• Chris Holden

    Reelect State Assemblymember Chris Holden to keep AD-41 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 41st Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 28% are Republican and 45% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 26% Latino, 13% Asian, and 8% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-41 is 6% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-41 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 25 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 17 points.

     

    The Race

    Democrat Incumbent Representative Chris Holden is the only candidate running for this seat. Assm. Holden’s campaign has raised $602,000, and has received donations from police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel companies. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Chris Holden, a public servant, is a lifelong resident of Pasadena. Assm. Holden won his 2020 reelection against Republican Robin Hvidston by 31 points. 

    Assm. Holden’s priorities for AD-41 this year have included 42 bills about education, business and the economy, policing, and transportation. Of these, ten have been chaptered into law, one was vetoed, eight have died, and the rest are currently in committee. He currently sits on four committees, including Judiciary, Utilities and Energy, and Communications and Conveyance. Assm. Holden serves as chair of the Appropriations Committee and the Select Committee on Regional Transportation Solutions, and as the co-chair of the Select Committee on Corporate Board and California Workforce Diversity. He scores a Lifetime CS of 94 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Holden has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Assm. Holden has supported legislation to eliminate oversight of telecommunications companies, and did not vote on bills related to charter school regulation, expanding single-use recyclables, and predatory lending protections.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Holden was a local elected official, serving for 24 years on the Pasadena City Council, including a turn as mayor. During this time, he also served as a member of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. Assm. Holden also owns a local real estate firm, CHMB Consulting. He is a longtime supporter of transportation expansion and college and career access for high school students. As a city council member and assemblymember, he has worked on initiatives to expand light rail and public transportation options for local constituents. He has also worked to establish dual enrollment options for high school students to reduce the time and financial burden of college and to increase access to local career pathways. 

    Assm. Holden has the endorsement of some progressive groups. However, he has received campaign donations from a variety of problematic funders, including Amazon, California Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC, California Real Estate PAC, and Chevron. Voters are encouraged to hold Assm. Holden accountable for his financial connection to these industries, and his local business ties to the real estate community. Based on our analysis, Assm. Holden’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive leader for the constituents of AD-41 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Chris Holden

    Reelect State Assemblymember Chris Holden to keep AD-41 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 41st Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 28% are Republican and 45% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 26% Latino, 13% Asian, and 8% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-41 is 6% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-41 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 25 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 17 points.

     

    The Race

    Democrat Incumbent Representative Chris Holden is the only candidate running for this seat. Assm. Holden’s campaign has raised $602,000, and has received donations from police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel companies. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Chris Holden, a public servant, is a lifelong resident of Pasadena. Assm. Holden won his 2020 reelection against Republican Robin Hvidston by 31 points. 

    Assm. Holden’s priorities for AD-41 this year have included 42 bills about education, business and the economy, policing, and transportation. Of these, ten have been chaptered into law, one was vetoed, eight have died, and the rest are currently in committee. He currently sits on four committees, including Judiciary, Utilities and Energy, and Communications and Conveyance. Assm. Holden serves as chair of the Appropriations Committee and the Select Committee on Regional Transportation Solutions, and as the co-chair of the Select Committee on Corporate Board and California Workforce Diversity. He scores a Lifetime CS of 94 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Holden has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Assm. Holden has supported legislation to eliminate oversight of telecommunications companies, and did not vote on bills related to charter school regulation, expanding single-use recyclables, and predatory lending protections.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Holden was a local elected official, serving for 24 years on the Pasadena City Council, including a turn as mayor. During this time, he also served as a member of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. Assm. Holden also owns a local real estate firm, CHMB Consulting. He is a longtime supporter of transportation expansion and college and career access for high school students. As a city council member and assemblymember, he has worked on initiatives to expand light rail and public transportation options for local constituents. He has also worked to establish dual enrollment options for high school students to reduce the time and financial burden of college and to increase access to local career pathways. 

    Assm. Holden has the endorsement of some progressive groups. However, he has received campaign donations from a variety of problematic funders, including Amazon, California Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC, California Real Estate PAC, and Chevron. Voters are encouraged to hold Assm. Holden accountable for his financial connection to these industries, and his local business ties to the real estate community. Based on our analysis, Assm. Holden’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive leader for the constituents of AD-41 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Chris Holden

    Reelect State Assemblymember Chris Holden to keep AD-41 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 41st Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 28% are Republican and 45% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 26% Latino, 13% Asian, and 8% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-41 is 6% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-41 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 25 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 17 points.

     

    The Race

    Democrat Incumbent Representative Chris Holden is the only candidate running for this seat. Assm. Holden’s campaign has raised $602,000, and has received donations from police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel companies. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Chris Holden, a public servant, is a lifelong resident of Pasadena. Assm. Holden won his 2020 reelection against Republican Robin Hvidston by 31 points. 

