Courage California

Courage California

Courage California (formerly Courage Campaign) believes that California must be a beacon of progressive, equitable, and truly representative democracy. As the 5th largest economy in the world -- and the United States' largest and most diverse state -- California is uniquely positioned to serve as a model for the country. 

We must prove that democracy in the US can still solve the thorniest problems facing our state, our nation, and the world, while also serving ALL of our people -- regardless of race, gender, or economic status. To do so, Californians must have the information and infrastructure they need to hold elected officials accountable when they are not working for the public’s benefit, instead prioritizing corporate lobbyists and campaign contributors. 

Courage California, driven by our 1.4 million members, helps our great state reach its potential by calling out institutional corruption and oppression, improving coordination and collaboration between progressive organizations, and demanding that our state and local representatives be both accountable to and reflective of the Californians they seek to serve.

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State Assembly

State Assembly, 20th District

  • Jennifer Esteen

    Esteen is a registered nurse, working mother, and community activist, and has lived in the East Bay for nearly two decades. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to champion working families and to ensure that corporations and special interests pay their fair share so that communities have access to affordable housing, health care, and quality education. Esteen has not run for office previously. Esteen is an Emerge California Alumnus, having undergone leadership training to better represent the communities she wants to serve. She has local governing experience as a member of the Eden Municipal Area Council.

     

    Her experience as a psychiatric nurse in the San Francisco General Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Room, and seeing firsthand the cycle that patients experience from diminished funding for mental-health care, galvanized her to organize for better access to health care. While serving on a steering committee on mental health in San Francisco, she put together a plan to put a progressive tax on the CEO’s income to fund mental-health services, which passed with voter support. After working five years in the Behavioral Health Center, she fought alongside residents to stop the closure of 41 permanent board and care beds in the Adult Residential Facility. It was after saving those beds that she was appointed vice president of organizing for SEIU 1021.

     

    As a state legislator, Esteen intends to address racial disparities and racial injustice through concrete measures, such as repealing the Ellis Act and Costa Hawkins. She also aims to champion policies that create stronger tenant protections, a living wage that covers more than just housing and food costs, and worker protections for low-wage and gig workers. 

     

    As secretary and treasurer of the Alameda Health System Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Housing Conservatorship Working Group in San Francisco, Esteen also advocates for affordable housing and an equitable health-care system.

     

    Esteen has the endorsement of many progressive leaders and groups, including Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, BART Director Lateefah Simon, #BlackLivesMatter Co-founder Alicia Garza, SEIU California, California Working Families Party, and Bay Rising Action. 

     

    Based on our analysis, Ortega’s and Esteen’s track records and policy positions demonstrate that both will be a progressive champions for the constituents of AD-20 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.


     

    Jennifer Esteen

    Esteen is a registered nurse, working mother, and community activist, and has lived in the East Bay for nearly two decades. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to champion working families and to ensure that corporations and special interests pay their fair share so that communities have access to affordable housing, health care, and quality education. Esteen has not run for office previously. Esteen is an Emerge California Alumnus, having undergone leadership training to better represent the communities she wants to serve. She has local governing experience as a member of the Eden Municipal Area Council.

     

    Her experience as a psychiatric nurse in the San Francisco General Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Room, and seeing firsthand the cycle that patients experience from diminished funding for mental-health care, galvanized her to organize for better access to health care. While serving on a steering committee on mental health in San Francisco, she put together a plan to put a progressive tax on the CEO’s income to fund mental-health services, which passed with voter support. After working five years in the Behavioral Health Center, she fought alongside residents to stop the closure of 41 permanent board and care beds in the Adult Residential Facility. It was after saving those beds that she was appointed vice president of organizing for SEIU 1021.

     

    As a state legislator, Esteen intends to address racial disparities and racial injustice through concrete measures, such as repealing the Ellis Act and Costa Hawkins. She also aims to champion policies that create stronger tenant protections, a living wage that covers more than just housing and food costs, and worker protections for low-wage and gig workers. 

     

    As secretary and treasurer of the Alameda Health System Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Housing Conservatorship Working Group in San Francisco, Esteen also advocates for affordable housing and an equitable health-care system.

     

    Esteen has the endorsement of many progressive leaders and groups, including Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, BART Director Lateefah Simon, #BlackLivesMatter Co-founder Alicia Garza, SEIU California, California Working Families Party, and Bay Rising Action. 

     

    Based on our analysis, Ortega’s and Esteen’s track records and policy positions demonstrate that both will be a progressive champions for the constituents of AD-20 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.


     

    Jennifer Esteen

    Esteen is a registered nurse, working mother, and community activist, and has lived in the East Bay for nearly two decades. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to champion working families and to ensure that corporations and special interests pay their fair share so that communities have access to affordable housing, health care, and quality education. Esteen has not run for office previously. Esteen is an Emerge California Alumnus, having undergone leadership training to better represent the communities she wants to serve. She has local governing experience as a member of the Eden Municipal Area Council.

     

    Her experience as a psychiatric nurse in the San Francisco General Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Room, and seeing firsthand the cycle that patients experience from diminished funding for mental-health care, galvanized her to organize for better access to health care. While serving on a steering committee on mental health in San Francisco, she put together a plan to put a progressive tax on the CEO’s income to fund mental-health services, which passed with voter support. After working five years in the Behavioral Health Center, she fought alongside residents to stop the closure of 41 permanent board and care beds in the Adult Residential Facility. It was after saving those beds that she was appointed vice president of organizing for SEIU 1021.

     

    As a state legislator, Esteen intends to address racial disparities and racial injustice through concrete measures, such as repealing the Ellis Act and Costa Hawkins. She also aims to champion policies that create stronger tenant protections, a living wage that covers more than just housing and food costs, and worker protections for low-wage and gig workers. 

     

    As secretary and treasurer of the Alameda Health System Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Housing Conservatorship Working Group in San Francisco, Esteen also advocates for affordable housing and an equitable health-care system.

     

    Esteen has the endorsement of many progressive leaders and groups, including Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, BART Director Lateefah Simon, #BlackLivesMatter Co-founder Alicia Garza, SEIU California, California Working Families Party, and Bay Rising Action. 

     

    Based on our analysis, Ortega’s and Esteen’s track records and policy positions demonstrate that both will be a progressive champions for the constituents of AD-20 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.


     

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  • Liz Ortega

    Ortega, a labor leader, grew up in the Bay Area. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to help level the playing field to help opportunities that have become increasingly out of reach be more accessible for working families. In particular, if elected, Ortega would prioritize the expansion and institutionalization of paid sick leave, securing health-care protections, and expanding affordable housing. Ortega has not run for office previously.

    Liz Ortega has more than two decades of experience in labor leadership and in working with progressive Democratic leaders and community organizations. As statewide political director for AFSCME Local 3299, the University of California’s largest employee union, Ortega ensured the passage of state legislation to preserve and protect essential service jobs at every UC campus. She is the first Latina elected as executive secretary-treasurer of the Alameda Labor Council, and in this role has fought for an equitable minimum wage to support working families. As a member of the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, she helped job-seekers develop workplace skills and find employment. 
    Ortega serves on the Alameda County Vaccine Equity Task Force, where she  secured paid sick leave and hazard pay for essential public safety, health providers, and frontline workers. During the pandemic, she focused her work on testing and vaccination efforts to ensure the safety of frontline workers.

    Ortega has extensive experience in coalition-building, and has demonstrated the commitment and the strategies necessary to build relationships and bring together the unions working in a broad range of jobs across the public and private sectors. She was elected delegate to the Alameda Democratic Central Committee in 2014, and in the two years that she served in that role, facilitated meetings and discussions between Democrats and labor leaders on issues facing their members.
    Ortega has the endorsement of many progressive leaders and groups, including Attorney General Rob Bonta, Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, activist Dolores Huerta, AFSCME California, UFCW 5, and California Teachers Association. 
     

