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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.

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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.

Congress

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

  • Mike Levin

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Mike Levin to keep CD-49 on the right track for progress. 

    Mike Levin

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Mike Levin to keep CD-49 on the right track for progress. 

    Mike Levin

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Mike Levin to keep CD-49 on the right track for progress. 

    Mike Levin

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Mike Levin to keep CD-49 on the right track for progress. 

  • Scott Peters

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Scott Peters to keep CD-50 on the right track for progress. 

    Scott Peters

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Scott Peters to keep CD-50 on the right track for progress. 

    Scott Peters

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Scott Peters to keep CD-50 on the right track for progress. 

    Scott Peters

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Scott Peters to keep CD-50 on the right track for progress. 

  • Sara Jacobs

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Sara Jacobs to keep CD-51 on the right track for progress. 

    Sara Jacobs

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Sara Jacobs to keep CD-51 on the right track for progress. 

    Sara Jacobs

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Sara Jacobs to keep CD-51 on the right track for progress. 

    Sara Jacobs

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Sara Jacobs to keep CD-51 on the right track for progress. 

  • Juan Vargas

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Juan Vargas to keep CD-52 on the right track for progress. 

    Juan Vargas

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Juan Vargas to keep CD-52 on the right track for progress. 

    Juan Vargas

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Juan Vargas to keep CD-52 on the right track for progress. 

    Juan Vargas

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Juan Vargas to keep CD-52 on the right track for progress. 

State Assembly

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Assembly races on your ballot.

  • Chris Duncan

    Elect Chris Duncan to put AD-74 on the right track for progress. 

    Chris Duncan’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-74 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Duncan has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including SEIU California, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, and California Teachers Association. He has also received the endorsement of some elected leaders, including Speaker Robert Rivas, State Sen. Josh Becker, Assm. Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen, and many local council members.

    Electoral history: Duncan was elected to the San Clemente City Council in 2020 after earning 19% of the vote. This is his third run for State Assembly. In 2020, he failed to advance out of the primary after earning only 18% of the vote. In 2022, he lost in the general election to incumbent Assm. Laurie Davies by 5 points. 

    Top issues: Growth of the middle class, public safety, and government transparency.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Duncan is a local public official and an attorney, which he does to support  a stronger focus on building the middle class and eliminating government corruption that weakens communities. He was inspired to this work after 9/11, and spent over 15 years as a prosecutor for the Department of Homeland Security where he worked on corruption, immigration, and terrorism cases. He was elected to the San Clemente City Council in 2020, and currently serves as mayor. During his time on the council, Duncan has supported initiatives to protect the coastline, North Beach revitalization, and address homelessness. 

    Other background: Duncan is a third-generation Californian. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Chris Duncan (D), and incumbent Assm. Laurie Davies (R). The two candidates will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Duncan’s campaign has raised $352,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Assm. Laurie Davies
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Assm. Davies’s campaign has raised $494,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and real estate interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 74th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego and Orange Counties.

    Voter registration: 35% Democrat, 34% Republican, and 22% No Party Preference. Partisan control of this district has changed several times over the last 10 years. 

    District demographics: 24% Latino, 7% Asian, and 4% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-74 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 6 points and Brian Dahle for governor in 2022 by 4 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.

    Chris Duncan

    Elect Chris Duncan to put AD-74 on the right track for progress. 

    Chris Duncan’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-74 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Duncan has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including SEIU California, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, and California Teachers Association. He has also received the endorsement of some elected leaders, including Speaker Robert Rivas, State Sen. Josh Becker, Assm. Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen, and many local council members.

    Electoral history: Duncan was elected to the San Clemente City Council in 2020 after earning 19% of the vote. This is his third run for State Assembly. In 2020, he failed to advance out of the primary after earning only 18% of the vote. In 2022, he lost in the general election to incumbent Assm. Laurie Davies by 5 points. 

    Top issues: Growth of the middle class, public safety, and government transparency.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Duncan is a local public official and an attorney, which he does to support  a stronger focus on building the middle class and eliminating government corruption that weakens communities. He was inspired to this work after 9/11, and spent over 15 years as a prosecutor for the Department of Homeland Security where he worked on corruption, immigration, and terrorism cases. He was elected to the San Clemente City Council in 2020, and currently serves as mayor. During his time on the council, Duncan has supported initiatives to protect the coastline, North Beach revitalization, and address homelessness. 

    Other background: Duncan is a third-generation Californian. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Chris Duncan (D), and incumbent Assm. Laurie Davies (R). The two candidates will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Duncan’s campaign has raised $352,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Assm. Laurie Davies
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Assm. Davies’s campaign has raised $494,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and real estate interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 74th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego and Orange Counties.

    Voter registration: 35% Democrat, 34% Republican, and 22% No Party Preference. Partisan control of this district has changed several times over the last 10 years. 

    District demographics: 24% Latino, 7% Asian, and 4% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-74 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 6 points and Brian Dahle for governor in 2022 by 4 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.

    Chris Duncan

    Elect Chris Duncan to put AD-74 on the right track for progress. 

    Chris Duncan’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-74 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Duncan has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including SEIU California, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, and California Teachers Association. He has also received the endorsement of some elected leaders, including Speaker Robert Rivas, State Sen. Josh Becker, Assm. Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen, and many local council members.

    Electoral history: Duncan was elected to the San Clemente City Council in 2020 after earning 19% of the vote. This is his third run for State Assembly. In 2020, he failed to advance out of the primary after earning only 18% of the vote. In 2022, he lost in the general election to incumbent Assm. Laurie Davies by 5 points. 

    Top issues: Growth of the middle class, public safety, and government transparency.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Duncan is a local public official and an attorney, which he does to support  a stronger focus on building the middle class and eliminating government corruption that weakens communities. He was inspired to this work after 9/11, and spent over 15 years as a prosecutor for the Department of Homeland Security where he worked on corruption, immigration, and terrorism cases. He was elected to the San Clemente City Council in 2020, and currently serves as mayor. During his time on the council, Duncan has supported initiatives to protect the coastline, North Beach revitalization, and address homelessness. 

    Other background: Duncan is a third-generation Californian. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Chris Duncan (D), and incumbent Assm. Laurie Davies (R). The two candidates will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Duncan’s campaign has raised $352,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Assm. Laurie Davies
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Assm. Davies’s campaign has raised $494,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and real estate interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 74th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego and Orange Counties.

    Voter registration: 35% Democrat, 34% Republican, and 22% No Party Preference. Partisan control of this district has changed several times over the last 10 years. 

    District demographics: 24% Latino, 7% Asian, and 4% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-74 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 6 points and Brian Dahle for governor in 2022 by 4 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.

    Chris Duncan

    Elect Chris Duncan to put AD-74 on the right track for progress. 

    Chris Duncan’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-74 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Duncan has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including SEIU California, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, and California Teachers Association. He has also received the endorsement of some elected leaders, including Speaker Robert Rivas, State Sen. Josh Becker, Assm. Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen, and many local council members.

    Electoral history: Duncan was elected to the San Clemente City Council in 2020 after earning 19% of the vote. This is his third run for State Assembly. In 2020, he failed to advance out of the primary after earning only 18% of the vote. In 2022, he lost in the general election to incumbent Assm. Laurie Davies by 5 points. 

    Top issues: Growth of the middle class, public safety, and government transparency.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Duncan is a local public official and an attorney, which he does to support  a stronger focus on building the middle class and eliminating government corruption that weakens communities. He was inspired to this work after 9/11, and spent over 15 years as a prosecutor for the Department of Homeland Security where he worked on corruption, immigration, and terrorism cases. He was elected to the San Clemente City Council in 2020, and currently serves as mayor. During his time on the council, Duncan has supported initiatives to protect the coastline, North Beach revitalization, and address homelessness. 

    Other background: Duncan is a third-generation Californian. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Chris Duncan (D), and incumbent Assm. Laurie Davies (R). The two candidates will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Duncan’s campaign has raised $352,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Assm. Laurie Davies
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Assm. Davies’s campaign has raised $494,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and real estate interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 74th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego and Orange Counties.

    Voter registration: 35% Democrat, 34% Republican, and 22% No Party Preference. Partisan control of this district has changed several times over the last 10 years. 

