• Democrat

    Buffy Wicks

  • Reelect State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks to keep AD-14 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 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 14th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 6% are Republican and 68% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 17% Latino, 21% Asian, and 14% Black. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-14 is 1% more Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-14 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 46 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 38 points.
    Under newly drawn district maps, Democratic incumbent Tim Grayson has been redistricted out of AD-14 and Assm. Buffy Wicks, formerly representing AD-15, has been positioned as the Democratic incumbent in AD-14.

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat: Democrat Incumbent Assm. Buffy Wicks and Green Party candidate Clint Smith. Wicks’ campaign has raised $288,674 and is not funded by police money or fossil fuel money. As of March 2022, Smith’s campaign has not filed any fundraising receipts for the current election cycle.

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Buffy Wicks, a former political and community organizer, is from Foresthill, CA, and now lives in Oakland, CA. According to campaign materials, Assm. Wicks is running for reelection to continue passing legislation that benefits women, children, and working families. Assm. Wicks was first elected to this seat in 2018 and won her 2020 reelection against an Independent challenger by 69 points.

    Assm. Wicks’ priorities for AD-14 this year have included seven housing bills and nine health-care bills, including three bills specifically about reproductive health. All bills are currently being debated in committee. She currently chairs the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, and sits on the Committees on Budget, Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Privacy and Consumer Protection. She scores a perfect 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Wicks has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote.

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Wicks was a community organizer and Obama administration staffer. Assm. Wicks comes from a working-class background, and began her career as a community organizer protesting the war in Iraq, and then began campaigning to improve wages and benefits for Walmart employees. She helped organize both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, and also served in his Office of Public Engagement, specifically building support among stakeholders to pass the Affordable Care Act. She is a longtime supporter of labor causes and reproductive rights. In the summer of 2020, Assm. Wicks made national headlines when she brought her newborn daughter to vote on the floor of the Assembly. Wicks was denied the chance to vote by proxy, and chose to attend the Assembly session and vote to expand paid family leave and affordable housing. In the Assembly, she has previously sponsored and passed progressive legislation to increase tenant protections, expand multifamily housing in urban areas, and expand access to the CalFresh program.

    Assm. Wicks has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Equality California, Planned Parenthood,and YIMBY Action, as well as labor unions like National Nurses United and United Healthcare Workers West. Wicks’ progressive voting record and endorsement from progressive leaders outweighs her campaign funding from real estate and corporations. Based on our analysis, Assm. Wicks’ track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-14 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Buffy Wicks

    Reelect State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks to keep AD-14 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 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 14th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 6% are Republican and 68% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 17% Latino, 21% Asian, and 14% Black. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-14 is 1% more Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-14 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 46 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 38 points.
    Under newly drawn district maps, Democratic incumbent Tim Grayson has been redistricted out of AD-14 and Assm. Buffy Wicks, formerly representing AD-15, has been positioned as the Democratic incumbent in AD-14.

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat: Democrat Incumbent Assm. Buffy Wicks and Green Party candidate Clint Smith. Wicks’ campaign has raised $288,674 and is not funded by police money or fossil fuel money. As of March 2022, Smith’s campaign has not filed any fundraising receipts for the current election cycle.

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Buffy Wicks, a former political and community organizer, is from Foresthill, CA, and now lives in Oakland, CA. According to campaign materials, Assm. Wicks is running for reelection to continue passing legislation that benefits women, children, and working families. Assm. Wicks was first elected to this seat in 2018 and won her 2020 reelection against an Independent challenger by 69 points.

    Assm. Wicks’ priorities for AD-14 this year have included seven housing bills and nine health-care bills, including three bills specifically about reproductive health. All bills are currently being debated in committee. She currently chairs the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, and sits on the Committees on Budget, Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Privacy and Consumer Protection. She scores a perfect 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Wicks has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote.

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Wicks was a community organizer and Obama administration staffer. Assm. Wicks comes from a working-class background, and began her career as a community organizer protesting the war in Iraq, and then began campaigning to improve wages and benefits for Walmart employees. She helped organize both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, and also served in his Office of Public Engagement, specifically building support among stakeholders to pass the Affordable Care Act. She is a longtime supporter of labor causes and reproductive rights. In the summer of 2020, Assm. Wicks made national headlines when she brought her newborn daughter to vote on the floor of the Assembly. Wicks was denied the chance to vote by proxy, and chose to attend the Assembly session and vote to expand paid family leave and affordable housing. In the Assembly, she has previously sponsored and passed progressive legislation to increase tenant protections, expand multifamily housing in urban areas, and expand access to the CalFresh program.

    Assm. Wicks has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Equality California, Planned Parenthood,and YIMBY Action, as well as labor unions like National Nurses United and United Healthcare Workers West. Wicks’ progressive voting record and endorsement from progressive leaders outweighs her campaign funding from real estate and corporations. Based on our analysis, Assm. Wicks’ track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-14 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Buffy Wicks

    Reelect State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks to keep AD-14 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 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 14th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 6% are Republican and 68% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 17% Latino, 21% Asian, and 14% Black. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-14 is 1% more Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-14 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 46 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 38 points.
    Under newly drawn district maps, Democratic incumbent Tim Grayson has been redistricted out of AD-14 and Assm. Buffy Wicks, formerly representing AD-15, has been positioned as the Democratic incumbent in AD-14.

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat: Democrat Incumbent Assm. Buffy Wicks and Green Party candidate Clint Smith. Wicks’ campaign has raised $288,674 and is not funded by police money or fossil fuel money. As of March 2022, Smith’s campaign has not filed any fundraising receipts for the current election cycle.

