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    Re-elect President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to keep America on track. 

    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they will continue to govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse nation.

    Progressive endorsements: President Biden and Vice President Harris have the endorsement of some progressive groups, including the Sierra Club, Reproductive Freedom for All America, League of Conservation Voters, National Center for Transgender Equality, and Students Demand Action. They have also received the endorsement of a significant number of labor unions, including United Auto Workers, Actors’ Equity Association, AFL-CIO, IATSE, National Nurses United, and the American Federation of Teachers. President Biden and Vice President Harris also have the backing of the Democratic National Committee and a significant number of current and former Democratic officials, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Climate Envoy John Kerry, 14 current governors, 30 sitting U.S. senators, and over 70 members of the House of Representatives. This list includes California’s elected leaders Gov. Gavin Newsom, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Sen. Alex Padilla, Rep. Katie Porter, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and LA Mayor Karen Bass. 

    Priority policies: The Biden administration has had policy successes across a diversity of issue areas during their first term. Immediately after taking office during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden worked to move the American Rescue Plan through Congress and successfully passed legislation to provide stimulus checks, boosts to unemployment payments, and increased funds for education and small-business loans. The plan also ramped up the distribution and administration of vaccines. This legislative effort was followed by the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law that made a $1 billion investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, national road and bridge repair, clean drinking water modifications, and power grid updates. In addition to these investments, the administration passed President Biden’s signature Inflation Reduction Act, an expansive bill to provide needed funding to cap prescription drug costs for the elderly, increase corporate taxes, invest in clean energy and climate protections, reduce the federal deficit, and increase tax accountability by provided additional funding to the IRS. The White House has indicated that nearly 170,000 clean energy jobs have been created by this legislation, clean energy investments have increased by $110 billion, and insulin has been capped at $35 a month. After years of inaction from the federal government, President Biden signed a significant gun-safety bill into law, which strengthens background check laws, incentivizes state-based red flag laws, and expands limitations on the acquisition of firearms by perpetrators of domestic abuse. President Biden also signed the CHIPS Act into law to increase domestic production of the semiconductors used in the manufacturing of many of the products Americans use daily. 

    The Biden administration’s economic policies have contributed to the lowest unemployment rate in over 50 years, at 3.4% as of January 2024, economic growth of 3.1% in 2023, and an inflation rate that dropped below 3% at the end of December. The administration has led the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Accord, forgiven $136 billion in education debt, and provided consistent support to striking labor unions across the country. While many of these accomplishments came during the first two years of the administration, when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, President Biden and Vice President Harris have worked across the aisle to move impactful legislation forward for the American people with a divided Congress.

    While the administration’s legislative successes have been substantial, they have been subject to significant criticism from progressives during this first term. While President Biden has maintained strong support for Israel during the October 7 Hamas attacks and the Israeli government’s retaliatory attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, the electorate and congressional representatives have expressed concerns about the U.S. government providing continued funding to the Israeli military, and activists and leaders have called on the Biden administration to advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza. On immigration and the southern border, the federal government’s failure to act has effectively continued the anti-immigrant policies enacted under the Trump administration and caused big city mayors and Democratic governors to publicly request that the White House and Congress pass meaningful legislation to reform an increasingly overwhelmed asylum and immigration system. Under Republican control, Congress has not passed any immigration reforms, and Republican leaders have advocated for more punitive and inhumane immigration policies.  

    Governance and community leadership experience: President Biden and Vice President Harris have served in the White House since 2020, when they were elected on a joint ticket with 306 electoral votes and over 51% of the national popular vote. Their campaign won six critical swing states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona—to secure the electoral college victory.

    Prior to his election, President Biden had a long and prominent political career. He served two terms as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and was responsible for managing the 2009 economic recovery, helping to expand health care through the Affordable Care Act, and acting as the administration’s liaison to the Senate. Before joining the Obama administration, he spent 36 years representing Delaware in the Senate. He was often critiqued as being an unremarkable, status quo Democrat, and mid-career votes in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, anti-drug legislation, and the Iraq War reaffirm that characterization. In 1991, Vice President Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and presided over the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, who had been credibly accused of sexual harassment by a former colleague, Anita Hill. Vice President Biden’s mismanagement of the hearing resulted in a targeted and unfair character assassination of Anita Hill and remains a reminder of his complicity in the patriarchal and racist systems on which our American government is built. 

    Prior to her election, Vice President Harris was the first woman of color elected to represent California in the United States Senate. She sponsored legislation on climate and environmental protections, rental and housing protections, women’s health, and pandemic relief. She was also an original cosponsor of the progressive Green New Deal authored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey.  Before serving in the Senate, Vice President Harris had a long legal career in California, serving for 8 years in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before transitioning to a role as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. In 2003, she won her bid to become district attorney of the City and County of San Francisco, where she served two terms before being elected as the attorney general for the state of California in 2010. She was the first woman and the first person of color to hold this seat. Vice President Harris’s record was both progressive for the time and complicated by her moderate approach to policing and criminal justice. She has been criticized for failing to institute comprehensive police accountability measures, for not establishing meaningful prison reform, and for taking a hands-off approach to cases related to police misconduct. However, her lenient approach to policing was often punctuated by decidedly progressive support for social justice issues, including the establishment of an education and workforce reentry program designed to diminish recidivism. 

    Other background: President Biden is from Scranton, PA, and moved to Delaware with his family when he was 10 years old. He has been a resident of Wilmington, Delaware, for most of his adult life. Vice President Harris grew up in Berkeley, CA, and was a longtime resident of Los Angeles. She is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, who both emigrated to the Bay Area in the 1960s.

     

    The Race

    Primary election: Eight candidates are running in the March 5 Democratic primary, including incumbent President Joe Biden (D), Rep. Dean Phillips (D), and Marianne Williamson (D). The candidate who receives the most delegates in the national Democratic primary will formally become the party’s designated Presidential candidate in August 2024.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: President Biden’s campaign has raised $56 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Rep. Dean Phillips
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Rep. Phillips’s campaign has not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the FEC as of December 2023.

    Opposing candidate: Marianne Williamson
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Williamson’s campaign has raised $2.6 million as of December 2023, and is funded by corporate PAC interests. A significant amount of her campaign funding has been through candidate donations and loans taken out by the candidate.

     

    The Position

    The President of the United States is the head of the executive branch of the federal government, and the commander-in-chief for all branches of the armed forces. A president has the power to make diplomatic, executive, and judicial appointments, and can sign into law or veto legislation. Presidential administrations are responsible for both foreign and domestic policy priorities. Presidents are limited to serving two four-year terms in office.

     

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

    Re-elect President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to keep America on track. 

    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they will continue to govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse nation.

    Progressive endorsements: President Biden and Vice President Harris have the endorsement of some progressive groups, including the Sierra Club, Reproductive Freedom for All America, League of Conservation Voters, National Center for Transgender Equality, and Students Demand Action. They have also received the endorsement of a significant number of labor unions, including United Auto Workers, Actors’ Equity Association, AFL-CIO, IATSE, National Nurses United, and the American Federation of Teachers. President Biden and Vice President Harris also have the backing of the Democratic National Committee and a significant number of current and former Democratic officials, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Climate Envoy John Kerry, 14 current governors, 30 sitting U.S. senators, and over 70 members of the House of Representatives. This list includes California’s elected leaders Gov. Gavin Newsom, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Sen. Alex Padilla, Rep. Katie Porter, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and LA Mayor Karen Bass. 

    Priority policies: The Biden administration has had policy successes across a diversity of issue areas during their first term. Immediately after taking office during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden worked to move the American Rescue Plan through Congress and successfully passed legislation to provide stimulus checks, boosts to unemployment payments, and increased funds for education and small-business loans. The plan also ramped up the distribution and administration of vaccines. This legislative effort was followed by the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law that made a $1 billion investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, national road and bridge repair, clean drinking water modifications, and power grid updates. In addition to these investments, the administration passed President Biden’s signature Inflation Reduction Act, an expansive bill to provide needed funding to cap prescription drug costs for the elderly, increase corporate taxes, invest in clean energy and climate protections, reduce the federal deficit, and increase tax accountability by provided additional funding to the IRS. The White House has indicated that nearly 170,000 clean energy jobs have been created by this legislation, clean energy investments have increased by $110 billion, and insulin has been capped at $35 a month. After years of inaction from the federal government, President Biden signed a significant gun-safety bill into law, which strengthens background check laws, incentivizes state-based red flag laws, and expands limitations on the acquisition of firearms by perpetrators of domestic abuse. President Biden also signed the CHIPS Act into law to increase domestic production of the semiconductors used in the manufacturing of many of the products Americans use daily. 

