• Democrat

    Phil Ting

  • Reelect State Assemblymember Phil Ting to keep AD-19 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 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Democrats typically hold this seat. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 59% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-19 maintains a 50% democratic registration advantage. The most recent election results show that AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 65 points.

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Phil Ting and Republican challenger Karsten Weide. Assm. Ting’s campaign has raised $721,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. Weide’s campaign has not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State.

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Phil Ting, an attorney and former assessor-recorder, is from San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to communicate California’s economic and equity priorities through a deliberate state budget. Assm. Ting won his 2020 reelection against Republican John McDonnell by 64 points.

    Assm. Ting’s priorities for AD-19 this year have included 59 bills about COVID-19 relief, budget, environmental protections, and criminal-justice reform. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law. He currently serves on four standing committees, and is chair of the Committee on Budget. Significantly, Assm. Ting is the author of AB 1308, which requires that arrest and conviction records be reviewed for relief on a monthly basis. Through his stewardship, this bill was successfully included in a budget appropriation that was passed earlier this year. He scores a Lifetime CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ting has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2012, Assm. Ting served as the assessor-recorder for the City and County of San Francisco, where he worked to increase solar installations, and clear a property tax backlog. He has also served on a variety of organizational boards and governing bodies, including the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Bay Area Assessors Association, and the ChinaSF Advisory Board. Assm. Ting is a longtime supporter of sustainable infrastructure and environmental protections.

    Assm. Ting has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. He has also accepted donations from a variety of problematic donors, including Sempra Energy, Comcast, and California Correctional Peace Officers PAC. Despite these donations, our analysis is that Assm. Ting’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-19 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Phil Ting

    Reelect State Assemblymember Phil Ting to keep AD-19 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 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Democrats typically hold this seat. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 59% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-19 maintains a 50% democratic registration advantage. The most recent election results show that AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 65 points.

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Phil Ting and Republican challenger Karsten Weide. Assm. Ting’s campaign has raised $721,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. Weide’s campaign has not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State.

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Phil Ting, an attorney and former assessor-recorder, is from San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to communicate California’s economic and equity priorities through a deliberate state budget. Assm. Ting won his 2020 reelection against Republican John McDonnell by 64 points.

    Assm. Ting’s priorities for AD-19 this year have included 59 bills about COVID-19 relief, budget, environmental protections, and criminal-justice reform. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law. He currently serves on four standing committees, and is chair of the Committee on Budget. Significantly, Assm. Ting is the author of AB 1308, which requires that arrest and conviction records be reviewed for relief on a monthly basis. Through his stewardship, this bill was successfully included in a budget appropriation that was passed earlier this year. He scores a Lifetime CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ting has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2012, Assm. Ting served as the assessor-recorder for the City and County of San Francisco, where he worked to increase solar installations, and clear a property tax backlog. He has also served on a variety of organizational boards and governing bodies, including the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Bay Area Assessors Association, and the ChinaSF Advisory Board. Assm. Ting is a longtime supporter of sustainable infrastructure and environmental protections.

    Assm. Ting has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. He has also accepted donations from a variety of problematic donors, including Sempra Energy, Comcast, and California Correctional Peace Officers PAC. Despite these donations, our analysis is that Assm. Ting’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-19 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Phil Ting

    Reelect State Assemblymember Phil Ting to keep AD-19 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 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Democrats typically hold this seat. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 59% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-19 maintains a 50% democratic registration advantage. The most recent election results show that AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 65 points.

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Phil Ting and Republican challenger Karsten Weide. Assm. Ting’s campaign has raised $721,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. Weide’s campaign has not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State.

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Phil Ting, an attorney and former assessor-recorder, is from San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to communicate California’s economic and equity priorities through a deliberate state budget. Assm. Ting won his 2020 reelection against Republican John McDonnell by 64 points.

    Assm. Ting’s priorities for AD-19 this year have included 59 bills about COVID-19 relief, budget, environmental protections, and criminal-justice reform. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law. He currently serves on four standing committees, and is chair of the Committee on Budget. Significantly, Assm. Ting is the author of AB 1308, which requires that arrest and conviction records be reviewed for relief on a monthly basis. Through his stewardship, this bill was successfully included in a budget appropriation that was passed earlier this year. He scores a Lifetime CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ting has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2012, Assm. Ting served as the assessor-recorder for the City and County of San Francisco, where he worked to increase solar installations, and clear a property tax backlog. He has also served on a variety of organizational boards and governing bodies, including the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Bay Area Assessors Association, and the ChinaSF Advisory Board. Assm. Ting is a longtime supporter of sustainable infrastructure and environmental protections.