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Buffy Wicks, a former political and community organizer, is from Foresthill, CA, and now lives in Oakland, CA. According to campaign materials, Assm. Wicks is running for reelection to continue passing legislation that benefits women, children, and working families. Assm. Wicks was first elected to this seat in 2018 and won her 2020 reelection against an Independent challenger by 69 points.

    Assm. Wicks’ priorities for AD-14 this year have included seven housing bills and nine health-care bills, including three bills specifically about reproductive health. All bills are currently being debated in committee. She currently chairs the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, and sits on the Committees on Budget, Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Privacy and Consumer Protection. She scores a perfect 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Wicks has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote.

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Wicks was a community organizer and Obama administration staffer. Assm. Wicks comes from a working-class background, and began her career as a community organizer protesting the war in Iraq, and then began campaigning to improve wages and benefits for Walmart employees. She helped organize both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, and also served in his Office of Public Engagement, specifically building support among stakeholders to pass the Affordable Care Act. She is a longtime supporter of labor causes and reproductive rights. In the summer of 2020, Assm. Wicks made national headlines when she brought her newborn daughter to vote on the floor of the Assembly. Wicks was denied the chance to vote by proxy, and chose to attend the Assembly session and vote to expand paid family leave and affordable housing. In the Assembly, she has previously sponsored and passed progressive legislation to increase tenant protections, expand multifamily housing in urban areas, and expand access to the CalFresh program.

    Assm. Wicks has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Equality California, Planned Parenthood,and YIMBY Action, as well as labor unions like National Nurses United and United Healthcare Workers West. Wicks’ progressive voting record and endorsement from progressive leaders outweighs her campaign funding from real estate and corporations. Based on our analysis, Assm. Wicks’ track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-14 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

Congress

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

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Mark DeSaulnier to keep CD-10 on the right track for progress.



    The Position


    Congressmembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the United States Capital. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.

    The District


    California’s 10th Congressional District includes parts of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Democrats have held this district since 2006. Of the registered voters in this district, 23% are Republican and 48% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 12% Latino, 13% Asian, and 10% Black. Since the 2021 redistricting process, CD-10 is 5% more Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show CD-10 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 51 points and Democrat Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 28 points.

    The Race


    There are two declared candidates running for the newly redistricted CD-10, including Democrat Incumbent Representative DeSaulnier and Independent Michael Kerr. Rep. DeSaulnier’s campaign has raised $322,563 and is not funded by police union or fossil fuel money, although he is funded by corporate PAC money as well as real estate money. Kerr’s campaign has not filed any fundraising receipts for the current election cycle.

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, former small-business owner and mayor of Concord, CA, is originally from Massachusetts and now lives in Concord. According to campaign materials, Rep. DeSaulnier is running for reelection to continue advocating for working families in his district. Rep. DeSaulnier won his 2020 reelection against a Republican challenger by 46 points.

    Rep. DeSaulnier’s priorities for CA-10 this year have included seven bills about infrastructure, and five about health, none of which have yet successfully passed the House. He holds leadership positions on two committees: he is chair of the Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and he is vice chair of the House Rules Committee. He also sits on the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Oversight and Reform. This year, Rep. DeSaulnier has voted 95% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Pelosi and DeSaulnier differed when Rep. DeSaulnier voted against the 2021 Defense Authorization Bill and against the USMCA Trade Agreement. Rep. Desaulnier voted in opposition to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez when he voted in favor of a domestic spending bill that she and other progressive representatives opposed for maintaining the Hyde Amendment, the international gag order preventing U.S. aid from being used for abortion.

    Prior to his work as a civil servant, Rep. DeSaulnier was first a union member with Teamsters International and Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International, and then a restaurant owner; he maintains strong connections with organized labor. Throughout his time in both the U.S. and California Congresses, Rep. DeSaulnier has paid special attention to improving infrastructure, including building up sustainable industries and jobs, and expanding public transportation in his district. Rep. DeSaulnier has previously sponsored legislation that benefits his constituents, including extending protection to more acres of natural land in Contra Costa County as well as expanding local control of canal infrastructure in the district.

    Rep. DeSaulnier is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and has the endorsement of many progressive groups and labor unions in the district, including Planned Parenthood, Equality California, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainman, and IBEW Local Union 302, as well as from progressive leader Representative Ayanna Pressley. Based on our analysis, Rep. DeSaulnier’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-10 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Mark DeSaulnier

    Reelect Congressional Representative Mark DeSaulnier to keep CD-10 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

    Mark DeSaulnier

    Reelect Congressional Representative Mark DeSaulnier to keep CD-10 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Barbara Lee to keep CD-12 on the right track for progress.



    The Position


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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.

    The District


    California’s 12th Congressional District includes parts of Alameda County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 5% are Republican and 69% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 15% Latino, 21% Asian, and 20% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-12 retains a steady 63% Democratic registration advantage. The most recent election results show that CD-12 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 81 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 81 points.

    The Race


    There are five candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Barbara Lee, Democrat Eric Wilson, Republican Ned Nuerge, and Republican Stephen Slauson. Rep. Lee’s campaign has raised $1 million, and has received donations from real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel interests. Wilson, Nuerge, and Slauson have not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the FEC.

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Lee, a community advocate and elected official, is from El Paso, TX, and moved to the San Fernando Valley when she was a child. According to campaign materials, she is running for reelection to continue to fight for social equity for all. Prior to redistricting, Rep. Lee represented CD-13, and won her 2020 reelection against Republican Nikka Piterman by 80 points.

    Rep. Lee’s priorities for CD-12 this year have included 49 bills about health care, international development, equity, and nondiscrimination. The majority of these are in committee or referred to committee, and none have been passed by the House and Senate. She currently sits on the Budget and Appropriations committees, and serves as co-chair of the Policy and Steering Committee. She is the highest-ranking African American woman in Democratic leadership. This year, Rep. Lee has voted 99% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 98% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Notably, Rep. Lee voted in favor of the INVEST in America Act, the Libya Stabilization Act, and the Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act, while Rep. Ocasio-Cortez voted against.