    Liz Ortega

    Ortega, a labor leader, grew up in the Bay Area. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to help level the playing field to help opportunities that have become increasingly out of reach be more accessible for working families. In particular, if elected, Ortega would prioritize the expansion and institutionalization of paid sick leave, securing health-care protections, and expanding affordable housing. Ortega has not run for office previously.

    Liz Ortega has more than two decades of experience in labor leadership and in working with progressive Democratic leaders and community organizations. As statewide political director for AFSCME Local 3299, the University of California’s largest employee union, Ortega ensured the passage of state legislation to preserve and protect essential service jobs at every UC campus. She is the first Latina elected as executive secretary-treasurer of the Alameda Labor Council, and in this role has fought for an equitable minimum wage to support working families. As a member of the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, she helped job-seekers develop workplace skills and find employment. 
    Ortega serves on the Alameda County Vaccine Equity Task Force, where she  secured paid sick leave and hazard pay for essential public safety, health providers, and frontline workers. During the pandemic, she focused her work on testing and vaccination efforts to ensure the safety of frontline workers.

    Ortega has extensive experience in coalition-building, and has demonstrated the commitment and the strategies necessary to build relationships and bring together the unions working in a broad range of jobs across the public and private sectors. She was elected delegate to the Alameda Democratic Central Committee in 2014, and in the two years that she served in that role, facilitated meetings and discussions between Democrats and labor leaders on issues facing their members.
    Ortega has the endorsement of many progressive leaders and groups, including Attorney General Rob Bonta, Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, activist Dolores Huerta, AFSCME California, UFCW 5, and California Teachers Association. 
     

    Liz Ortega

    Ortega, a labor leader, grew up in the Bay Area. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to help level the playing field to help opportunities that have become increasingly out of reach be more accessible for working families. In particular, if elected, Ortega would prioritize the expansion and institutionalization of paid sick leave, securing health-care protections, and expanding affordable housing. Ortega has not run for office previously.

    Liz Ortega has more than two decades of experience in labor leadership and in working with progressive Democratic leaders and community organizations. As statewide political director for AFSCME Local 3299, the University of California’s largest employee union, Ortega ensured the passage of state legislation to preserve and protect essential service jobs at every UC campus. She is the first Latina elected as executive secretary-treasurer of the Alameda Labor Council, and in this role has fought for an equitable minimum wage to support working families. As a member of the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, she helped job-seekers develop workplace skills and find employment. 
    Ortega serves on the Alameda County Vaccine Equity Task Force, where she  secured paid sick leave and hazard pay for essential public safety, health providers, and frontline workers. During the pandemic, she focused her work on testing and vaccination efforts to ensure the safety of frontline workers.

    Ortega has extensive experience in coalition-building, and has demonstrated the commitment and the strategies necessary to build relationships and bring together the unions working in a broad range of jobs across the public and private sectors. She was elected delegate to the Alameda Democratic Central Committee in 2014, and in the two years that she served in that role, facilitated meetings and discussions between Democrats and labor leaders on issues facing their members.
    Ortega has the endorsement of many progressive leaders and groups, including Attorney General Rob Bonta, Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, activist Dolores Huerta, AFSCME California, UFCW 5, and California Teachers Association. 
     

  • Endorsed By: Courage California

State Assembly, 24th District

  • Alex Lee

    Reelect State Assemblymember Alex Lee to keep AD-24 on the right track for progress.

     

     

    The Position


    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 24th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. Democrats have held this district since 2012. Of the registered voters in this district, 50% are Democrat and 15% are Republican, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 16% Latino, 54% Asian, and 4% Black. The most recent election results show that AD-25 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 43 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 41 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    Assm. Alex Lee is running for reelection to this seat, which he won in 2020. He is being challenged by a former assemblymember, Democrat Kansen Chu, a current at-large member of the Berryessa Union School District Board of School Trustees who held this seat from 2014 to 2020. Lee’s campaign has raised more than $450,000 and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, police, or real estate money. While Chu received a Courage Score of 100 in 2021, Chu’s campaign is funded by police, corporate, and insurance money.

    In 2020, Chu abstained from voting on a measure that allows voters to decide whether the state’s ban on affirmative action should be repealed.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Assm. Lee, a past legislative policy advisor in the California State Senate and Assembly, has called the South Bay home for all his life. According to campaign materials, Assm. Lee is running for reelection to continue to challenge entrenched special interests and to combat the housing affordability crisis. Assm. Lee won his 2020 election against a Republican challenger by 49 points, even as he was outspent 15 to one.

    Assm. Lee’s priorities for his current AD-25 district this year have included eight bills protecting consumers and residents; seven of them have successfully passed the Assembly. Six have passed the Senate and been signed into law. He currently serves on the Public Safety, Transportation, and Education Committees. He scores a 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Lee has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. Most notably, on his first day in office, Lee introduced AB 20, the Clean Money Act, which will eliminate corporate special-interest money in elections. He has sponsored legislation in favor of environmental protection and cosponsored legislation in furtherance of consumer protection, rent stabilization, and limiting police militarization.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Lee interned at the district office of former Congressman Mike Honda and several California legislators. He is a longtime champion of public safety, education, housing, and seniors.

    Assm. Lee has received the endorsement of a number of elected officials across the state, including U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, State Assemblymember Ash Kalra, State Senator Scott Weiner, and the API and LGBTQ+ Legislative Caucuses. He also has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, such as Sunrise Silicon Valley, South Bay Progressive Alliance, and East Bay for Everyone. Based on our analysis, Assm. Lee’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-24 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Alex Lee

    Reelect State Assemblymember Alex Lee to keep AD-24 on the right track for progress.

     

     

    The Position


    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 24th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. Democrats have held this district since 2012. Of the registered voters in this district, 50% are Democrat and 15% are Republican, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 16% Latino, 54% Asian, and 4% Black. The most recent election results show that AD-25 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 43 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 41 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    Assm. Alex Lee is running for reelection to this seat, which he won in 2020. He is being challenged by a former assemblymember, Democrat Kansen Chu, a current at-large member of the Berryessa Union School District Board of School Trustees who held this seat from 2014 to 2020. Lee’s campaign has raised more than $450,000 and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, police, or real estate money. While Chu received a Courage Score of 100 in 2021, Chu’s campaign is funded by police, corporate, and insurance money.

    In 2020, Chu abstained from voting on a measure that allows voters to decide whether the state’s ban on affirmative action should be repealed.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Assm. Lee, a past legislative policy advisor in the California State Senate and Assembly, has called the South Bay home for all his life. According to campaign materials, Assm. Lee is running for reelection to continue to challenge entrenched special interests and to combat the housing affordability crisis. Assm. Lee won his 2020 election against a Republican challenger by 49 points, even as he was outspent 15 to one.

    Assm. Lee’s priorities for his current AD-25 district this year have included eight bills protecting consumers and residents; seven of them have successfully passed the Assembly. Six have passed the Senate and been signed into law. He currently serves on the Public Safety, Transportation, and Education Committees. He scores a 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Lee has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. Most notably, on his first day in office, Lee introduced AB 20, the Clean Money Act, which will eliminate corporate special-interest money in elections. He has sponsored legislation in favor of environmental protection and cosponsored legislation in furtherance of consumer protection, rent stabilization, and limiting police militarization.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Lee interned at the district office of former Congressman Mike Honda and several California legislators. He is a longtime champion of public safety, education, housing, and seniors.

    Assm. Lee has received the endorsement of a number of elected officials across the state, including U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, State Assemblymember Ash Kalra, State Senator Scott Weiner, and the API and LGBTQ+ Legislative Caucuses. He also has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, such as Sunrise Silicon Valley, South Bay Progressive Alliance, and East Bay for Everyone. Based on our analysis, Assm. Lee’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-24 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Alex Lee

    Reelect State Assemblymember Alex Lee to keep AD-24 on the right track for progress.