    Assm. Ting has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. He has also accepted donations from a variety of problematic donors, including Sempra Energy, Comcast, and California Correctional Peace Officers PAC. Despite these donations, our analysis is that Assm. Ting’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-19 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
  • Reelect State Assemblymember Phil Ting to keep AD-19 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 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Democrats typically hold this seat. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 59% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-19 maintains a 50% democratic registration advantage. The most recent election results show that AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 65 points.

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Phil Ting and Republican challenger Karsten Weide. Assm. Ting’s campaign has raised $721,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. Weide’s campaign has not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State.

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Phil Ting, an attorney and former assessor-recorder, is from San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to communicate California’s economic and equity priorities through a deliberate state budget. Assm. Ting won his 2020 reelection against Republican John McDonnell by 64 points.

    Assm. Ting’s priorities for AD-19 this year have included 59 bills about COVID-19 relief, budget, environmental protections, and criminal-justice reform. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law. He currently serves on four standing committees, and is chair of the Committee on Budget. Significantly, Assm. Ting is the author of AB 1308, which requires that arrest and conviction records be reviewed for relief on a monthly basis. Through his stewardship, this bill was successfully included in a budget appropriation that was passed earlier this year. He scores a Lifetime CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ting has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2012, Assm. Ting served as the assessor-recorder for the City and County of San Francisco, where he worked to increase solar installations, and clear a property tax backlog. He has also served on a variety of organizational boards and governing bodies, including the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Bay Area Assessors Association, and the ChinaSF Advisory Board. Assm. Ting is a longtime supporter of sustainable infrastructure and environmental protections.

    Assm. Ting has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. He has also accepted donations from a variety of problematic donors, including Sempra Energy, Comcast, and California Correctional Peace Officers PAC. Despite these donations, our analysis is that Assm. Ting’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-19 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Phil Ting

    Reelect State Assemblymember Phil Ting to keep AD-19 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 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Democrats typically hold this seat. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 59% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-19 maintains a 50% democratic registration advantage. The most recent election results show that AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 65 points.

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Phil Ting and Republican challenger Karsten Weide. Assm. Ting’s campaign has raised $721,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. Weide’s campaign has not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State.

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Phil Ting, an attorney and former assessor-recorder, is from San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to communicate California’s economic and equity priorities through a deliberate state budget. Assm. Ting won his 2020 reelection against Republican John McDonnell by 64 points.

    Assm. Ting’s priorities for AD-19 this year have included 59 bills about COVID-19 relief, budget, environmental protections, and criminal-justice reform. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law. He currently serves on four standing committees, and is chair of the Committee on Budget. Significantly, Assm. Ting is the author of AB 1308, which requires that arrest and conviction records be reviewed for relief on a monthly basis. Through his stewardship, this bill was successfully included in a budget appropriation that was passed earlier this year. He scores a Lifetime CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ting has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2012, Assm. Ting served as the assessor-recorder for the City and County of San Francisco, where he worked to increase solar installations, and clear a property tax backlog. He has also served on a variety of organizational boards and governing bodies, including the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Bay Area Assessors Association, and the ChinaSF Advisory Board. Assm. Ting is a longtime supporter of sustainable infrastructure and environmental protections.

    Assm. Ting has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. He has also accepted donations from a variety of problematic donors, including Sempra Energy, Comcast, and California Correctional Peace Officers PAC. Despite these donations, our analysis is that Assm. Ting’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-19 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Phil Ting

    Reelect State Assemblymember Phil Ting to keep AD-19 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 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Democrats typically hold this seat. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 59% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-19 maintains a 50% democratic registration advantage. The most recent election results show that AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 65 points.

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Phil Ting and Republican challenger Karsten Weide. Assm. Ting’s campaign has raised $721,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. Weide’s campaign has not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State.

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Phil Ting, an attorney and former assessor-recorder, is from San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to communicate California’s economic and equity priorities through a deliberate state budget. Assm. Ting won his 2020 reelection against Republican John McDonnell by 64 points.