    The Biden administration’s economic policies have contributed to the lowest unemployment rate in over 50 years, at 3.4% as of January 2024, economic growth of 3.1% in 2023, and an inflation rate that dropped below 3% at the end of December. The administration has led the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Accord, forgiven $136 billion in education debt, and provided consistent support to striking labor unions across the country. While many of these accomplishments came during the first two years of the administration, when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, President Biden and Vice President Harris have worked across the aisle to move impactful legislation forward for the American people with a divided Congress.

    While the administration’s legislative successes have been substantial, they have been subject to significant criticism from progressives during this first term. While President Biden has maintained strong support for Israel during the October 7 Hamas attacks and the Israeli government’s retaliatory attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, the electorate and congressional representatives have expressed concerns about the U.S. government providing continued funding to the Israeli military, and activists and leaders have called on the Biden administration to advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza. On immigration and the southern border, the federal government’s failure to act has effectively continued the anti-immigrant policies enacted under the Trump administration and caused big city mayors and Democratic governors to publicly request that the White House and Congress pass meaningful legislation to reform an increasingly overwhelmed asylum and immigration system. Under Republican control, Congress has not passed any immigration reforms, and Republican leaders have advocated for more punitive and inhumane immigration policies.  

    Governance and community leadership experience: President Biden and Vice President Harris have served in the White House since 2020, when they were elected on a joint ticket with 306 electoral votes and over 51% of the national popular vote. Their campaign won six critical swing states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona—to secure the electoral college victory.

    Prior to his election, President Biden had a long and prominent political career. He served two terms as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and was responsible for managing the 2009 economic recovery, helping to expand health care through the Affordable Care Act, and acting as the administration’s liaison to the Senate. Before joining the Obama administration, he spent 36 years representing Delaware in the Senate. He was often critiqued as being an unremarkable, status quo Democrat, and mid-career votes in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, anti-drug legislation, and the Iraq War reaffirm that characterization. In 1991, Vice President Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and presided over the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, who had been credibly accused of sexual harassment by a former colleague, Anita Hill. Vice President Biden’s mismanagement of the hearing resulted in a targeted and unfair character assassination of Anita Hill and remains a reminder of his complicity in the patriarchal and racist systems on which our American government is built. 

    Prior to her election, Vice President Harris was the first woman of color elected to represent California in the United States Senate. She sponsored legislation on climate and environmental protections, rental and housing protections, women’s health, and pandemic relief. She was also an original cosponsor of the progressive Green New Deal authored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey.  Before serving in the Senate, Vice President Harris had a long legal career in California, serving for 8 years in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before transitioning to a role as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. In 2003, she won her bid to become district attorney of the City and County of San Francisco, where she served two terms before being elected as the attorney general for the state of California in 2010. She was the first woman and the first person of color to hold this seat. Vice President Harris’s record was both progressive for the time and complicated by her moderate approach to policing and criminal justice. She has been criticized for failing to institute comprehensive police accountability measures, for not establishing meaningful prison reform, and for taking a hands-off approach to cases related to police misconduct. However, her lenient approach to policing was often punctuated by decidedly progressive support for social justice issues, including the establishment of an education and workforce reentry program designed to diminish recidivism. 

    Other background: President Biden is from Scranton, PA, and moved to Delaware with his family when he was 10 years old. He has been a resident of Wilmington, Delaware, for most of his adult life. Vice President Harris grew up in Berkeley, CA, and was a longtime resident of Los Angeles. She is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, who both emigrated to the Bay Area in the 1960s.

     

    The Race

    Primary election: Eight candidates are running in the March 5 Democratic primary, including incumbent President Joe Biden (D), Rep. Dean Phillips (D), and Marianne Williamson (D). The candidate who receives the most delegates in the national Democratic primary will formally become the party’s designated Presidential candidate in August 2024.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: President Biden’s campaign has raised $56 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Rep. Dean Phillips
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Rep. Phillips’s campaign has not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the FEC as of December 2023.

    Opposing candidate: Marianne Williamson
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Williamson’s campaign has raised $2.6 million as of December 2023, and is funded by corporate PAC interests. A significant amount of her campaign funding has been through candidate donations and loans taken out by the candidate.

     

    The Position

    The President of the United States is the head of the executive branch of the federal government, and the commander-in-chief for all branches of the armed forces. A president has the power to make diplomatic, executive, and judicial appointments, and can sign into law or veto legislation. Presidential administrations are responsible for both foreign and domestic policy priorities. Presidents are limited to serving two four-year terms in office.

     

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

    Re-elect President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to keep America on track. 

    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they will continue to govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse nation.

    Progressive endorsements: President Biden and Vice President Harris have the endorsement of some progressive groups, including the Sierra Club, Reproductive Freedom for All America, League of Conservation Voters, National Center for Transgender Equality, and Students Demand Action. They have also received the endorsement of a significant number of labor unions, including United Auto Workers, Actors’ Equity Association, AFL-CIO, IATSE, National Nurses United, and the American Federation of Teachers. President Biden and Vice President Harris also have the backing of the Democratic National Committee and a significant number of current and former Democratic officials, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Climate Envoy John Kerry, 14 current governors, 30 sitting U.S. senators, and over 70 members of the House of Representatives. This list includes California’s elected leaders Gov. Gavin Newsom, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Sen. Alex Padilla, Rep. Katie Porter, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and LA Mayor Karen Bass. 

    Priority policies: The Biden administration has had policy successes across a diversity of issue areas during their first term. Immediately after taking office during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden worked to move the American Rescue Plan through Congress and successfully passed legislation to provide stimulus checks, boosts to unemployment payments, and increased funds for education and small-business loans. The plan also ramped up the distribution and administration of vaccines. This legislative effort was followed by the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law that made a $1 billion investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, national road and bridge repair, clean drinking water modifications, and power grid updates. In addition to these investments, the administration passed President Biden’s signature Inflation Reduction Act, an expansive bill to provide needed funding to cap prescription drug costs for the elderly, increase corporate taxes, invest in clean energy and climate protections, reduce the federal deficit, and increase tax accountability by provided additional funding to the IRS. The White House has indicated that nearly 170,000 clean energy jobs have been created by this legislation, clean energy investments have increased by $110 billion, and insulin has been capped at $35 a month. After years of inaction from the federal government, President Biden signed a significant gun-safety bill into law, which strengthens background check laws, incentivizes state-based red flag laws, and expands limitations on the acquisition of firearms by perpetrators of domestic abuse. President Biden also signed the CHIPS Act into law to increase domestic production of the semiconductors used in the manufacturing of many of the products Americans use daily. 

    The Biden administration’s economic policies have contributed to the lowest unemployment rate in over 50 years, at 3.4% as of January 2024, economic growth of 3.1% in 2023, and an inflation rate that dropped below 3% at the end of December. The administration has led the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Accord, forgiven $136 billion in education debt, and provided consistent support to striking labor unions across the country. While many of these accomplishments came during the first two years of the administration, when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, President Biden and Vice President Harris have worked across the aisle to move impactful legislation forward for the American people with a divided Congress.

    While the administration’s legislative successes have been substantial, they have been subject to significant criticism from progressives during this first term. While President Biden has maintained strong support for Israel during the October 7 Hamas attacks and the Israeli government’s retaliatory attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, the electorate and congressional representatives have expressed concerns about the U.S. government providing continued funding to the Israeli military, and activists and leaders have called on the Biden administration to advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza. On immigration and the southern border, the federal government’s failure to act has effectively continued the anti-immigrant policies enacted under the Trump administration and caused big city mayors and Democratic governors to publicly request that the White House and Congress pass meaningful legislation to reform an increasingly overwhelmed asylum and immigration system. Under Republican control, Congress has not passed any immigration reforms, and Republican leaders have advocated for more punitive and inhumane immigration policies.  