    Rep. Lee had a long career in politics before winning her seat. As a young social worker, she founded a mental-health service organization, Community Health Alliance for Neighborhood Growth and Education, to benefit her local East Bay community. She then spent eleven years working on the staff of Congressmember Ron Dellums, eventually serving as his chief of staff. After her tenure in congressional staffing, she founded a facilities-management company. A few years later, in 1990, Rep. Lee launched a successful bid for a seat in the California Assembly, where she served for six years, before she was elected to the State Senate. In 1998, she won a special election for her current congressional seat. In her 24-year tenure in Congress, Rep. Lee has been outspoken on a variety of important progressive issues, including ending poverty, and has been a prolific author of legislation related to ending AIDS/HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. She was also the only Congressmember to vote against the authorization for the use of military force after the September 11, 2001, attacks, a controversial position at the time.

    Rep. Lee is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where she serves as a chair emeriti. She has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. She has received several donations from problematic groups, including Realtors PAC, Energy Leaders PAC of Vistra Energy, and Amazon PAC. Despite these fundraising discrepancies, our analysis shows that Rep. Lee’s long track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-12 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Barbara Lee

    Reelect Congressional Representative Barbara Lee to keep CD-12 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

    Barbara Lee

    Reelect Congressional Representative Barbara Lee to keep CD-12 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

  • Reelect State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks to keep AD-14 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 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 14th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 6% are Republican and 68% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 17% Latino, 21% Asian, and 14% Black. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-14 is 1% more Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-14 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 46 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 38 points.
    Under newly drawn district maps, Democratic incumbent Tim Grayson has been redistricted out of AD-14 and Assm. Buffy Wicks, formerly representing AD-15, has been positioned as the Democratic incumbent in AD-14.

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat: Democrat Incumbent Assm. Buffy Wicks and Green Party candidate Clint Smith. Wicks’ campaign has raised $288,674 and is not funded by police money or fossil fuel money. As of March 2022, Smith’s campaign has not filed any fundraising receipts for the current election cycle.

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Buffy Wicks, a former political and community organizer, is from Foresthill, CA, and now lives in Oakland, CA. According to campaign materials, Assm. Wicks is running for reelection to continue passing legislation that benefits women, children, and working families. Assm. Wicks was first elected to this seat in 2018 and won her 2020 reelection against an Independent challenger by 69 points.

    Assm. Wicks’ priorities for AD-14 this year have included seven housing bills and nine health-care bills, including three bills specifically about reproductive health. All bills are currently being debated in committee. She currently chairs the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, and sits on the Committees on Budget, Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Privacy and Consumer Protection. She scores a perfect 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Wicks has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote.

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Wicks was a community organizer and Obama administration staffer. Assm. Wicks comes from a working-class background, and began her career as a community organizer protesting the war in Iraq, and then began campaigning to improve wages and benefits for Walmart employees. She helped organize both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, and also served in his Office of Public Engagement, specifically building support among stakeholders to pass the Affordable Care Act. She is a longtime supporter of labor causes and reproductive rights. In the summer of 2020, Assm. Wicks made national headlines when she brought her newborn daughter to vote on the floor of the Assembly. Wicks was denied the chance to vote by proxy, and chose to attend the Assembly session and vote to expand paid family leave and affordable housing. In the Assembly, she has previously sponsored and passed progressive legislation to increase tenant protections, expand multifamily housing in urban areas, and expand access to the CalFresh program.

    Assm. Wicks has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Equality California, Planned Parenthood,and YIMBY Action, as well as labor unions like National Nurses United and United Healthcare Workers West. Wicks’ progressive voting record and endorsement from progressive leaders outweighs her campaign funding from real estate and corporations. Based on our analysis, Assm. Wicks’ track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-14 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Buffy Wicks

    Reelect State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks to keep AD-14 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 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 14th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 6% are Republican and 68% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 17% Latino, 21% Asian, and 14% Black. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-14 is 1% more Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-14 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 46 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 38 points.
    Under newly drawn district maps, Democratic incumbent Tim Grayson has been redistricted out of AD-14 and Assm. Buffy Wicks, formerly representing AD-15, has been positioned as the Democratic incumbent in AD-14.

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat: Democrat Incumbent Assm. Buffy Wicks and Green Party candidate Clint Smith. Wicks’ campaign has raised $288,674 and is not funded by police money or fossil fuel money. As of March 2022, Smith’s campaign has not filed any fundraising receipts for the current election cycle.

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Buffy Wicks, a former political and community organizer, is from Foresthill, CA, and now lives in Oakland, CA. According to campaign materials, Assm. Wicks is running for reelection to continue passing legislation that benefits women, children, and working families. Assm. Wicks was first elected to this seat in 2018 and won her 2020 reelection against an Independent challenger by 69 points.

    Assm. Wicks’ priorities for AD-14 this year have included seven housing bills and nine health-care bills, including three bills specifically about reproductive health. All bills are currently being debated in committee. She currently chairs the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, and sits on the Committees on Budget, Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Privacy and Consumer Protection. She scores a perfect 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Wicks has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote.

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Wicks was a community organizer and Obama administration staffer. Assm. Wicks comes from a working-class background, and began her career as a community organizer protesting the war in Iraq, and then began campaigning to improve wages and benefits for Walmart employees. She helped organize both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, and also served in his Office of Public Engagement, specifically building support among stakeholders to pass the Affordable Care Act. She is a longtime supporter of labor causes and reproductive rights. In the summer of 2020, Assm. Wicks made national headlines when she brought her newborn daughter to vote on the floor of the Assembly. Wicks was denied the chance to vote by proxy, and chose to attend the Assembly session and vote to expand paid family leave and affordable housing. In the Assembly, she has previously sponsored and passed progressive legislation to increase tenant protections, expand multifamily housing in urban areas, and expand access to the CalFresh program.

