Reelect State Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry to keep AD-4 on the right 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 4th Assembly District includes parts of Yolo, Napa, Lake, Sonoma, and Colusa Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 22% are Republican and 49% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 22% Latino, 9% Asian, 3% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-4 is as Democratic as it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-4 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 36 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 28 points.
There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and Republican challenger Bryan Pritchard. Assm. Aguiar-Curry’s campaign has raised $528,000 and has received donations from fossil fuel, police, real estate, and corporate PAC interests. Pritchard’s campaign has raised $50,000 and is primarily funded through individual donations.
Assm. Aguiar-Curry, a businesswoman and farmer, is from Yolo County. According to campaign materials, she is running for reelection to continue the work of addressing health care, economic development, and environmental issues for the constituents of AD-4. Assm. Aguiar-Curry won her 2020 reelection against Republican Matthew Nelson by 34 points.
Assm. Aguiar-Curry’s priorities for AD-4 this year have included 41 bills about health care and technology. Of these, nine have been chaptered into law, four have died, and the rest remain in committee. She currently serves on five committees, including as chair of the Local Government Committee. She also serves as chair of the Select Committee on Wine. She scores a Lifetime CS of 74 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Aguiar-Curry has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. However, she failed to cast a vote on bills related to retail climate measures and carbon neutrality, worker protections, and criminal-justice reform.
Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Aguiar-Curry was a water and agriculture consultant, an elected member of the Winters City Council, and the first woman to serve as mayor. She has also held a variety of local volunteer and leadership roles, including chair of the Yolo Housing Commission and vice chair of the Yolo County Water Commision. Historically, her family had strong connections to farming, and she still owns an 80-acre walnut orchard with her brothers. As mayor, she established an agricultural innovation hub, and in the Assembly, she has worked on several projects to protect environmental areas in her district.
Assm. Aguiar-Curry has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund, Equality California, and California Teachers Association. She has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including State Treasurer Fiona Ma and Lt. Governor Elena Kounalakis. However, Assm. Aguiar-Curry has also received the formal endorsement of California Correctional Peace Officers Association, and has received campaign donations from a variety of problematic organizations, including Sempra Energy, Google, Facebook, California Real Estate PAC, and California Association of Highway Patrolmen PAC. These affiliations, combined with her failure to vote in favor of progressive legislation this term, indicate that voters will benefit from working to hold Assm. Aguiar-Curry accountable to ensure that her legislative efforts continue to benefit her constituents. Based on our analysis, Assm. Aguiar-Curry will continue to be a leader for the constituents of AD-4 and will govern effectively for this diverse district with consistent voter oversight.