    District demographics: 24% Latino, 7% Asian, and 4% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-74 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 6 points and Brian Dahle for governor in 2022 by 4 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.

  • Kevin Juza

    Elect Kevin Juza to put AD-75 on the right track for progress. 

    Kevin Juza’s policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-75 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Juza has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Labor Federation, and San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council. He has also received the endorsement of some elected leaders, including San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, and Assm. Chris Ward.

    Electoral history: Juza ran for a seat on the Poway Unified Board of Education in 2018, but lost in the general election after earning just 34% of the vote. In 2022, he ran for a seat on the Poway City Council, but came in second with 32% of the vote.

    Top issues: Economic and job growth, affordable childcare, improving public education, climate justice, affordable housing development, and public transportation infrastructure

    Governance and community leadership experience: Juza is a sales consultant, which he does to support business development. He has been an active community member during his time in Poway and greater San Diego County, including serving on the Rancho Bernardo Community Planning Group. Juza has had a strong interest in education since he was an undergrad, where he nearly earned a second bachelor’s degree in education. He has served on the District Advisory Council for Poway Unified School District, and on three additional organization boards in the district.

    Other background: Juza is from the Midwest, and is a longtime resident of Poway.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are six candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Kevin Juza (D), Carl DeMaio (R), Christie Dougherty (D), Jack Fernandes (R), Joy Frew (D), and Andrew Hayes (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Juza’s campaign has raised $6,500 as of December 2023, and is primarily self-funded.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Carl DeMaio
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: DeMaio’s campaign has raised $252,000 as of December 2023, and is primarily funded by individual donors.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Jack Fernandes
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Fernandes’s campaign has raised $150,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by real estate and corporate PAC interests.

    Opposing candidate: Democrat Joy Frew
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Frew’s campaign has raised $8,000 as of December 2023, and is entirely self-funded.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Andrew Hayes
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Hayes’s campaign has raised $452,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and real estate interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 75th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 30% Democrat, 41% Republican, and 22% No Party Preference. Republicans typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 17% Latino, 7% Asian, and 3% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-75 voted for Donald Trump for president in 2020 by 12 points and Brian Dahle for governor in 2022 by 22 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.

    Kevin Juza

    Elect Kevin Juza to put AD-75 on the right track for progress. 

    Kevin Juza’s policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-75 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Juza has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Labor Federation, and San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council. He has also received the endorsement of some elected leaders, including San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, and Assm. Chris Ward.

    Electoral history: Juza ran for a seat on the Poway Unified Board of Education in 2018, but lost in the general election after earning just 34% of the vote. In 2022, he ran for a seat on the Poway City Council, but came in second with 32% of the vote.

    Top issues: Economic and job growth, affordable childcare, improving public education, climate justice, affordable housing development, and public transportation infrastructure

    Governance and community leadership experience: Juza is a sales consultant, which he does to support business development. He has been an active community member during his time in Poway and greater San Diego County, including serving on the Rancho Bernardo Community Planning Group. Juza has had a strong interest in education since he was an undergrad, where he nearly earned a second bachelor’s degree in education. He has served on the District Advisory Council for Poway Unified School District, and on three additional organization boards in the district.

    Other background: Juza is from the Midwest, and is a longtime resident of Poway.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are six candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Kevin Juza (D), Carl DeMaio (R), Christie Dougherty (D), Jack Fernandes (R), Joy Frew (D), and Andrew Hayes (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Juza’s campaign has raised $6,500 as of December 2023, and is primarily self-funded.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Carl DeMaio
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: DeMaio’s campaign has raised $252,000 as of December 2023, and is primarily funded by individual donors.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Jack Fernandes
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Fernandes’s campaign has raised $150,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by real estate and corporate PAC interests.

    Opposing candidate: Democrat Joy Frew
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Frew’s campaign has raised $8,000 as of December 2023, and is entirely self-funded.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Andrew Hayes
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Hayes’s campaign has raised $452,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and real estate interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 75th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 30% Democrat, 41% Republican, and 22% No Party Preference. Republicans typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 17% Latino, 7% Asian, and 3% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-75 voted for Donald Trump for president in 2020 by 12 points and Brian Dahle for governor in 2022 by 22 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.

    Kevin Juza

    Elect Kevin Juza to put AD-75 on the right track for progress. 

    Kevin Juza’s policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-75 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Juza has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Labor Federation, and San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council. He has also received the endorsement of some elected leaders, including San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, and Assm. Chris Ward.

    Electoral history: Juza ran for a seat on the Poway Unified Board of Education in 2018, but lost in the general election after earning just 34% of the vote. In 2022, he ran for a seat on the Poway City Council, but came in second with 32% of the vote.

    Top issues: Economic and job growth, affordable childcare, improving public education, climate justice, affordable housing development, and public transportation infrastructure

    Governance and community leadership experience: Juza is a sales consultant, which he does to support business development. He has been an active community member during his time in Poway and greater San Diego County, including serving on the Rancho Bernardo Community Planning Group. Juza has had a strong interest in education since he was an undergrad, where he nearly earned a second bachelor’s degree in education. He has served on the District Advisory Council for Poway Unified School District, and on three additional organization boards in the district.

    Other background: Juza is from the Midwest, and is a longtime resident of Poway.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are six candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Kevin Juza (D), Carl DeMaio (R), Christie Dougherty (D), Jack Fernandes (R), Joy Frew (D), and Andrew Hayes (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Juza’s campaign has raised $6,500 as of December 2023, and is primarily self-funded.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Carl DeMaio
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: DeMaio’s campaign has raised $252,000 as of December 2023, and is primarily funded by individual donors.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Jack Fernandes
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Fernandes’s campaign has raised $150,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by real estate and corporate PAC interests.

    Opposing candidate: Democrat Joy Frew
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Frew’s campaign has raised $8,000 as of December 2023, and is entirely self-funded.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Andrew Hayes
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Hayes’s campaign has raised $452,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and real estate interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 75th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 30% Democrat, 41% Republican, and 22% No Party Preference. Republicans typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 17% Latino, 7% Asian, and 3% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-75 voted for Donald Trump for president in 2020 by 12 points and Brian Dahle for governor in 2022 by 22 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.

    Kevin Juza

    Elect Kevin Juza to put AD-75 on the right track for progress. 

    Kevin Juza’s policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-75 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Juza has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Labor Federation, and San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council. He has also received the endorsement of some elected leaders, including San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, and Assm. Chris Ward.

    Electoral history: Juza ran for a seat on the Poway Unified Board of Education in 2018, but lost in the general election after earning just 34% of the vote. In 2022, he ran for a seat on the Poway City Council, but came in second with 32% of the vote.

    Top issues: Economic and job growth, affordable childcare, improving public education, climate justice, affordable housing development, and public transportation infrastructure

    Governance and community leadership experience: Juza is a sales consultant, which he does to support business development. He has been an active community member during his time in Poway and greater San Diego County, including serving on the Rancho Bernardo Community Planning Group. Juza has had a strong interest in education since he was an undergrad, where he nearly earned a second bachelor’s degree in education. He has served on the District Advisory Council for Poway Unified School District, and on three additional organization boards in the district.

    Other background: Juza is from the Midwest, and is a longtime resident of Poway.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are six candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Kevin Juza (D), Carl DeMaio (R), Christie Dougherty (D), Jack Fernandes (R), Joy Frew (D), and Andrew Hayes (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Juza’s campaign has raised $6,500 as of December 2023, and is primarily self-funded.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Carl DeMaio
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: DeMaio’s campaign has raised $252,000 as of December 2023, and is primarily funded by individual donors.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Jack Fernandes
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Fernandes’s campaign has raised $150,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by real estate and corporate PAC interests.

    Opposing candidate: Democrat Joy Frew
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Frew’s campaign has raised $8,000 as of December 2023, and is entirely self-funded.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Andrew Hayes
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Hayes’s campaign has raised $452,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and real estate interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 75th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 30% Democrat, 41% Republican, and 22% No Party Preference. Republicans typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 17% Latino, 7% Asian, and 3% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-75 voted for Donald Trump for president in 2020 by 12 points and Brian Dahle for governor in 2022 by 22 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.