    Assm. Wicks has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Equality California, Planned Parenthood,and YIMBY Action, as well as labor unions like National Nurses United and United Healthcare Workers West. Wicks’ progressive voting record and endorsement from progressive leaders outweighs her campaign funding from real estate and corporations. Based on our analysis, Assm. Wicks’ track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-14 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Buffy Wicks

    Reelect State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks to keep AD-14 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 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 14th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 6% are Republican and 68% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 17% Latino, 21% Asian, and 14% Black. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-14 is 1% more Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-14 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 46 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 38 points.
    Under newly drawn district maps, Democratic incumbent Tim Grayson has been redistricted out of AD-14 and Assm. Buffy Wicks, formerly representing AD-15, has been positioned as the Democratic incumbent in AD-14.

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat: Democrat Incumbent Assm. Buffy Wicks and Green Party candidate Clint Smith. Wicks’ campaign has raised $288,674 and is not funded by police money or fossil fuel money. As of March 2022, Smith’s campaign has not filed any fundraising receipts for the current election cycle.

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Buffy Wicks, a former political and community organizer, is from Foresthill, CA, and now lives in Oakland, CA. According to campaign materials, Assm. Wicks is running for reelection to continue passing legislation that benefits women, children, and working families. Assm. Wicks was first elected to this seat in 2018 and won her 2020 reelection against an Independent challenger by 69 points.

    Assm. Wicks’ priorities for AD-14 this year have included seven housing bills and nine health-care bills, including three bills specifically about reproductive health. All bills are currently being debated in committee. She currently chairs the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, and sits on the Committees on Budget, Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Privacy and Consumer Protection. She scores a perfect 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Wicks has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote.

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Wicks was a community organizer and Obama administration staffer. Assm. Wicks comes from a working-class background, and began her career as a community organizer protesting the war in Iraq, and then began campaigning to improve wages and benefits for Walmart employees. She helped organize both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, and also served in his Office of Public Engagement, specifically building support among stakeholders to pass the Affordable Care Act. She is a longtime supporter of labor causes and reproductive rights. In the summer of 2020, Assm. Wicks made national headlines when she brought her newborn daughter to vote on the floor of the Assembly. Wicks was denied the chance to vote by proxy, and chose to attend the Assembly session and vote to expand paid family leave and affordable housing. In the Assembly, she has previously sponsored and passed progressive legislation to increase tenant protections, expand multifamily housing in urban areas, and expand access to the CalFresh program.

    Assm. Wicks has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Equality California, Planned Parenthood,and YIMBY Action, as well as labor unions like National Nurses United and United Healthcare Workers West. Wicks’ progressive voting record and endorsement from progressive leaders outweighs her campaign funding from real estate and corporations. Based on our analysis, Assm. Wicks’ track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-14 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
  • Democrat

    Rob Bonta

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  • Reelect Attorney General Rob Bonta to keep California on the right track for progress.

     

    The Position

     

    The state attorney general acts as the lead attorney and law-enforcement official for the state of California, and has oversight of over 4,500 state-employed district attorneys, investigators, police officers, and administrators. The attorney general executes a variety of responsibilities in the state, including representing the people of California in criminal and civil matters in court, coordinating statewide law-enforcement efforts, providing legal counsel to state agencies, and managing special projects to protect the rights of Californians. California has 58 elected district attorneys who report to the attorney general, one for every county in the state. The attorney general is elected for a four-year term and may serve a maximum of two terms in office. This office has traditionally been held by Democrats, including current U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, and current Vice President Kamala Harris.

    Democrat incumbent Rob Bonta was appointed to this seat by Governor Gavin Newsom in March 2021, after Secretary Becerra was appointed to the Biden administration’s cabinet. Attorney General Bonta is the first Filipino American to serve in this role. The most recent election results show that Becerra won the statewide election in 2018 with 64% of the vote.

     

     

     

    The Race

     

     

     

    There are four candidates running in the primary for attorney general: Democrat Incumbent Attorney General Rob Bonta, Independent challenger and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, and Republican challengers Nathan Hochman and Eric Early. Attorney General Bonta’s campaign has raised over $2 million, and is not funded by fossil fuel, police, or real estate donations. Schubert’s campaign has raised $833,000, and has received donations from over ten police organizations across the state. She has also received significant donations from billionaire Angelo Tsakopoulos and his family, who work in real estate development. Hochman’s campaign has raised $900,000 and has not committed to refuse fossil fuel, police, or corporate PAC money. He is backed by a significant number of individual donors with connections to real estate, and has also received over $20,000 from companies connected to Jeong Hwan Kim, who pled guilty to tax crimes in 2017 in a case prosecuted by the attorney general’s office. Early’s campaign has raised $235,000, and has not committed to refuse fossil fuel, police, corporate PAC, or real estate money in his campaign. He previously ran for attorney general in 2018.

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement

     

     

     

    Attorney General Rob Bonta, a civil rights attorney, is from Alameda, CA. Prior to his appointment to the attorney general’s office, he was elected to serve three terms in the California State Assembly as the representative from the 18th District. According to campaign materials, Attorney General Bonta is running for reelection to continue his focus on resolving systemic injustice across the state through action on environmental justice, labor rights, and corporate accountability.