     

     

    The Position


    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 24th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. Democrats have held this district since 2012. Of the registered voters in this district, 50% are Democrat and 15% are Republican, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 16% Latino, 54% Asian, and 4% Black. The most recent election results show that AD-25 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 43 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 41 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    Assm. Alex Lee is running for reelection to this seat, which he won in 2020. He is being challenged by a former assemblymember, Democrat Kansen Chu, a current at-large member of the Berryessa Union School District Board of School Trustees who held this seat from 2014 to 2020. Lee’s campaign has raised more than $450,000 and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, police, or real estate money. While Chu received a Courage Score of 100 in 2021, Chu’s campaign is funded by police, corporate, and insurance money.

    In 2020, Chu abstained from voting on a measure that allows voters to decide whether the state’s ban on affirmative action should be repealed.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Assm. Lee, a past legislative policy advisor in the California State Senate and Assembly, has called the South Bay home for all his life. According to campaign materials, Assm. Lee is running for reelection to continue to challenge entrenched special interests and to combat the housing affordability crisis. Assm. Lee won his 2020 election against a Republican challenger by 49 points, even as he was outspent 15 to one.

    Assm. Lee’s priorities for his current AD-25 district this year have included eight bills protecting consumers and residents; seven of them have successfully passed the Assembly. Six have passed the Senate and been signed into law. He currently serves on the Public Safety, Transportation, and Education Committees. He scores a 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Lee has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. Most notably, on his first day in office, Lee introduced AB 20, the Clean Money Act, which will eliminate corporate special-interest money in elections. He has sponsored legislation in favor of environmental protection and cosponsored legislation in furtherance of consumer protection, rent stabilization, and limiting police militarization.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Lee interned at the district office of former Congressman Mike Honda and several California legislators. He is a longtime champion of public safety, education, housing, and seniors.

    Assm. Lee has received the endorsement of a number of elected officials across the state, including U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, State Assemblymember Ash Kalra, State Senator Scott Weiner, and the API and LGBTQ+ Legislative Caucuses. He also has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, such as Sunrise Silicon Valley, South Bay Progressive Alliance, and East Bay for Everyone. Based on our analysis, Assm. Lee’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-24 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

  • Endorsed By: Courage California

State Assembly, 40th District

  • Endorsed by Courage California
  • Pilar Schiavo

    Elect Pilar Schiavo to push AD-40 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s new 40th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Republicans held this district (previously AD-38) from 1973 to 2018 and have held it again since 2020. Republican registration in the district is strong, but has been trending downward. Of registered voters in this district, 34% are Democrat and 34% are Republican, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 26% Latino, 13% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-40 is 6% more Democratic than the old AD-38 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-40 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 16 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 10 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including incumbent Representative Suzette Martinez Valladares, a Republican. Schiavo’s campaign has raised more than $385,000 and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, police, or real estate money. Opponent Valladares’s campaign is funded by police, fossil fuel, and real estate money. Valladares has voted against expanding gun control and against restricting police officers from being transferred to other departments following misconduct convictions.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Pilar Schiavo, a longtime community advocate and Organizer for Healthy California Now, is from Southern California’s West Valley and currently lives in Chatsworth. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to help build the healthy communities needed after the economic fragility revealed and worsened by COVID-19. In particular, she aims to continue fighting for Medicare for all by passing AB 1400, the single-payer bill that follows the old SB 562. Schiavo has not run for office previously.

    Schiavo has worked in the labor movement for two decades and for the California Nurses Association (CNA) for almost 13 years, which she does to uplift working families and ensure that all people have access to housing, health care, and a good paying job. In her labor-organizing work, she served as political director for the San Francisco Labor Council, which guaranteed health care in San Francisco. Schiavo also recruited and trained new organizers at the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and represented mental-health workers for SEIU in Massachusetts, where she also did low-income tenant organizing. While with the CNA, she worked closely with nurses to organize a statewide coalition for a single-payer system in California, including coordinating the field campaign for SB 562.

    Schiavo’s last three years with the CNA involved her working as a field coordinator to deploy nurses for disasters and humanitarian missions to hurricanes, border shelters, California wildfires, and a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in South Los Angeles. In her more recent organizing, Schiavo co-founded West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) to fight for housing for unhoused neighbors. In 2020, the organization became the largest mutual-aid program in the San Fernando Valley. Schiavo also co-founded the West Valley People’s Alliance to advocate for racial justice, affordable housing, and environmental justice.

    Schiavo has extensive experience in organizations outside her district as well, including organizing for Healthy California Now, and Medicare for All in California. Moreover, she has worked with APEN and a broad coalition in the East Bay on environmental issues, as well as with Jobs with Justice SF, the Chinese Progressive Association, and various SEIU Local and unions in San Francisco while at the San Francisco Labor Council.

    Schiavo has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive lawmakers and groups, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, AFSCME California, UNITE HERE! California, Stonewall Democratic Club, Daybreak PAC, and Project Super Bloom. Based on our analysis, Schiavo’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-40 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Pilar Schiavo

    Elect Pilar Schiavo to push AD-40 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s new 40th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Republicans held this district (previously AD-38) from 1973 to 2018 and have held it again since 2020. Republican registration in the district is strong, but has been trending downward. Of registered voters in this district, 34% are Democrat and 34% are Republican, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 26% Latino, 13% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-40 is 6% more Democratic than the old AD-38 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-40 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 16 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 10 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including incumbent Representative Suzette Martinez Valladares, a Republican. Schiavo’s campaign has raised more than $385,000 and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, police, or real estate money. Opponent Valladares’s campaign is funded by police, fossil fuel, and real estate money. Valladares has voted against expanding gun control and against restricting police officers from being transferred to other departments following misconduct convictions.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Pilar Schiavo, a longtime community advocate and Organizer for Healthy California Now, is from Southern California’s West Valley and currently lives in Chatsworth. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to help build the healthy communities needed after the economic fragility revealed and worsened by COVID-19. In particular, she aims to continue fighting for Medicare for all by passing AB 1400, the single-payer bill that follows the old SB 562. Schiavo has not run for office previously.

    Schiavo has worked in the labor movement for two decades and for the California Nurses Association (CNA) for almost 13 years, which she does to uplift working families and ensure that all people have access to housing, health care, and a good paying job. In her labor-organizing work, she served as political director for the San Francisco Labor Council, which guaranteed health care in San Francisco. Schiavo also recruited and trained new organizers at the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and represented mental-health workers for SEIU in Massachusetts, where she also did low-income tenant organizing. While with the CNA, she worked closely with nurses to organize a statewide coalition for a single-payer system in California, including coordinating the field campaign for SB 562.

    Schiavo’s last three years with the CNA involved her working as a field coordinator to deploy nurses for disasters and humanitarian missions to hurricanes, border shelters, California wildfires, and a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in South Los Angeles. In her more recent organizing, Schiavo co-founded West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) to fight for housing for unhoused neighbors. In 2020, the organization became the largest mutual-aid program in the San Fernando Valley. Schiavo also co-founded the West Valley People’s Alliance to advocate for racial justice, affordable housing, and environmental justice.

    Schiavo has extensive experience in organizations outside her district as well, including organizing for Healthy California Now, and Medicare for All in California. Moreover, she has worked with APEN and a broad coalition in the East Bay on environmental issues, as well as with Jobs with Justice SF, the Chinese Progressive Association, and various SEIU Local and unions in San Francisco while at the San Francisco Labor Council.