    Governance and community leadership experience: President Biden and Vice President Harris have served in the White House since 2020, when they were elected on a joint ticket with 306 electoral votes and over 51% of the national popular vote. Their campaign won six critical swing states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona—to secure the electoral college victory.

    Prior to his election, President Biden had a long and prominent political career. He served two terms as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and was responsible for managing the 2009 economic recovery, helping to expand health care through the Affordable Care Act, and acting as the administration’s liaison to the Senate. Before joining the Obama administration, he spent 36 years representing Delaware in the Senate. He was often critiqued as being an unremarkable, status quo Democrat, and mid-career votes in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, anti-drug legislation, and the Iraq War reaffirm that characterization. In 1991, Vice President Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and presided over the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, who had been credibly accused of sexual harassment by a former colleague, Anita Hill. Vice President Biden’s mismanagement of the hearing resulted in a targeted and unfair character assassination of Anita Hill and remains a reminder of his complicity in the patriarchal and racist systems on which our American government is built. 

    Prior to her election, Vice President Harris was the first woman of color elected to represent California in the United States Senate. She sponsored legislation on climate and environmental protections, rental and housing protections, women’s health, and pandemic relief. She was also an original cosponsor of the progressive Green New Deal authored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey.  Before serving in the Senate, Vice President Harris had a long legal career in California, serving for 8 years in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before transitioning to a role as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. In 2003, she won her bid to become district attorney of the City and County of San Francisco, where she served two terms before being elected as the attorney general for the state of California in 2010. She was the first woman and the first person of color to hold this seat. Vice President Harris’s record was both progressive for the time and complicated by her moderate approach to policing and criminal justice. She has been criticized for failing to institute comprehensive police accountability measures, for not establishing meaningful prison reform, and for taking a hands-off approach to cases related to police misconduct. However, her lenient approach to policing was often punctuated by decidedly progressive support for social justice issues, including the establishment of an education and workforce reentry program designed to diminish recidivism. 

    Other background: President Biden is from Scranton, PA, and moved to Delaware with his family when he was 10 years old. He has been a resident of Wilmington, Delaware, for most of his adult life. Vice President Harris grew up in Berkeley, CA, and was a longtime resident of Los Angeles. She is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, who both emigrated to the Bay Area in the 1960s.

     

    The Race

    Primary election: Eight candidates are running in the March 5 Democratic primary, including incumbent President Joe Biden (D), Rep. Dean Phillips (D), and Marianne Williamson (D). The candidate who receives the most delegates in the national Democratic primary will formally become the party’s designated Presidential candidate in August 2024.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: President Biden’s campaign has raised $56 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Rep. Dean Phillips
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Rep. Phillips’s campaign has not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the FEC as of December 2023.

    Opposing candidate: Marianne Williamson
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Williamson’s campaign has raised $2.6 million as of December 2023, and is funded by corporate PAC interests. A significant amount of her campaign funding has been through candidate donations and loans taken out by the candidate.

     

    The Position

    The President of the United States is the head of the executive branch of the federal government, and the commander-in-chief for all branches of the armed forces. A president has the power to make diplomatic, executive, and judicial appointments, and can sign into law or veto legislation. Presidential administrations are responsible for both foreign and domestic policy priorities. Presidents are limited to serving two four-year terms in office.

     

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

    Re-elect President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to keep America on track. 

    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they will continue to govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse nation.

    Progressive endorsements: President Biden and Vice President Harris have the endorsement of some progressive groups, including the Sierra Club, Reproductive Freedom for All America, League of Conservation Voters, National Center for Transgender Equality, and Students Demand Action. They have also received the endorsement of a significant number of labor unions, including United Auto Workers, Actors’ Equity Association, AFL-CIO, IATSE, National Nurses United, and the American Federation of Teachers. President Biden and Vice President Harris also have the backing of the Democratic National Committee and a significant number of current and former Democratic officials, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Climate Envoy John Kerry, 14 current governors, 30 sitting U.S. senators, and over 70 members of the House of Representatives. This list includes California’s elected leaders Gov. Gavin Newsom, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Sen. Alex Padilla, Rep. Katie Porter, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and LA Mayor Karen Bass. 

    Priority policies: The Biden administration has had policy successes across a diversity of issue areas during their first term. Immediately after taking office during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden worked to move the American Rescue Plan through Congress and successfully passed legislation to provide stimulus checks, boosts to unemployment payments, and increased funds for education and small-business loans. The plan also ramped up the distribution and administration of vaccines. This legislative effort was followed by the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law that made a $1 billion investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, national road and bridge repair, clean drinking water modifications, and power grid updates. In addition to these investments, the administration passed President Biden’s signature Inflation Reduction Act, an expansive bill to provide needed funding to cap prescription drug costs for the elderly, increase corporate taxes, invest in clean energy and climate protections, reduce the federal deficit, and increase tax accountability by provided additional funding to the IRS. The White House has indicated that nearly 170,000 clean energy jobs have been created by this legislation, clean energy investments have increased by $110 billion, and insulin has been capped at $35 a month. After years of inaction from the federal government, President Biden signed a significant gun-safety bill into law, which strengthens background check laws, incentivizes state-based red flag laws, and expands limitations on the acquisition of firearms by perpetrators of domestic abuse. President Biden also signed the CHIPS Act into law to increase domestic production of the semiconductors used in the manufacturing of many of the products Americans use daily. 

    The Biden administration’s economic policies have contributed to the lowest unemployment rate in over 50 years, at 3.4% as of January 2024, economic growth of 3.1% in 2023, and an inflation rate that dropped below 3% at the end of December. The administration has led the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Accord, forgiven $136 billion in education debt, and provided consistent support to striking labor unions across the country. While many of these accomplishments came during the first two years of the administration, when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, President Biden and Vice President Harris have worked across the aisle to move impactful legislation forward for the American people with a divided Congress.

    While the administration’s legislative successes have been substantial, they have been subject to significant criticism from progressives during this first term. While President Biden has maintained strong support for Israel during the October 7 Hamas attacks and the Israeli government’s retaliatory attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, the electorate and congressional representatives have expressed concerns about the U.S. government providing continued funding to the Israeli military, and activists and leaders have called on the Biden administration to advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza. On immigration and the southern border, the federal government’s failure to act has effectively continued the anti-immigrant policies enacted under the Trump administration and caused big city mayors and Democratic governors to publicly request that the White House and Congress pass meaningful legislation to reform an increasingly overwhelmed asylum and immigration system. Under Republican control, Congress has not passed any immigration reforms, and Republican leaders have advocated for more punitive and inhumane immigration policies.  

    Governance and community leadership experience: President Biden and Vice President Harris have served in the White House since 2020, when they were elected on a joint ticket with 306 electoral votes and over 51% of the national popular vote. Their campaign won six critical swing states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona—to secure the electoral college victory.

    Prior to his election, President Biden had a long and prominent political career. He served two terms as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and was responsible for managing the 2009 economic recovery, helping to expand health care through the Affordable Care Act, and acting as the administration’s liaison to the Senate. Before joining the Obama administration, he spent 36 years representing Delaware in the Senate. He was often critiqued as being an unremarkable, status quo Democrat, and mid-career votes in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, anti-drug legislation, and the Iraq War reaffirm that characterization. In 1991, Vice President Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and presided over the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, who had been credibly accused of sexual harassment by a former colleague, Anita Hill. Vice President Biden’s mismanagement of the hearing resulted in a targeted and unfair character assassination of Anita Hill and remains a reminder of his complicity in the patriarchal and racist systems on which our American government is built. 

    Prior to her election, Vice President Harris was the first woman of color elected to represent California in the United States Senate. She sponsored legislation on climate and environmental protections, rental and housing protections, women’s health, and pandemic relief. She was also an original cosponsor of the progressive Green New Deal authored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey.  Before serving in the Senate, Vice President Harris had a long legal career in California, serving for 8 years in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before transitioning to a role as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. In 2003, she won her bid to become district attorney of the City and County of San Francisco, where she served two terms before being elected as the attorney general for the state of California in 2010. She was the first woman and the first person of color to hold this seat. Vice President Harris’s record was both progressive for the time and complicated by her moderate approach to policing and criminal justice. She has been criticized for failing to institute comprehensive police accountability measures, for not establishing meaningful prison reform, and for taking a hands-off approach to cases related to police misconduct. However, her lenient approach to policing was often punctuated by decidedly progressive support for social justice issues, including the establishment of an education and workforce reentry program designed to diminish recidivism. 