    Assm. Ting’s priorities for AD-19 this year have included 59 bills about COVID-19 relief, budget, environmental protections, and criminal-justice reform. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law. He currently serves on four standing committees, and is chair of the Committee on Budget. Significantly, Assm. Ting is the author of AB 1308, which requires that arrest and conviction records be reviewed for relief on a monthly basis. Through his stewardship, this bill was successfully included in a budget appropriation that was passed earlier this year. He scores a Lifetime CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ting has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2012, Assm. Ting served as the assessor-recorder for the City and County of San Francisco, where he worked to increase solar installations, and clear a property tax backlog. He has also served on a variety of organizational boards and governing bodies, including the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Bay Area Assessors Association, and the ChinaSF Advisory Board. Assm. Ting is a longtime supporter of sustainable infrastructure and environmental protections.

    Assm. Ting has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. He has also accepted donations from a variety of problematic donors, including Sempra Energy, Comcast, and California Correctional Peace Officers PAC. Despite these donations, our analysis is that Assm. Ting’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-19 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
  • Democrat

    Rob Bonta

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    Courage Endorsed
  • Reelect Attorney General Rob Bonta to keep California on the right track for progress.

     

    The Position

     

    The state attorney general acts as the lead attorney and law-enforcement official for the state of California, and has oversight of over 4,500 state-employed district attorneys, investigators, police officers, and administrators. The attorney general executes a variety of responsibilities in the state, including representing the people of California in criminal and civil matters in court, coordinating statewide law-enforcement efforts, providing legal counsel to state agencies, and managing special projects to protect the rights of Californians. California has 58 elected district attorneys who report to the attorney general, one for every county in the state. The attorney general is elected for a four-year term and may serve a maximum of two terms in office. This office has traditionally been held by Democrats, including current U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, and current Vice President Kamala Harris.

    Democrat incumbent Rob Bonta was appointed to this seat by Governor Gavin Newsom in March 2021, after Secretary Becerra was appointed to the Biden administration’s cabinet. Attorney General Bonta is the first Filipino American to serve in this role. The most recent election results show that Becerra won the statewide election in 2018 with 64% of the vote.

     

     

     

    The Race

     

     

     

    There are four candidates running in the primary for attorney general: Democrat Incumbent Attorney General Rob Bonta, Independent challenger and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, and Republican challengers Nathan Hochman and Eric Early. Attorney General Bonta’s campaign has raised over $2 million, and is not funded by fossil fuel, police, or real estate donations. Schubert’s campaign has raised $833,000, and has received donations from over ten police organizations across the state. She has also received significant donations from billionaire Angelo Tsakopoulos and his family, who work in real estate development. Hochman’s campaign has raised $900,000 and has not committed to refuse fossil fuel, police, or corporate PAC money. He is backed by a significant number of individual donors with connections to real estate, and has also received over $20,000 from companies connected to Jeong Hwan Kim, who pled guilty to tax crimes in 2017 in a case prosecuted by the attorney general’s office. Early’s campaign has raised $235,000, and has not committed to refuse fossil fuel, police, corporate PAC, or real estate money in his campaign. He previously ran for attorney general in 2018.

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement

     

     

     

    Attorney General Rob Bonta, a civil rights attorney, is from Alameda, CA. Prior to his appointment to the attorney general’s office, he was elected to serve three terms in the California State Assembly as the representative from the 18th District. According to campaign materials, Attorney General Bonta is running for reelection to continue his focus on resolving systemic injustice across the state through action on environmental justice, labor rights, and corporate accountability.

    Attorney General Bonta’s priorities for California this year include establishing stronger protections for victims of hate crimes, working toward regulations that protect consumers from unjust corporate behavior, and creating a more equitable criminal-justice system. His office recently secured a judgment requiring Amazon to pay a $500,000 fine and adhere to a stricter process of reporting workplace COVID-19 prevention efforts and recorded infections to the company’s employees and the state. Attorney General Bonta has been outspoken about other forms of consumer and workplace protections, including recent efforts to curb robocalls and spearheading a nationwide investigation into targeted marketing tactics from Instagram and Meta Inc. He has also taken aim at the housing crisis with the creation of the Housing Strike Force and an online Housing Portal designed to address access, affordability, and equity. These new initiatives will enforce housing-development laws, reaffirm tenant rights, provide consumer protection and alerts, and provide legal advocacy for the right to housing.

    In his first several months in office, Attorney General Bonta has demonstrated a collaborative approach to his work locally, and an interest in leveraging his position for national impact. In California, he has established the Office of Community Awareness, Response, and Engagement (CARE) to communicate directly with underrepresented community and advocacy groups in the state. This office is designed to advance equity, and to ensure that the work of the attorney general’s office is inclusive for diverse perspectives. Nationally, he has been proactive in partnering with state attorney generals across the country to file briefs on legislation of national importance, including a public opposition to Texas’s recent abortion ban (SB 8).

