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25th Congressional District
According to our analysis, Christy Smith is the strongest choice to represent Congressional District 25. She is a strong advocate who can bring people together in order to advance progressive initiatives, which is exactly what Congressional District 25 needs.
About the Race
This is a special election on May 12th to fill the seat left vacant in October 2019 after a scandal-driven resignation by Katie Hill (D). Assembly Representative Christy Smith is running against Mike Garcia (R), an Iraq War veteran and a top executive at a leading defense contractor. The winner will serve the remainder of Hill’s term through 2020. Republicans are highly invested in the outcome of this race, have poured a lot of resources into it, and are relying on low voter turnout to pull off a win.
About the District
Congressional District 25 covers most of northern Los Angeles County and part of eastern Ventura County. It includes the cities of Palmdale and Santa Clarita, most of Lancaster and Simi Valley, and part of the northern San Fernando Valley. The district was held by Republicans for over 25 years before it was flipped in 2018 by progressive Democrat Hill. Hill’s win helped Democrats win back a majority in Congress; as a result District 25 is not only one of the most competitive Congressional districts in California but in the nation.
About the Opponent
Mike Garcia (R) is an Iraq War veteran and an executive at Raytheon, a leading defense contractor. Garcia isn’t the leader our community needs right now. We deserve someone who will fight to expand healthcare, not oppose it (as Garcia had done with the Affordable Care Act). Despite the continual blunders and fatal missteps made by the federal government in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, Garcia fully supports the president and has stated that he believes the administration has done a decent job addressing the public health crisis.
We recommend that you cast your vote for Christy Smith, who currently serves in the State Assembly and has earned a reputation for championing progressive childcare and education initiatives.
Rep. Christy Smith is a longtime resident of Santa Clarita, CA. According to campaign materials, she is running to represent Congressional District 25 to improve public education, make healthcare more affordable and available, and end corruption in Washington. Rep. Smith currently serves in the State Assembly representing Assembly District 38, which includes portions of LA and Ventura Counties. Prior to her election, she worked as an analyst at the US Department of Education, founded the Valencia Valley Technological Education Foundation, and served as president of the Newman School District.
In the State Assembly, Rep. Smith has taken progressive stances on childcare and education and has authored legislation to protect children and human trafficking victims. These include AB 543, which makes school sexual harassment resources accessible, AB 629, which authorizes the Victim Compensation Board to provide compensation equal to loss of income or support to human trafficking victims, and AB 1336, which funds more childhood unintentional injury prevention programs.
In 2019, Rep. Smith scored a 48 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislator's progressive voting records. This is largely due to unfavorable votes on issues including affordable housing, economic justice, workers rights, racial justice, and political accountability. Of particular concern were her no votes on AB362, which allows the state to contract safe-injection site operators in the Bay Area, and AB1215 which bans biometric surveillance and facial recognition from use in police body cameras for three years. A low Courage Score is not atypical for a legislator representing a historically Republican-led district such as Assembly District 38, and based on our analysis, Rep. Smith’s votes move her district in a progressive direction.
Candidate Viability and Support
Progressive allies on the ground in the district, especially those working with marginalized communities, are strongly aligned behind Rep. Smith. Though we disagree with some of Smith’s stances and votes outlined above, her electoral support and substantial list of endorsements in a recently flipped district indicates progressive consensus. Rep. Smith’s record in the State Assembly also shows she can win in competitive districts where Republicans have traditionally dominated. Her 2018 election was a signal victory for Democrats and flipped Assembly District 38, which had been held by Republicans since 1978.
How to Vote in this Election
The May 12 election encompasses only the 25th Congressional District and is being administered by the Registrar of Voters in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. To be counted, completed ballots must be received at your County Registrar of Voters office no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, or be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than three days after Election Day.
Register to Vote
You must register to vote by April 27, 2020 to receive a Vote By Mail ballot in the mail. After the April 27th deadline, you can still register and vote under Conditional Voter Registration (CVR), also known as Same Day Voter Registration. Contact your county elections office to learn more about CVR.
Vote in LA County
In LA County, voting by mail or voting in person at a participating Vote Center are the two ways to vote in this election.
- Vote By Mail: All registered voters in the May 12 Congressional District 25 Special General Election have been mailed a Vote by Mail ballot starting April 13th.
- Vote In Person: Voters have 10 consecutive days and Election Day to vote in-person at ANY participating Vote Center in the County. Safe and secure Vote Centers throughout the District will follow all COVID-19 related public health and safety guidelines. During the voting period, Vote Centers will be open from 8 AM to 5 PM during the 10 days prior to Election Day. On Election Day, all Vote Centers will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM. Please note that voting early at the LA County Registrar Headquarters will not be available during the COVID-19 Stay at Home order.
- Accessible Voting: The international symbol of access is used on every sample ballot pamphlet to indicate if a polling place is accessible to voters using wheelchairs. Presently, 95% of L.A. County polls are accessible. To find the nearest accessible polling place with the same ballot as your precinct, call (800) 815-2666, option 4 or use the Polling Place Lookup on the County Elections website.
