Reelect State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks to keep AD-14 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 14th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 6% are Republican and 68% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 17% Latino, 21% Asian, and 14% Black. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-14 is 1% more Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-14 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 46 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 38 points.
Under newly drawn district maps, Democratic incumbent Tim Grayson has been redistricted out of AD-14 and Assm. Buffy Wicks, formerly representing AD-15, has been positioned as the Democratic incumbent in AD-14.
There are two candidates running for this seat: Democrat Incumbent Assm. Buffy Wicks and Green Party candidate Clint Smith. Wicks’ campaign has raised $288,674 and is not funded by police money or fossil fuel money. As of March 2022, Smith’s campaign has not filed any fundraising receipts for the current election cycle.
Assm. Buffy Wicks, a former political and community organizer, is from Foresthill, CA, and now lives in Oakland, CA. According to campaign materials, Assm. Wicks is running for reelection to continue passing legislation that benefits women, children, and working families. Assm. Wicks was first elected to this seat in 2018 and won her 2020 reelection against an Independent challenger by 69 points.
Assm. Wicks’ priorities for AD-14 this year have included seven housing bills and nine health-care bills, including three bills specifically about reproductive health. All bills are currently being debated in committee. She currently chairs the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, and sits on the Committees on Budget, Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Privacy and Consumer Protection. She scores a perfect 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Wicks has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote.
Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Wicks was a community organizer and Obama administration staffer. Assm. Wicks comes from a working-class background, and began her career as a community organizer protesting the war in Iraq, and then began campaigning to improve wages and benefits for Walmart employees. She helped organize both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, and also served in his Office of Public Engagement, specifically building support among stakeholders to pass the Affordable Care Act. She is a longtime supporter of labor causes and reproductive rights. In the summer of 2020, Assm. Wicks made national headlines when she brought her newborn daughter to vote on the floor of the Assembly. Wicks was denied the chance to vote by proxy, and chose to attend the Assembly session and vote to expand paid family leave and affordable housing. In the Assembly, she has previously sponsored and passed progressive legislation to increase tenant protections, expand multifamily housing in urban areas, and expand access to the CalFresh program.
Assm. Wicks has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Equality California, Planned Parenthood,and YIMBY Action, as well as labor unions like National Nurses United and United Healthcare Workers West. Wicks’ progressive voting record and endorsement from progressive leaders outweighs her campaign funding from real estate and corporations. Based on our analysis, Assm. Wicks’ track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-14 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.