    Other background: President Biden is from Scranton, PA, and moved to Delaware with his family when he was 10 years old. He has been a resident of Wilmington, Delaware, for most of his adult life. Vice President Harris grew up in Berkeley, CA, and was a longtime resident of Los Angeles. She is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, who both emigrated to the Bay Area in the 1960s.

     

    The Race

    Primary election: Eight candidates are running in the March 5 Democratic primary, including incumbent President Joe Biden (D), Rep. Dean Phillips (D), and Marianne Williamson (D). The candidate who receives the most delegates in the national Democratic primary will formally become the party’s designated Presidential candidate in August 2024.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: President Biden’s campaign has raised $56 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Rep. Dean Phillips
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Rep. Phillips’s campaign has not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the FEC as of December 2023.

    Opposing candidate: Marianne Williamson
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Williamson’s campaign has raised $2.6 million as of December 2023, and is funded by corporate PAC interests. A significant amount of her campaign funding has been through candidate donations and loans taken out by the candidate.

     

    The Position

    The President of the United States is the head of the executive branch of the federal government, and the commander-in-chief for all branches of the armed forces. A president has the power to make diplomatic, executive, and judicial appointments, and can sign into law or veto legislation. Presidential administrations are responsible for both foreign and domestic policy priorities. Presidents are limited to serving two four-year terms in office.

     

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There are 22 candidates running for California’s open U.S. Senate seat. Based on our analysis, three qualified candidates for this position have a distinct vision for the state. We recommend that you choose the candidate who best aligns to your values in this race.

The Race

Primary election: In October 2022, Governor Newsom appointed labor leader, political advisor, and former Emily’s List President Laphonza Butler to serve the remainder of the six-year term of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who died September 2022 after serving in the U.S. Senate since 1992. There are 22 candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Rep. Barbara Lee (D), Rep. Katie Porter (D), and Rep. Adam Schiff (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

The Candidates

Key Initiatives: Representative Barbara Lee is a longtime Congresswoman and has been a consistent progressive voice in Congress. She has been a prolific author of legislation related to ending AIDS/HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, has moved efforts to reduce poverty forward, and was the only member of Congress to vote against the authorization for the use of military force after the attacks on September 11, 2001, a controversial position at the time. In recent legislative sessions, she has authored and sponsored legislation to curtail CEO overpay, improve research and public awareness of sickle cell disease, address the national backlog of unprocessed rape kits, and improve mental health resources for students. Prior to her election to the House of Representatives, Rep. Lee worked as a social worker and founded a mental-health service organization, Community Health Alliance for Neighborhood Growth and Education, to benefit her local East Bay community. She then spent eleven years working on the staff of Rep. Ron Dellums, eventually serving as his chief of staff. After her tenure in congressional staffing, she founded a facilities-management company. A few years later, in 1990, Rep. Lee launched a successful bid for a seat in the California Assembly, where she served for six years, before she was elected to the state Senate.

Representative Katie Porter is an attorney and public servant and has been a strong advocate for consumer protection, corporate accountability, and government transparency. She has gained notoriety for her meticulous and expert style of questioning in congressional hearings, and exercises this skill during Oversight and Reform Committee sessions. Her legislative successes include bills to lower prescription drug prices, increase the fee oil and gas companies pay to drill on public lands, lower the income threshold for out-of-pocket healthcare costs, and extend mental healthcare coverage. She has also recently supported efforts to ban members of Congress and their families from trading stocks. Prior to her election to Congress, Rep. Porter spent twenty years as a consumer-protection attorney. Ahead of the housing crisis in 2008, she issued early warnings of the financial system’s predatory lending, and has a strong track record of winning cases related to financial regulation. In 2012, then California Attorney General Kamala Harris appointed Rep. Porter to oversee banks as they returned over $18 billion to cheated homeowners in the state. 

Representative Adam Schiff is an attorney and public official and has been a consistent legislator on issues of government accountability, voting access, healthcare, and voting access. He rose to prominence as the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee who led the first impeachment inquiry of the Trump Administration. He has had legislative success on bills to increase pension payments for teachers, expand labor organizing protections, secure nearly $200 million in funding to address affordable housing development and homelessness in the state, create the patient bill of rights, and limit corporate spending to influence elections. He is also the lead author of legislation to end the NRA and the gun industry’s immunity from liability, which prevented victims and their families from seeking legal recourse. 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, but has cast unfavorable votes on issues pertaining to military spending and the use of military force, including a 2002 vote in favor of authorizing the use of military force against Iraq. 

Community Leadership Experience, Fundraising, and Endorsements: Rep. Lee has served in Congress since 1998, when she was elected with over 66% of the vote. In 2022, she won her reelection to CD-12 over a Republican challenger by 81 points. Her campaign has raised $3.3 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, or corporate PAC interests. Rep. Lee has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Working Families Party, Black Women Organized for Political Action PAC, Gen Z for Change, Feminist Majority PAC, Our Revolution, and Reproductive Freedom for All California (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice California). She has also received the endorsement of some community and elected leaders, including Dolores Huerta, State Attorney General Rob Bonta, State Controller Malia Cohen, California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, State Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed. 

Rep. Porter has served in Congress since 2018, when she was elected with over 52% of the vote. In 2022, she won her reelection against a Republican challenger by 3 points. Her campaign has raised $22 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, or real estate interests. Rep. Porter has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Labor Federation, National Union of Healthcare Workers, and Women in Leadership PAC. She has also received the endorsement of many elected leaders, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Attorney General Rob Bonta, Assm. Alex Lee, State Sen. Scott Wiener, Rep. Robert Garcia, and State Sen. Catherine Blakespear.

Rep. Schiff has served in Congress since 2000, when he was elected with over 52% of the vote. In 2022, he won his reelection against a Democratic challenger by 42 points. His campaign has raised $21 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, or fossil fuel interests. Rep. Schiff has the endorsement of some labor groups, including IATSE California Council, IAFF, and Amalgamated Transit Union. He has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Kamlager-Dove, State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, Assm. Tina McKinnor, Assm. Rick Chavez Zbur, and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.

Other background: Rep. Lee is from El Paso, TX, and moved to the San Fernando Valley when she was a child. She attended Mills College, where she served as president of the Black Student Union and invited Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm to speak on campus. Her interaction with Rep. Chisholm was an early inspiration for her pursuit of a career in public service. 

Rep. Porter is from Fort Dodge, IA, and now resides in Irvine, CA. Along with her legal practice, she is a longtime tenured professor of law at University of California-Irvine.

Rep. Schiff is from the Bay Area. He holds a law degree from Harvard University.

The District

State: California is the most populous state in the United States, and includes 58 counties and 39 million residents.

Voter registration: Of the 22 million registered voters in the state, 47% are Democrat, 24% are Republican, and 22% have no party preference. Democrats have held the Governor’s seat in the state since 2011.

District demographics: 40% Latino, 16% Asian, and 7% Black

Recent election results: California voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 29 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 18 points. Sen. Feinstein won her 2018 reelection against now-Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de León by 8 points. 

The Position

Members of the Senate represent and advocate for the needs of their state constituency and share legislative responsibility with the House of Representatives. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues of national importance. Senators have the exclusive responsibility of providing advice and consent to the executive branch on treaties, and on the nomination and approval of cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, and federal judges. The Senate also has the sole authority to bring and try an impeachment of a high official, up to and including removal from office with a two-thirds majority vote.

Each state, regardless of population, is represented by two senators. Senate elections are statewide, and senators are elected to serve a six-year term. There is no term limit for this position.

No Recommendation - U.S. Senate

There are 22 candidates running for California’s open U.S. Senate seat. Based on our analysis, three qualified candidates for this position have a distinct vision for the state. We recommend that you choose the candidate who best aligns to your values in this race.

