Reelect State Assemblymember Mia Bonta to keep AD-18 on track for progress.
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.
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.
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.
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.