• Barbara Lee

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

     

    Barbara Lee

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

     

    Barbara Lee

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

     

State Assembly

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

  • 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.

     

     

    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.

     

     

  • Mia Bonta

    Reelect State Assemblymember Mia Bonta to keep AD-18 on 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 18th Assembly 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 16% Latino, 21% Asian, and 27% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-18 is 4% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle.The most recent election results show that AD-18 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 80 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 81 points.

     

    The Race

    There is one candidate running for this seat, Democrat Incumbent Representative Mia Bonta. Bonta’s campaign has raised $1,591,291 and is not funded by the fossil fuel industry or the police. She has accepted donations from the real estate industry and corporate PACs, including tens of thousands of dollars from the gambling industry. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Bonta, an educator and a nonprofit executive, is from New York City and has lived in Alameda for more than 20 years. According to campaign materials, Assm. Bonta is running for reelection to continue representing the East Bay and working to ensure that Californians of all backgrounds get a fair shot. Assm. Bonta won her 2021 election against a Democratic challenger by 14 points.

    Assm. Bonta’s priorities for AD-18 this year have included 25 bills about public safety, education, marijuana, and housing, of which three have successfully passed the Assembly. One has passed the Senate and been signed into law. She currently sits on four committees: Business and Professions, Communications and Conveyance, Human Services, and Rules. Based on our Courage Score analysis, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records, Assm. Bonta has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote and earned an Honorable Mention for her work. 

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Bonta worked in the nonprofit sector with organizations like Oakland Promise and Literacy Lab, which focus on educational equity and disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. She earned a master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education prior to earning a JD at Yale Law School. She favors strengthening and increasing funding for public education, and served as president of the Alameda Unified School District from 2018 until 2021. She ran for office for the first time in 2021, running for the seat that her husband, Rob Bonta, vacated in order to serve as California’s attorney general. Assm. Bonta is a longtime supporter of criminal-justice reform and affordable housing; in her year in the State Assembly, she has voted to place controls on use of force by law-enforcement officers, improve hate-crime reporting and response, and strengthen research on affordable housing. 

    Assm. Bonta has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, California Democratic Renters Council, Health Care for All, Equality California, Black Women Organized for Political Action, the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, and United Farm Workers. Based on our analysis, Assm. Bonta’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-18 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Mia Bonta

    Reelect State Assemblymember Mia Bonta to keep AD-18 on 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 18th Assembly 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 16% Latino, 21% Asian, and 27% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-18 is 4% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle.The most recent election results show that AD-18 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 80 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 81 points.

     

    The Race

    There is one candidate running for this seat, Democrat Incumbent Representative Mia Bonta. Bonta’s campaign has raised $1,591,291 and is not funded by the fossil fuel industry or the police. She has accepted donations from the real estate industry and corporate PACs, including tens of thousands of dollars from the gambling industry. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Bonta, an educator and a nonprofit executive, is from New York City and has lived in Alameda for more than 20 years. According to campaign materials, Assm. Bonta is running for reelection to continue representing the East Bay and working to ensure that Californians of all backgrounds get a fair shot. Assm. Bonta won her 2021 election against a Democratic challenger by 14 points.

    Assm. Bonta’s priorities for AD-18 this year have included 25 bills about public safety, education, marijuana, and housing, of which three have successfully passed the Assembly. One has passed the Senate and been signed into law. She currently sits on four committees: Business and Professions, Communications and Conveyance, Human Services, and Rules. Based on our Courage Score analysis, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records, Assm. Bonta has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote and earned an Honorable Mention for her work. 

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Bonta worked in the nonprofit sector with organizations like Oakland Promise and Literacy Lab, which focus on educational equity and disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. She earned a master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education prior to earning a JD at Yale Law School. She favors strengthening and increasing funding for public education, and served as president of the Alameda Unified School District from 2018 until 2021. She ran for office for the first time in 2021, running for the seat that her husband, Rob Bonta, vacated in order to serve as California’s attorney general. Assm. Bonta is a longtime supporter of criminal-justice reform and affordable housing; in her year in the State Assembly, she has voted to place controls on use of force by law-enforcement officers, improve hate-crime reporting and response, and strengthen research on affordable housing. 

    Assm. Bonta has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, California Democratic Renters Council, Health Care for All, Equality California, Black Women Organized for Political Action, the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, and United Farm Workers. Based on our analysis, Assm. Bonta’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-18 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Mia Bonta

    Reelect State Assemblymember Mia Bonta to keep AD-18 on 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 18th Assembly 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 16% Latino, 21% Asian, and 27% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-18 is 4% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle.The most recent election results show that AD-18 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 80 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 81 points.

     

    The Race

    There is one candidate running for this seat, Democrat Incumbent Representative Mia Bonta. Bonta’s campaign has raised $1,591,291 and is not funded by the fossil fuel industry or the police. She has accepted donations from the real estate industry and corporate PACs, including tens of thousands of dollars from the gambling industry. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Bonta, an educator and a nonprofit executive, is from New York City and has lived in Alameda for more than 20 years. According to campaign materials, Assm. Bonta is running for reelection to continue representing the East Bay and working to ensure that Californians of all backgrounds get a fair shot. Assm. Bonta won her 2021 election against a Democratic challenger by 14 points.

    Assm. Bonta’s priorities for AD-18 this year have included 25 bills about public safety, education, marijuana, and housing, of which three have successfully passed the Assembly. One has passed the Senate and been signed into law. She currently sits on four committees: Business and Professions, Communications and Conveyance, Human Services, and Rules. Based on our Courage Score analysis, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records, Assm. Bonta has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote and earned an Honorable Mention for her work. 

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Bonta worked in the nonprofit sector with organizations like Oakland Promise and Literacy Lab, which focus on educational equity and disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. She earned a master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education prior to earning a JD at Yale Law School. She favors strengthening and increasing funding for public education, and served as president of the Alameda Unified School District from 2018 until 2021. She ran for office for the first time in 2021, running for the seat that her husband, Rob Bonta, vacated in order to serve as California’s attorney general. Assm. Bonta is a longtime supporter of criminal-justice reform and affordable housing; in her year in the State Assembly, she has voted to place controls on use of force by law-enforcement officers, improve hate-crime reporting and response, and strengthen research on affordable housing. 

    Assm. Bonta has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, California Democratic Renters Council, Health Care for All, Equality California, Black Women Organized for Political Action, the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, and United Farm Workers. Based on our analysis, Assm. Bonta’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-18 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

  • Jennifer Esteen

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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


     

    Jennifer Esteen

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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


     

    Jennifer Esteen

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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


     

  • Endorsed By: Courage California
  • Liz Ortega

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

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

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

    Liz Ortega

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

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

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

    Liz Ortega

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

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

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

  • Endorsed By: Courage California
  • 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: 2022-06-07

    Pamela Price

    Elect Pamela Price to push Alameda in the right direction.

     

    Pamela Price

    Elect Pamela Price to push Alameda in the right direction.