The Race

Primary election: In October 2022, Governor Newsom appointed labor leader, political advisor, and former Emily’s List President Laphonza Butler to serve the remainder of the six-year term of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who died September 2022 after serving in the U.S. Senate since 1992. There are 22 candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Rep. Barbara Lee (D), Rep. Katie Porter (D), and Rep. Adam Schiff (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

The Candidates

Key Initiatives: Representative Barbara Lee is a longtime Congresswoman and has been a consistent progressive voice in Congress. She has been a prolific author of legislation related to ending AIDS/HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, has moved efforts to reduce poverty forward, and was the only member of Congress to vote against the authorization for the use of military force after the attacks on September 11, 2001, a controversial position at the time. In recent legislative sessions, she has authored and sponsored legislation to curtail CEO overpay, improve research and public awareness of sickle cell disease, address the national backlog of unprocessed rape kits, and improve mental health resources for students. Prior to her election to the House of Representatives, Rep. Lee worked as a social worker and founded a mental-health service organization, Community Health Alliance for Neighborhood Growth and Education, to benefit her local East Bay community. She then spent eleven years working on the staff of Rep. Ron Dellums, eventually serving as his chief of staff. After her tenure in congressional staffing, she founded a facilities-management company. A few years later, in 1990, Rep. Lee launched a successful bid for a seat in the California Assembly, where she served for six years, before she was elected to the state Senate.

Representative Katie Porter is an attorney and public servant and has been a strong advocate for consumer protection, corporate accountability, and government transparency. She has gained notoriety for her meticulous and expert style of questioning in congressional hearings, and exercises this skill during Oversight and Reform Committee sessions. Her legislative successes include bills to lower prescription drug prices, increase the fee oil and gas companies pay to drill on public lands, lower the income threshold for out-of-pocket healthcare costs, and extend mental healthcare coverage. She has also recently supported efforts to ban members of Congress and their families from trading stocks. Prior to her election to Congress, Rep. Porter spent twenty years as a consumer-protection attorney. Ahead of the housing crisis in 2008, she issued early warnings of the financial system’s predatory lending, and has a strong track record of winning cases related to financial regulation. In 2012, then California Attorney General Kamala Harris appointed Rep. Porter to oversee banks as they returned over $18 billion to cheated homeowners in the state. 

Representative Adam Schiff is an attorney and public official and has been a consistent legislator on issues of government accountability, voting access, healthcare, and voting access. He rose to prominence as the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee who led the first impeachment inquiry of the Trump Administration. He has had legislative success on bills to increase pension payments for teachers, expand labor organizing protections, secure nearly $200 million in funding to address affordable housing development and homelessness in the state, create the patient bill of rights, and limit corporate spending to influence elections. He is also the lead author of legislation to end the NRA and the gun industry’s immunity from liability, which prevented victims and their families from seeking legal recourse. 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, but has cast unfavorable votes on issues pertaining to military spending and the use of military force, including a 2002 vote in favor of authorizing the use of military force against Iraq. 

Community Leadership Experience, Fundraising, and Endorsements: Rep. Lee has served in Congress since 1998, when she was elected with over 66% of the vote. In 2022, she won her reelection to CD-12 over a Republican challenger by 81 points. Her campaign has raised $3.3 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, or corporate PAC interests. Rep. Lee has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Working Families Party, Black Women Organized for Political Action PAC, Gen Z for Change, Feminist Majority PAC, Our Revolution, and Reproductive Freedom for All California (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice California). She has also received the endorsement of some community and elected leaders, including Dolores Huerta, State Attorney General Rob Bonta, State Controller Malia Cohen, California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, State Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed. 

Rep. Porter has served in Congress since 2018, when she was elected with over 52% of the vote. In 2022, she won her reelection against a Republican challenger by 3 points. Her campaign has raised $22 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, or real estate interests. Rep. Porter has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Labor Federation, National Union of Healthcare Workers, and Women in Leadership PAC. She has also received the endorsement of many elected leaders, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Attorney General Rob Bonta, Assm. Alex Lee, State Sen. Scott Wiener, Rep. Robert Garcia, and State Sen. Catherine Blakespear.

Rep. Schiff has served in Congress since 2000, when he was elected with over 52% of the vote. In 2022, he won his reelection against a Democratic challenger by 42 points. His campaign has raised $21 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, or fossil fuel interests. Rep. Schiff has the endorsement of some labor groups, including IATSE California Council, IAFF, and Amalgamated Transit Union. He has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Kamlager-Dove, State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, Assm. Tina McKinnor, Assm. Rick Chavez Zbur, and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.

Other background: Rep. Lee is from El Paso, TX, and moved to the San Fernando Valley when she was a child. She attended Mills College, where she served as president of the Black Student Union and invited Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm to speak on campus. Her interaction with Rep. Chisholm was an early inspiration for her pursuit of a career in public service. 

Rep. Porter is from Fort Dodge, IA, and now resides in Irvine, CA. Along with her legal practice, she is a longtime tenured professor of law at University of California-Irvine.

Rep. Schiff is from the Bay Area. He holds a law degree from Harvard University.

The District

State: California is the most populous state in the United States, and includes 58 counties and 39 million residents.

Voter registration: Of the 22 million registered voters in the state, 47% are Democrat, 24% are Republican, and 22% have no party preference. Democrats have held the Governor’s seat in the state since 2011.

District demographics: 40% Latino, 16% Asian, and 7% Black

Recent election results: California voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 29 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 18 points. Sen. Feinstein won her 2018 reelection against now-Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de León by 8 points. 

The Position

Members of the Senate represent and advocate for the needs of their state constituency and share legislative responsibility with the House of Representatives. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues of national importance. Senators have the exclusive responsibility of providing advice and consent to the executive branch on treaties, and on the nomination and approval of cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, and federal judges. The Senate also has the sole authority to bring and try an impeachment of a high official, up to and including removal from office with a two-thirds majority vote.

Each state, regardless of population, is represented by two senators. Senate elections are statewide, and senators are elected to serve a six-year term. There is no term limit for this position.

No Recommendation

CD45 - No Recommendation

Based on our analysis, two of the Democratic candidates for this position have distinct visions for the district. The DCCC has designated this district as a priority flip in 2024, and we recommend that you choose the candidate who best aligns to your values in this race.

CD45 - No Recommendation

Based on our analysis, two of the Democratic candidates for this position have distinct visions for the district. The DCCC has designated this district as a priority flip in 2024, and we recommend that you choose the candidate who best aligns to your values in this race.

  • Sharon Quirk-Silva

    Re-elect Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva to keep AD-67 on the right track for progress. 

    Based on our analysis, Assm. Sharon Quirk-Silva’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a representative leader for the constituents of AD-67 and will govern effectively for this diverse district if she is subjected to increased community accountability.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Quirk-Silva has the endorsement of some groups, including Equality California, California Legislative Women’s Caucus, and Orange County Labor Federation. She has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta, State Sen. María Elena Durazo, and Assm. Isaac Bryan. However, she has also received the endorsement of problematic stakeholders, including Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, California Association of Highway Patrolmen, and Peace Officers Research Association of California.

    Top issues: Mental health, education, building and development, and tourism.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Quirk-Silva’s priorities for AD-67 have included 37 bills about building and development codes, improvement and standardization of mental health services, educational regulations, and services and parental rights for students with special needs. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law, one was vetoed, and most others remain in committee. She has sponsored and passed legislation to allow parents and guardians of students with special needs to record meetings with school staff, bolstering school aides for blind students, and increasing awareness of student mental health needs. She scores a Lifetime Courage Score of 41 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Quirk-Silva has supported few progressive bills that made it to a vote. This year, she failed to cast a vote on bills to prohibit the use of facial recognition software in police body cameras, strengthen the authority of the State Water Resources Control Board, restore personal visits to individuals who are incarcerated, and prohibit caste based discrimination. She is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral group that claims that their collaborative work allows them to take a more holistic approach to evaluating legislation. In reality, the Problem Solvers Caucus actively works with problematic industries against progressive policies.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Quirk-Silva currently sits on 4 committees, including the Housing and Community Development committee. She chairs the committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, and Tourism. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Quirk-Silva began her service in the Assembly in 2012, when she defeated a Republican incumbent with 52% of the vote. She lost her reelection bid in 2014, but returned to the Assembly in 2016. In 2020, she won her re-election against Republican challenger Cynthia Thacker by 16 points.

    Prior to her election to the Assembly, Assm. Quirk-Silva was a member of the Fullerton City Council and served two terms as mayor. Along with her public service, she had a 30-year career as a teacher, and has been a longtime supporter of education initiatives. She credits her time in the classroom as being the foundation of her collaborative approach to legislating, and her interest in listening to concerns and finding solutions. 