    Assm. Holden’s priorities for AD-41 this year have included 42 bills about education, business and the economy, policing, and transportation. Of these, ten have been chaptered into law, one was vetoed, eight have died, and the rest are currently in committee. He currently sits on four committees, including Judiciary, Utilities and Energy, and Communications and Conveyance. Assm. Holden serves as chair of the Appropriations Committee and the Select Committee on Regional Transportation Solutions, and as the co-chair of the Select Committee on Corporate Board and California Workforce Diversity. He scores a Lifetime CS of 94 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Holden has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Assm. Holden has supported legislation to eliminate oversight of telecommunications companies, and did not vote on bills related to charter school regulation, expanding single-use recyclables, and predatory lending protections.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Holden was a local elected official, serving for 24 years on the Pasadena City Council, including a turn as mayor. During this time, he also served as a member of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. Assm. Holden also owns a local real estate firm, CHMB Consulting. He is a longtime supporter of transportation expansion and college and career access for high school students. As a city council member and assemblymember, he has worked on initiatives to expand light rail and public transportation options for local constituents. He has also worked to establish dual enrollment options for high school students to reduce the time and financial burden of college and to increase access to local career pathways. 

    Assm. Holden has the endorsement of some progressive groups. However, he has received campaign donations from a variety of problematic funders, including Amazon, California Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC, California Real Estate PAC, and Chevron. Voters are encouraged to hold Assm. Holden accountable for his financial connection to these industries, and his local business ties to the real estate community. Based on our analysis, Assm. Holden’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive leader for the constituents of AD-41 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

County District Races

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

  • DeJonaé Shaw

    Elect Supervisor DeJonaé Shaw to push San Bernardino County in the right direction for progress. 

     

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person board of supervisors. A board of supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by boards of supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to three terms, or 12 years in office total.

     

    The District

    San Bernardino is California’s 5th most populous county. San Bernardino’s board of supervisors oversees the needs of 2,181,654 people and manages an estimated budget of $7.6 billion annually. According to the County Charter, San Bernardino is governed by the board of supervisors, who oversee the legislative priorities and municipal needs of the county. District 2 includes about 400,000 people, as well as the cities of Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana. 

     

    The Race

    There are five candidates running for this seat, including DeJonaé Shaw and opponents Jesse Armendarez, Nadia Renner, Luis Cetina, and Eric Coker. Shaw’s campaign has raised $78,319 and is not funded by corporate PACs, the fossil fuel industry, the real estate industry, or the police. Armendarez’s campaign has not committed to refusing money from corporate PACs or the fossil fuel industry, and has received donations from the police as well as tens of thousands of dollars from the real estate industry. Cetina’s campaign has also accepted donations from the real estate industry. Renner and Cetinas’s campaigns have received only five donations apiece in this calendar year.

     

    The Recommendation

    DeJonaé Shaw is from California. According to campaign materials, Shaw is running for election to fight for good-paying jobs, cleaner air, and healthy neighborhoods where everyone can thrive. 

    Shaw is a licensed vocational nurse, and worked in health care throughout the pandemic. She is a longtime supporter of youth advocacy and education: Shaw founded the Greater Empire Pageants for young people in the area, and has worked with local organizations like the Young Women’s Empowerment Summit and Just Us 4 Youth. She has also served as a leader in her union as the vice chair of Legislation and Education, and on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Next Gen Committee, aimed at increasing community solutions to policing.

    Shaw is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups, including Inland Empire United, Planned Parenthood, CHIRLA Action Fund, the Sierra Club, and labor unions like SEIU, AFSCME, and NUHW. She is also endorsed by elected officials, including Senator Connie Leyva, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, and many local leaders. Based on our analysis, DeJonaé Shaw’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of San Bernardino County and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    DeJonaé Shaw

    Elect Supervisor DeJonaé Shaw to push San Bernardino County in the right direction for progress. 

     

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person board of supervisors. A board of supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by boards of supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to three terms, or 12 years in office total.

     

    The District

    San Bernardino is California’s 5th most populous county. San Bernardino’s board of supervisors oversees the needs of 2,181,654 people and manages an estimated budget of $7.6 billion annually. According to the County Charter, San Bernardino is governed by the board of supervisors, who oversee the legislative priorities and municipal needs of the county. District 2 includes about 400,000 people, as well as the cities of Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana. 

     

    The Race

    There are five candidates running for this seat, including DeJonaé Shaw and opponents Jesse Armendarez, Nadia Renner, Luis Cetina, and Eric Coker. Shaw’s campaign has raised $78,319 and is not funded by corporate PACs, the fossil fuel industry, the real estate industry, or the police. Armendarez’s campaign has not committed to refusing money from corporate PACs or the fossil fuel industry, and has received donations from the police as well as tens of thousands of dollars from the real estate industry. Cetina’s campaign has also accepted donations from the real estate industry. Renner and Cetinas’s campaigns have received only five donations apiece in this calendar year.

