• Julia Brownley

    Reelect Congressional Representative Julia Brownley to keep CD-26 on the right track for progress. 

     

    Julia Brownley

    Reelect Congressional Representative Julia Brownley to keep CD-26 on the right track for progress. 

     

    Julia Brownley

    Reelect Congressional Representative Julia Brownley to keep CD-26 on the right track for progress. 

     

  • Steve Bennett

    Reelect State Assemblymember Steve Bennett to keep AD-38 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 38th Assembly District includes parts of Ventura County. Under old district lines, Republicans  typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 23% are Republican and 49% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 44% Latino, 6% Asian, and 3% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-38 is 1% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-38 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 32 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 24 points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Steve Bennett, Republican Cole Brocato, and independent Daniel Wilson. Assm Bennett’s campaign has raised $417,000 and has accepted funds from fossil fuel, police, real estate, and corporate PAC organizations. Brocato and Wilson have not recorded any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Bennett, a longtime public servant, is from the midwest and has lived in California for over 40 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to use his independent leadership to bring climate and education resources to the district. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Bennett represented AD-37 and won his 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican Charles Cole by 36 points. 

    Assm. Bennett’s priorities for AD-37 this year have included 32 bills about climate protections, transportation, child health and welfare, and recycling this year. Of these, seven have been chaptered into law, 23 are currently in committee or pending referral, and two have died. He currently serves on six House committees, including Budget, Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and Elections, and serves as chair of the select committee on Impact Investing for Improved Social and Environmental Outcomes. He scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Bennett has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote during his first term. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Bennett served for 20 years on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, including serving several terms as chair. Before joining the Board of Supervisors, he served one term on the Ventura City Council. He launched a brief run for Congress in 2012, but withdrew his candidacy before the election. Assm. Bennet was a high school economics and history teacher for 20 years before launching his political career, and has been a longtime supporter of education reform. He has also used a significant amount of his political capital in the pursuit of climate change protections and renewable energy. He coauthored the SOAR (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources) initiative in Ventura County. It was the first effort in the county to protect agricultural and open-space lands from development by requiring a vote of the people before those areas could be rezoned, and has resulted in Ventura County being a national leader in land-use planning over the last 25 years.

    Assm. Bennett has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including United Farm Workers, Equality California, and SEIU California. He has also received the endorsement of some elected officials in the state, including Governor Gavin Newsom, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, and State Senator Monique Limón. 
    However, he has also received donations from police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel organizations throughout this election cycle, while maintaining a campaign platform that he will stand up to powerful special interests. Based on our analysis, Assm. Bennett’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-38 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Steve Bennett

    Reelect State Assemblymember Steve Bennett to keep AD-38 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 38th Assembly District includes parts of Ventura County. Under old district lines, Republicans  typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 23% are Republican and 49% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 44% Latino, 6% Asian, and 3% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-38 is 1% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-38 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 32 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 24 points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Steve Bennett, Republican Cole Brocato, and independent Daniel Wilson. Assm Bennett’s campaign has raised $417,000 and has accepted funds from fossil fuel, police, real estate, and corporate PAC organizations. Brocato and Wilson have not recorded any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Bennett, a longtime public servant, is from the midwest and has lived in California for over 40 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to use his independent leadership to bring climate and education resources to the district. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Bennett represented AD-37 and won his 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican Charles Cole by 36 points. 

    Assm. Bennett’s priorities for AD-37 this year have included 32 bills about climate protections, transportation, child health and welfare, and recycling this year. Of these, seven have been chaptered into law, 23 are currently in committee or pending referral, and two have died. He currently serves on six House committees, including Budget, Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and Elections, and serves as chair of the select committee on Impact Investing for Improved Social and Environmental Outcomes. He scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Bennett has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote during his first term. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Bennett served for 20 years on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, including serving several terms as chair. Before joining the Board of Supervisors, he served one term on the Ventura City Council. He launched a brief run for Congress in 2012, but withdrew his candidacy before the election. Assm. Bennet was a high school economics and history teacher for 20 years before launching his political career, and has been a longtime supporter of education reform. He has also used a significant amount of his political capital in the pursuit of climate change protections and renewable energy. He coauthored the SOAR (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources) initiative in Ventura County. It was the first effort in the county to protect agricultural and open-space lands from development by requiring a vote of the people before those areas could be rezoned, and has resulted in Ventura County being a national leader in land-use planning over the last 25 years.

    Assm. Bennett has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including United Farm Workers, Equality California, and SEIU California. He has also received the endorsement of some elected officials in the state, including Governor Gavin Newsom, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, and State Senator Monique Limón. 
    However, he has also received donations from police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel organizations throughout this election cycle, while maintaining a campaign platform that he will stand up to powerful special interests. Based on our analysis, Assm. Bennett’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-38 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Steve Bennett

    Reelect State Assemblymember Steve Bennett to keep AD-38 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 38th Assembly District includes parts of Ventura County. Under old district lines, Republicans  typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 23% are Republican and 49% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 44% Latino, 6% Asian, and 3% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-38 is 1% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-38 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 32 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 24 points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Steve Bennett, Republican Cole Brocato, and independent Daniel Wilson. Assm Bennett’s campaign has raised $417,000 and has accepted funds from fossil fuel, police, real estate, and corporate PAC organizations. Brocato and Wilson have not recorded any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Bennett, a longtime public servant, is from the midwest and has lived in California for over 40 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to use his independent leadership to bring climate and education resources to the district. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Bennett represented AD-37 and won his 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican Charles Cole by 36 points. 

    Assm. Bennett’s priorities for AD-37 this year have included 32 bills about climate protections, transportation, child health and welfare, and recycling this year. Of these, seven have been chaptered into law, 23 are currently in committee or pending referral, and two have died. He currently serves on six House committees, including Budget, Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and Elections, and serves as chair of the select committee on Impact Investing for Improved Social and Environmental Outcomes. He scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Bennett has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote during his first term. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Bennett served for 20 years on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, including serving several terms as chair. Before joining the Board of Supervisors, he served one term on the Ventura City Council. He launched a brief run for Congress in 2012, but withdrew his candidacy before the election. Assm. Bennet was a high school economics and history teacher for 20 years before launching his political career, and has been a longtime supporter of education reform. He has also used a significant amount of his political capital in the pursuit of climate change protections and renewable energy. He coauthored the SOAR (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources) initiative in Ventura County. It was the first effort in the county to protect agricultural and open-space lands from development by requiring a vote of the people before those areas could be rezoned, and has resulted in Ventura County being a national leader in land-use planning over the last 25 years.

    Assm. Bennett has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including United Farm Workers, Equality California, and SEIU California. He has also received the endorsement of some elected officials in the state, including Governor Gavin Newsom, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, and State Senator Monique Limón. 
    However, he has also received donations from police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel organizations throughout this election cycle, while maintaining a campaign platform that he will stand up to powerful special interests. Based on our analysis, Assm. Bennett’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-38 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.