    Attorney General Bonta’s priorities for California this year include establishing stronger protections for victims of hate crimes, working toward regulations that protect consumers from unjust corporate behavior, and creating a more equitable criminal-justice system. His office recently secured a judgment requiring Amazon to pay a $500,000 fine and adhere to a stricter process of reporting workplace COVID-19 prevention efforts and recorded infections to the company’s employees and the state. Attorney General Bonta has been outspoken about other forms of consumer and workplace protections, including recent efforts to curb robocalls and spearheading a nationwide investigation into targeted marketing tactics from Instagram and Meta Inc. He has also taken aim at the housing crisis with the creation of the Housing Strike Force and an online Housing Portal designed to address access, affordability, and equity. These new initiatives will enforce housing-development laws, reaffirm tenant rights, provide consumer protection and alerts, and provide legal advocacy for the right to housing.

    In his first several months in office, Attorney General Bonta has demonstrated a collaborative approach to his work locally, and an interest in leveraging his position for national impact. In California, he has established the Office of Community Awareness, Response, and Engagement (CARE) to communicate directly with underrepresented community and advocacy groups in the state. This office is designed to advance equity, and to ensure that the work of the attorney general’s office is inclusive for diverse perspectives. Nationally, he has been proactive in partnering with state attorney generals across the country to file briefs on legislation of national importance, including a public opposition to Texas’s recent abortion ban (SB 8).

    During his time in the State Assembly, he was an effective legislator who worked on bills related to climate protections, criminal justice and prison reform, immigrant rights, and housing protections. Bonta scored a lifetime score of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, he supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Attorney General Bonta served as a deputy city attorney for both the City and County of San Francisco, as an elected member of the Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors, as board president for the Social Service Human Relations board, as board president for Alternatives in Action, and as chair of the Economic Development Commission. He is a longtime activist in the ongoing fight for racial, economic, and social justice.

    Attorney General Bonta has received the endorsement of an overwhelming number of elected officials across the state, including U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, State Controller Betty Yee, State Senator Sydney Kamlager, and State Senator Scott Weiner. He is also endorsed by several progressive groups, including SEIU CA, NARAL Pro-Choice CA, and California Teachers Association. According to our analysis, Attorney General Bonta is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office. Based on our analysis, Attorney General Bonta’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for all Californians and will execute his responsibilities effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-11
  • Democrat

    Shirley Weber

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  • Reelect Secretary of State Shirley Weber to keep California on the right track for progress.

     

     

    The Position


    The secretary of state acts as the lead records officer for the state of California, and manages an office of 500 civil-service employees responsible for ensuring transparency and accessibility in elections, campaigning, business records, and legislative advocacy. The secretary of state’s office has a significant responsibility for election implementation and integrity, as it produces information pamphlets for voters in ten languages, provides statewide testing and approval for voting equipment, maintains the voter database, and certifies the official candidate lists and the official election results. The secretary of state’s office also oversees the filing and disclosure of campaign-finance information, the management of business records, the safeguarding of statewide address confidentiality, and the maintenance of registries for domestic partnerships and advance health-care directives. The secretary of state is elected for a four-year term and may serve a maximum of two terms in office. This office has traditionally been held by Democrats, and most recently by current U.S. Senator Alex Padilla.

    Democrat incumbent Shirley Weber was appointed to this seat by Governor Gavin Newsom in December 2020, after he appointed Sen. Padilla to fill Vice President Kamala Harris’s open Senate seat. Secretary Weber is the first Black person to hold this position. The most recent election results show that Padilla won the statewide election in 2018 with 64% of the vote.

     

     

     

    The Race


    At this time, Democrat Secretary of State Shirley Weber is running unopposed to maintain her seat. Secretary Weber’s campaign has raised over $490,000, and is not funded by corporate PAC money. She has not publicly refused to take fossil fuel donations, and has received police donations from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC, and real estate donations from the California Real Estate PAC.

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Secretary Shirley Weber, a former San Diego State University professor and longtime member of the California State Assembly, is originally from Los Angeles, and lived in the greater San Diego area for over 30 years. According to campaign materials, Secretary Weber is running for reelection to further strengthen election integrity and transparency in the state, and to work toward expanded access to voting for all Californians.

    Secretary Weber’s priorities this year include increased outreach to formerly incarcerated Californians to align election practices to the recently passed Proposition 17, which returns voting rights to parolees, to strengthen businesses across the state, and to upgrade the cybersecurity system to ensure that all California elections are protected from interference. As a public servant, Sec. Weber has established herself as a collaborative leader focused on supporting communities that have been under-resourced. In her first months in office, Secretary Weber has worked to establish connections with groups working to improve election information and engagement, including education professionals who can reach young voters and formerly incarcerated individuals now eligible to vote.

    As a member of the State Assembly, she sponsored bills on a variety of issues, including school safety, full-day kindergarten, reducing the use of deadly force by police, and strengthening the CalFresh program. Her successes also included environmental cleanup, increasing food access for food-insecure communities, establishing protections for residents of long-term nursing facilities, and lowering the cost of childcare. She scored a lifetime 93 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Sec. Weber supported nearly all progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, prior to her appointment to the secretary of state seat, she did not support lowering the voting age to 17.

    In 1972, early in her career, Secretary Weber founded the Department of Africana Studies at San Diego State University, and taught there for forty years. She also served as president of the National Council for Black Studies from 2002 to 2006, as president of the San Diego Board of Education from 1988 to 1996, and as chairperson of San Diego’s Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission. Secretary Weber holds three degrees from UCLA and has been a longtime champion of the power of well-funded and well-staffed public education.

    According to our analysis, Secretary Weber is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office. Based on our analysis, Secretary Weber’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for all Californians and will execute her responsibilities effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

    Last updated: 2022-04-28
  • Democrat

    Malia Cohen

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  • Elect Malia Cohen to be the next state controller to keep California on the right track for progress.