    Schiavo has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive lawmakers and groups, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, AFSCME California, UNITE HERE! California, Stonewall Democratic Club, Daybreak PAC, and Project Super Bloom. Based on our analysis, Schiavo’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-40 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Pilar Schiavo

    Elect Pilar Schiavo to push AD-40 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s new 40th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Republicans held this district (previously AD-38) from 1973 to 2018 and have held it again since 2020. Republican registration in the district is strong, but has been trending downward. Of registered voters in this district, 34% are Democrat and 34% are Republican, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 26% Latino, 13% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-40 is 6% more Democratic than the old AD-38 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-40 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 16 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 10 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including incumbent Representative Suzette Martinez Valladares, a Republican. Schiavo’s campaign has raised more than $385,000 and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, police, or real estate money. Opponent Valladares’s campaign is funded by police, fossil fuel, and real estate money. Valladares has voted against expanding gun control and against restricting police officers from being transferred to other departments following misconduct convictions.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Pilar Schiavo, a longtime community advocate and Organizer for Healthy California Now, is from Southern California’s West Valley and currently lives in Chatsworth. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to help build the healthy communities needed after the economic fragility revealed and worsened by COVID-19. In particular, she aims to continue fighting for Medicare for all by passing AB 1400, the single-payer bill that follows the old SB 562. Schiavo has not run for office previously.

    Schiavo has worked in the labor movement for two decades and for the California Nurses Association (CNA) for almost 13 years, which she does to uplift working families and ensure that all people have access to housing, health care, and a good paying job. In her labor-organizing work, she served as political director for the San Francisco Labor Council, which guaranteed health care in San Francisco. Schiavo also recruited and trained new organizers at the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and represented mental-health workers for SEIU in Massachusetts, where she also did low-income tenant organizing. While with the CNA, she worked closely with nurses to organize a statewide coalition for a single-payer system in California, including coordinating the field campaign for SB 562.

    Schiavo’s last three years with the CNA involved her working as a field coordinator to deploy nurses for disasters and humanitarian missions to hurricanes, border shelters, California wildfires, and a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in South Los Angeles. In her more recent organizing, Schiavo co-founded West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) to fight for housing for unhoused neighbors. In 2020, the organization became the largest mutual-aid program in the San Fernando Valley. Schiavo also co-founded the West Valley People’s Alliance to advocate for racial justice, affordable housing, and environmental justice.

    Schiavo has extensive experience in organizations outside her district as well, including organizing for Healthy California Now, and Medicare for All in California. Moreover, she has worked with APEN and a broad coalition in the East Bay on environmental issues, as well as with Jobs with Justice SF, the Chinese Progressive Association, and various SEIU Local and unions in San Francisco while at the San Francisco Labor Council.

    Schiavo has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive lawmakers and groups, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, AFSCME California, UNITE HERE! California, Stonewall Democratic Club, Daybreak PAC, and Project Super Bloom. Based on our analysis, Schiavo’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-40 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

  • Endorsed By: Courage California

State Assembly, 51st District

  • Endorsed by Courage California
  • Rick Chavez Zbur

    Elect Rick Chavez Zbur to push AD-51 in the right direction.

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

    The District

    California’s 51st Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 12% are Republican and 58% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 14% Latino, 13% Asian, and 6% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-51 is 5% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-51 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 58 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 64 points.

     

    The Race

    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Rick Chavez Zbur and Democrat Louis Abramson. Chavez Zbur’s campaign has raised $856,000, and has received donations from real estate, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC interests. Abramson’s campaign has raised $125,000, and is entirely funded by individual donors. 

     

    Our Endorsement

    Rick Chavez Zbur, a longtime civil rights leader and environmental advocate, is from New Mexico and has lived in Los Angeles for nearly 40 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to bring equitable leadership and bold change to the issues of homelessness, economic recovery, and civil rights in the district. Chavez Zbur ran for Congress in 1996, but lost the election to the Republican incumbent by a ten-point margin. 

    Chavez Zbur is an attorney and a nonprofit executive, working in private practice for 25 years before transitioning to serve as executive director of Equality California. He has cited his sister’s battle with ALS and his own experience as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community during the AIDS crisis as inspiring his transition to work that would more directly benefit social service access for underserved populations. His work with Equality California dovetailed with the organization’s transition to civil rights advocacy, and he supported the passage of over 90 bills related to LGBTQIA+ justice during his time in leadership. AD-51 has the highest concentration of LGBTQIA+ individuals in Southern California, and Chavez Zbur’s network and understanding of the issues facing this community would benefit him as a legislative leader. 

    Beyond civil rights issues, Chavez Zbur is a strong supporter of workers’ rights and economic reform, and views this as a gateway to more equitable access to housing, health care, education, and public services. His platform supports further increases to minimum wage, collective bargaining, and supported overtime, and lays out an ambitious vision of establishing a youth corps to connect homeless individuals with wraparound resources. He has also served as president and chair of California Environmental Voters, and would be a strong supporter of statewide efforts to curb the use of fossil fuels, subsidies to transition away from natural gas, and the governor’s goal of reducing gas-powered vehicles. Chavez Zbur also currently serves on the board of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and has taken a coalition approach to effect change in his leadership roles across his organizational work.

    Chavez Zbur has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including Heart of LA Democratic Club, California Legislative Progressive Caucus, California Labor Federation, California Environmental Voters, Stonewall Democratic Club, and Westside Young Democrats. He has also received the endorsement of state and local leaders, including L.A. Supervisor Holly Mitchell, Senator Alex Padilla, Congressmember Katie Porter, and Governor Gavin Newsom. Based on our analysis, Chavez Zbur’s track record of coalition-building and equity-focused work demonstrates that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-51 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
     

    Rick Chavez Zbur

    Elect Rick Chavez Zbur to push AD-51 in the right direction.

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

    The District

    California’s 51st Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 12% are Republican and 58% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 14% Latino, 13% Asian, and 6% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-51 is 5% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-51 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 58 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 64 points.

     

    The Race

    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Rick Chavez Zbur and Democrat Louis Abramson. Chavez Zbur’s campaign has raised $856,000, and has received donations from real estate, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC interests. Abramson’s campaign has raised $125,000, and is entirely funded by individual donors. 

     

    Our Endorsement

    Rick Chavez Zbur, a longtime civil rights leader and environmental advocate, is from New Mexico and has lived in Los Angeles for nearly 40 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to bring equitable leadership and bold change to the issues of homelessness, economic recovery, and civil rights in the district. Chavez Zbur ran for Congress in 1996, but lost the election to the Republican incumbent by a ten-point margin. 

    Chavez Zbur is an attorney and a nonprofit executive, working in private practice for 25 years before transitioning to serve as executive director of Equality California. He has cited his sister’s battle with ALS and his own experience as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community during the AIDS crisis as inspiring his transition to work that would more directly benefit social service access for underserved populations. His work with Equality California dovetailed with the organization’s transition to civil rights advocacy, and he supported the passage of over 90 bills related to LGBTQIA+ justice during his time in leadership. AD-51 has the highest concentration of LGBTQIA+ individuals in Southern California, and Chavez Zbur’s network and understanding of the issues facing this community would benefit him as a legislative leader. 

    Beyond civil rights issues, Chavez Zbur is a strong supporter of workers’ rights and economic reform, and views this as a gateway to more equitable access to housing, health care, education, and public services. His platform supports further increases to minimum wage, collective bargaining, and supported overtime, and lays out an ambitious vision of establishing a youth corps to connect homeless individuals with wraparound resources. He has also served as president and chair of California Environmental Voters, and would be a strong supporter of statewide efforts to curb the use of fossil fuels, subsidies to transition away from natural gas, and the governor’s goal of reducing gas-powered vehicles. Chavez Zbur also currently serves on the board of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and has taken a coalition approach to effect change in his leadership roles across his organizational work.

