• Democrat

    Pilar Schiavo

    Courage Endorsed
    Courage Endorsed
  • Elect Pilar Schiavo to push AD-40 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    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 new 40th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Republicans held this district (previously AD-38) from 1973 to 2018 and have held it again since 2020. Republican registration in the district is strong, but has been trending downward. Of registered voters in this district, 34% are Democrat and 34% are Republican, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 26% Latino, 13% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-40 is 6% more Democratic than the old AD-38 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-40 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 16 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 10 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including incumbent Representative Suzette Martinez Valladares, a Republican. Schiavo’s campaign has raised more than $385,000 and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, police, or real estate money. Opponent Valladares’s campaign is funded by police, fossil fuel, and real estate money. Valladares has voted against expanding gun control and against restricting police officers from being transferred to other departments following misconduct convictions.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Pilar Schiavo, a longtime community advocate and Organizer for Healthy California Now, is from Southern California’s West Valley and currently lives in Chatsworth. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to help build the healthy communities needed after the economic fragility revealed and worsened by COVID-19. In particular, she aims to continue fighting for Medicare for all by passing AB 1400, the single-payer bill that follows the old SB 562. Schiavo has not run for office previously.

    Schiavo has worked in the labor movement for two decades and for the California Nurses Association (CNA) for almost 13 years, which she does to uplift working families and ensure that all people have access to housing, health care, and a good paying job. In her labor-organizing work, she served as political director for the San Francisco Labor Council, which guaranteed health care in San Francisco. Schiavo also recruited and trained new organizers at the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and represented mental-health workers for SEIU in Massachusetts, where she also did low-income tenant organizing. While with the CNA, she worked closely with nurses to organize a statewide coalition for a single-payer system in California, including coordinating the field campaign for SB 562.

    Schiavo’s last three years with the CNA involved her working as a field coordinator to deploy nurses for disasters and humanitarian missions to hurricanes, border shelters, California wildfires, and a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in South Los Angeles. In her more recent organizing, Schiavo co-founded West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) to fight for housing for unhoused neighbors. In 2020, the organization became the largest mutual-aid program in the San Fernando Valley. Schiavo also co-founded the West Valley People’s Alliance to advocate for racial justice, affordable housing, and environmental justice.

    Schiavo has extensive experience in organizations outside her district as well, including organizing for Healthy California Now, and Medicare for All in California. Moreover, she has worked with APEN and a broad coalition in the East Bay on environmental issues, as well as with Jobs with Justice SF, the Chinese Progressive Association, and various SEIU Local and unions in San Francisco while at the San Francisco Labor Council.

    Schiavo has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive lawmakers and groups, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, AFSCME California, UNITE HERE! California, Stonewall Democratic Club, Daybreak PAC, and Project Super Bloom. Based on our analysis, Schiavo’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-40 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-14

    Pilar Schiavo

    Elect Pilar Schiavo to push AD-40 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    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 new 40th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Republicans held this district (previously AD-38) from 1973 to 2018 and have held it again since 2020. Republican registration in the district is strong, but has been trending downward. Of registered voters in this district, 34% are Democrat and 34% are Republican, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 26% Latino, 13% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-40 is 6% more Democratic than the old AD-38 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-40 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 16 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 10 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including incumbent Representative Suzette Martinez Valladares, a Republican. Schiavo’s campaign has raised more than $385,000 and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, police, or real estate money. Opponent Valladares’s campaign is funded by police, fossil fuel, and real estate money. Valladares has voted against expanding gun control and against restricting police officers from being transferred to other departments following misconduct convictions.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Pilar Schiavo, a longtime community advocate and Organizer for Healthy California Now, is from Southern California’s West Valley and currently lives in Chatsworth. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to help build the healthy communities needed after the economic fragility revealed and worsened by COVID-19. In particular, she aims to continue fighting for Medicare for all by passing AB 1400, the single-payer bill that follows the old SB 562. Schiavo has not run for office previously.

    Schiavo has worked in the labor movement for two decades and for the California Nurses Association (CNA) for almost 13 years, which she does to uplift working families and ensure that all people have access to housing, health care, and a good paying job. In her labor-organizing work, she served as political director for the San Francisco Labor Council, which guaranteed health care in San Francisco. Schiavo also recruited and trained new organizers at the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and represented mental-health workers for SEIU in Massachusetts, where she also did low-income tenant organizing. While with the CNA, she worked closely with nurses to organize a statewide coalition for a single-payer system in California, including coordinating the field campaign for SB 562.