     

    The Recommendation

    DeJonaé Shaw is from California. According to campaign materials, Shaw is running for election to fight for good-paying jobs, cleaner air, and healthy neighborhoods where everyone can thrive. 

    Shaw is a licensed vocational nurse, and worked in health care throughout the pandemic. She is a longtime supporter of youth advocacy and education: Shaw founded the Greater Empire Pageants for young people in the area, and has worked with local organizations like the Young Women’s Empowerment Summit and Just Us 4 Youth. She has also served as a leader in her union as the vice chair of Legislation and Education, and on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Next Gen Committee, aimed at increasing community solutions to policing.

    Shaw is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups, including Inland Empire United, Planned Parenthood, CHIRLA Action Fund, the Sierra Club, and labor unions like SEIU, AFSCME, and NUHW. She is also endorsed by elected officials, including Senator Connie Leyva, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, and many local leaders. Based on our analysis, DeJonaé Shaw’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of San Bernardino County and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    DeJonaé Shaw

    Elect Supervisor DeJonaé Shaw to push San Bernardino County in the right direction for progress. 

     

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person board of supervisors. A board of supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by boards of supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to three terms, or 12 years in office total.

     

    The District

    San Bernardino is California’s 5th most populous county. San Bernardino’s board of supervisors oversees the needs of 2,181,654 people and manages an estimated budget of $7.6 billion annually. According to the County Charter, San Bernardino is governed by the board of supervisors, who oversee the legislative priorities and municipal needs of the county. District 2 includes about 400,000 people, as well as the cities of Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana. 

     

    The Race

    There are five candidates running for this seat, including DeJonaé Shaw and opponents Jesse Armendarez, Nadia Renner, Luis Cetina, and Eric Coker. Shaw’s campaign has raised $78,319 and is not funded by corporate PACs, the fossil fuel industry, the real estate industry, or the police. Armendarez’s campaign has not committed to refusing money from corporate PACs or the fossil fuel industry, and has received donations from the police as well as tens of thousands of dollars from the real estate industry. Cetina’s campaign has also accepted donations from the real estate industry. Renner and Cetinas’s campaigns have received only five donations apiece in this calendar year.

     

    The Recommendation

    DeJonaé Shaw is from California. According to campaign materials, Shaw is running for election to fight for good-paying jobs, cleaner air, and healthy neighborhoods where everyone can thrive. 

    Shaw is a licensed vocational nurse, and worked in health care throughout the pandemic. She is a longtime supporter of youth advocacy and education: Shaw founded the Greater Empire Pageants for young people in the area, and has worked with local organizations like the Young Women’s Empowerment Summit and Just Us 4 Youth. She has also served as a leader in her union as the vice chair of Legislation and Education, and on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Next Gen Committee, aimed at increasing community solutions to policing.

    Shaw is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups, including Inland Empire United, Planned Parenthood, CHIRLA Action Fund, the Sierra Club, and labor unions like SEIU, AFSCME, and NUHW. She is also endorsed by elected officials, including Senator Connie Leyva, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, and many local leaders. Based on our analysis, DeJonaé Shaw’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of San Bernardino County and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

  • Courage Score: https://couragescore.org
  • Connie Leyva

    Elect Connie Leyva to push San Bernardino County in the right direction for progress. 

     

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person board of supervisors. A board of supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by boards of supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to 3 terms, or 12 years in office total.

     

    The District

    San Bernardino is California’s 5th most populous county. San Bernardino’s board of supervisors oversees the needs of 2,181,654 people and manages an estimated budget of $7.6 billion annually. According to the County Charter, San Bernardino is governed by the board of supervisors, which oversees the legislative priorities and municipal needs of the county. District 4 includes 477,000 residents, as well as the cities of Chino, Ontario, and Montclair. 

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including State Senator Connie Leyva and Incumbent Curt Hagman. Leyva’s campaign has raised $410,539 and is not funded by the real estate industry. She has accepted donations from the corporate PACs, police, and the fossil-fuel industry. Hagman has not filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State for the current election cycle. Hagman and his campaign were fined $10,000 in 2019 for campaign-finance violations, including spending money raised by a previous campaign and fundraising beyond the legal limit following the end of the election cycle. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Connie Leyva, a state senator and a union leader, is from Chino, CA. According to campaign materials, Leyva is running for election to fight for quality jobs, better schools, and safer neighborhoods, as well as to serve her local San Bernardino community. 