    Chavez Zbur has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including Heart of LA Democratic Club, California Legislative Progressive Caucus, California Labor Federation, California Environmental Voters, Stonewall Democratic Club, and Westside Young Democrats. He has also received the endorsement of state and local leaders, including L.A. Supervisor Holly Mitchell, Senator Alex Padilla, Congressmember Katie Porter, and Governor Gavin Newsom. Based on our analysis, Chavez Zbur’s track record of coalition-building and equity-focused work demonstrates that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-51 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
     

    Rick Chavez Zbur

    Elect Rick Chavez Zbur to push AD-51 in the right direction.

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

    The District

    California’s 51st Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 12% are Republican and 58% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 14% Latino, 13% Asian, and 6% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-51 is 5% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-51 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 58 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 64 points.

     

    The Race

    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Rick Chavez Zbur and Democrat Louis Abramson. Chavez Zbur’s campaign has raised $856,000, and has received donations from real estate, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC interests. Abramson’s campaign has raised $125,000, and is entirely funded by individual donors. 

     

    Our Endorsement

    Rick Chavez Zbur, a longtime civil rights leader and environmental advocate, is from New Mexico and has lived in Los Angeles for nearly 40 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to bring equitable leadership and bold change to the issues of homelessness, economic recovery, and civil rights in the district. Chavez Zbur ran for Congress in 1996, but lost the election to the Republican incumbent by a ten-point margin. 

    Chavez Zbur is an attorney and a nonprofit executive, working in private practice for 25 years before transitioning to serve as executive director of Equality California. He has cited his sister’s battle with ALS and his own experience as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community during the AIDS crisis as inspiring his transition to work that would more directly benefit social service access for underserved populations. His work with Equality California dovetailed with the organization’s transition to civil rights advocacy, and he supported the passage of over 90 bills related to LGBTQIA+ justice during his time in leadership. AD-51 has the highest concentration of LGBTQIA+ individuals in Southern California, and Chavez Zbur’s network and understanding of the issues facing this community would benefit him as a legislative leader. 

    Beyond civil rights issues, Chavez Zbur is a strong supporter of workers’ rights and economic reform, and views this as a gateway to more equitable access to housing, health care, education, and public services. His platform supports further increases to minimum wage, collective bargaining, and supported overtime, and lays out an ambitious vision of establishing a youth corps to connect homeless individuals with wraparound resources. He has also served as president and chair of California Environmental Voters, and would be a strong supporter of statewide efforts to curb the use of fossil fuels, subsidies to transition away from natural gas, and the governor’s goal of reducing gas-powered vehicles. Chavez Zbur also currently serves on the board of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and has taken a coalition approach to effect change in his leadership roles across his organizational work.

    Chavez Zbur has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including Heart of LA Democratic Club, California Legislative Progressive Caucus, California Labor Federation, California Environmental Voters, Stonewall Democratic Club, and Westside Young Democrats. He has also received the endorsement of state and local leaders, including L.A. Supervisor Holly Mitchell, Senator Alex Padilla, Congressmember Katie Porter, and Governor Gavin Newsom. Based on our analysis, Chavez Zbur’s track record of coalition-building and equity-focused work demonstrates that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-51 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
     

  • Endorsed By: Courage California

State Assembly, 61st District

  • Endorsed by Courage California
  • Tina McKinnor

    Elect Tina McKinnor to push AD-62 and AD-61 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s current 62nd Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. After the 2021 redistricting process, 88% of AD-62 is now in the newly drawn AD-61 district. There are two elections on the June 7 ballot: a special election runoff to fill the vacant seat for the current AD-62 district through November 2022, and a primary election in the newly drawn AD-61 district for the 2022–2024 term.

    California’s 61st Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 63% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 34% Latino, 6% Asian, and 34% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-62 is 3% more Democratic than AD-62 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-62 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 68 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 67 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    Assemblymember Autumn Burke announced her resignation in February after representing AD-62 since 2014. Assm. Burke’s resignation leaves this seat open through the end of the term in November 2022. A special election was held on April 5 with two candidates, Democrats Tina McKinnor and Robert Pullen-Miles, advancing to a runoff special election to be held on June 7. Pullen-Miles received 37% of the vote, and McKinnor received 35% of the vote. The winner of the June special election vote will serve the remainder of the term through November 2022.

    The primary election for the 2022–2024 cycle will also appear on the June 7 ballot, with the newly redrawn district represented as AD-61. There are five candidates running in this race, including Democrats Georgette Gomez, David Alvarez, Angie Reyes English, and Nico Ruderman, and Republican James Arlandus Spencer. McKinnor’s campaign has raised $228,000, and has not received donations from corporate PAC, police, fossil fuel, or real estate organizations. Pullen-Miles’s campaign has raised $163,000, and has received donations from real estate and fossil fuel organizations. He is endorsed by former Assemblymember Burke. Reyes English has raised $69,000, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel money. Ruderman has raised $135,000, and is funded primarily by individual donors.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Tina McKinnor, a community organizer and activist, has lived in Los Angeles for 28 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to infuse legislation with her decades-long commitment to transformative justice. McKinnor worked as a legislative staffer in Sacramento for five years, but has not run for office previously.

    McKinnor is the civic-engagement director for LA Voice and LA Voice Action, an interfaith organization that works with 59 connected congregations in Los Angeles County to bring progressive change to criminal justice, immigration, election reform, and housing reform. She does this work to find diverse and comprehensive solutions to community issues through local collaboration. McKinnor led LA Voice’s work in successfully advocating for the passing and implementation of SB 2 to increase police accountability. She also led LA Voice Action’s electoral campaigns to help elect Los Angeles Supervisor Holly Mitchell and District Attorney George Gascón. McKinnor founded and runs the McKinnor Group, a consulting firm that offers a full spectrum of campaign services to elected officials, candidates, ballot-measure efforts, corporations, nonprofits, lobbyists, and other political groups. Previously, McKinnor was the operational director for the California Democratic Party, and served as a district director and chief of staff in the State Assembly, where she guided significant legislation, including a bill that ensured that minority, women-owned, and LGBTQIA+ businesses would be given equal consideration as state contractors. She has also served as a board member with Partnership for Growth LA. McKinnor is a collaborative leader, and often seeks input and guidance from individuals and from groups that have been directly affected by an issue. She has built a strong network in both the legislative and organizing communities, and has leveraged her deep knowledge of fiscal and people management to create meaningful change.

    Tina McKinnor has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Black Women for Wellness Action Project. She also has the endorsement of many local elected officials, including Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin, Assemblymember Reggie Jones Sawyer, State Senator Scott Wiener, and Los Angeles Supervisor Holly Mitchell. Based on our analysis, McKinnor’s track record of serving her community and listening to people most affected across issues demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-62 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Tina McKinnor

    Elect Tina McKinnor to push AD-62 and AD-61 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s current 62nd Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. After the 2021 redistricting process, 88% of AD-62 is now in the newly drawn AD-61 district. There are two elections on the June 7 ballot: a special election runoff to fill the vacant seat for the current AD-62 district through November 2022, and a primary election in the newly drawn AD-61 district for the 2022–2024 term.

    California’s 61st Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 63% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 34% Latino, 6% Asian, and 34% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-62 is 3% more Democratic than AD-62 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-62 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 68 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 67 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    Assemblymember Autumn Burke announced her resignation in February after representing AD-62 since 2014. Assm. Burke’s resignation leaves this seat open through the end of the term in November 2022. A special election was held on April 5 with two candidates, Democrats Tina McKinnor and Robert Pullen-Miles, advancing to a runoff special election to be held on June 7. Pullen-Miles received 37% of the vote, and McKinnor received 35% of the vote. The winner of the June special election vote will serve the remainder of the term through November 2022.