    Schiavo’s last three years with the CNA involved her working as a field coordinator to deploy nurses for disasters and humanitarian missions to hurricanes, border shelters, California wildfires, and a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in South Los Angeles. In her more recent organizing, Schiavo co-founded West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) to fight for housing for unhoused neighbors. In 2020, the organization became the largest mutual-aid program in the San Fernando Valley. Schiavo also co-founded the West Valley People’s Alliance to advocate for racial justice, affordable housing, and environmental justice.

    Schiavo has extensive experience in organizations outside her district as well, including organizing for Healthy California Now, and Medicare for All in California. Moreover, she has worked with APEN and a broad coalition in the East Bay on environmental issues, as well as with Jobs with Justice SF, the Chinese Progressive Association, and various SEIU Local and unions in San Francisco while at the San Francisco Labor Council.

    Schiavo has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive lawmakers and groups, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, AFSCME California, UNITE HERE! California, Stonewall Democratic Club, Daybreak PAC, and Project Super Bloom. Based on our analysis, Schiavo’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-40 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Pilar Schiavo

    Elect Pilar Schiavo to push AD-40 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    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 new 40th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Republicans held this district (previously AD-38) from 1973 to 2018 and have held it again since 2020. Republican registration in the district is strong, but has been trending downward. Of registered voters in this district, 34% are Democrat and 34% are Republican, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 26% Latino, 13% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-40 is 6% more Democratic than the old AD-38 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-40 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 16 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 10 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including incumbent Representative Suzette Martinez Valladares, a Republican. Schiavo’s campaign has raised more than $385,000 and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, police, or real estate money. Opponent Valladares’s campaign is funded by police, fossil fuel, and real estate money. Valladares has voted against expanding gun control and against restricting police officers from being transferred to other departments following misconduct convictions.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Pilar Schiavo, a longtime community advocate and Organizer for Healthy California Now, is from Southern California’s West Valley and currently lives in Chatsworth. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to help build the healthy communities needed after the economic fragility revealed and worsened by COVID-19. In particular, she aims to continue fighting for Medicare for all by passing AB 1400, the single-payer bill that follows the old SB 562. Schiavo has not run for office previously.

    Schiavo has worked in the labor movement for two decades and for the California Nurses Association (CNA) for almost 13 years, which she does to uplift working families and ensure that all people have access to housing, health care, and a good paying job. In her labor-organizing work, she served as political director for the San Francisco Labor Council, which guaranteed health care in San Francisco. Schiavo also recruited and trained new organizers at the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and represented mental-health workers for SEIU in Massachusetts, where she also did low-income tenant organizing. While with the CNA, she worked closely with nurses to organize a statewide coalition for a single-payer system in California, including coordinating the field campaign for SB 562.

    Schiavo’s last three years with the CNA involved her working as a field coordinator to deploy nurses for disasters and humanitarian missions to hurricanes, border shelters, California wildfires, and a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in South Los Angeles. In her more recent organizing, Schiavo co-founded West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) to fight for housing for unhoused neighbors. In 2020, the organization became the largest mutual-aid program in the San Fernando Valley. Schiavo also co-founded the West Valley People’s Alliance to advocate for racial justice, affordable housing, and environmental justice.

    Schiavo has extensive experience in organizations outside her district as well, including organizing for Healthy California Now, and Medicare for All in California. Moreover, she has worked with APEN and a broad coalition in the East Bay on environmental issues, as well as with Jobs with Justice SF, the Chinese Progressive Association, and various SEIU Local and unions in San Francisco while at the San Francisco Labor Council.

    Schiavo has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive lawmakers and groups, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, AFSCME California, UNITE HERE! California, Stonewall Democratic Club, Daybreak PAC, and Project Super Bloom. Based on our analysis, Schiavo’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-40 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

Depending on where you live, you may have the below city races on your ballot.

  • Elect Karen Bass as mayor to push Los Angeles in the right direction. 