    Leyva is a sitting state senator and has demonstrated her progressive bonafides in the Senate: she has voted in favor of raising the minimum wage, lowering the cost of community college, and building more affordable housing, and has earned a lifetime Courage Score of 96 out of 100. In particular, she has acted as an advocate for gender equity, helping to author laws requiring pay equity, removing limitations on prosecuting sexual assault, banning secret settlements of campus assault cases, and increasing access to reproductive health care at public universities. While working as a grocery clerk, she joined the United Food and Commercial Workers. She later served as a union representative for UFCW and was eventually elected president, the first woman to hold the role. 

    Leyva is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, Inland Empire United, the Sierra Club, and labor unions like UFCW, SEIU, and AFL-CIO. Based on our analysis, Leyva’s track record and policy positions 
    demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of San Bernardino County and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
     

    Connie Leyva

    Elect Connie Leyva to push San Bernardino County in the right direction for progress. 

     

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person board of supervisors. A board of supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by boards of supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to 3 terms, or 12 years in office total.

     

    The District

    San Bernardino is California’s 5th most populous county. San Bernardino’s board of supervisors oversees the needs of 2,181,654 people and manages an estimated budget of $7.6 billion annually. According to the County Charter, San Bernardino is governed by the board of supervisors, which oversees the legislative priorities and municipal needs of the county. District 4 includes 477,000 residents, as well as the cities of Chino, Ontario, and Montclair. 

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including State Senator Connie Leyva and Incumbent Curt Hagman. Leyva’s campaign has raised $410,539 and is not funded by the real estate industry. She has accepted donations from the corporate PACs, police, and the fossil-fuel industry. Hagman has not filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State for the current election cycle. Hagman and his campaign were fined $10,000 in 2019 for campaign-finance violations, including spending money raised by a previous campaign and fundraising beyond the legal limit following the end of the election cycle. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Connie Leyva, a state senator and a union leader, is from Chino, CA. According to campaign materials, Leyva is running for election to fight for quality jobs, better schools, and safer neighborhoods, as well as to serve her local San Bernardino community. 

    Leyva is a sitting state senator and has demonstrated her progressive bonafides in the Senate: she has voted in favor of raising the minimum wage, lowering the cost of community college, and building more affordable housing, and has earned a lifetime Courage Score of 96 out of 100. In particular, she has acted as an advocate for gender equity, helping to author laws requiring pay equity, removing limitations on prosecuting sexual assault, banning secret settlements of campus assault cases, and increasing access to reproductive health care at public universities. While working as a grocery clerk, she joined the United Food and Commercial Workers. She later served as a union representative for UFCW and was eventually elected president, the first woman to hold the role. 

    Leyva is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, Inland Empire United, the Sierra Club, and labor unions like UFCW, SEIU, and AFL-CIO. Based on our analysis, Leyva’s track record and policy positions 
    demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of San Bernardino County and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
     

    Connie Leyva

    Elect Connie Leyva to push San Bernardino County in the right direction for progress. 

     

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person board of supervisors. A board of supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by boards of supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to 3 terms, or 12 years in office total.

     

    The District

    San Bernardino is California’s 5th most populous county. San Bernardino’s board of supervisors oversees the needs of 2,181,654 people and manages an estimated budget of $7.6 billion annually. According to the County Charter, San Bernardino is governed by the board of supervisors, which oversees the legislative priorities and municipal needs of the county. District 4 includes 477,000 residents, as well as the cities of Chino, Ontario, and Montclair. 

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including State Senator Connie Leyva and Incumbent Curt Hagman. Leyva’s campaign has raised $410,539 and is not funded by the real estate industry. She has accepted donations from the corporate PACs, police, and the fossil-fuel industry. Hagman has not filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State for the current election cycle. Hagman and his campaign were fined $10,000 in 2019 for campaign-finance violations, including spending money raised by a previous campaign and fundraising beyond the legal limit following the end of the election cycle. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Connie Leyva, a state senator and a union leader, is from Chino, CA. According to campaign materials, Leyva is running for election to fight for quality jobs, better schools, and safer neighborhoods, as well as to serve her local San Bernardino community. 

    Leyva is a sitting state senator and has demonstrated her progressive bonafides in the Senate: she has voted in favor of raising the minimum wage, lowering the cost of community college, and building more affordable housing, and has earned a lifetime Courage Score of 96 out of 100. In particular, she has acted as an advocate for gender equity, helping to author laws requiring pay equity, removing limitations on prosecuting sexual assault, banning secret settlements of campus assault cases, and increasing access to reproductive health care at public universities. While working as a grocery clerk, she joined the United Food and Commercial Workers. She later served as a union representative for UFCW and was eventually elected president, the first woman to hold the role. 

    Leyva is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, Inland Empire United, the Sierra Club, and labor unions like UFCW, SEIU, and AFL-CIO. Based on our analysis, Leyva’s track record and policy positions 
    demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of San Bernardino County and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
     

  • Courage Score: https://couragescore.org