     

     

    The Position

     

     

     

    The state controller acts as the lead fiscal authority for the state of California, which is the fifth-largest economy in the world. The state controller manages an office of 1,400 public servants responsible for the disbursement of financial resources across the state. The state controller’s office oversees audits of funds distributed to state agencies and programs, acts as a steward for unclaimed property that falls to state possession, provides accounting and reporting services for government entities, and manages payroll accounting and data for state employees. The state controller also serves as a policy liaison to a variety of finance organizations, including the state’s two pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, and the California Franchise Tax Board. The state controller is elected for a four-year term and may serve a maximum of two terms in office. This office has traditionally been held by Democrats, and is currently held by two-term Controller Betty Yee. The most recent election results show that Controller Yee won the statewide election in 2018 with 65% of the vote.

     

     

     

    The Race

     

     

     

    There are four candidates running for this seat, including Democrats Malia Cohen, Yvonne Yiu, and Ron Galperin, and Republican Lanhee Chen. Cohen’s campaign has raised $316,000, and is not funded by police money or corporate PAC money. Democratic opponent Yiu has raised $548,000, of which $455,000 has been self-donated. She has had an additional nine donors to her campaign, and has not received police, corporate PAC, or real estate donations. Democratic opponent Galperin has raised $26,000, and is not funded by police, corporate PAC, real estate, or fossil fuel money. Republican Chen’s campaign has raised $945,000, and has received funding from a real estate organization. The remainder of his fundraising has come almost entirely from large-dollar individual donors.

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement

     

     

     

    Malia Cohen, a member of the California State Board of Equalization, is a lifelong Californian. According to campaign materials, Cohen is running for election to pursue a more equitable economic foundation for Californians through investments in housing, job programs, health care, and education. She believes that accountability and transparency in fiscal leadership is essential to closing the state’s significant equity gap, and that she can play a critical role in guiding financial decisions that will benefit previously neglected communities.

    As controller, Cohen hopes to create a more efficient system to connect unclaimed property to individuals who have ownership rights, streamline financial services for Californians who are unbanked, and create a Golden State Stimulus program that will ensure that residents have the resources they need to cover their basic living expenses.

    Cohen has an extensive resume and significant experience in fiscal oversight. As a current member of the California State Board of Equalization representing District 2, Cohen has experience administering statewide policy related to property tax, alcoholic beverage tax, and tax on insurers. Prior to holding this role, she served two terms as a member and president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where she chaired the Budget and Finance Committee. Cohen has also served as commissioner of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System (SFERS), which manages the city’s municipal pension fund. In each of these positions, Cohen has kept equity in focus and has worked to leverage her role to create opportunities to establish more inclusive policies. In her elected roles, she was instrumental in implementing a free community college program in San Francisco, co-authored the Fair Chance Ordinance for individuals reentering the workforce after incarceration, and championed the creation of a Department of Officer Accountability for the San Francisco Police Department. She also worked to divest SFERS investments from fossil fuels and thermal coal investments to bring a more ethical foundation to the pension system. These and other efforts demonstrate her deft ability to use her knowledge and authority to return benefits to communities that have been historically marginalized and disadvantaged by fiscal and public policy.

    Democrat Yvonne Yiu, the current mayor of Monterey Park, is running on a platform that centers on financial-information security and expanding financial-skills training to reach young people, immigrants, women, and other diverse communities through the creation of a new Office of Financial Empowerment. While she is dedicated to using the authority of the office to advocate for issues related to climate, the LGBTQIA+ community, and racial injustice, she has not provided a comprehensive outline for how her work as controller would benefit these progressive priorities beyond the creation of the Office of Financial Empowerment.

    Malia Cohen has the endorsement of many elected officials in the state, including Congresswoman Karen Bass, current State Controller Betty Yee, State Attorney General Rob Bonta, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, State Senator Sydney Kamlager, and State Senator Scott Weiner. She has also received the endorsement of some progressive groups in the district, including NARAL Pro-Choice California PAC, California Federation of Teachers, Elect Black Women PAC, and a variety of trade organizations, including UNITE Here PAC. Based on our analysis, Cohen’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for Californians and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-11

County Races

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

  • Elect Pamela Price to push Alameda in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    Each of the 58 counties in California elects a district attorney to manage the prosecution of criminal offenses related to the violation of state and county laws. The district attorney has investigative authority, manages the apprehension of individuals identified through the investigative process, and holds charging and prosecutorial power. The work of the district attorney includes Municipal and Superior Court operations, and serving as a legal liaison to the grand jury. The county Board of Supervisors provides financial oversight to the district attorney’s office, but holds no operational power over their work. District attorneys are elected to four-year terms in office.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    Alameda is California’s seventh most populous county, with a population of over 1,600,000. Alameda’s district attorney oversees an office of 150 deputy district attorneys, and the prosecution of criminal offenses across the county and unincorporated areas. Alameda County has a demographic breakdown of 22% Latino, 26% Asian, and 13% Black.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Pamela Price, Chief Assistant District Attorney Terry Wiley, and Deputy District Attorney Jimmie Wilson. Incumbent Nancy O’Malley is retiring after 12 years as the Alameda DA. During the 2017 Alameda DA elections, O’Malley and 31 of her employees, including current challenger Terry Wiley, were alleged to have violated campaign ethics by using government email accounts to discuss campaign issues and seek donations to fund attacks against Price, who was challenging O’Malley. O’Malley’s office has not commented on the complaint. Price’s campaign has raised over $193,000, raised by more than 850 individual donors, and is not funded by corporate PAC, real estate, fossil fuel, or police money. Wiley’s campaign has raised $344,000, and received significant early donations from four former employees of the DA’s office. He has also received donations from real estate interests. Moreover, while Wiley has pledged not to accept donations from police associations and unions, he would accept endorsements. Price has said she would accept neither. Jimmie Wilson’s campaign raised more than $200,000 in 2021, and his biggest donor is a former CEO of credit card company VISA, while much of his other support comes from defense attorneys and current and former prosecutors.