     

    The Position

    Los Angeles uses a mayor–city council government structure, in which the mayor is elected at large and acts as chair of the 15-member city council and as the city’s chief executive officer. The city council is responsible for establishing policy, passing local laws (called ordinances), voting on budget appropriations, and developing an overall vision for the city. The mayor of Los Angeles has veto and emergency powers and is responsible for managing dozens of departments and agencies. They also carry out ordinances, ensure coordination among different branches of city government, and submit an annual budget proposal to the L.A. City Council. In Los Angeles, a mayor is elected to a four-year term, with a limit of two consecutive terms. 

     

    The District

    Los Angeles is Los Angeles County’s most populous city. Los Angeles’s mayor and City Council oversee the needs of 3.9 million people and manage an estimated operating budget of $11.2 billion annually. As of the 2020 Census, Los Angeles had a demographic breakdown of 48% Latino, 12% Asian, and 9% Black. The most recent election results for Los Angeles County, which includes the city of Los Angeles, show that it voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 41 points and for Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 44 points.

     

    The Race

    There are 12 candidates running for this seat, including Congressmember Karen Bass, real estate developer Rick Caruso, City Councilmember Kevin de Leon, City Councilmember Joe Buscaino, and LA City Attorney Mike Feuer. Rep. Bass’s campaign has raised $4.1 million, and has not received donations from police, fossil fuel, or corporate PAC interests. Caruso’s campaign has raised $500,000 through individual donations. He has also loaned an additional $22.5 million to his own campaign. De Leon’s campaign has raised $3.2 million, and has received donations from real estate and fossil fuel interests. Buscaino’s campaign has raised $1.3 million, and has received donations from real estate interests. Feuer’s campaign has raised $1.8 million, and has received donations from real estate interests. 

     

    Our Endorsement

    Congressmember Karen Bass, a member of the House of Representatives, is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to use her demonstrated track record of progressive success to address issues of social and economic inequality in her home city.  Bass has been in elected leadership since 2004, when she won her first term in the California State Assembly. In 2012, she was elected to the United States Congress, and won her most recent reelection in 2020 by 72 points against Republican challenger Errol Webber.

    Rep. Bass started her career as a nurse and a physician’s assistant, and was moved to action by the intimate view that her work provided of the crack epidemic in Los Angeles. In 1990, she founded Community Coalition, an organization she is still involved with today, to identify local solutions to the economic inequities that contribute to  crime, addiction, violence, and poverty. Rep. Bass joined the State Assembly in 2004, and rose to the Speaker’s seat in 2008, as California was facing a severe recession. She was instrumental in negotiating a federal stimulus for Californians, and passing legislation that secured affordable health care and improved child welfare services. During her ten years in Congress, Rep. Bass has established herself as an effective progressive leader, focusing much of her work on equity legislation. She has passed bills to protect LGBTQIA+ community, founded and co-chairs the bipartisan Caucus on Foster Youth, and authored the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to transform policing. These experiences in health care, coalition-building, economic recovery, and racial-justice reform are the foundation of her approach to moving Los Angeles forward as mayor. Through a collaborative approach, her administration would focus on eliminating bureaucratic barriers to affordable housing development, working with individual communities to address local safety issues and hate-crime prevention, and tailoring interventions to support local economic recovery from COVID-19. In a city with both extreme wealth and extreme poverty, Rep. Bass’s policies would aim to narrow the economic gap and return dignity to individuals who have been failed by inefficient public systems. She is a longtime supporter of social equity and justice initiatives, and remains actively involved as a board member with the National Foster Youth Institute, which she co-founded. 

    Rep. Bass’s priorities for her congressional district, CD-37, this year have included 31 bills about crime and law enforcement, health care, foster care, and child welfare. Of these, nearly all are currently in committee.  She currently serves on the Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees. Rep. Bass is former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and a member of a variety of legislative groups, including Medicare for All Caucus; Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus; Congressional Progressive Caucus; and Congressional Social Work Caucus. This year, Rep. Bass has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

    Bass is endorsed by many progressive groups, including LA Voice Action, California Women’s List, California Black Women’s Democratic Club, ACCE Action, Stonewall Democratic Club, and Westside Young Democrats, as well as the Los Angeles Times. She has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including Senator Cory Booker, Rep. Katie Porter, State Senator Sydney Kamlager, and L.A. City Councilmember Nithya Raman. Based on our analysis, Bass’s extensive experience and policy successes demonstrate that she is uniquely qualified to lead and will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of Los Angeles. She will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Last updated: 2022-05-14

    Karen Bass

    Elect Karen Bass as mayor to push Los Angeles in the right direction. 