No Recommendation

AD76 - No Recommendation

Based on our analysis, 2 candidates for this position have distinct visions for the district. We recommend that you choose the candidate who best aligns to your values in this race.

Endorsements: Joseph Rocha has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, Reproductive Freedom for All, Safer CA, and Housing Action Coalition, as well as labor unions like SEIU, United Auto Workers Western States, Unite Here, United Food and Commercial Workers, and California Labor Federation. He has also been endorsed by elected officials and local leaders like Dolores Huerta, Nancy Pelosi, State Senators Caroline Menjivar, Susan Eggman, and Lena Gonzalez, and Assemblymembers Tina McKinnor and Eloise Gomez Reyes.

Darshana Patel has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, Reproductive Freedom for All California, Evolve California, and the Sierra Club, as well as labor unions like California Federation of Teachers, Laborers’ International Union of North America, and California Faculty Association. She has also been endorsed by elected officials like Congressmembers Katie Porter and Ro Khanna, State Treasurer Fiona Ma, and State Senators Josh Becker and Dave Min. 

Key initiatives: Joseph Rocha is a Navy veteran and former judge advocate. After serving in the Persian Gulf as a bomb-dog handler, he was dishonorably discharged under “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Rocha became a strong proponent of the repeal while working to complete his undergraduate and law degrees, and spent time as a congressional intern during his time away from the military. After the archaic policy was repealed in 2011, Rocha rejoined the Marine Corps and served as a judge advocate until his retirement in 2021. In his youth, Rocha experienced economic insecurity and family addiction. After coming out as gay at 17, he experienced homelessness before pursuing his military career. He has made housing solutions and support for working families cornerstones of his platform.

Darshana Patel is an elected school board trustee and research scientist, which she does because she believes more needs to be done for those facing severe medical conditions, especially after losing her mother at a young age. As a Poway Unified School District Trustee, she helped restore the district to financial solvency and offered leadership to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patel is heavily involved in education at both the local and state levels: she is president of the San Diego County School Boards Association, and also serves on the Legislative Committee of the California School Boards Association.

Governance and community leadership experience: Rocha ran for state Senate in District 40, and lost to incumbent Republican Brian Jones by 6 points.

Patel serves on the Poway Unified School District Board of Education. She was elected to the Board in 2016, finishing as the top vote-getter in a field of 9. She won reelection in 2020 by 22 points.

Other background: Joseph Rocha is from Riverside. He lives in Escondido.

Darshana Patel is from California. She lives in San Diego.

The Race

Primary election: There are 3 candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Joseph Rocha (D), Kristie Bruce-Lane (R), and Darshana Patel (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

Candidate fundraising and pledges: Rocha’s campaign has raised $260,668 and is not funded by corporate PACs, the fossil fuel industry, the real estate industry, or the police.

Candidate fundraising and pledges: Patel’s campaign has raised $200,501 and is not funded by the fossil fuel industry or the police. She has accepted donations from corporate PACs and the real estate industry.

Opposing candidate: Republican Kristie Bruce-Lane
Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Bruce-Lane’s campaign has raised $250,698 and is funded by the real estate industry, the fossil fuel industry, and corporate PACs.

The District

Counties in district: California’s 76th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

Voter registration: 38% Democrat, 30% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

District demographics: 22% Latino, 15% Asian, and 3% Black. 

Recent election results: AD-76 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 16 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 3 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.

AD76 - No Recommendation

Based on our analysis, 2 candidates for this position have distinct visions for the district. We recommend that you choose the candidate who best aligns to your values in this race.

Endorsements: Joseph Rocha has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, Reproductive Freedom for All, Safer CA, and Housing Action Coalition, as well as labor unions like SEIU, United Auto Workers Western States, Unite Here, United Food and Commercial Workers, and California Labor Federation. He has also been endorsed by elected officials and local leaders like Dolores Huerta, Nancy Pelosi, State Senators Caroline Menjivar, Susan Eggman, and Lena Gonzalez, and Assemblymembers Tina McKinnor and Eloise Gomez Reyes.

Darshana Patel has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, Reproductive Freedom for All California, Evolve California, and the Sierra Club, as well as labor unions like California Federation of Teachers, Laborers’ International Union of North America, and California Faculty Association. She has also been endorsed by elected officials like Congressmembers Katie Porter and Ro Khanna, State Treasurer Fiona Ma, and State Senators Josh Becker and Dave Min. 

Key initiatives: Joseph Rocha is a Navy veteran and former judge advocate. After serving in the Persian Gulf as a bomb-dog handler, he was dishonorably discharged under “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Rocha became a strong proponent of the repeal while working to complete his undergraduate and law degrees, and spent time as a congressional intern during his time away from the military. After the archaic policy was repealed in 2011, Rocha rejoined the Marine Corps and served as a judge advocate until his retirement in 2021. In his youth, Rocha experienced economic insecurity and family addiction. After coming out as gay at 17, he experienced homelessness before pursuing his military career. He has made housing solutions and support for working families cornerstones of his platform.

Darshana Patel is an elected school board trustee and research scientist, which she does because she believes more needs to be done for those facing severe medical conditions, especially after losing her mother at a young age. As a Poway Unified School District Trustee, she helped restore the district to financial solvency and offered leadership to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patel is heavily involved in education at both the local and state levels: she is president of the San Diego County School Boards Association, and also serves on the Legislative Committee of the California School Boards Association.

Governance and community leadership experience: Rocha ran for state Senate in District 40, and lost to incumbent Republican Brian Jones by 6 points.

Patel serves on the Poway Unified School District Board of Education. She was elected to the Board in 2016, finishing as the top vote-getter in a field of 9. She won reelection in 2020 by 22 points.

Other background: Joseph Rocha is from Riverside. He lives in Escondido.

Darshana Patel is from California. She lives in San Diego.

The Race

Primary election: There are 3 candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Joseph Rocha (D), Kristie Bruce-Lane (R), and Darshana Patel (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

Candidate fundraising and pledges: Rocha’s campaign has raised $260,668 and is not funded by corporate PACs, the fossil fuel industry, the real estate industry, or the police.

Candidate fundraising and pledges: Patel’s campaign has raised $200,501 and is not funded by the fossil fuel industry or the police. She has accepted donations from corporate PACs and the real estate industry.

Opposing candidate: Republican Kristie Bruce-Lane
Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Bruce-Lane’s campaign has raised $250,698 and is funded by the real estate industry, the fossil fuel industry, and corporate PACs.

The District

Counties in district: California’s 76th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

Voter registration: 38% Democrat, 30% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

District demographics: 22% Latino, 15% Asian, and 3% Black. 

Recent election results: AD-76 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 16 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 3 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.

  • Tasha Boerner

    Re-elect Assemblymember Boerner to keep AD-77 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Tasha Boerner’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a representative voice for the constituents of AD-77. While she has opposed some significant progressive legislation during her time in the assembly, our analysis shows that she will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district if she is subjected to increased community accountability.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Boerner has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and Sierra Club California. 

    Top issues: Climate and public lands protection, education, public safety and emergency response, economic and job growth, veterans’ services, homelessness and housing, taxation, and public transparency.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Boerner’s priorities for AD-77 have included 23 bills about homelessness and housing, taxation, medical transportation, and coastal resources. Of these, eight have been successfully chaptered into law, two have been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. She has sponsored and passed legislation to eliminate surprise ambulance billing, support coastal landslide and erosion-warning processes, update housing inspection procedures, and expand the presumptive eligibility of Medi-Cal to include all pregnant people. She scores a Lifetime CS of 82 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Boerner has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. She has generally opposed criminal-justice reform during her time in the Assembly, including failing to vote on prohibiting the use of facial-recognition software in body-worn cameras, allowing resentencing for individuals impacted by firearm sentence enhancements, making the California Racial Justice Act retroactive, expunging and sealing records of those who have completed their sentence, expanding compassionate release considerations, and protecting individuals who are eligible for prison release from being transferred to immigration detention. Assm. Boerner has also failed to vote for social and racial justice legislation this session, including bills to prohibit discrimination based on caste, and protect the digital data of out-of-state patients seeking abortion or gender-affirming care in California. 

