. 

In 2018, McKay pulled papers to run against newly appointed Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Kristin S. Escalante, but withdrew from the race.

Last updated: 2020-02-20




Los Angeles County Bar Association ranking: QUALIFIED

David Berger has been a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for over 20 years. In 2009, he served for nine months as part of a transition team in the City Attorney’s office before leaving to return again to the District Attorney’s office.  

Berger is a District Attorney's Office Alternative Sentencing Designee as part of the county’s Community Collaborative Courts. He previously ran for judge in 2018. 

Berger was born in London and moved to the U.S. in 1989. He received his law degrees from the University of London and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. 

Last updated: 2020-02-20


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Nick C. Rini has been a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney for 35 years. He briefly practiced civil law before joining the DA’s office in 1984. 

Rini received his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Last updated: 2020-02-20


Los Angeles County, Judge of the Superior Court, Position #97



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Sherry L. Powell is a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. Her website states she has predominately prosecuted “crimes of violence, including murder, child molestation, rape, and domestic violence.” 

In 2014 she prosecuted Steve DeSisto, co-owner of a popular deli, for sexually assaulting a woman in a case that gained local attention. Powell received her law degree from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law. 

Last updated: 2020-02-29




Los Angeles County Bar Association ranking: WELL QUALIFIED

Timothy D. Reuben is the founder, Managing Principal, and CEO of the firm Reuben Raucher & Blum. The firm advertises services for civil litigation, insurance law, employment law, family law as well as appeals. Reuben contributes regularly to his firm's blog on a variety of legal issues. 

Reuben received his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University

Last updated: 2020-02-20


Los Angeles County, Judge of the Superior Court, Position #129



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Bruce A. Moss is a private practitioner specializing in family law and is a volunteer Temporary Judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Moss received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern California and his law degree from San Fernando Valley College of Law.

Last updated: 2020-02-20




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Kenneth M. Fuller is a Los Angeles County Deputy D.A, Commissioner on the City of Fullerton Traffic and Circulation Commission, and a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Fuller joined the DA’s office in 2006 and has worked in the VIP SpecialVictim's Unit, Hardcore Gang Division, and Environmental Crimes Divisions. 

Fuller also volunteers as a teacher as part of the LADA Project LEAD program. Fuller received his undergraduate degree from University of Southern California and his law degree from USC’s Gould School of Law. Fuller ran unsuccessfully for judge in 2018.

Last updated: 2020-02-23




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Mark MacCarley is the Managing Attorney/Consultant at MacCarley & Rosen, PLC and a retired U.S. Army General. He resides in Glendale, where he was raised and serves on the Civil Service Commission. 

In 2016, MacCarley ran unsuccessfully as a Republican in the primary for State Assembly’s District 43. He ran in 2017 for Glendale City Council and lost. 

MacCarley received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his law degree from Loyola Law School. 
 

Last updated: 2020-02-20


Los Angeles County, Judge of the Superior Court, Position #162



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Scott Andrew Yang is a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County. He now works in the sex crimes division and was previously part of the juvenile crime department. Before joining the DA’s office, Yang was in private practice working on civil law matters. 

Yang’s family fled Vietnam in 1979 and spent two years as refugees before settling in Michigan. In 1984, they moved to Los Angeles. Yang received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law. 

Last updated: 2020-02-20




Los Angeles County Bar Association ranking: WELL QUALIFIED

David D. Diamond is a criminal law attorney in Los Angeles County and has a Certified Legal Specialty in Criminal Law from the State Bar of California. 

He received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his law degree law at Southwestern Law School. He also ran for judge in 2018. 

Last updated: 2020-02-20


Los Angeles County Ballot Measures

County Measure R

VOTE YES

Vote Yes On Measure R

This proposition would authorize the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission in Los Angeles to develop a Comprehensive Public Safety Reinvestment Plan, the goal of which would be to reduce incarceration, ease jail overcrowding, reduce recidivism -- in particular among mentally ill and chronically unhoused populations -- and mandate that alternatives to incarceration for vulnerable populations be studied and prioritized over the building of new jails. That’s already a mouthful, but it would also give the commission a greater ability to investigate police misconduct by giving them the power to subpoena testimony and evidence. 

The effort to get this on the ballot was organized by a grassroots organization called Reform L.A. Jails, led by Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter, and it’s supported by the ACLU, Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, Dignity and Power Now, Community Coalition, White People 4 Black Lives and Real Justice PAC. Tackling a culture that permits widespread police brutality, endangers the lives of people of color, and prioritizes incarceration over assistance is vitally important, and we get a chance to help do that by voting YES on Measure R. 

We strongly recommend a YES vote on Measure R.



Measure FD

VOTE YES

Vote YES on Measure FD, LA County Fire District Parcel Tax

Measure FD would add a parcel tax of 6 cents per square foot on residential and commercial buildings in the unincorporated areas of LA County as well as in the 58 cities that contract with the county for fire protection and emergency services. (This does not include the city of Los Angeles, but does include many of the smaller cities in and around the city limits.) The parcel tax would cap out at 100,000 square feet and the money would be used to by the Los Angeles County Fire Department to hire more firefighters and paramedics and upgrade its equipment.

In a region famed for being prone to natural disasters, fires are among the most frequent large-scale crises we face. Climate change is making matters worse. All over the state, fire departments are being stretched by the increasing frequency with which they’re dispatched to battle major fires, and, as we learned in 2018, this means reinforcements and resources from elsewhere are not always available when they’re needed. LA County’s fire department also operates paramedic services, which are concurrently seeing an increase in demand. Both of these functions are vital to protecting the health and property of LA County’s citizens and worth funding. 

LA County’s fire department is funded entirely via property taxes -  it doesn’t receive any money from the county’s general fund. Because of this unique funding scheme they periodically have had to go to voters to pass parcel taxes for additional funding. The last time they did this, however, was over twenty years ago in 1997. Though the department has been late in getting their overtime report to voters, meaning they have not done everything they could have to document the need for this tax, it’s still worth voting YES. Too much rides on the fire department’s ability to provide quick, efficient service.

This measure requires a two-thirds vote to pass and the resulting tax would only apply in areas where the L.A. County Fire Department does its work. 

Vote YES on Measure FD.
 



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.