    The primary election for the 2022–2024 cycle will also appear on the June 7 ballot, with the newly redrawn district represented as AD-61. There are five candidates running in this race, including Democrats Georgette Gomez, David Alvarez, Angie Reyes English, and Nico Ruderman, and Republican James Arlandus Spencer. McKinnor’s campaign has raised $228,000, and has not received donations from corporate PAC, police, fossil fuel, or real estate organizations. Pullen-Miles’s campaign has raised $163,000, and has received donations from real estate and fossil fuel organizations. He is endorsed by former Assemblymember Burke. Reyes English has raised $69,000, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel money. Ruderman has raised $135,000, and is funded primarily by individual donors.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Tina McKinnor, a community organizer and activist, has lived in Los Angeles for 28 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to infuse legislation with her decades-long commitment to transformative justice. McKinnor worked as a legislative staffer in Sacramento for five years, but has not run for office previously.

    McKinnor is the civic-engagement director for LA Voice and LA Voice Action, an interfaith organization that works with 59 connected congregations in Los Angeles County to bring progressive change to criminal justice, immigration, election reform, and housing reform. She does this work to find diverse and comprehensive solutions to community issues through local collaboration. McKinnor led LA Voice’s work in successfully advocating for the passing and implementation of SB 2 to increase police accountability. She also led LA Voice Action’s electoral campaigns to help elect Los Angeles Supervisor Holly Mitchell and District Attorney George Gascón. McKinnor founded and runs the McKinnor Group, a consulting firm that offers a full spectrum of campaign services to elected officials, candidates, ballot-measure efforts, corporations, nonprofits, lobbyists, and other political groups. Previously, McKinnor was the operational director for the California Democratic Party, and served as a district director and chief of staff in the State Assembly, where she guided significant legislation, including a bill that ensured that minority, women-owned, and LGBTQIA+ businesses would be given equal consideration as state contractors. She has also served as a board member with Partnership for Growth LA. McKinnor is a collaborative leader, and often seeks input and guidance from individuals and from groups that have been directly affected by an issue. She has built a strong network in both the legislative and organizing communities, and has leveraged her deep knowledge of fiscal and people management to create meaningful change.

    Tina McKinnor has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Black Women for Wellness Action Project. She also has the endorsement of many local elected officials, including Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin, Assemblymember Reggie Jones Sawyer, State Senator Scott Wiener, and Los Angeles Supervisor Holly Mitchell. Based on our analysis, McKinnor’s track record of serving her community and listening to people most affected across issues demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-62 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Tina McKinnor

    Elect Tina McKinnor to push AD-62 and AD-61 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s current 62nd Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. After the 2021 redistricting process, 88% of AD-62 is now in the newly drawn AD-61 district. There are two elections on the June 7 ballot: a special election runoff to fill the vacant seat for the current AD-62 district through November 2022, and a primary election in the newly drawn AD-61 district for the 2022–2024 term.

    California’s 61st Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 63% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 34% Latino, 6% Asian, and 34% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-62 is 3% more Democratic than AD-62 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-62 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 68 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 67 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    Assemblymember Autumn Burke announced her resignation in February after representing AD-62 since 2014. Assm. Burke’s resignation leaves this seat open through the end of the term in November 2022. A special election was held on April 5 with two candidates, Democrats Tina McKinnor and Robert Pullen-Miles, advancing to a runoff special election to be held on June 7. Pullen-Miles received 37% of the vote, and McKinnor received 35% of the vote. The winner of the June special election vote will serve the remainder of the term through November 2022.

    The primary election for the 2022–2024 cycle will also appear on the June 7 ballot, with the newly redrawn district represented as AD-61. There are five candidates running in this race, including Democrats Georgette Gomez, David Alvarez, Angie Reyes English, and Nico Ruderman, and Republican James Arlandus Spencer. McKinnor’s campaign has raised $228,000, and has not received donations from corporate PAC, police, fossil fuel, or real estate organizations. Pullen-Miles’s campaign has raised $163,000, and has received donations from real estate and fossil fuel organizations. He is endorsed by former Assemblymember Burke. Reyes English has raised $69,000, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel money. Ruderman has raised $135,000, and is funded primarily by individual donors.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Tina McKinnor, a community organizer and activist, has lived in Los Angeles for 28 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to infuse legislation with her decades-long commitment to transformative justice. McKinnor worked as a legislative staffer in Sacramento for five years, but has not run for office previously.

    McKinnor is the civic-engagement director for LA Voice and LA Voice Action, an interfaith organization that works with 59 connected congregations in Los Angeles County to bring progressive change to criminal justice, immigration, election reform, and housing reform. She does this work to find diverse and comprehensive solutions to community issues through local collaboration. McKinnor led LA Voice’s work in successfully advocating for the passing and implementation of SB 2 to increase police accountability. She also led LA Voice Action’s electoral campaigns to help elect Los Angeles Supervisor Holly Mitchell and District Attorney George Gascón. McKinnor founded and runs the McKinnor Group, a consulting firm that offers a full spectrum of campaign services to elected officials, candidates, ballot-measure efforts, corporations, nonprofits, lobbyists, and other political groups. Previously, McKinnor was the operational director for the California Democratic Party, and served as a district director and chief of staff in the State Assembly, where she guided significant legislation, including a bill that ensured that minority, women-owned, and LGBTQIA+ businesses would be given equal consideration as state contractors. She has also served as a board member with Partnership for Growth LA. McKinnor is a collaborative leader, and often seeks input and guidance from individuals and from groups that have been directly affected by an issue. She has built a strong network in both the legislative and organizing communities, and has leveraged her deep knowledge of fiscal and people management to create meaningful change.

    Tina McKinnor has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Black Women for Wellness Action Project. She also has the endorsement of many local elected officials, including Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin, Assemblymember Reggie Jones Sawyer, State Senator Scott Wiener, and Los Angeles Supervisor Holly Mitchell. Based on our analysis, McKinnor’s track record of serving her community and listening to people most affected across issues demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-62 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

  • Endorsed By: Courage California

State Assembly, 64th District

  • Elizabeth Alcantar

    Elect Elizabeth Alcantar to push AD-64 in the right direction.

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

    The District

    California’s 64th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 17% are Republican and 54% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 65% Latino, 10% Asian, and 3% Black. The most recent election results show that AD-64 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 40 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 32 points.

    The Race

    There are five candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Elizabeth Alcantar and other Democrat challengers Blanca Pacheco, Ana Valencia, Roberto “Rob” Cancio, and Republican challenger Raul Ortiz, Jr. Ortiz’s platform includes anti-abortion positions and vaccine-conspiracy theories.

     

    Our Endorsement

    Elizabeth Alcantar, a community organizer and mayor of Cudahy City, is a lifelong resident of Southeast Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to fight for the needs of Southeast Los Angeles communities and to work for an equitable future for all Californians. Alcantar was elected to Cudahy City Council in 2018, was consequently named vice mayor, and in 2020, she was appointed mayor. She is the first Latina and the youngest person to serve as mayor of Cudahy.  

    Alcantar works with the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights, where she educates and organizes the community around immigration and ensures that immigrant community members know their rights. Throughout her studies, she worked with students and alumni to host educational workshops on applying to college and obtaining financial aid, and she fundraised for scholarships for Cudahy students. She continued her advocacy work alongside car-wash workers and went on to serve as a field deputy for Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, former secretary of labor.

    As mayor of Cudahy, she led the city through the Delta fuel dump and the COVID-19 pandemic. On the Cudahy City Council, Alcantar has worked on local city ordinances that promote environmental justice and housing justice issues, including rent stabilization, anti-eviction, and anti-displacement. She is a founding member of the Southeast Los Angeles United (SELA United) coalition of elected officials representing cities in Southeast Los Angeles that came together to gain access to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for their residents. Alcantar represents the City of Cudahy on the Gateway Council of Governments, the Hub Cities Job Joint Powers Authority, and AQMD’s AB617 Community Steering Committee, while serving on the board of directors for California League of Cities, Women’s Caucus.