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Boerner currently sits on 14 committees, including Local Government, Military & Veterans Affairs, and Health. She serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Communications & Conveyance, and chair of the Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Boerner has served in the Assembly since 2018, when she was elected with over 54% of the vote. In 2022, she won her re-election against a Republican challenger by 20 points.

    Prior to her election to the Assembly, Assm. Boerner was a member of the Encinitas City Council. She also brought her leadership to her work as a marketing communications and strategic-planning professional with several global companies. She has served in local leadership as a member of a PTA board, and a safe-routes advocate for a local pedestrian and cycling option. 

    Other background: Assm. Boerner is from Encinitas, where her family has lived for four generations. She also lived in Europe for twelve years.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Assm. Tasha Boerner (D), Herbert James Brown (R), and Henny Kupferstein (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Boerner’s campaign has raised $225,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by 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 77th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 43% Democrat, 26% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Republicans held this seat until incumbent Assm. Brian Maienschein switched parties in 2020 and won reelection as a Democrat. 

    District demographics: 12% Latino, 9% Asian, and 3% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-77 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 32 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 20 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.

    Tasha Boerner

    Re-elect Assemblymember Boerner to keep AD-77 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Tasha Boerner’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a representative voice for the constituents of AD-77. While she has opposed some significant progressive legislation during her time in the assembly, our analysis shows that she will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district if she is subjected to increased community accountability.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Boerner has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and Sierra Club California. 

    Top issues: Climate and public lands protection, education, public safety and emergency response, economic and job growth, veterans’ services, homelessness and housing, taxation, and public transparency.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Boerner’s priorities for AD-77 have included 23 bills about homelessness and housing, taxation, medical transportation, and coastal resources. Of these, eight have been successfully chaptered into law, two have been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. She has sponsored and passed legislation to eliminate surprise ambulance billing, support coastal landslide and erosion-warning processes, update housing inspection procedures, and expand the presumptive eligibility of Medi-Cal to include all pregnant people. She scores a Lifetime CS of 82 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Boerner has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. She has generally opposed criminal-justice reform during her time in the Assembly, including failing to vote on prohibiting the use of facial-recognition software in body-worn cameras, allowing resentencing for individuals impacted by firearm sentence enhancements, making the California Racial Justice Act retroactive, expunging and sealing records of those who have completed their sentence, expanding compassionate release considerations, and protecting individuals who are eligible for prison release from being transferred to immigration detention. Assm. Boerner has also failed to vote for social and racial justice legislation this session, including bills to prohibit discrimination based on caste, and protect the digital data of out-of-state patients seeking abortion or gender-affirming care in California. 

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Boerner currently sits on 14 committees, including Local Government, Military & Veterans Affairs, and Health. She serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Communications & Conveyance, and chair of the Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Boerner has served in the Assembly since 2018, when she was elected with over 54% of the vote. In 2022, she won her re-election against a Republican challenger by 20 points.

    Prior to her election to the Assembly, Assm. Boerner was a member of the Encinitas City Council. She also brought her leadership to her work as a marketing communications and strategic-planning professional with several global companies. She has served in local leadership as a member of a PTA board, and a safe-routes advocate for a local pedestrian and cycling option. 

    Other background: Assm. Boerner is from Encinitas, where her family has lived for four generations. She also lived in Europe for twelve years.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Assm. Tasha Boerner (D), Herbert James Brown (R), and Henny Kupferstein (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Boerner’s campaign has raised $225,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by 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 77th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 43% Democrat, 26% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Republicans held this seat until incumbent Assm. Brian Maienschein switched parties in 2020 and won reelection as a Democrat. 

    District demographics: 12% Latino, 9% Asian, and 3% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-77 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 32 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 20 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.

    Tasha Boerner

    Re-elect Assemblymember Boerner to keep AD-77 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Tasha Boerner’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a representative voice for the constituents of AD-77. While she has opposed some significant progressive legislation during her time in the assembly, our analysis shows that she will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district if she is subjected to increased community accountability.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Boerner has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and Sierra Club California. 

    Top issues: Climate and public lands protection, education, public safety and emergency response, economic and job growth, veterans’ services, homelessness and housing, taxation, and public transparency.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Boerner’s priorities for AD-77 have included 23 bills about homelessness and housing, taxation, medical transportation, and coastal resources. Of these, eight have been successfully chaptered into law, two have been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. She has sponsored and passed legislation to eliminate surprise ambulance billing, support coastal landslide and erosion-warning processes, update housing inspection procedures, and expand the presumptive eligibility of Medi-Cal to include all pregnant people. She scores a Lifetime CS of 82 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Boerner has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. She has generally opposed criminal-justice reform during her time in the Assembly, including failing to vote on prohibiting the use of facial-recognition software in body-worn cameras, allowing resentencing for individuals impacted by firearm sentence enhancements, making the California Racial Justice Act retroactive, expunging and sealing records of those who have completed their sentence, expanding compassionate release considerations, and protecting individuals who are eligible for prison release from being transferred to immigration detention. Assm. Boerner has also failed to vote for social and racial justice legislation this session, including bills to prohibit discrimination based on caste, and protect the digital data of out-of-state patients seeking abortion or gender-affirming care in California. 

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Boerner currently sits on 14 committees, including Local Government, Military & Veterans Affairs, and Health. She serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Communications & Conveyance, and chair of the Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Boerner has served in the Assembly since 2018, when she was elected with over 54% of the vote. In 2022, she won her re-election against a Republican challenger by 20 points.

    Prior to her election to the Assembly, Assm. Boerner was a member of the Encinitas City Council. She also brought her leadership to her work as a marketing communications and strategic-planning professional with several global companies. She has served in local leadership as a member of a PTA board, and a safe-routes advocate for a local pedestrian and cycling option. 

    Other background: Assm. Boerner is from Encinitas, where her family has lived for four generations. She also lived in Europe for twelve years.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Assm. Tasha Boerner (D), Herbert James Brown (R), and Henny Kupferstein (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Boerner’s campaign has raised $225,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by 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 77th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 43% Democrat, 26% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Republicans held this seat until incumbent Assm. Brian Maienschein switched parties in 2020 and won reelection as a Democrat. 

    District demographics: 12% Latino, 9% Asian, and 3% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-77 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 32 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 20 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.

    Tasha Boerner

    Re-elect Assemblymember Boerner to keep AD-77 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Tasha Boerner’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a representative voice for the constituents of AD-77. While she has opposed some significant progressive legislation during her time in the assembly, our analysis shows that she will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district if she is subjected to increased community accountability.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Boerner has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and Sierra Club California. 

    Top issues: Climate and public lands protection, education, public safety and emergency response, economic and job growth, veterans’ services, homelessness and housing, taxation, and public transparency.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Boerner’s priorities for AD-77 have included 23 bills about homelessness and housing, taxation, medical transportation, and coastal resources. Of these, eight have been successfully chaptered into law, two have been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. She has sponsored and passed legislation to eliminate surprise ambulance billing, support coastal landslide and erosion-warning processes, update housing inspection procedures, and expand the presumptive eligibility of Medi-Cal to include all pregnant people. She scores a Lifetime CS of 82 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Boerner has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. She has generally opposed criminal-justice reform during her time in the Assembly, including failing to vote on prohibiting the use of facial-recognition software in body-worn cameras, allowing resentencing for individuals impacted by firearm sentence enhancements, making the California Racial Justice Act retroactive, expunging and sealing records of those who have completed their sentence, expanding compassionate release considerations, and protecting individuals who are eligible for prison release from being transferred to immigration detention. Assm. Boerner has also failed to vote for social and racial justice legislation this session, including bills to prohibit discrimination based on caste, and protect the digital data of out-of-state patients seeking abortion or gender-affirming care in California. 

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Boerner currently sits on 14 committees, including Local Government, Military & Veterans Affairs, and Health. She serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Communications & Conveyance, and chair of the Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Boerner has served in the Assembly since 2018, when she was elected with over 54% of the vote. In 2022, she won her re-election against a Republican challenger by 20 points.

    Prior to her election to the Assembly, Assm. Boerner was a member of the Encinitas City Council. She also brought her leadership to her work as a marketing communications and strategic-planning professional with several global companies. She has served in local leadership as a member of a PTA board, and a safe-routes advocate for a local pedestrian and cycling option. 