    During his time in the State Assembly, he was an effective legislator who worked on bills related to climate protections, criminal justice and prison reform, immigrant rights, and housing protections. Bonta scored a lifetime score of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, he supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Attorney General Bonta served as a deputy city attorney for both the City and County of San Francisco, as an elected member of the Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors, as board president for the Social Service Human Relations board, as board president for Alternatives in Action, and as chair of the Economic Development Commission. He is a longtime activist in the ongoing fight for racial, economic, and social justice.

    Attorney General Bonta has received the endorsement of an overwhelming number of elected officials across the state, including U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, State Controller Betty Yee, State Senator Sydney Kamlager, and State Senator Scott Weiner. He is also endorsed by several progressive groups, including SEIU CA, NARAL Pro-Choice CA, and California Teachers Association. According to our analysis, Attorney General Bonta is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office. Based on our analysis, Attorney General Bonta’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for all Californians and will execute his responsibilities effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-11
  • Democrat

    Shirley Weber

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  • Reelect Secretary of State Shirley Weber to keep California on the right track for progress.

     

     

    The Position


    The secretary of state acts as the lead records officer for the state of California, and manages an office of 500 civil-service employees responsible for ensuring transparency and accessibility in elections, campaigning, business records, and legislative advocacy. The secretary of state’s office has a significant responsibility for election implementation and integrity, as it produces information pamphlets for voters in ten languages, provides statewide testing and approval for voting equipment, maintains the voter database, and certifies the official candidate lists and the official election results. The secretary of state’s office also oversees the filing and disclosure of campaign-finance information, the management of business records, the safeguarding of statewide address confidentiality, and the maintenance of registries for domestic partnerships and advance health-care directives. The secretary of state is elected for a four-year term and may serve a maximum of two terms in office. This office has traditionally been held by Democrats, and most recently by current U.S. Senator Alex Padilla.

    Democrat incumbent Shirley Weber was appointed to this seat by Governor Gavin Newsom in December 2020, after he appointed Sen. Padilla to fill Vice President Kamala Harris’s open Senate seat. Secretary Weber is the first Black person to hold this position. The most recent election results show that Padilla won the statewide election in 2018 with 64% of the vote.

     

     

     

    The Race


    At this time, Democrat Secretary of State Shirley Weber is running unopposed to maintain her seat. Secretary Weber’s campaign has raised over $490,000, and is not funded by corporate PAC money. She has not publicly refused to take fossil fuel donations, and has received police donations from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC, and real estate donations from the California Real Estate PAC.

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Secretary Shirley Weber, a former San Diego State University professor and longtime member of the California State Assembly, is originally from Los Angeles, and lived in the greater San Diego area for over 30 years. According to campaign materials, Secretary Weber is running for reelection to further strengthen election integrity and transparency in the state, and to work toward expanded access to voting for all Californians.

    Secretary Weber’s priorities this year include increased outreach to formerly incarcerated Californians to align election practices to the recently passed Proposition 17, which returns voting rights to parolees, to strengthen businesses across the state, and to upgrade the cybersecurity system to ensure that all California elections are protected from interference. As a public servant, Sec. Weber has established herself as a collaborative leader focused on supporting communities that have been under-resourced. In her first months in office, Secretary Weber has worked to establish connections with groups working to improve election information and engagement, including education professionals who can reach young voters and formerly incarcerated individuals now eligible to vote.

    As a member of the State Assembly, she sponsored bills on a variety of issues, including school safety, full-day kindergarten, reducing the use of deadly force by police, and strengthening the CalFresh program. Her successes also included environmental cleanup, increasing food access for food-insecure communities, establishing protections for residents of long-term nursing facilities, and lowering the cost of childcare. She scored a lifetime 93 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Sec. Weber supported nearly all progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, prior to her appointment to the secretary of state seat, she did not support lowering the voting age to 17.

    In 1972, early in her career, Secretary Weber founded the Department of Africana Studies at San Diego State University, and taught there for forty years. She also served as president of the National Council for Black Studies from 2002 to 2006, as president of the San Diego Board of Education from 1988 to 1996, and as chairperson of San Diego’s Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission. Secretary Weber holds three degrees from UCLA and has been a longtime champion of the power of well-funded and well-staffed public education.