    Other background: Assm. Quirk-Silva is a lifelong resident of Fullerton. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including incumbent Assm. Sharon Quirk-Silva (D), Jacob Woo Ho Lee (NPP), and Beth Culver (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Quirk-Silva’s campaign has raised $547,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Neither of the challengers in this race have filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 67th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

    Voter registration: 44% Democrat, 26% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 30% Latino, 32% Asian, and 5% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-67 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 20 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 8 points.

    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 Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Sharon Quirk-Silva

    Re-elect Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva to keep AD-67 on the right track for progress. 

    Based on our analysis, Assm. Sharon Quirk-Silva’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a representative leader for the constituents of AD-67 and will govern effectively for this diverse district if she is subjected to increased community accountability.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Quirk-Silva has the endorsement of some groups, including Equality California, California Legislative Women’s Caucus, and Orange County Labor Federation. She has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta, State Sen. María Elena Durazo, and Assm. Isaac Bryan. However, she has also received the endorsement of problematic stakeholders, including Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, California Association of Highway Patrolmen, and Peace Officers Research Association of California.

    Top issues: Mental health, education, building and development, and tourism.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Quirk-Silva’s priorities for AD-67 have included 37 bills about building and development codes, improvement and standardization of mental health services, educational regulations, and services and parental rights for students with special needs. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law, one was vetoed, and most others remain in committee. She has sponsored and passed legislation to allow parents and guardians of students with special needs to record meetings with school staff, bolstering school aides for blind students, and increasing awareness of student mental health needs. She scores a Lifetime Courage Score of 41 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Quirk-Silva has supported few progressive bills that made it to a vote. This year, she failed to cast a vote on bills to prohibit the use of facial recognition software in police body cameras, strengthen the authority of the State Water Resources Control Board, restore personal visits to individuals who are incarcerated, and prohibit caste based discrimination. She is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral group that claims that their collaborative work allows them to take a more holistic approach to evaluating legislation. In reality, the Problem Solvers Caucus actively works with problematic industries against progressive policies.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Quirk-Silva currently sits on 4 committees, including the Housing and Community Development committee. She chairs the committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, and Tourism. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Quirk-Silva began her service in the Assembly in 2012, when she defeated a Republican incumbent with 52% of the vote. She lost her reelection bid in 2014, but returned to the Assembly in 2016. In 2020, she won her re-election against Republican challenger Cynthia Thacker by 16 points.

    Prior to her election to the Assembly, Assm. Quirk-Silva was a member of the Fullerton City Council and served two terms as mayor. Along with her public service, she had a 30-year career as a teacher, and has been a longtime supporter of education initiatives. She credits her time in the classroom as being the foundation of her collaborative approach to legislating, and her interest in listening to concerns and finding solutions. 

    Other background: Assm. Quirk-Silva is a lifelong resident of Fullerton. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including incumbent Assm. Sharon Quirk-Silva (D), Jacob Woo Ho Lee (NPP), and Beth Culver (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Quirk-Silva’s campaign has raised $547,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Neither of the challengers in this race have filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 67th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

    Voter registration: 44% Democrat, 26% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 30% Latino, 32% Asian, and 5% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-67 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 20 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 8 points.

    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 Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Sharon Quirk-Silva

    Re-elect Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva to keep AD-67 on the right track for progress. 

    Based on our analysis, Assm. Sharon Quirk-Silva’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a representative leader for the constituents of AD-67 and will govern effectively for this diverse district if she is subjected to increased community accountability.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Quirk-Silva has the endorsement of some groups, including Equality California, California Legislative Women’s Caucus, and Orange County Labor Federation. She has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta, State Sen. María Elena Durazo, and Assm. Isaac Bryan. However, she has also received the endorsement of problematic stakeholders, including Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, California Association of Highway Patrolmen, and Peace Officers Research Association of California.

    Top issues: Mental health, education, building and development, and tourism.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Quirk-Silva’s priorities for AD-67 have included 37 bills about building and development codes, improvement and standardization of mental health services, educational regulations, and services and parental rights for students with special needs. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law, one was vetoed, and most others remain in committee. She has sponsored and passed legislation to allow parents and guardians of students with special needs to record meetings with school staff, bolstering school aides for blind students, and increasing awareness of student mental health needs. She scores a Lifetime Courage Score of 41 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Quirk-Silva has supported few progressive bills that made it to a vote. This year, she failed to cast a vote on bills to prohibit the use of facial recognition software in police body cameras, strengthen the authority of the State Water Resources Control Board, restore personal visits to individuals who are incarcerated, and prohibit caste based discrimination. She is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral group that claims that their collaborative work allows them to take a more holistic approach to evaluating legislation. In reality, the Problem Solvers Caucus actively works with problematic industries against progressive policies.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Quirk-Silva currently sits on 4 committees, including the Housing and Community Development committee. She chairs the committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, and Tourism. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Quirk-Silva began her service in the Assembly in 2012, when she defeated a Republican incumbent with 52% of the vote. She lost her reelection bid in 2014, but returned to the Assembly in 2016. In 2020, she won her re-election against Republican challenger Cynthia Thacker by 16 points.

    Prior to her election to the Assembly, Assm. Quirk-Silva was a member of the Fullerton City Council and served two terms as mayor. Along with her public service, she had a 30-year career as a teacher, and has been a longtime supporter of education initiatives. She credits her time in the classroom as being the foundation of her collaborative approach to legislating, and her interest in listening to concerns and finding solutions. 

    Other background: Assm. Quirk-Silva is a lifelong resident of Fullerton. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including incumbent Assm. Sharon Quirk-Silva (D), Jacob Woo Ho Lee (NPP), and Beth Culver (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Quirk-Silva’s campaign has raised $547,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Neither of the challengers in this race have filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 67th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

    Voter registration: 44% Democrat, 26% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 30% Latino, 32% Asian, and 5% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-67 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 20 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 8 points.

    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 Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Sharon Quirk-Silva

    Re-elect Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva to keep AD-67 on the right track for progress. 

    Based on our analysis, Assm. Sharon Quirk-Silva’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a representative leader for the constituents of AD-67 and will govern effectively for this diverse district if she is subjected to increased community accountability.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Quirk-Silva has the endorsement of some groups, including Equality California, California Legislative Women’s Caucus, and Orange County Labor Federation. She has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta, State Sen. María Elena Durazo, and Assm. Isaac Bryan. However, she has also received the endorsement of problematic stakeholders, including Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, California Association of Highway Patrolmen, and Peace Officers Research Association of California.

    Top issues: Mental health, education, building and development, and tourism.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Quirk-Silva’s priorities for AD-67 have included 37 bills about building and development codes, improvement and standardization of mental health services, educational regulations, and services and parental rights for students with special needs. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law, one was vetoed, and most others remain in committee. She has sponsored and passed legislation to allow parents and guardians of students with special needs to record meetings with school staff, bolstering school aides for blind students, and increasing awareness of student mental health needs. She scores a Lifetime Courage Score of 41 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Quirk-Silva has supported few progressive bills that made it to a vote. This year, she failed to cast a vote on bills to prohibit the use of facial recognition software in police body cameras, strengthen the authority of the State Water Resources Control Board, restore personal visits to individuals who are incarcerated, and prohibit caste based discrimination. She is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral group that claims that their collaborative work allows them to take a more holistic approach to evaluating legislation. In reality, the Problem Solvers Caucus actively works with problematic industries against progressive policies.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Quirk-Silva currently sits on 4 committees, including the Housing and Community Development committee. She chairs the committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, and Tourism. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Quirk-Silva began her service in the Assembly in 2012, when she defeated a Republican incumbent with 52% of the vote. She lost her reelection bid in 2014, but returned to the Assembly in 2016. In 2020, she won her re-election against Republican challenger Cynthia Thacker by 16 points.

    Prior to her election to the Assembly, Assm. Quirk-Silva was a member of the Fullerton City Council and served two terms as mayor. Along with her public service, she had a 30-year career as a teacher, and has been a longtime supporter of education initiatives. She credits her time in the classroom as being the foundation of her collaborative approach to legislating, and her interest in listening to concerns and finding solutions. 