    Other background: Assm. Boerner is from Encinitas, where her family has lived for four generations. She also lived in Europe for twelve years.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Assm. Tasha Boerner (D), Herbert James Brown (R), and Henny Kupferstein (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Boerner’s campaign has raised $225,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by 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 77th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 43% Democrat, 26% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Republicans held this seat until incumbent Assm. Brian Maienschein switched parties in 2020 and won reelection as a Democrat. 

    District demographics: 12% Latino, 9% Asian, and 3% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-77 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 32 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 20 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.

  • Chris Ward

    Re-elect Assemblymember Chris Ward to keep AD-78 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Chris Ward’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-78 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Ward has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, California Environmental Justice Alliance Action, YIMBY California, as well as labor unions like SEIU, CA Federation of Teachers, and National Union of Healthcare Workers. 

    Top issues: Housing, education, environmental research and protections.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Ward’s priorities for AD-78 have included 18 bills about expanding housing options, environmental and climate protections, practical education for high school and college students, simplifying the name and gender change process, and protecting majority votes on ballot measures, 10 of which were signed into law or qualified for the November ballot. In previous legislative terms, he has sponsored and passed legislation to protect coastal lands, improve San Diego transportation, increase access to affordable housing, impose steeper taxes on real estate developers, and expand services offered by educational institutions. He scores a 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records, and earns the distinction of being a Courage All-Star. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ward has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. 

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Ward currently sits on 6 committees, and chairs the Housing and Community Development Committee. He is a member of the Legislative Progressive Caucus and serves as the vice chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus.

    Governance and community leadership Experience:  Assm. Ward has served in this assembly seat since 2020, when he was elected with over 55% of the vote against a Democratic challenger. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Ward served on the San Diego City Council. He has also worked as chief of staff to Democratic State Senator Marty Block and as an environmental planner. He is an advocate for conservation and environmental protections, and has written several Assembly bills to strengthen public transit, make renewable energy more accessible, and improve California’s response to climate change. As a city councilmember, he helped ban styrofoam and single-use plastics. Ward is also a supporter of “housing first” strategies to address the housing crisis, and chairs the San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless. Assm. Ward is one of six openly LGBTQIA+ members of the Assembly. While on the city council, he drafted San Diego’s Equal Pay Ordinance, and served on the board of two organizations focused on supporting and advocating for the LGBTQIA+ community: the San Diego LGBT Center and the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. 

    Other background: Assm. Chris Ward is from Germany and moved to San Diego as an adult. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins, and his master’s in public policy and urban planning from Harvard.

    The Race

    Primary election: Incumbent Rep. Chris Ward is running unopposed in the March 5 primary. He will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Ward’s campaign has raised $408,742 and is not funded by the police, although he has accepted donations from the Correctional Peace Officers Association. He is funded by the fossil fuel industry and corporate PACs. He has also accepted more than $25,000 from the real estate industry.

    Opposing candidate: N/A
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: N/A

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 38th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 48% Democrat, 21% Republican, and 24% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 18% Latino, 16% Asian, and 6% Black.

    Recent election results: AD-78 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 39 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 33 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.

    Chris Ward

    Re-elect Assemblymember Chris Ward to keep AD-78 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Chris Ward’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-78 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Ward has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, California Environmental Justice Alliance Action, YIMBY California, as well as labor unions like SEIU, CA Federation of Teachers, and National Union of Healthcare Workers. 

    Top issues: Housing, education, environmental research and protections.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Ward’s priorities for AD-78 have included 18 bills about expanding housing options, environmental and climate protections, practical education for high school and college students, simplifying the name and gender change process, and protecting majority votes on ballot measures, 10 of which were signed into law or qualified for the November ballot. In previous legislative terms, he has sponsored and passed legislation to protect coastal lands, improve San Diego transportation, increase access to affordable housing, impose steeper taxes on real estate developers, and expand services offered by educational institutions. He scores a 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records, and earns the distinction of being a Courage All-Star. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ward has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. 

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Ward currently sits on 6 committees, and chairs the Housing and Community Development Committee. He is a member of the Legislative Progressive Caucus and serves as the vice chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus.

    Governance and community leadership Experience:  Assm. Ward has served in this assembly seat since 2020, when he was elected with over 55% of the vote against a Democratic challenger. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Ward served on the San Diego City Council. He has also worked as chief of staff to Democratic State Senator Marty Block and as an environmental planner. He is an advocate for conservation and environmental protections, and has written several Assembly bills to strengthen public transit, make renewable energy more accessible, and improve California’s response to climate change. As a city councilmember, he helped ban styrofoam and single-use plastics. Ward is also a supporter of “housing first” strategies to address the housing crisis, and chairs the San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless. Assm. Ward is one of six openly LGBTQIA+ members of the Assembly. While on the city council, he drafted San Diego’s Equal Pay Ordinance, and served on the board of two organizations focused on supporting and advocating for the LGBTQIA+ community: the San Diego LGBT Center and the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. 

    Other background: Assm. Chris Ward is from Germany and moved to San Diego as an adult. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins, and his master’s in public policy and urban planning from Harvard.

    The Race

    Primary election: Incumbent Rep. Chris Ward is running unopposed in the March 5 primary. He will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Ward’s campaign has raised $408,742 and is not funded by the police, although he has accepted donations from the Correctional Peace Officers Association. He is funded by the fossil fuel industry and corporate PACs. He has also accepted more than $25,000 from the real estate industry.

    Opposing candidate: N/A
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: N/A

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 38th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 48% Democrat, 21% Republican, and 24% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 18% Latino, 16% Asian, and 6% Black.

    Recent election results: AD-78 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 39 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 33 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.

    Chris Ward

    Re-elect Assemblymember Chris Ward to keep AD-78 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Chris Ward’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-78 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Ward has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, California Environmental Justice Alliance Action, YIMBY California, as well as labor unions like SEIU, CA Federation of Teachers, and National Union of Healthcare Workers. 

    Top issues: Housing, education, environmental research and protections.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Ward’s priorities for AD-78 have included 18 bills about expanding housing options, environmental and climate protections, practical education for high school and college students, simplifying the name and gender change process, and protecting majority votes on ballot measures, 10 of which were signed into law or qualified for the November ballot. In previous legislative terms, he has sponsored and passed legislation to protect coastal lands, improve San Diego transportation, increase access to affordable housing, impose steeper taxes on real estate developers, and expand services offered by educational institutions. He scores a 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records, and earns the distinction of being a Courage All-Star. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ward has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. 

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Ward currently sits on 6 committees, and chairs the Housing and Community Development Committee. He is a member of the Legislative Progressive Caucus and serves as the vice chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus.

    Governance and community leadership Experience:  Assm. Ward has served in this assembly seat since 2020, when he was elected with over 55% of the vote against a Democratic challenger. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Ward served on the San Diego City Council. He has also worked as chief of staff to Democratic State Senator Marty Block and as an environmental planner. He is an advocate for conservation and environmental protections, and has written several Assembly bills to strengthen public transit, make renewable energy more accessible, and improve California’s response to climate change. As a city councilmember, he helped ban styrofoam and single-use plastics. Ward is also a supporter of “housing first” strategies to address the housing crisis, and chairs the San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless. Assm. Ward is one of six openly LGBTQIA+ members of the Assembly. While on the city council, he drafted San Diego’s Equal Pay Ordinance, and served on the board of two organizations focused on supporting and advocating for the LGBTQIA+ community: the San Diego LGBT Center and the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. 

    Other background: Assm. Chris Ward is from Germany and moved to San Diego as an adult. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins, and his master’s in public policy and urban planning from Harvard.

    The Race

    Primary election: Incumbent Rep. Chris Ward is running unopposed in the March 5 primary. He will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Ward’s campaign has raised $408,742 and is not funded by the police, although he has accepted donations from the Correctional Peace Officers Association. He is funded by the fossil fuel industry and corporate PACs. He has also accepted more than $25,000 from the real estate industry.

    Opposing candidate: N/A
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: N/A

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 38th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 48% Democrat, 21% Republican, and 24% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 18% Latino, 16% Asian, and 6% Black.

    Recent election results: AD-78 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 39 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 33 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.