    According to our analysis, Secretary Weber is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office. Based on our analysis, Secretary Weber’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for all Californians and will execute her responsibilities effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

    Last updated: 2022-04-28
  • Democrat

    Malia Cohen

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  • Elect Malia Cohen to be the next state controller to keep California on the right track for progress.

     

     

    The Position

     

     

     

    The state controller acts as the lead fiscal authority for the state of California, which is the fifth-largest economy in the world. The state controller manages an office of 1,400 public servants responsible for the disbursement of financial resources across the state. The state controller’s office oversees audits of funds distributed to state agencies and programs, acts as a steward for unclaimed property that falls to state possession, provides accounting and reporting services for government entities, and manages payroll accounting and data for state employees. The state controller also serves as a policy liaison to a variety of finance organizations, including the state’s two pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, and the California Franchise Tax Board. The state controller is elected for a four-year term and may serve a maximum of two terms in office. This office has traditionally been held by Democrats, and is currently held by two-term Controller Betty Yee. The most recent election results show that Controller Yee won the statewide election in 2018 with 65% of the vote.

     

     

     

    The Race

     

     

     

    There are four candidates running for this seat, including Democrats Malia Cohen, Yvonne Yiu, and Ron Galperin, and Republican Lanhee Chen. Cohen’s campaign has raised $316,000, and is not funded by police money or corporate PAC money. Democratic opponent Yiu has raised $548,000, of which $455,000 has been self-donated. She has had an additional nine donors to her campaign, and has not received police, corporate PAC, or real estate donations. Democratic opponent Galperin has raised $26,000, and is not funded by police, corporate PAC, real estate, or fossil fuel money. Republican Chen’s campaign has raised $945,000, and has received funding from a real estate organization. The remainder of his fundraising has come almost entirely from large-dollar individual donors.

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement

     

     

     

    Malia Cohen, a member of the California State Board of Equalization, is a lifelong Californian. According to campaign materials, Cohen is running for election to pursue a more equitable economic foundation for Californians through investments in housing, job programs, health care, and education. She believes that accountability and transparency in fiscal leadership is essential to closing the state’s significant equity gap, and that she can play a critical role in guiding financial decisions that will benefit previously neglected communities.

    As controller, Cohen hopes to create a more efficient system to connect unclaimed property to individuals who have ownership rights, streamline financial services for Californians who are unbanked, and create a Golden State Stimulus program that will ensure that residents have the resources they need to cover their basic living expenses.

    Cohen has an extensive resume and significant experience in fiscal oversight. As a current member of the California State Board of Equalization representing District 2, Cohen has experience administering statewide policy related to property tax, alcoholic beverage tax, and tax on insurers. Prior to holding this role, she served two terms as a member and president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where she chaired the Budget and Finance Committee. Cohen has also served as commissioner of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System (SFERS), which manages the city’s municipal pension fund. In each of these positions, Cohen has kept equity in focus and has worked to leverage her role to create opportunities to establish more inclusive policies. In her elected roles, she was instrumental in implementing a free community college program in San Francisco, co-authored the Fair Chance Ordinance for individuals reentering the workforce after incarceration, and championed the creation of a Department of Officer Accountability for the San Francisco Police Department. She also worked to divest SFERS investments from fossil fuels and thermal coal investments to bring a more ethical foundation to the pension system. These and other efforts demonstrate her deft ability to use her knowledge and authority to return benefits to communities that have been historically marginalized and disadvantaged by fiscal and public policy.

    Democrat Yvonne Yiu, the current mayor of Monterey Park, is running on a platform that centers on financial-information security and expanding financial-skills training to reach young people, immigrants, women, and other diverse communities through the creation of a new Office of Financial Empowerment. While she is dedicated to using the authority of the office to advocate for issues related to climate, the LGBTQIA+ community, and racial injustice, she has not provided a comprehensive outline for how her work as controller would benefit these progressive priorities beyond the creation of the Office of Financial Empowerment.

    Malia Cohen has the endorsement of many elected officials in the state, including Congresswoman Karen Bass, current State Controller Betty Yee, State Attorney General Rob Bonta, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, State Senator Sydney Kamlager, and State Senator Scott Weiner. She has also received the endorsement of some progressive groups in the district, including NARAL Pro-Choice California PAC, California Federation of Teachers, Elect Black Women PAC, and a variety of trade organizations, including UNITE Here PAC. Based on our analysis, Cohen’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for Californians and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-11