     

    The Position

    Los Angeles uses a mayor–city council government structure, in which the mayor is elected at large and acts as chair of the 15-member city council and as the city’s chief executive

    Karen Bass

    Elect Karen Bass as mayor to push Los Angeles in the right direction. 

     

    The Position

    Los Angeles uses a mayor–city council government structure, in which the mayor is elected at large and acts as chair of the 15-member city council and as the city’s chief executive

  • Democrat

    Pilar Schiavo

    Courage Endorsed
    Courage Endorsed
  • Elect Pilar Schiavo to push AD-40 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    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 new 40th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Republicans held this district (previously AD-38) from 1973 to 2018 and have held it again since 2020. Republican registration in the district is strong, but has been trending downward. Of registered voters in this district, 34% are Democrat and 34% are Republican, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 26% Latino, 13% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-40 is 6% more Democratic than the old AD-38 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-40 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 16 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 10 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including incumbent Representative Suzette Martinez Valladares, a Republican. Schiavo’s campaign has raised more than $385,000 and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, police, or real estate money. Opponent Valladares’s campaign is funded by police, fossil fuel, and real estate money. Valladares has voted against expanding gun control and against restricting police officers from being transferred to other departments following misconduct convictions.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Pilar Schiavo, a longtime community advocate and Organizer for Healthy California Now, is from Southern California’s West Valley and currently lives in Chatsworth. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to help build the healthy communities needed after the economic fragility revealed and worsened by COVID-19. In particular, she aims to continue fighting for Medicare for all by passing AB 1400, the single-payer bill that follows the old SB 562. Schiavo has not run for office previously.

    Schiavo has worked in the labor movement for two decades and for the California Nurses Association (CNA) for almost 13 years, which she does to uplift working families and ensure that all people have access to housing, health care, and a good paying job. In her labor-organizing work, she served as political director for the San Francisco Labor Council, which guaranteed health care in San Francisco. Schiavo also recruited and trained new organizers at the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and represented mental-health workers for SEIU in Massachusetts, where she also did low-income tenant organizing. While with the CNA, she worked closely with nurses to organize a statewide coalition for a single-payer system in California, including coordinating the field campaign for SB 562.

    Schiavo’s last three years with the CNA involved her working as a field coordinator to deploy nurses for disasters and humanitarian missions to hurricanes, border shelters, California wildfires, and a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in South Los Angeles. In her more recent organizing, Schiavo co-founded West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) to fight for housing for unhoused neighbors. In 2020, the organization became the largest mutual-aid program in the San Fernando Valley. Schiavo also co-founded the West Valley People’s Alliance to advocate for racial justice, affordable housing, and environmental justice.

    Schiavo has extensive experience in organizations outside her district as well, including organizing for Healthy California Now, and Medicare for All in California. Moreover, she has worked with APEN and a broad coalition in the East Bay on environmental issues, as well as with Jobs with Justice SF, the Chinese Progressive Association, and various SEIU Local and unions in San Francisco while at the San Francisco Labor Council.

    Schiavo has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive lawmakers and groups, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, AFSCME California, UNITE HERE! California, Stonewall Democratic Club, Daybreak PAC, and Project Super Bloom. Based on our analysis, Schiavo’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-40 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-14

    Pilar Schiavo

    Elect Pilar Schiavo to push AD-40 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    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 new 40th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Republicans held this district (previously AD-38) from 1973 to 2018 and have held it again since 2020. Republican registration in the district is strong, but has been trending downward. Of registered voters in this district, 34% are Democrat and 34% are Republican, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 26% Latino, 13% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-40 is 6% more Democratic than the old AD-38 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-40 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 16 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 10 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including incumbent Representative Suzette Martinez Valladares, a Republican. Schiavo’s campaign has raised more than $385,000 and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, police, or real estate money. Opponent Valladares’s campaign is funded by police, fossil fuel, and real estate money. Valladares has voted against expanding gun control and against restricting police officers from being transferred to other departments following misconduct convictions.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Pilar Schiavo, a longtime community advocate and Organizer for Healthy California Now, is from Southern California’s West Valley and currently lives in Chatsworth. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to help build the healthy communities needed after the economic fragility revealed and worsened by COVID-19. In particular, she aims to continue fighting for Medicare for all by passing AB 1400, the single-payer bill that follows the old SB 562. Schiavo has not run for office previously.