    Chris Ward

    Re-elect Assemblymember Chris Ward to keep AD-78 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Chris Ward’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-78 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Ward has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, California Environmental Justice Alliance Action, YIMBY California, as well as labor unions like SEIU, CA Federation of Teachers, and National Union of Healthcare Workers. 

    Top issues: Housing, education, environmental research and protections.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Ward’s priorities for AD-78 have included 18 bills about expanding housing options, environmental and climate protections, practical education for high school and college students, simplifying the name and gender change process, and protecting majority votes on ballot measures, 10 of which were signed into law or qualified for the November ballot. In previous legislative terms, he has sponsored and passed legislation to protect coastal lands, improve San Diego transportation, increase access to affordable housing, impose steeper taxes on real estate developers, and expand services offered by educational institutions. He scores a 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records, and earns the distinction of being a Courage All-Star. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ward has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. 

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Ward currently sits on 6 committees, and chairs the Housing and Community Development Committee. He is a member of the Legislative Progressive Caucus and serves as the vice chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus.

    Governance and community leadership Experience:  Assm. Ward has served in this assembly seat since 2020, when he was elected with over 55% of the vote against a Democratic challenger. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Ward served on the San Diego City Council. He has also worked as chief of staff to Democratic State Senator Marty Block and as an environmental planner. He is an advocate for conservation and environmental protections, and has written several Assembly bills to strengthen public transit, make renewable energy more accessible, and improve California’s response to climate change. As a city councilmember, he helped ban styrofoam and single-use plastics. Ward is also a supporter of “housing first” strategies to address the housing crisis, and chairs the San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless. Assm. Ward is one of six openly LGBTQIA+ members of the Assembly. While on the city council, he drafted San Diego’s Equal Pay Ordinance, and served on the board of two organizations focused on supporting and advocating for the LGBTQIA+ community: the San Diego LGBT Center and the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. 

    Other background: Assm. Chris Ward is from Germany and moved to San Diego as an adult. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins, and his master’s in public policy and urban planning from Harvard.

    The Race

    Primary election: Incumbent Rep. Chris Ward is running unopposed in the March 5 primary. He will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Ward’s campaign has raised $408,742 and is not funded by the police, although he has accepted donations from the Correctional Peace Officers Association. He is funded by the fossil fuel industry and corporate PACs. He has also accepted more than $25,000 from the real estate industry.

    Opposing candidate: N/A
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: N/A

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 38th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 48% Democrat, 21% Republican, and 24% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 18% Latino, 16% Asian, and 6% Black.

    Recent election results: AD-78 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 39 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 33 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.

  • Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins

    Elect Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins to put AD-79 on the right track for progress. 

    Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins’s policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-79 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Dr. Sharp-Collins has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including Fund Her PAC, Black Women Organized for Political Action, California Women’s List, American Federation of Teachers Local 1931, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest. She has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including Assm. Tina McKinnor, outgoing AD-79 Assm. Akilah Weber, and Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber. 

    Electoral history: Dr. Sharp-Collins has not run for public office before.

    Top issues: Increasing education resources, workforce development, homelessness and housing, and environmental justice and pollution accountability.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Dr. Sharp-Collins is an educator and a public administrator, which she does to provide local leadership in her community. She has held several positions in state and local government offices, including serving as the district director for former Assm. Dr. Shirley Weber, who now serves as California Secretary of State. Dr. Sharp-Collins is currently serving as the community engagement specialist for the San Diego County Department of Education. In these roles, she has worked on DEI initiatives, legislative operations, and civic and community partnerships, and cites these experiences as preparing her for strategic legislative leadership. Dr. Sharp-Collins holds an Ed.D. degree and teaches African Studies courses at San Diego State University. In 2022, she received public blowback in response to a course assignment that required students to create and perform a fictional slave narrative. 

    Other background: Dr. Sharp-Collins is a lifelong resident of San Diego. She is a longtime supporter of education reform.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins (D), Colin Parent (D), and Racquel Vasquez (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Dr. Sharp-Collins’s campaign has raised $102,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Democrat Colin Parent
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Parent’s campaign has raised $237,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police and real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate: Democrat Racquel Vasquez
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Vasquez’s campaign has raised $5,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 79th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 47% Democrat, 21% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 33% Latino, 14% Asian, and 15% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-79 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 33 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 24 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.

    Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins

    Elect Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins to put AD-79 on the right track for progress. 

    Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins’s policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-79 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Dr. Sharp-Collins has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including Fund Her PAC, Black Women Organized for Political Action, California Women’s List, American Federation of Teachers Local 1931, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest. She has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including Assm. Tina McKinnor, outgoing AD-79 Assm. Akilah Weber, and Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber. 

    Electoral history: Dr. Sharp-Collins has not run for public office before.

    Top issues: Increasing education resources, workforce development, homelessness and housing, and environmental justice and pollution accountability.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Dr. Sharp-Collins is an educator and a public administrator, which she does to provide local leadership in her community. She has held several positions in state and local government offices, including serving as the district director for former Assm. Dr. Shirley Weber, who now serves as California Secretary of State. Dr. Sharp-Collins is currently serving as the community engagement specialist for the San Diego County Department of Education. In these roles, she has worked on DEI initiatives, legislative operations, and civic and community partnerships, and cites these experiences as preparing her for strategic legislative leadership. Dr. Sharp-Collins holds an Ed.D. degree and teaches African Studies courses at San Diego State University. In 2022, she received public blowback in response to a course assignment that required students to create and perform a fictional slave narrative. 

    Other background: Dr. Sharp-Collins is a lifelong resident of San Diego. She is a longtime supporter of education reform.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins (D), Colin Parent (D), and Racquel Vasquez (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Dr. Sharp-Collins’s campaign has raised $102,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Democrat Colin Parent
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Parent’s campaign has raised $237,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police and real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate: Democrat Racquel Vasquez
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Vasquez’s campaign has raised $5,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 79th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 47% Democrat, 21% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 33% Latino, 14% Asian, and 15% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-79 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 33 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 24 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.

    Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins

    Elect Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins to put AD-79 on the right track for progress. 

    Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins’s policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-79 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Dr. Sharp-Collins has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including Fund Her PAC, Black Women Organized for Political Action, California Women’s List, American Federation of Teachers Local 1931, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest. She has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including Assm. Tina McKinnor, outgoing AD-79 Assm. Akilah Weber, and Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber. 

    Electoral history: Dr. Sharp-Collins has not run for public office before.

    Top issues: Increasing education resources, workforce development, homelessness and housing, and environmental justice and pollution accountability.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Dr. Sharp-Collins is an educator and a public administrator, which she does to provide local leadership in her community. She has held several positions in state and local government offices, including serving as the district director for former Assm. Dr. Shirley Weber, who now serves as California Secretary of State. Dr. Sharp-Collins is currently serving as the community engagement specialist for the San Diego County Department of Education. In these roles, she has worked on DEI initiatives, legislative operations, and civic and community partnerships, and cites these experiences as preparing her for strategic legislative leadership. Dr. Sharp-Collins holds an Ed.D. degree and teaches African Studies courses at San Diego State University. In 2022, she received public blowback in response to a course assignment that required students to create and perform a fictional slave narrative. 

    Other background: Dr. Sharp-Collins is a lifelong resident of San Diego. She is a longtime supporter of education reform.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins (D), Colin Parent (D), and Racquel Vasquez (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Dr. Sharp-Collins’s campaign has raised $102,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Democrat Colin Parent
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Parent’s campaign has raised $237,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police and real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate: Democrat Racquel Vasquez
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Vasquez’s campaign has raised $5,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 79th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 47% Democrat, 21% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 33% Latino, 14% Asian, and 15% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-79 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 33 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 24 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.

    Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins

    Elect Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins to put AD-79 on the right track for progress. 

    Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins’s policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-79 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Dr. Sharp-Collins has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including Fund Her PAC, Black Women Organized for Political Action, California Women’s List, American Federation of Teachers Local 1931, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest. She has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including Assm. Tina McKinnor, outgoing AD-79 Assm. Akilah Weber, and Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber. 

    Electoral history: Dr. Sharp-Collins has not run for public office before.