- Los Angeles County Elections Website: https://locator.lavote.net/locations/vc/?id=4178
Vote in Ventura County
In Ventura County, voting by mail is the only way to vote in this election and every eligible registered voter will receive a vote by mail ballot. There will be no in-person polling locations.
- Vote By Mail: Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Elections Division no later than three days after Election Day. No postage is necessary. Ballots dropped off in person must be received no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Voted ballots may be dropped off at a 24/7, outside, secured drop box at the office of the Simi Valley City Clerk or in ballot drop boxes available in front of the Hall of Administration and Hall of Justice Buildings of the Ventura County Government Center.
- Accessible Voting: Voters with differing abilities can receive access to Remote Accessible Vote By Mail (RAVBM). The RAVBM system allows voters with differing abilities to download and mark their ballot privately and independently using their own assistive technology. To sign up for RAVBM, call (805) 654-2664 or email VenturaVoterRegistration@ventura.org.
Ventura County Elections Website: https://recorder.countyofventura.org/elections/
Last updated: 2020-07-15
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State Senator, 28th District
According to our analysis, Elizabeth Romero is the strongest choice to represent State Senate District 28.
About the Race
This is a special election on May 12th to fill the State Senate seat left vacant after Sen. Jeff Stone resigned in November to join the Trump Administration. Romero is a Democrat running against Assemblymember Melissa Melendez (R), a vocal Trump supporter who has strongly opposed criminal justice reforms and voted against legislation to establish mandatory vaccinations in California during her time in the State Assembly. It is imperative that a Democrat is elected to this seat in order to advance progressive policy in Sacramento. There is no question that Asm. Melendez would oppose all progressive priorities.
About the District
California State Senate District 28 extends from southwestern Riverside County through the Coachella Valley to the Arizona border. It includes the cities of Blythe, Indio, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Palm Springs, and Temecula. According to recent election results, Democrats can win this seat as they did in a 2011 special election and in 2006, but Republicans have won in the last two election cycles in 2014 and 2018. Democrats now outnumber Republicans in voter registration in the district.
Elizabeth Romero grew up in Thermal, California and is the daughter of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador. According to campaign materials she is running to represent Senate District 28 to advance inclusive economic growth and opportunity, ensure seniors and people with disabilities are able to keep their homes and live with dignity, work with immigrant and LGBTQ+ communities, and defend worker’s rights.
Romero is currently Assistant Vice Chancellor of Government & Community Relations at the University of California, Riverside where she has helped secure $100 million for the UC Riverside School of Medicine and $15 million for telepsychiatry healthcare to expand the number of primary care doctors and address the mental health crisis in medically underserved communities in the state. She is also an elected member of the Riverside County Board of Education representing Coachella Valley, Desert Center, Desert Sands, Palm Springs and Palo Verde Unified School Districts.
Prior to joining UCR, Elizabeth worked at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest where she helped enroll over 17,000 new people in the Affordable Care Act. Romero also managed the Building Healthy Communities Initiative funded by The California Endowment, where she brought together over 80 groups to address local issues that directly influenced the disbursement of a multi-million investment in the Eastern Coachella Valley. She has also worked for Desert Arc, University Center for Developmental Disabilities and served as a Legislative Assistant to the late Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor Roy Wilson and Supervisor John J. Benoit.
Candidate Viability and Support
Romero is an established community leader who has demonstrated the ability to bring people together for consensus-based policymaking that has delivered real benefits to the people of Riverside County.
How to Vote in this Election
The May 12 election encompasses only the 28th Senate District and is being administered by the Riverside County Registrar of Voters. To be counted, completed ballots must be received at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, or be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than three days after Election Day.
Vote in Riverside County
In Riverside County, voting by mail or making an appointment to vote in person are the two ways to vote in this election.
- Vote by Mail: All registered voters in the May 12 Senate District 28 Special Election have been mailed a vote-by-mail ballot starting April 13th. Vote-by-mail ballots can be returned through the postal service or deposited in vote-by-mail drop-off boxes located at the Blythe City Clerk’s office or the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office. No postage is necessary. Be sure to sign the return envelope. Your signature must appear similar to the original signature on your voter registration form. A Vote By Mail ballot without your signature will not be counted.
- Vote In Person: Early voting at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office began on April 13 and continues Monday through Friday (excluding county holidays), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please call (951) 486-7200 to schedule an appointment to vote in person.
- Accessible Voting: Accessibility options for voters with differing abilities in Riverside County are available at https://sites.omniballot.us/06065/app/home. If you experience issues, please contact the Registrar of Voters at (951) 697-8966 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Register to Vote: You must register to vote by April 27, 2020 to receive a Vote By Mail ballot in the mail. After the April 27th deadline, you can still register and vote under Conditional Voter Registration (CVR), also known as Same Day Voter Registration. Contact your county elections office to learn more about CVR.
- Riverside County Elections Website: https://www.voteinfo.net/elections/20200512/2020_05_12.asp
Last updated: 2020-07-15
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