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