    Other background: Assm. Quirk-Silva is a lifelong resident of Fullerton. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including incumbent Assm. Sharon Quirk-Silva (D), Jacob Woo Ho Lee (NPP), and Beth Culver (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Quirk-Silva’s campaign has raised $547,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Neither of the challengers in this race have filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 67th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

    Voter registration: 44% Democrat, 26% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 30% Latino, 32% Asian, and 5% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-67 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 20 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 8 points.

    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 Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

Depending on where you live, you may have the below county-districted races on your ballot.

  • Farrah Khan

    Elect Farrah Khan to put Orange County on the right track for progress. 

    Farrah Khan’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive voice for the constituents of Orange County and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Khan has the endorsement of some local groups, including Planned Parenthood Community Action Fund of Orange & San Bernardino Counties, Orange County Labor Federation, the Democratic Party of Orange County, and the Irvine Democratic Club.

    Electoral history: Khan ran for Irvine City Council in 2016, but lost after only earning 11% of the vote. In 2018, she ran again for Irvine City Council and won her seat with nearly 16% of the vote. In 2020, she ran for Irvine mayor, and won the race with over 47% of the vote. She was reelected to the mayor’s office in 2022 with over 37% of the vote. 

    Top issues: Economic investment and development, homelessness and housing, mental health and substance abuse programs, expand health-care access, open-space protection, transportation equity, and public education.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Khan is the mayor of Irvine, which she does to bring focused leadership to improve the city’s growth and innovation. Since her election in 2018, she has made a measurable impact on a variety of local initiatives, including a ban on smoking in public places, partnering with Be Well OC to provide mental health resources, expanding transit development and bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and addressing zoning limitations to expand affordable housing development. She was also instrumental in guiding the city’s proactive response to COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout. Prior to her election to city government, Khan was a biotech professional, holding managerial positions at Northview Pacific Labs and Chiron Corporation before spending 10 years as the co-owner of Sequoia Foods LLC, a food manufacturing and packing plant. 

    Other background: Khan is from northern California, and has lived in Irvine for 20 years. She is the first woman of color and the first Muslim woman to serve as mayor of Irvine.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the nonpartisan March 5 primary, including Farrah Khan, and incumbent OC Supervisor Don Wagner. A candidate can win this race outright in the March 5 primary if they receive more than 50% of the vote.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Khan’s campaign has raised $49,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate: Sup. Don Wagner
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Sup. Wagner’s campaign has raised $185,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police and real estate interests.

    The District

    County: Orange County is California’s third most populous county. District 3 includes 630,000 people residing in the areas of Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Lake Forest, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park, Orange, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Yorba Linda, and some unincorporated areas.

    Governance structure: Orange County’s Board of Supervisors oversees the needs of 3.1 million people and manages an estimated budget of $9.3 billion annually. According to the County Charter, Orange County is governed by a five-person Board of Supervisors with the support of the county executive officer who acts as their agent.

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person Board of Supervisors. A Board of Supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by Boards of Supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Orange County Supervisors are ‎limited to 2 terms, or 8 years in office total. 

    Farrah Khan

    Elect Farrah Khan to put Orange County on the right track for progress. 

    Farrah Khan’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive voice for the constituents of Orange County and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Khan has the endorsement of some local groups, including Planned Parenthood Community Action Fund of Orange & San Bernardino Counties, Orange County Labor Federation, the Democratic Party of Orange County, and the Irvine Democratic Club.

    Electoral history: Khan ran for Irvine City Council in 2016, but lost after only earning 11% of the vote. In 2018, she ran again for Irvine City Council and won her seat with nearly 16% of the vote. In 2020, she ran for Irvine mayor, and won the race with over 47% of the vote. She was reelected to the mayor’s office in 2022 with over 37% of the vote. 

    Top issues: Economic investment and development, homelessness and housing, mental health and substance abuse programs, expand health-care access, open-space protection, transportation equity, and public education.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Khan is the mayor of Irvine, which she does to bring focused leadership to improve the city’s growth and innovation. Since her election in 2018, she has made a measurable impact on a variety of local initiatives, including a ban on smoking in public places, partnering with Be Well OC to provide mental health resources, expanding transit development and bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and addressing zoning limitations to expand affordable housing development. She was also instrumental in guiding the city’s proactive response to COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout. Prior to her election to city government, Khan was a biotech professional, holding managerial positions at Northview Pacific Labs and Chiron Corporation before spending 10 years as the co-owner of Sequoia Foods LLC, a food manufacturing and packing plant. 

    Other background: Khan is from northern California, and has lived in Irvine for 20 years. She is the first woman of color and the first Muslim woman to serve as mayor of Irvine.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the nonpartisan March 5 primary, including Farrah Khan, and incumbent OC Supervisor Don Wagner. A candidate can win this race outright in the March 5 primary if they receive more than 50% of the vote.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Khan’s campaign has raised $49,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate: Sup. Don Wagner
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Sup. Wagner’s campaign has raised $185,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police and real estate interests.

    The District

    County: Orange County is California’s third most populous county. District 3 includes 630,000 people residing in the areas of Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Lake Forest, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park, Orange, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Yorba Linda, and some unincorporated areas.

    Governance structure: Orange County’s Board of Supervisors oversees the needs of 3.1 million people and manages an estimated budget of $9.3 billion annually. According to the County Charter, Orange County is governed by a five-person Board of Supervisors with the support of the county executive officer who acts as their agent.

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person Board of Supervisors. A Board of Supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by Boards of Supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Orange County Supervisors are ‎limited to 2 terms, or 8 years in office total. 

    Farrah Khan

    Elect Farrah Khan to put Orange County on the right track for progress. 

    Farrah Khan’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive voice for the constituents of Orange County and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Khan has the endorsement of some local groups, including Planned Parenthood Community Action Fund of Orange & San Bernardino Counties, Orange County Labor Federation, the Democratic Party of Orange County, and the Irvine Democratic Club.

    Electoral history: Khan ran for Irvine City Council in 2016, but lost after only earning 11% of the vote. In 2018, she ran again for Irvine City Council and won her seat with nearly 16% of the vote. In 2020, she ran for Irvine mayor, and won the race with over 47% of the vote. She was reelected to the mayor’s office in 2022 with over 37% of the vote. 

    Top issues: Economic investment and development, homelessness and housing, mental health and substance abuse programs, expand health-care access, open-space protection, transportation equity, and public education.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Khan is the mayor of Irvine, which she does to bring focused leadership to improve the city’s growth and innovation. Since her election in 2018, she has made a measurable impact on a variety of local initiatives, including a ban on smoking in public places, partnering with Be Well OC to provide mental health resources, expanding transit development and bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and addressing zoning limitations to expand affordable housing development. She was also instrumental in guiding the city’s proactive response to COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout. Prior to her election to city government, Khan was a biotech professional, holding managerial positions at Northview Pacific Labs and Chiron Corporation before spending 10 years as the co-owner of Sequoia Foods LLC, a food manufacturing and packing plant. 

    Other background: Khan is from northern California, and has lived in Irvine for 20 years. She is the first woman of color and the first Muslim woman to serve as mayor of Irvine.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the nonpartisan March 5 primary, including Farrah Khan, and incumbent OC Supervisor Don Wagner. A candidate can win this race outright in the March 5 primary if they receive more than 50% of the vote.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Khan’s campaign has raised $49,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate: Sup. Don Wagner
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Sup. Wagner’s campaign has raised $185,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police and real estate interests.

    The District

    County: Orange County is California’s third most populous county. District 3 includes 630,000 people residing in the areas of Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Lake Forest, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park, Orange, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Yorba Linda, and some unincorporated areas.

    Governance structure: Orange County’s Board of Supervisors oversees the needs of 3.1 million people and manages an estimated budget of $9.3 billion annually. According to the County Charter, Orange County is governed by a five-person Board of Supervisors with the support of the county executive officer who acts as their agent.

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person Board of Supervisors. A Board of Supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by Boards of Supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Orange County Supervisors are ‎limited to 2 terms, or 8 years in office total. 

    Farrah Khan

    Elect Farrah Khan to put Orange County on the right track for progress. 

    Farrah Khan’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive voice for the constituents of Orange County and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Khan has the endorsement of some local groups, including Planned Parenthood Community Action Fund of Orange & San Bernardino Counties, Orange County Labor Federation, the Democratic Party of Orange County, and the Irvine Democratic Club.