    Alcantar has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups and leaders, including ACCE, Action, Communities for a Better Environment Action, Stonewall Democratic Club, California Teachers Association, LA Federation of Labor, SEIU CA, UFCW Local 324, and the California Legislative Progressive Caucus. She is also endorsed by many local elected leaders in Bell City, Commerce, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, Montebello, Santa Ana, South Gate City, and Compton. Based on our analysis, Alcantar’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-64 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
     

    Elizabeth Alcantar

    Elect Elizabeth Alcantar to push AD-64 in the right direction.

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

    The District

    California’s 64th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 17% are Republican and 54% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 65% Latino, 10% Asian, and 3% Black. The most recent election results show that AD-64 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 40 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 32 points.

    The Race

    There are five candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Elizabeth Alcantar and other Democrat challengers Blanca Pacheco, Ana Valencia, Roberto “Rob” Cancio, and Republican challenger Raul Ortiz, Jr. Ortiz’s platform includes anti-abortion positions and vaccine-conspiracy theories.

     

    Our Endorsement

    Elizabeth Alcantar, a community organizer and mayor of Cudahy City, is a lifelong resident of Southeast Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to fight for the needs of Southeast Los Angeles communities and to work for an equitable future for all Californians. Alcantar was elected to Cudahy City Council in 2018, was consequently named vice mayor, and in 2020, she was appointed mayor. She is the first Latina and the youngest person to serve as mayor of Cudahy.  

    Alcantar works with the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights, where she educates and organizes the community around immigration and ensures that immigrant community members know their rights. Throughout her studies, she worked with students and alumni to host educational workshops on applying to college and obtaining financial aid, and she fundraised for scholarships for Cudahy students. She continued her advocacy work alongside car-wash workers and went on to serve as a field deputy for Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, former secretary of labor.

    As mayor of Cudahy, she led the city through the Delta fuel dump and the COVID-19 pandemic. On the Cudahy City Council, Alcantar has worked on local city ordinances that promote environmental justice and housing justice issues, including rent stabilization, anti-eviction, and anti-displacement. She is a founding member of the Southeast Los Angeles United (SELA United) coalition of elected officials representing cities in Southeast Los Angeles that came together to gain access to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for their residents. Alcantar represents the City of Cudahy on the Gateway Council of Governments, the Hub Cities Job Joint Powers Authority, and AQMD’s AB617 Community Steering Committee, while serving on the board of directors for California League of Cities, Women’s Caucus.

    Alcantar has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups and leaders, including ACCE, Action, Communities for a Better Environment Action, Stonewall Democratic Club, California Teachers Association, LA Federation of Labor, SEIU CA, UFCW Local 324, and the California Legislative Progressive Caucus. She is also endorsed by many local elected leaders in Bell City, Commerce, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, Montebello, Santa Ana, South Gate City, and Compton. Based on our analysis, Alcantar’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-64 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
     

    Elizabeth Alcantar

    Elect Elizabeth Alcantar to push AD-64 in the right direction.

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

    The District

    California’s 64th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 17% are Republican and 54% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 65% Latino, 10% Asian, and 3% Black. The most recent election results show that AD-64 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 40 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 32 points.

    The Race

    There are five candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Elizabeth Alcantar and other Democrat challengers Blanca Pacheco, Ana Valencia, Roberto “Rob” Cancio, and Republican challenger Raul Ortiz, Jr. Ortiz’s platform includes anti-abortion positions and vaccine-conspiracy theories.

     

    Our Endorsement

    Elizabeth Alcantar, a community organizer and mayor of Cudahy City, is a lifelong resident of Southeast Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to fight for the needs of Southeast Los Angeles communities and to work for an equitable future for all Californians. Alcantar was elected to Cudahy City Council in 2018, was consequently named vice mayor, and in 2020, she was appointed mayor. She is the first Latina and the youngest person to serve as mayor of Cudahy.  

    Alcantar works with the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights, where she educates and organizes the community around immigration and ensures that immigrant community members know their rights. Throughout her studies, she worked with students and alumni to host educational workshops on applying to college and obtaining financial aid, and she fundraised for scholarships for Cudahy students. She continued her advocacy work alongside car-wash workers and went on to serve as a field deputy for Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, former secretary of labor.

    As mayor of Cudahy, she led the city through the Delta fuel dump and the COVID-19 pandemic. On the Cudahy City Council, Alcantar has worked on local city ordinances that promote environmental justice and housing justice issues, including rent stabilization, anti-eviction, and anti-displacement. She is a founding member of the Southeast Los Angeles United (SELA United) coalition of elected officials representing cities in Southeast Los Angeles that came together to gain access to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for their residents. Alcantar represents the City of Cudahy on the Gateway Council of Governments, the Hub Cities Job Joint Powers Authority, and AQMD’s AB617 Community Steering Committee, while serving on the board of directors for California League of Cities, Women’s Caucus.

    Alcantar has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups and leaders, including ACCE, Action, Communities for a Better Environment Action, Stonewall Democratic Club, California Teachers Association, LA Federation of Labor, SEIU CA, UFCW Local 324, and the California Legislative Progressive Caucus. She is also endorsed by many local elected leaders in Bell City, Commerce, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, Montebello, Santa Ana, South Gate City, and Compton. Based on our analysis, Alcantar’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-64 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
     

  • Endorsed By: Courage California

State Assembly, 65th District

  • Fatima Iqbal-Zubair

    Elect Fatima Iqbal-Zubair to push AD-65 in the right direction.

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

    The District

    California’s 65th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 62% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 49% Latino, 9% Asian, and 29% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-65 is 3% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-65 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 65 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 63 points.

     

    The Race

    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Iqbal-Zubair and incumbent Representative Mike Gipson. Iqbal-Zubair’s campaign has raised over $214,000 and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC or fossil fuel money. Her campaign funding consists almost entirely of individual contributions. Gipson’s campaign has raised over $850,000 and is funded by police groups, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel money.

     

    Our Endorsement

    Iqbal-Zubair, a community advocate and teacher, immigrated from Dubai and moved to the United States to eventually teach in Watts. According to campaign materials, she is running for election because she sees the struggles faced by her students and the district and because she believes in a government that works for all, not just a select few. Iqbal-Zubair ran for this same office previously and lost that race against incumbent Gipson by 35 points. 

    Iqbal-Zubair is a chemistry and environmental sciences teacher, a role in which she cultivates a strong relationship with her students and builds community. She founded an award-winning FIRST Robotics team and served as director of the Department of Science. Iqbal-Zubair became an advocate for the environment when she and her students studied air pollution from local refineries, water pollution from contaminated pipes, and soil contamination in gardens, play areas, and their own football field. She is active in local organizations, such as the Watts Rising Leadership Council. After performing well in the 2020 elections, she was appointed to the executive board of the California Democratic Party. If elected, Iqbal-Zubair will prioritize equitable education, clean air and water, affordable housing, and universal health care for all.

    Iqbal-Zubair has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including Communities for a Better Environment Action, California Progressive Alliance, Courage to Change, Democratic Socialists of America-Los Angeles, Ground Game LA, Daybreak PAC, Health Care for All LA, and Project Super Bloom PAC. Based on our analysis, Iqbal-Zubair’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-65 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair

    Elect Fatima Iqbal-Zubair to push AD-65 in the right direction.

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

    The District

    California’s 65th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 62% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 49% Latino, 9% Asian, and 29% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-65 is 3% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-65 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 65 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 63 points.

     

    The Race

    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Iqbal-Zubair and incumbent Representative Mike Gipson. Iqbal-Zubair’s campaign has raised over $214,000 and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC or fossil fuel money. Her campaign funding consists almost entirely of individual contributions. Gipson’s campaign has raised over $850,000 and is funded by police groups, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel money.

     

    Our Endorsement

    Iqbal-Zubair, a community advocate and teacher, immigrated from Dubai and moved to the United States to eventually teach in Watts. According to campaign materials, she is running for election because she sees the struggles faced by her students and the district and because she believes in a government that works for all, not just a select few. Iqbal-Zubair ran for this same office previously and lost that race against incumbent Gipson by 35 points. 