     

     

     

     

    The Recommendation


    Pamela Price, a civil rights attorney, is a longtime resident of the Bay Area. According to campaign materials, Price is running for election to provide justice to the community, address ineffective and inequitable fines and fees related to criminal justice, and implement effective reentry programs for returning citizens, assisting in removing barriers to employment and education.

    Price is a survivor of the Ohio juvenile justice and foster-care systems who went on to graduate from Yale and UC Berkeley Law School. Price started her professional career as a criminal defense attorney in San Francisco. In 1991, she started her own firm in Oakland, and for 30 years represented victims of wrongful termination and sexual assault, as well as discrimination based on sex, age, religion, disability, and race. In 2016, Price was elected to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, and was reelected in 2020. She is a longtime supporter of gender and racial justice. As a community activist, Price co-founded the Bay Area Defense Committee for Battered Women and was appointed to serve on the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, which protects the rights of poor and immigrant communities. Price has received multiple congressional awards for her community service.

    Price is endorsed by many progressive groups and leaders in the district, including Dr. Angela Davis, Alameda Progressives, Our Revolution East Bay, and Progressive Democrats of America - Oakland Chapter. Based on our analysis, Price’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of Alameda and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-11

    Pamela Price

    Elect Pamela Price to push Alameda in the right direction.

     

     

    Pamela Price

    Elect Pamela Price to push Alameda in the right direction.

     

     

  • Reelect Diana Becton to keep Contra Costa on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California elects a district attorney to manage the prosecution of criminal offenses related to the violation of state and county laws. The district attorney has investigative authority, manages the apprehension of individuals identified through the investigative process, and holds charging and prosecutorial power. The work of the district attorney includes municipal and superior court operations, and the D.A. serves as a legal liaison to the grand jury. The county Board of Supervisors provides financial oversight to the district attorney’s office, but holds no operational power over their work. District attorneys are elected to four-year terms in office. 

     

    The District

    Contra Costa is California’s ninth most populous county, with a population of more than 1,100,000. Contra Costa’s District Attorney oversees an office of 21 deputy district attorneys, and the prosecution of criminal offenses across the county and unincorporated areas. Contra Costa has a demographic breakdown of 24% Latino, 14% Asian, and 9% Black.

     

    The Race

    District Attorney Diana Becton is running for reelection to this seat, to which she was appointed, and then elected, in 2017 and 2018, respectively. She is being challenged by Mary Knox, a deputy district attorney in Contra Costa County. Becton’s campaign has raised $275,000, and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, law enforcement, or real estate money. Opponent Knox’s plans for the county are based on regressive policies that include increasing policing and expanding public and digital surveillance by law enforcement—policies that have been shown to harm and disproportionately target communities of color.

     

    Our Endorsement

    District Attorney Diana Becton is from California and leads a prosecutorial office of approximately 200 lawyers, investigators, and staff. In 2018, she was appointed as the first woman and African American district attorney of Contra Costa County in the history of the county to fill the vacancy left by the former district attorney, who resigned after being charged with perjury and grand theft. Community groups and leaders advocated for her original appointment. According to campaign materials, District Attorney Becton is running for reelection to keep communities safe, give crime victims a voice, and lead the office with integrity.

    As district attorney, Becton has brought notable progressive change to the office, including abolishing juvenile-justice fees and pledging to publicly release reports on officer-involved fatalities. She is the co-author of two justice-reform bills that have changed how serious crimes can be prosecuted, including one that prohibits children under 16 from being charged as adults. She has provided leadership in moving the county forward in diversion programs, bail reform, and restorative justice. Her accomplishments include allocating $1 million to establish the first trauma-informed, victim-centered diversion program and bringing sexual-assault testing cases up to date. Her top three priorities moving forward are establishing ways to make law-enforcement data available to craft better policies, focusing on securing funding for restorative justice and diversion programs for 20- to 24-year-olds, and continuing to work to improve transparency and accountability. She has also pledged to work with labor and community groups, Jewish partners, and the Latino and Asian communities, and to prosecute hate crimes. Her goals include ending racial and implicit bias in the criminal-justice system and working on policy changes.

    District Attorney Becton previously served as a Santa Clara County judge for 22 years, where she was elected as presiding judge. She is a longtime supporter of bail reform, alternatives to incarceration for low-level, nonviolent offenders, and mental-health treatment for those who need it. She received the Woman of the Year award from State Senator Nancy Skinner for disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline, reducing recidivism and incarceration rates, and creating safe alternatives for low-level nonviolent offenders. Becton is a past president of the National Association of Women Judges, the country’s leading platform for women in the judiciary system. She also served as chair of the State Bar Council on Access and Fairness. 

    District Attorney Becton is endorsed by many progressive leaders and groups in the district, including Representative Mark DeSaulnier, Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Monica Wilson, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, BART Director Lateefah Simon, Black Women Organized Political Action, Contra Costa Central Labor Council, Contra Costa Young Democrats, and West Contra Costa Democratic Club. She is also endorsed by several police officers. Based on our analysis, District Attorney Becton’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of Contra Costa and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Last updated: 2022-05-14

    Diana Becton

    Reelect Diana Becton to keep Contra Costa on the right track for progress. 

     

    Diana Becton

    Reelect Diana Becton to keep Contra Costa on the right track for progress. 

     

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

No Recommendation

Based on our analysis, the thirteen candidates for this position have distinct visions for the district. We recommend that you choose the progressive candidate who best aligns with your values in this race.

 

The Position

Oakland is governed by a city council of eight elected representatives. A city council is responsible for establishing policy, passing local laws (called ordinances), voting on budget appropriations, and developing an overall vision for the city. These bodies are often augmented by two additional seats held by a mayor and a vice mayor. Oakland uses the mayor-council government structure, so a mayor is elected at large and acts as chair of the city council and the city’s chief executive officer. The Oakland mayor does not hold any special legislative power. In Oakland, the mayor is elected to a four-year term, with a limit of two terms. 