    Electoral history: Khan ran for Irvine City Council in 2016, but lost after only earning 11% of the vote. In 2018, she ran again for Irvine City Council and won her seat with nearly 16% of the vote. In 2020, she ran for Irvine mayor, and won the race with over 47% of the vote. She was reelected to the mayor’s office in 2022 with over 37% of the vote. 

    Top issues: Economic investment and development, homelessness and housing, mental health and substance abuse programs, expand health-care access, open-space protection, transportation equity, and public education.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Khan is the mayor of Irvine, which she does to bring focused leadership to improve the city’s growth and innovation. Since her election in 2018, she has made a measurable impact on a variety of local initiatives, including a ban on smoking in public places, partnering with Be Well OC to provide mental health resources, expanding transit development and bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and addressing zoning limitations to expand affordable housing development. She was also instrumental in guiding the city’s proactive response to COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout. Prior to her election to city government, Khan was a biotech professional, holding managerial positions at Northview Pacific Labs and Chiron Corporation before spending 10 years as the co-owner of Sequoia Foods LLC, a food manufacturing and packing plant. 

    Other background: Khan is from northern California, and has lived in Irvine for 20 years. She is the first woman of color and the first Muslim woman to serve as mayor of Irvine.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the nonpartisan March 5 primary, including Farrah Khan, and incumbent OC Supervisor Don Wagner. A candidate can win this race outright in the March 5 primary if they receive more than 50% of the vote.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Khan’s campaign has raised $49,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate: Sup. Don Wagner
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Sup. Wagner’s campaign has raised $185,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police and real estate interests.

    The District

    County: Orange County is California’s third most populous county. District 3 includes 630,000 people residing in the areas of Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Lake Forest, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park, Orange, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Yorba Linda, and some unincorporated areas.

    Governance structure: Orange County’s Board of Supervisors oversees the needs of 3.1 million people and manages an estimated budget of $9.3 billion annually. According to the County Charter, Orange County is governed by a five-person Board of Supervisors with the support of the county executive officer who acts as their agent.

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person Board of Supervisors. A Board of Supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by Boards of Supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Orange County Supervisors are ‎limited to 2 terms, or 8 years in office total. 

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    Vote on Proposition 1

  • Proposition 1 will establish a $6.4 billion bond to fund an increase in the number of treatment beds and housing units the state provides to individuals struggling with mental health and addiction, and to direct counties to reallocate their Mental Health Services Act funding to address the local housing shortage.



    In an effort to address an ongoing housing shortage and addiction crisis in the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two bills—SB326 and AB531—to send a $6.4 billion bond measure to voters in March. This bond would be used to increase capacity in health care and housing across the state by adding 6,800 behavioral health treatment beds, building 4,300 housing units, and creating 26,000 outpatient treatment slots for Californians. Proposition 1 would also require each county to redirect 30% of its Mental Health Services Act funding to housing, including creating new real estate development, and the provision of rental subsidies. Mental Health Services Act funds are raised through a tax on millionaires in the state, and the reallocated portion is expected to total $1 billion annually across the state. Overall, Proposition 1 aims to reduce homelessness and tent encampments, and provide support to individuals who do not have the resources to address behavioral health challenges. 

    Top support for Proposition 1:


    - The legislation that sent Proposition 1 to voters received overwhelming support from the state legislature. SB326 received a unanimous floor vote in the Senate, and earned 68 floor votes in the Assembly. AB531 received 35 floor votes in the Senate, and 66 floor votes in the Assembly. 
    - YES ON 1 has received over $10.7 million in donations, primarily through Yes on Prop 1—Governor Newsom’s Ballot Measure Committee. The committee has received donations from police, fossil fuel, real estate, and corporate PAC interests, including from California Correctional Peace Officers Association Truth in American Government Fund, AirBnB, Google, and PG&E. 
    - Gov. Gavin Newsom has enthusiastically supported Proposition 1, arguing that the establishment of more treatment options and housing units has the potential to have a significant impact on marginalized populations within the state over time, and is a humane approach to this ongoing public health crisis. 

    Top opposition to Proposition 1:


    - Groups like Disability Rights California and the League of Women Voters California are concerned that this policy could be interpreted to permit involuntary treatment of mental health and addiction patients in locked facilities. They argue that this aspect of the bill is regressive and is the result of hasty passage, a lack of meaningful legislative debate, and limited input from community groups. Republican activist Carl DeMaio, his conservative PAC Reform California, and the anti-tax Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association are also opposing Proposition 1.
    - Some housing and homeless advocates have criticized Proposition 1’s narrow projected impact on a statewide homeless population that is estimated to include 180,000 people. With over half of the proposed new housing units earmarked for veterans, the number of homeless civilians who will benefit from this program is statistically insignificant.
    - Proposition 1 has raised concerns among opponents—including several counties and county leaders—around its mandate that 30% of county Mental Health Services Act funding be allocated to address local housing shortages. Stripping funding out of this budget line to fund housing programs will disrupt existing and effective county mental health programs, many of which are tailored to serve marginalized local populations, including Indigenous communities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people of color. 

    Proposition 1 will establish a $6.4 billion bond to fund an increase in the number of treatment beds and housing units the state provides to individuals struggling with mental health and addiction, and to direct counties to reallocate their Mental Health Services Act funding to address the local housing shortage.



    In an effort to address an ongoing housing shortage and addiction crisis in the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two bills—SB326 and AB531—to send a $6.4 billion bond measure to voters in March. This bond would be used to increase capacity in health care and housing across the state by adding 6,800 behavioral health treatment beds, building 4,300 housing units, and creating 26,000 outpatient treatment slots for Californians. Proposition 1 would also require each county to redirect 30% of its Mental Health Services Act funding to housing, including creating new real estate development, and the provision of rental subsidies. Mental Health Services Act funds are raised through a tax on millionaires in the state, and the reallocated portion is expected to total $1 billion annually across the state. Overall, Proposition 1 aims to reduce homelessness and tent encampments, and provide support to individuals who do not have the resources to address behavioral health challenges. 

    Top support for Proposition 1:


    - The legislation that sent Proposition 1 to voters received overwhelming support from the state legislature. SB326 received a unanimous floor vote in the Senate, and earned 68 floor votes in the Assembly. AB531 received 35 floor votes in the Senate, and 66 floor votes in the Assembly. 
    - YES ON 1 has received over $10.7 million in donations, primarily through Yes on Prop 1—Governor Newsom’s Ballot Measure Committee. The committee has received donations from police, fossil fuel, real estate, and corporate PAC interests, including from California Correctional Peace Officers Association Truth in American Government Fund, AirBnB, Google, and PG&E. 
    - Gov. Gavin Newsom has enthusiastically supported Proposition 1, arguing that the establishment of more treatment options and housing units has the potential to have a significant impact on marginalized populations within the state over time, and is a humane approach to this ongoing public health crisis. 

    Top opposition to Proposition 1:


    - Groups like Disability Rights California and the League of Women Voters California are concerned that this policy could be interpreted to permit involuntary treatment of mental health and addiction patients in locked facilities. They argue that this aspect of the bill is regressive and is the result of hasty passage, a lack of meaningful legislative debate, and limited input from community groups. Republican activist Carl DeMaio, his conservative PAC Reform California, and the anti-tax Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association are also opposing Proposition 1.
    - Some housing and homeless advocates have criticized Proposition 1’s narrow projected impact on a statewide homeless population that is estimated to include 180,000 people. With over half of the proposed new housing units earmarked for veterans, the number of homeless civilians who will benefit from this program is statistically insignificant.
    - Proposition 1 has raised concerns among opponents—including several counties and county leaders—around its mandate that 30% of county Mental Health Services Act funding be allocated to address local housing shortages. Stripping funding out of this budget line to fund housing programs will disrupt existing and effective county mental health programs, many of which are tailored to serve marginalized local populations, including Indigenous communities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people of color. 

    Proposition 1

    Proposition 1 will establish a $6.4 billion bond to fund an increase in the number of treatment beds and housing units the state provides to individuals struggling with mental health and addiction, and to direct counties to reallocate their Mental Health Services Act funding to address t

    Proposition 1

    Proposition 1 will establish a $6.4 billion bond to fund an increase in the number of treatment beds and housing units the state provides to individuals struggling with mental health and addiction, and to direct counties to reallocate their Mental Health Services Act funding to address t