Congress

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below congressional districts on your ballot.

  • Raul Ruiz

    Reelect Congressional Representative Raul Ruiz to keep CD-25 on the right track for progress. 

     

    Raul Ruiz

    Reelect Congressional Representative Raul Ruiz to keep CD-25 on the right track for progress. 

     

    Raul Ruiz

    Reelect Congressional Representative Raul Ruiz to keep CD-25 on the right track for progress. 

     

  • Reelect State Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia to keep AD-36 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 36th Assembly District includes parts of Riverview and San Bernardino Counties and all of Imperial County. Republicans typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 27% are Republican and 44% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 59% Latino, 3% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-36 is 8% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-36 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 15 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 9 points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Eduardo Garcia, Democrat Marlon Ware, and Republican Ian Weeks. Assm. Garcia’s campaign has raised $521,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC interests. Weeks’s campaign has raised $15,000, primarily from individual donors. Ware’s campaign has not submitted any fundraising receipts to the Secretary of State. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Garcia, a career public servant, is a lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Garcia represents AD-56 and won his 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican America Figueroa by 28 points. 

    Assm. Garcia’s priorities for AD-56 this year have included 56 bills about energy, water, education, and workforce development. Of these, four have been chaptered into law, one has been vetoed, 16 have died, and the rest are currently in committee. He currently sits on four committees, including Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, and Governmental Organization. He serves as chair of the Utilities and Energy Committee, and the Select Committee on California’s Lithium Economy. He scores a CS of 84 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Garcia has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Assm. Garcia did not cast a vote on bills related to single-use plastics in online retailing, and the expunging or sealing of criminal records for those who have completed their sentences. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2014, Assm. Garcia served for ten years in the Coachella City Council, including a turn as mayor. He was the first person to be elected to the mayor’s seat. He is a longtime supporter of environmental and economic development for the Coachella Valley. Assm. Garcia has authored bills related to the restoration of the Salton Sea, and bills related to providing financial support to small businesses and workforce-development training to local residents. 

    Assm. Garcia has received donations from a variety of problematic funders, including Sempra Energy, AT&T, Exxon Mobil Corporation, California Association of Highway Patrolmen PAC, and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Given Assm. Garcia’s connection to these groups, it is important that voters continue to hold him accountable to ensure that his legislative efforts remain in the best interest of constituents instead of donors. Based on our analysis, Assm. Garcia’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a leader for the constituents of AD-36 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Last updated: 2022-05-15

    Eduardo Garcia

    Reelect State Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia to keep AD-36 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 36th Assembly District includes parts of Riverview and San Bernardino Counties and all of Imperial County. Republicans typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 27% are Republican and 44% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 59% Latino, 3% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-36 is 8% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-36 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 15 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 9 points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Eduardo Garcia, Democrat Marlon Ware, and Republican Ian Weeks. Assm. Garcia’s campaign has raised $521,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC interests. Weeks’s campaign has raised $15,000, primarily from individual donors. Ware’s campaign has not submitted any fundraising receipts to the Secretary of State. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Garcia, a career public servant, is a lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Garcia represents AD-56 and won his 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican America Figueroa by 28 points. 

    Assm. Garcia’s priorities for AD-56 this year have included 56 bills about energy, water, education, and workforce development. Of these, four have been chaptered into law, one has been vetoed, 16 have died, and the rest are currently in committee. He currently sits on four committees, including Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, and Governmental Organization. He serves as chair of the Utilities and Energy Committee, and the Select Committee on California’s Lithium Economy. He scores a CS of 84 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Garcia has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Assm. Garcia did not cast a vote on bills related to single-use plastics in online retailing, and the expunging or sealing of criminal records for those who have completed their sentences. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2014, Assm. Garcia served for ten years in the Coachella City Council, including a turn as mayor. He was the first person to be elected to the mayor’s seat. He is a longtime supporter of environmental and economic development for the Coachella Valley. Assm. Garcia has authored bills related to the restoration of the Salton Sea, and bills related to providing financial support to small businesses and workforce-development training to local residents. 

    Assm. Garcia has received donations from a variety of problematic funders, including Sempra Energy, AT&T, Exxon Mobil Corporation, California Association of Highway Patrolmen PAC, and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Given Assm. Garcia’s connection to these groups, it is important that voters continue to hold him accountable to ensure that his legislative efforts remain in the best interest of constituents instead of donors. Based on our analysis, Assm. Garcia’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a leader for the constituents of AD-36 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Eduardo Garcia

    Reelect State Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia to keep AD-36 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 36th Assembly District includes parts of Riverview and San Bernardino Counties and all of Imperial County. Republicans typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 27% are Republican and 44% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 59% Latino, 3% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-36 is 8% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-36 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 15 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 9 points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Eduardo Garcia, Democrat Marlon Ware, and Republican Ian Weeks. Assm. Garcia’s campaign has raised $521,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC interests. Weeks’s campaign has raised $15,000, primarily from individual donors. Ware’s campaign has not submitted any fundraising receipts to the Secretary of State. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Garcia, a career public servant, is a lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Garcia represents AD-56 and won his 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican America Figueroa by 28 points. 

    Assm. Garcia’s priorities for AD-56 this year have included 56 bills about energy, water, education, and workforce development. Of these, four have been chaptered into law, one has been vetoed, 16 have died, and the rest are currently in committee. He currently sits on four committees, including Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, and Governmental Organization. He serves as chair of the Utilities and Energy Committee, and the Select Committee on California’s Lithium Economy. He scores a CS of 84 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Garcia has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Assm. Garcia did not cast a vote on bills related to single-use plastics in online retailing, and the expunging or sealing of criminal records for those who have completed their sentences. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2014, Assm. Garcia served for ten years in the Coachella City Council, including a turn as mayor. He was the first person to be elected to the mayor’s seat. He is a longtime supporter of environmental and economic development for the Coachella Valley. Assm. Garcia has authored bills related to the restoration of the Salton Sea, and bills related to providing financial support to small businesses and workforce-development training to local residents. 

    Assm. Garcia has received donations from a variety of problematic funders, including Sempra Energy, AT&T, Exxon Mobil Corporation, California Association of Highway Patrolmen PAC, and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Given Assm. Garcia’s connection to these groups, it is important that voters continue to hold him accountable to ensure that his legislative efforts remain in the best interest of constituents instead of donors. Based on our analysis, Assm. Garcia’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a leader for the constituents of AD-36 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