    Schiavo has worked in the labor movement for two decades and for the California Nurses Association (CNA) for almost 13 years, which she does to uplift working families and ensure that all people have access to housing, health care, and a good paying job. In her labor-organizing work, she served as political director for the San Francisco Labor Council, which guaranteed health care in San Francisco. Schiavo also recruited and trained new organizers at the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and represented mental-health workers for SEIU in Massachusetts, where she also did low-income tenant organizing. While with the CNA, she worked closely with nurses to organize a statewide coalition for a single-payer system in California, including coordinating the field campaign for SB 562.

    Schiavo’s last three years with the CNA involved her working as a field coordinator to deploy nurses for disasters and humanitarian missions to hurricanes, border shelters, California wildfires, and a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in South Los Angeles. In her more recent organizing, Schiavo co-founded West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) to fight for housing for unhoused neighbors. In 2020, the organization became the largest mutual-aid program in the San Fernando Valley. Schiavo also co-founded the West Valley People’s Alliance to advocate for racial justice, affordable housing, and environmental justice.

    Schiavo has extensive experience in organizations outside her district as well, including organizing for Healthy California Now, and Medicare for All in California. Moreover, she has worked with APEN and a broad coalition in the East Bay on environmental issues, as well as with Jobs with Justice SF, the Chinese Progressive Association, and various SEIU Local and unions in San Francisco while at the San Francisco Labor Council.

    Schiavo has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive lawmakers and groups, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, AFSCME California, UNITE HERE! California, Stonewall Democratic Club, Daybreak PAC, and Project Super Bloom. Based on our analysis, Schiavo’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-40 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Pilar Schiavo

    Elect Pilar Schiavo to push AD-40 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    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 new 40th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Republicans held this district (previously AD-38) from 1973 to 2018 and have held it again since 2020. Republican registration in the district is strong, but has been trending downward. Of registered voters in this district, 34% are Democrat and 34% are Republican, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 26% Latino, 13% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-40 is 6% more Democratic than the old AD-38 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-40 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 16 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 10 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including incumbent Representative Suzette Martinez Valladares, a Republican. Schiavo’s campaign has raised more than $385,000 and is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, police, or real estate money. Opponent Valladares’s campaign is funded by police, fossil fuel, and real estate money. Valladares has voted against expanding gun control and against restricting police officers from being transferred to other departments following misconduct convictions.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Pilar Schiavo, a longtime community advocate and Organizer for Healthy California Now, is from Southern California’s West Valley and currently lives in Chatsworth. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to help build the healthy communities needed after the economic fragility revealed and worsened by COVID-19. In particular, she aims to continue fighting for Medicare for all by passing AB 1400, the single-payer bill that follows the old SB 562. Schiavo has not run for office previously.

    Schiavo has worked in the labor movement for two decades and for the California Nurses Association (CNA) for almost 13 years, which she does to uplift working families and ensure that all people have access to housing, health care, and a good paying job. In her labor-organizing work, she served as political director for the San Francisco Labor Council, which guaranteed health care in San Francisco. Schiavo also recruited and trained new organizers at the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and represented mental-health workers for SEIU in Massachusetts, where she also did low-income tenant organizing. While with the CNA, she worked closely with nurses to organize a statewide coalition for a single-payer system in California, including coordinating the field campaign for SB 562.

    Schiavo’s last three years with the CNA involved her working as a field coordinator to deploy nurses for disasters and humanitarian missions to hurricanes, border shelters, California wildfires, and a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in South Los Angeles. In her more recent organizing, Schiavo co-founded West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) to fight for housing for unhoused neighbors. In 2020, the organization became the largest mutual-aid program in the San Fernando Valley. Schiavo also co-founded the West Valley People’s Alliance to advocate for racial justice, affordable housing, and environmental justice.