    Top issues: Increasing education resources, workforce development, homelessness and housing, and environmental justice and pollution accountability.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Dr. Sharp-Collins is an educator and a public administrator, which she does to provide local leadership in her community. She has held several positions in state and local government offices, including serving as the district director for former Assm. Dr. Shirley Weber, who now serves as California Secretary of State. Dr. Sharp-Collins is currently serving as the community engagement specialist for the San Diego County Department of Education. In these roles, she has worked on DEI initiatives, legislative operations, and civic and community partnerships, and cites these experiences as preparing her for strategic legislative leadership. Dr. Sharp-Collins holds an Ed.D. degree and teaches African Studies courses at San Diego State University. In 2022, she received public blowback in response to a course assignment that required students to create and perform a fictional slave narrative. 

    Other background: Dr. Sharp-Collins is a lifelong resident of San Diego. She is a longtime supporter of education reform.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins (D), Colin Parent (D), and Racquel Vasquez (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Dr. Sharp-Collins’s campaign has raised $102,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Democrat Colin Parent
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Parent’s campaign has raised $237,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police and real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate: Democrat Racquel Vasquez
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Vasquez’s campaign has raised $5,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 79th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 47% Democrat, 21% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 33% Latino, 14% Asian, and 15% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-79 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 33 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 24 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.

  • David Alvarez

    Re-elect Assemblymember David Alvarez to keep AD-80 on track for progress. 

    Assm. David Alvarez’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a representative leader for the constituents of AD-80. While he has opposed some significant progressive legislation during his time in the Assembly, our analysis shows that he will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district if he is subjected to increased community accountability.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Alvarez has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, AFSCME California, and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. He has also received problematic endorsements in previous elections, including from Chula Vista Police Officers Association and Deputy Sheriffs Association of San Diego County.

    Top issues: Community college access and affordability, clean water conservation, greenhouse-gas reduction, affordable housing, ending bans on low-rider cruising, and social services.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Alvarez’s priorities for AD-80 have included 30 bills about community college, greenhouse-gas reduction, affordable housing, and water conservation and quality. Of these, nine have been chaptered into law, and the rest remain in committee. This session, he has sponsored and passed AB436 to ban local regulations that criminalize low-rider cruising, AB91 to provide in-state community college tuition to qualifying students residing in Mexico, and AB425 to expand Medi-cal coverage to include laboratory genetic and panel blood testing. He scores a CS of 68 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Alvarez has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. However, he has voted against several critical bills across a variety of issue areas this session, including AB460 to strengthen the authority of the State Water Resources Control Board, AB1347 to eliminate paper receipts and their toxic ink, and AB958 to increase the number of weekly personal visits permitted to an incarcerated person. In addition, Assm. Alvarez 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. Alvarez currently sits on twelve committees, including Budget, Business & Professions, Emergency Management, Military and Veterans Affairs, and California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs. He serves as chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Alvarez has served in this seat since June 2022, when he won a special election with over 54% of the vote. In November 2022, he was elected to a full term in the general election with over 69% of the vote.

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Assm. Alvarez was involved in local leadership for much of his career, including his eight-year service with the San Diego City Council, and with San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego Association of Governments, and Metropolitan Transit System. During his time in local leadership in San Diego, he advocated for funding local arts programming, expanding the public parks system, and preserving a local high school in its original location. Alvarez implemented a collaborative approach in his work, which has allowed him to successfully partner with stakeholders in Washington, DC, and Mexico while supporting local projects. In 2016, he was the lone voice of dissent on the San Diego City Council against a twenty-year lease-to-own deal for a downtown building, which Alvarez believed would cost taxpayers millions of dollars more than an outright purchase of the structure. It was later revealed that his concerns were correct, and that the mayor had intentionally pushed the deal through. 

    Other background: Assm. Alvarez is a lifelong resident of the Barrio Logan area of San Diego. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the March 5 primary, including incumbent Assm. David Alvarez (D), and Lincoln Pickard (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Alvarez’s campaign has raised $531,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, real estate, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Lincoln Pickard
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Pickard’s campaign has not filed any campaign finance receipts with the California Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 80th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 47% Democrat, 21% Republican, and 26% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 56% Latino, 15% Asian, and 6% Black. This district is considered to be one of the strong Latino seats in the California Assembly delegation.

    Recent election results: AD-80 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 33 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 22 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.

    David Alvarez

    Re-elect Assemblymember David Alvarez to keep AD-80 on track for progress. 

    Assm. David Alvarez’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a representative leader for the constituents of AD-80. While he has opposed some significant progressive legislation during his time in the Assembly, our analysis shows that he will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district if he is subjected to increased community accountability.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Alvarez has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, AFSCME California, and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. He has also received problematic endorsements in previous elections, including from Chula Vista Police Officers Association and Deputy Sheriffs Association of San Diego County.

    Top issues: Community college access and affordability, clean water conservation, greenhouse-gas reduction, affordable housing, ending bans on low-rider cruising, and social services.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Alvarez’s priorities for AD-80 have included 30 bills about community college, greenhouse-gas reduction, affordable housing, and water conservation and quality. Of these, nine have been chaptered into law, and the rest remain in committee. This session, he has sponsored and passed AB436 to ban local regulations that criminalize low-rider cruising, AB91 to provide in-state community college tuition to qualifying students residing in Mexico, and AB425 to expand Medi-cal coverage to include laboratory genetic and panel blood testing. He scores a CS of 68 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Alvarez has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. However, he has voted against several critical bills across a variety of issue areas this session, including AB460 to strengthen the authority of the State Water Resources Control Board, AB1347 to eliminate paper receipts and their toxic ink, and AB958 to increase the number of weekly personal visits permitted to an incarcerated person. In addition, Assm. Alvarez 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. Alvarez currently sits on twelve committees, including Budget, Business & Professions, Emergency Management, Military and Veterans Affairs, and California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs. He serves as chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Alvarez has served in this seat since June 2022, when he won a special election with over 54% of the vote. In November 2022, he was elected to a full term in the general election with over 69% of the vote.

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Assm. Alvarez was involved in local leadership for much of his career, including his eight-year service with the San Diego City Council, and with San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego Association of Governments, and Metropolitan Transit System. During his time in local leadership in San Diego, he advocated for funding local arts programming, expanding the public parks system, and preserving a local high school in its original location. Alvarez implemented a collaborative approach in his work, which has allowed him to successfully partner with stakeholders in Washington, DC, and Mexico while supporting local projects. In 2016, he was the lone voice of dissent on the San Diego City Council against a twenty-year lease-to-own deal for a downtown building, which Alvarez believed would cost taxpayers millions of dollars more than an outright purchase of the structure. It was later revealed that his concerns were correct, and that the mayor had intentionally pushed the deal through. 

    Other background: Assm. Alvarez is a lifelong resident of the Barrio Logan area of San Diego. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the March 5 primary, including incumbent Assm. David Alvarez (D), and Lincoln Pickard (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Alvarez’s campaign has raised $531,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, real estate, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Lincoln Pickard
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Pickard’s campaign has not filed any campaign finance receipts with the California Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 80th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 47% Democrat, 21% Republican, and 26% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 56% Latino, 15% Asian, and 6% Black. This district is considered to be one of the strong Latino seats in the California Assembly delegation.

    Recent election results: AD-80 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 33 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 22 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.

    David Alvarez

    Re-elect Assemblymember David Alvarez to keep AD-80 on track for progress. 

    Assm. David Alvarez’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a representative leader for the constituents of AD-80. While he has opposed some significant progressive legislation during his time in the Assembly, our analysis shows that he will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district if he is subjected to increased community accountability.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Alvarez has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, AFSCME California, and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. He has also received problematic endorsements in previous elections, including from Chula Vista Police Officers Association and Deputy Sheriffs Association of San Diego County.

