No Good Choices

Based on our analysis, there is no progressive candidate to recommend for your vote in this race. 


The Position

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

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


The District

California’s 5th Congressional District includes parts of Stanislaus, El Dorado, Fresno, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Amador, Madera, and Mariposa Counties. Republicans typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 42% are Republican and 31% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 18% Latino, 6% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-05 is 1% less Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-05 voted for Trump for president in 2020 by 10 points and Cox for governor in 2018 by 19 points.


The Race

There are six candidates running for this seat, including Republican incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock, Republican opponents Nathan F. Magsig, David Main, and Kelsten Charles Obert, as well as independent challenger Steve Wozniak and Democratic challenger Michael J. “Mike” Barkley. McClintock’s campaign has raised over $1 million and is funded by real estate, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC money. 


No Recommendation

Rep. McClintock is the incumbent, having served in this office since 2008. His positions include climate-change denial, broad opposition to public spending on health care and infrastructure, and defense of Reagan-era economic policies. Based on his track record, McClintock is likely to provide no progressive leadership in office.

Rep. McClintock’s priorities for Congressional District-05 this year have included one bill about protecting cannabis-related businesses this year, which successfully passed. He is a senior member of the House Natural Resources Committee. Rep. McClintock is supported by anti-abortion rights and fossil-fuel interests. 

We encourage you to write in a candidate of your choice to show support for progressives in this district. Keep reading for progressive recommendations in other key races and on ballot measures where your vote can make a critical difference.