    Iqbal-Zubair is a chemistry and environmental sciences teacher, a role in which she cultivates a strong relationship with her students and builds community. She founded an award-winning FIRST Robotics team and served as director of the Department of Science. Iqbal-Zubair became an advocate for the environment when she and her students studied air pollution from local refineries, water pollution from contaminated pipes, and soil contamination in gardens, play areas, and their own football field. She is active in local organizations, such as the Watts Rising Leadership Council. After performing well in the 2020 elections, she was appointed to the executive board of the California Democratic Party. If elected, Iqbal-Zubair will prioritize equitable education, clean air and water, affordable housing, and universal health care for all.

    Iqbal-Zubair has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including Communities for a Better Environment Action, California Progressive Alliance, Courage to Change, Democratic Socialists of America-Los Angeles, Ground Game LA, Daybreak PAC, Health Care for All LA, and Project Super Bloom PAC. Based on our analysis, Iqbal-Zubair’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-65 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair

    Elect Fatima Iqbal-Zubair to push AD-65 in the right direction.

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

    The District

    California’s 65th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 62% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 49% Latino, 9% Asian, and 29% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-65 is 3% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-65 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 65 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 63 points.

     

    The Race

    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Iqbal-Zubair and incumbent Representative Mike Gipson. Iqbal-Zubair’s campaign has raised over $214,000 and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC or fossil fuel money. Her campaign funding consists almost entirely of individual contributions. Gipson’s campaign has raised over $850,000 and is funded by police groups, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel money.

     

    Our Endorsement

    Iqbal-Zubair, a community advocate and teacher, immigrated from Dubai and moved to the United States to eventually teach in Watts. According to campaign materials, she is running for election because she sees the struggles faced by her students and the district and because she believes in a government that works for all, not just a select few. Iqbal-Zubair ran for this same office previously and lost that race against incumbent Gipson by 35 points. 

    Iqbal-Zubair is a chemistry and environmental sciences teacher, a role in which she cultivates a strong relationship with her students and builds community. She founded an award-winning FIRST Robotics team and served as director of the Department of Science. Iqbal-Zubair became an advocate for the environment when she and her students studied air pollution from local refineries, water pollution from contaminated pipes, and soil contamination in gardens, play areas, and their own football field. She is active in local organizations, such as the Watts Rising Leadership Council. After performing well in the 2020 elections, she was appointed to the executive board of the California Democratic Party. If elected, Iqbal-Zubair will prioritize equitable education, clean air and water, affordable housing, and universal health care for all.

    Iqbal-Zubair has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including Communities for a Better Environment Action, California Progressive Alliance, Courage to Change, Democratic Socialists of America-Los Angeles, Ground Game LA, Daybreak PAC, Health Care for All LA, and Project Super Bloom PAC. Based on our analysis, Iqbal-Zubair’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-65 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

  • Endorsed By: Courage California

State Assembly, 68th District

  • Endorsed by Courage California
  • Bulmaro Vicente

    Elect Bulmaro Vicente to push AD-68 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 68th Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 21% are Republican and 51% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 56% Latino, 12% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-68 is 4% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-68 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 40 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 31 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are four candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Bulmaro Vicente, Democrat Avelino Valencia and Republicans James Wallace and Mike Tardif. Bulmaro’s campaign has raised over $8,000 and is not funded by police, real estate, fossil fuel, or corporate money. Valencia’s campaign has not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State, but he has taken money from police groups in the past.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Bulmaro Vicente, a former Police Review Commissioner for the City of Berkeley, was born and raised in Santa Ana. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to be a champion for real change in the district, including around labor, the environment, and housing. Bulmaro has not run for office previously.

    Bulmaro is the current policy director for Chispa, an organization for young Latinx people in Orange County. He has been involved in district issues since high school, including interning with labor unions to fight for better worker wages, and he has worked in housing, immigration, and police accountability, as well as in local and state fights to protect tenants. He helped pass a historic police decertification bill (SB2) and helped lead the Santa Ana People’s Budget Platform in 2020. If elected, Vicente pledges to advocate for COVID-19 sick pay and better worker protections as well as to reinstate the COVID-19 eviction moratorium.

    Bulmaro has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups and leaders in the district, including Orange County Civic Engagement Table Action, Mijente, California Working Families Party, Orange County Lavender Democrats, and Anaheim City Councilmember José Moreno. Based on our analysis, Bulmaro’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-68 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Bulmaro Vicente

    Elect Bulmaro Vicente to push AD-68 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 68th Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 21% are Republican and 51% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 56% Latino, 12% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-68 is 4% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-68 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 40 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 31 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are four candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Bulmaro Vicente, Democrat Avelino Valencia and Republicans James Wallace and Mike Tardif. Bulmaro’s campaign has raised over $8,000 and is not funded by police, real estate, fossil fuel, or corporate money. Valencia’s campaign has not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State, but he has taken money from police groups in the past.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Bulmaro Vicente, a former Police Review Commissioner for the City of Berkeley, was born and raised in Santa Ana. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to be a champion for real change in the district, including around labor, the environment, and housing. Bulmaro has not run for office previously.

    Bulmaro is the current policy director for Chispa, an organization for young Latinx people in Orange County. He has been involved in district issues since high school, including interning with labor unions to fight for better worker wages, and he has worked in housing, immigration, and police accountability, as well as in local and state fights to protect tenants. He helped pass a historic police decertification bill (SB2) and helped lead the Santa Ana People’s Budget Platform in 2020. If elected, Vicente pledges to advocate for COVID-19 sick pay and better worker protections as well as to reinstate the COVID-19 eviction moratorium.

    Bulmaro has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups and leaders in the district, including Orange County Civic Engagement Table Action, Mijente, California Working Families Party, Orange County Lavender Democrats, and Anaheim City Councilmember José Moreno. Based on our analysis, Bulmaro’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-68 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Bulmaro Vicente

    Elect Bulmaro Vicente to push AD-68 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 68th Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 21% are Republican and 51% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 56% Latino, 12% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-68 is 4% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-68 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 40 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 31 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are four candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Bulmaro Vicente, Democrat Avelino Valencia and Republicans James Wallace and Mike Tardif. Bulmaro’s campaign has raised over $8,000 and is not funded by police, real estate, fossil fuel, or corporate money. Valencia’s campaign has not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State, but he has taken money from police groups in the past.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Bulmaro Vicente, a former Police Review Commissioner for the City of Berkeley, was born and raised in Santa Ana. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to be a champion for real change in the district, including around labor, the environment, and housing. Bulmaro has not run for office previously.

    Bulmaro is the current policy director for Chispa, an organization for young Latinx people in Orange County. He has been involved in district issues since high school, including interning with labor unions to fight for better worker wages, and he has worked in housing, immigration, and police accountability, as well as in local and state fights to protect tenants. He helped pass a historic police decertification bill (SB2) and helped lead the Santa Ana People’s Budget Platform in 2020. If elected, Vicente pledges to advocate for COVID-19 sick pay and better worker protections as well as to reinstate the COVID-19 eviction moratorium.

    Bulmaro has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups and leaders in the district, including Orange County Civic Engagement Table Action, Mijente, California Working Families Party, Orange County Lavender Democrats, and Anaheim City Councilmember José Moreno. Based on our analysis, Bulmaro’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-68 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

  • Endorsed By: Courage California

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    Los Angeles uses a mayor–city council government structure, in which the mayor is elected at large and acts as chair of the 15-member city council and as the city’s chief executive

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    Elect Karen Bass as mayor to push Los Angeles in the right direction. 

     

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    Los Angeles uses a mayor–city council government structure, in which the mayor is elected at large and acts as chair of the 15-member city council and as the city’s chief executive

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