    Schiavo has extensive experience in organizations outside her district as well, including organizing for Healthy California Now, and Medicare for All in California. Moreover, she has worked with APEN and a broad coalition in the East Bay on environmental issues, as well as with Jobs with Justice SF, the Chinese Progressive Association, and various SEIU Local and unions in San Francisco while at the San Francisco Labor Council.

    Schiavo has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive lawmakers and groups, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, AFSCME California, UNITE HERE! California, Stonewall Democratic Club, Daybreak PAC, and Project Super Bloom. Based on our analysis, Schiavo’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-40 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

Congress

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

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Adam Schiff to keep CD-30 on the right track for progress.



    The Position


    Congressmembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the United States Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.

    The District


    California’s 30th Congressional District is in Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 17% are Republican and 52% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 20% Latino, 13% Asian, and 5% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CA-30 is 3% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show the CD-30 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 44 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 54 points.

    The Race


    There are eight candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Schiff, Democrat G. “Maebe A Girl” Pudlo, and Republicans Ronda Kennedy and Johnny Nalbandian. Schiff’s campaign has raised over $9 million and is not funded by police money. He has received donations from corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and real estate interests.

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Schiff, a longtime public servant, has lived in California since 1972. According to campaign materials, Rep. Schiff is running for reelection to continue to fight for the core of America’s democracy. Rep. Schiff won their 2020 reelection against a Republican challenger by 46 points.

    Rep. Schiff’s priorities for CD-30 this year have included 26 bills about criminal justice, civil liberties, and immigration, all of which have successfully passed the House. He currently chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. This year, Rep. Schiff has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 95% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Schiff voted to pass the New North American Trade Agreement, while Ocasio-Cortez voted against it.

    Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Schiff worked as a law clerk and then as Assistant United States Attorney before being elected to California’s State Senate in 1996. He is a longtime supporter of progressive education, immigration, and environmental policies. That said, he has cast unfavorable votes on issues pertaining to military spending and the use of military force.

    Rep. Schiff isn’t a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, but has the endorsement of some progressive groups. Based on our analysis, Rep. Schiff’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-30 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Adam Schiff

    Reelect Congressional Representative Adam Schiff to keep CD-30 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

    Adam Schiff

    Reelect Congressional Representative Adam Schiff to keep CD-30 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

  • Elect Shervin Aazami to push CD-32 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


    Congressmembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the United States Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 32nd Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 19% are Republican and 50% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 20% Latino, 12% Asian, and 5% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-32 is 1% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-32 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 39 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 40 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are six candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Shervin Aazami and Democratic Incumbent Representative Brad Sherman and Republican Challenger Melissa Toomin. Rep. Sherman’s campaign has not committed to any pledges and is funded by the real estate industry, defense manufacturers, and corporate interests, like Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs. He has also accepted thousands of dollars in corporate PAC money from the banking, investment banking, financial services, and payday-lending industries, respectively. Aazami’s campaign has raised $134,148 and is not funded by fossil fuel money, real estate money, police unions, or corporate PAC money.

     

     

     

     

    The Recommendation


    Shervin Aazami, a public-health advocate, was born in Italy to Iranian refugees, and moved to Canoga Park in the San Fernando Valley when he was a toddler. According to campaign materials, he is running for election because he thinks corporate-backed politicians like incumbent Brad Sherman have done little to protect and support the most vulnerable populations, and actively oppose meaningful progressive change. Aazami has not run for office previously.

    Aazami works in public health and also worked in national Indigenous health-care advocacy, helping to pass legislation that reduced the financial burden of health care for Native American veterans, devoted funding to opioid-related care and behavioral health, and secured direct funding for tribal governments to respond to COVID-19. Aazami’s platform supports progressive policies like Medicare for All, criminal-justice reform, decriminalizing immigration, and the Green New Deal. His policy proposals also center racial and economic justice, from calling for reparations to abolishing cash bail and civil-asset forfeiture to outlawing exclusionary zoning to raising the federal minimum wage to $15.

    Aazami has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Progressive Democrats of America, Ground Game LA, Healthcare for All LA, Sunrise Movement LA, and Youth Climate Strike LA. Based on our analysis, Aazami’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-32 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-11

    Shervin Aazami

    Elect Shervin Aazami to push CD-32 in the right direction.

     

     

    Shervin Aazami

    Elect Shervin Aazami to push CD-32 in the right direction.