 

The District

Oakland is Alameda County’s most populous city. Oakland’s mayor and City Council oversee the needs of 440,000 people and manage an estimated operating budget of $1.7 billion annually. As of the 2020 Census, Oakland had a demographic breakdown of 27% Latino, 16% Asian, and 23% Black. The most recent election results for Alameda County, which includes the city of Oakland, show that it voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 62 points and for Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 62 points.

 

The Race

There are 13 candidates running for this seat, including Councilmember Loren Taylor, Councilmember Sheng Thao, Councilmember Treva Reid, Derreck Johnson, and  Gregory Hodge. Taylor’s campaign has raised $169,000, and has not received donations from fossil fuel, real estate, corporate PAC, or police interests. Thao’s campaign has raised $127,000, and has not received donations from fossil fuel, real estate, corporate PAC, or police interests. Reid’s campaign has raised $109,000, and has received donations from real estate interests. Johnson’s campaign has raised $43,000, and has not received donations from fossil fuel, real estate, corporate PAC, or police interests. Hodge’s campaign has raised $37,000, and has not received donations from fossil fuel, real estate, corporate PAC, or police interests. 

 

No Recommendation

Loren Taylor, a first-term city councilmember representing District 6, is a lifelong resident of Oakland. Taylor is a longtime social-impact consultant, and is running to provide pragmatic leadership to create solutions for the economic and safety challenges facing Oaklanders. He ran for and won his city council seat in 2018, defeating a 16-year incumbent with 64% of the vote. 

Taylor founded Custom Taylor Solutions to provide consulting to organizations that are working to improve the experiences of disadvantaged communities, focusing particularly on issues related to poverty and economic inequality. On the city council, he has worked on initiatives related to affordable housing development, a local entrepreneurship incubator, funding for public works projects, and COVID-19 relief programs. He currently serves on the board of directors for two local organizations, West Oakland Health Council and 100 Black Men of the Bay Area. 

Sheng Thao, a first-term city councilmember and current city council president pro tem representing District 4, was raised in Stockton and has lived in the East Bay area since attending college at UC-Berkeley. Sheng is a career public servant, and is running for mayor to use her bold leadership and strong knowledge of city budgeting to move Oakland forward. She ran for and won her city council seat in 2018 with 54% of the vote. 

Prior to launching her own political career, Thao served as chief of staff to Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. After winning her own seat on the council, Thao secured funding for homelessness and youth services, championed workers’ rights, and supported economic recovery from COVID-19. Thao is the daughter of refugees, and her family received social services and benefitted from public housing while she was growing up. Her young adulthood was plagued by abuse and homelessness as she navigated single parenthood and, through welfare and the use of Head Start for her son, was able to support her family while putting herself through college. Thao is endorsed by many local union organizations, and by Attorney General Rob Bonta, State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Assemblymember Mia Bonta, and Oakland Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan. 

Treva Reid, a first-term city councilmember representing District 7, lives in Oakland. Reid is a career public servant, and is running for mayor to apply her equity-driven leadership to the local challenges of homelessness, public safety, and economic growth. She ran for and won her city council seat in 2020 with 60% of the vote.

Reid has a long history of public work, which includes her time spent as a senior aide to Sen. Nancy Skinner during her time as a member of the State Assembly. On the city council, Reid has activated mass vaccination sites during the COVID-19 pandemic and allocated budget funding for workforce development and violence-prevention programs. Reid has overcome significant challenges in her life, including violence, abuse, poverty, and housing instability, and her personal understanding of social inequity and resource limitations informs her approach to public policy. Reid has also served on the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, served as a state policy advisor for Black Women Organized for Political Action, and is an alumna of Emerge California. 

Derrick Johnson, an entrepreneur and community organizer, is a lifelong resident of Oakland. Johnson is running for mayor to use his coalition-centered approach to reinvest in Oakland’s diverse communities. He ran for the at-large seat on the city council in 2020, but lost to Rebecca Kaplan by a 5-point margin. 

Johnson has spent nearly 20 as a local restaurateur, where he hired formerly incarcerated staff members, donated hot meals to unhoused neighbors, and ensured that the restaurant is majority BIPOC and employee-owned. He has advocated for violence prevention through the Measure Y Committee, worked with the Workforce Development Board, provided youth scholarships through the Summit Bank Foundation, and sits on the board of the Oakland LGBTQIA+ Community Center. Johnson was raised by a single mother in Oakland’s housing projects, and believes his personal experience and professional leadership in the community will allow him to organize for meaningful progress on affordable housing, economic development, and public safety. 

Gregory Hodge, an attorney and a community organizer, has lived in Oakland for 40 years. Hodge is running for mayor to show his love for Oakland by bringing community leadership to the environmental, generational, and economic issues facing the city. He served two terms on the Oakland Unified School District Board, and ran for Oakland City Council in 2008 but did not win election.

Hodge is a longtime community advocate, particularly on issues related to young people in the Black community. He serves in a leadership role for the Brotherhood of Elders Network, which offers intergenerational mentoring to Black men, and has been actively involved with Executive Alliance for Boys and Young Men of Color, Safe Passages, Urban Strategies Council, COVID-19 Racial Disparities Task Force, and Equal Voice for America’s Families Campaign during his 40 years in the East Bay. Hodge also serves Oaklanders through his law and consulting practice, which has worked with clients across a range of civic issues.

Each candidate brings a unique approach and vision to the campaign for Oakland mayor’s office. We encourage you to select the candidate who best aligns with your values and who you believe will legislate in the best interest of the diverse constituents of the district.