    Top issues: Community college access and affordability, clean water conservation, greenhouse-gas reduction, affordable housing, ending bans on low-rider cruising, and social services.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Alvarez’s priorities for AD-80 have included 30 bills about community college, greenhouse-gas reduction, affordable housing, and water conservation and quality. Of these, nine have been chaptered into law, and the rest remain in committee. This session, he has sponsored and passed AB436 to ban local regulations that criminalize low-rider cruising, AB91 to provide in-state community college tuition to qualifying students residing in Mexico, and AB425 to expand Medi-cal coverage to include laboratory genetic and panel blood testing. He scores a CS of 68 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Alvarez has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. However, he has voted against several critical bills across a variety of issue areas this session, including AB460 to strengthen the authority of the State Water Resources Control Board, AB1347 to eliminate paper receipts and their toxic ink, and AB958 to increase the number of weekly personal visits permitted to an incarcerated person. In addition, Assm. Alvarez 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. Alvarez currently sits on twelve committees, including Budget, Business & Professions, Emergency Management, Military and Veterans Affairs, and California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs. He serves as chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Alvarez has served in this seat since June 2022, when he won a special election with over 54% of the vote. In November 2022, he was elected to a full term in the general election with over 69% of the vote.

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Assm. Alvarez was involved in local leadership for much of his career, including his eight-year service with the San Diego City Council, and with San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego Association of Governments, and Metropolitan Transit System. During his time in local leadership in San Diego, he advocated for funding local arts programming, expanding the public parks system, and preserving a local high school in its original location. Alvarez implemented a collaborative approach in his work, which has allowed him to successfully partner with stakeholders in Washington, DC, and Mexico while supporting local projects. In 2016, he was the lone voice of dissent on the San Diego City Council against a twenty-year lease-to-own deal for a downtown building, which Alvarez believed would cost taxpayers millions of dollars more than an outright purchase of the structure. It was later revealed that his concerns were correct, and that the mayor had intentionally pushed the deal through. 

    Other background: Assm. Alvarez is a lifelong resident of the Barrio Logan area of San Diego. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the March 5 primary, including incumbent Assm. David Alvarez (D), and Lincoln Pickard (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Alvarez’s campaign has raised $531,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, real estate, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Lincoln Pickard
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Pickard’s campaign has not filed any campaign finance receipts with the California Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 80th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 47% Democrat, 21% Republican, and 26% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 56% Latino, 15% Asian, and 6% Black. This district is considered to be one of the strong Latino seats in the California Assembly delegation.

    Recent election results: AD-80 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 33 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 22 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.

    David Alvarez

    Re-elect Assemblymember David Alvarez to keep AD-80 on track for progress. 

    Assm. David Alvarez’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a representative leader for the constituents of AD-80. While he has opposed some significant progressive legislation during his time in the Assembly, our analysis shows that he will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district if he is subjected to increased community accountability.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Alvarez has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, AFSCME California, and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. He has also received problematic endorsements in previous elections, including from Chula Vista Police Officers Association and Deputy Sheriffs Association of San Diego County.

    Top issues: Community college access and affordability, clean water conservation, greenhouse-gas reduction, affordable housing, ending bans on low-rider cruising, and social services.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Alvarez’s priorities for AD-80 have included 30 bills about community college, greenhouse-gas reduction, affordable housing, and water conservation and quality. Of these, nine have been chaptered into law, and the rest remain in committee. This session, he has sponsored and passed AB436 to ban local regulations that criminalize low-rider cruising, AB91 to provide in-state community college tuition to qualifying students residing in Mexico, and AB425 to expand Medi-cal coverage to include laboratory genetic and panel blood testing. He scores a CS of 68 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Alvarez has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. However, he has voted against several critical bills across a variety of issue areas this session, including AB460 to strengthen the authority of the State Water Resources Control Board, AB1347 to eliminate paper receipts and their toxic ink, and AB958 to increase the number of weekly personal visits permitted to an incarcerated person. In addition, Assm. Alvarez 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. Alvarez currently sits on twelve committees, including Budget, Business & Professions, Emergency Management, Military and Veterans Affairs, and California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs. He serves as chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Alvarez has served in this seat since June 2022, when he won a special election with over 54% of the vote. In November 2022, he was elected to a full term in the general election with over 69% of the vote.

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Assm. Alvarez was involved in local leadership for much of his career, including his eight-year service with the San Diego City Council, and with San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego Association of Governments, and Metropolitan Transit System. During his time in local leadership in San Diego, he advocated for funding local arts programming, expanding the public parks system, and preserving a local high school in its original location. Alvarez implemented a collaborative approach in his work, which has allowed him to successfully partner with stakeholders in Washington, DC, and Mexico while supporting local projects. In 2016, he was the lone voice of dissent on the San Diego City Council against a twenty-year lease-to-own deal for a downtown building, which Alvarez believed would cost taxpayers millions of dollars more than an outright purchase of the structure. It was later revealed that his concerns were correct, and that the mayor had intentionally pushed the deal through. 

    Other background: Assm. Alvarez is a lifelong resident of the Barrio Logan area of San Diego. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the March 5 primary, including incumbent Assm. David Alvarez (D), and Lincoln Pickard (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Alvarez’s campaign has raised $531,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, real estate, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Lincoln Pickard
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Pickard’s campaign has not filed any campaign finance receipts with the California Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 80th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County.

    Voter registration: 47% Democrat, 21% Republican, and 26% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 56% Latino, 15% Asian, and 6% Black. This district is considered to be one of the strong Latino seats in the California Assembly delegation.

    Recent election results: AD-80 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 33 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 22 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 one of the below State Senate races on your ballot.

  • No Position

    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

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

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

  • Non-Partisan

    Sean Elo-Rivera

  • Re-elect Councilmember Sean Elo-Rivera to keep San Diego on the right track for progress. 



    Councilmember Sean Elo-Rivera’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of City Council District 9 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Councilmember Elo-Rivera has the endorsement of California Working Families Party in this race.

    Top issues: Renter protections, homelessness and housing, infrastructure and public works, and taxation.

    Key initiatives: Since joining the City Council, Councilmember Elo-Rivera has provided leadership in securing stronger renter protections, minimizing displacement for unhoused San Diegans, and holding SeaWorld accountable for unpaid rent and fees to the city. He was also an advocate for the successful effort to remove a 100-year-old ordinance that provided free trash pickup to some city residents at the expense of taxpayers. In December 2021, he was elected by the City Council to serve a term as president of the body, and has been re-elected to the position twice since. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Councilmember Elo-Rivera has served in this seat since 2020, when he was elected with over 62% of the vote. Prior to joining the City Council, he was elected to the San Diego Community College Board in 2018 with over 51% of the vote.

    Prior to his election to the City Council, Councilmember Elo-Rivera completed law school at Cal Western, where he was exposed to community service opportunities that shifted his professional trajectory. Through his engagement with the Law School’s student government, the campus Amnesty International student group, and providing law clinics to high school students through the City Heights Community Law Project, Councilmember Elo-Rivera began to understand some of the daily challenges that San Diego residents were experiencing. Rather than pursue change through individual legal cases, he decided to move toward a career in local politics. Before winning his seat on the San Diego Community College Board, he volunteered for a successful congressional campaign, and worked in community engagement for the non-profit Mid-City CAN.

    Other background: Councilmember Elo-Rivera has lived in San Diego for over ten years. He is the grandson of Syrian, Ukrainian, and Central American immigrants, and was a first-generation college student. 

    The Race


    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the nonpartisan March 5 primary, including incumbent Councilmember Sean Elo-Rivera, Fernando Garcia, and Terry Hoskins. The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Councilmember Elo-Rivera’s campaign has raised $38,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, fossil fuel, or corporate PAC interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: The challengers in this race have not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the city as of December 2023.

    The District


    City: San Diego is San Diego County’s most populous city. San Diego’s City Council District 9 includes the communities of Alvarado Estates, City Heights, College Area, College View Estates, El Cerrito, Kensington, Mission Valley East, Mountain View, Mt. Hope, Normal Heights, Redwood Village, Rolando Park, Rolando Village, Stockton, and Talmadge. 

    Governance structure: San Diego City Council oversees the needs of 1.3 million people and manages an estimated operating budget of $5.1 billion annually. San Diego is managed by a mayor-council-structured government.

    The Position


    Incorporated cities in California are generally governed by a five-person city council, although San Diego maintains a nine-person council. A city council is responsible for establishing policy, passing local laws (called ordinances), voting on budget appropriations, and developing an overall vision for the city. City council members in San Diego are ‎limited to two terms, or 8 years in office total. 


    Sean Elo-Rivera

    Re-elect Councilmember Sean Elo-Rivera to keep San Diego on the right track for progress. 

    Re-elect Councilmember Sean Elo-Rivera to keep San Diego on the right track for progress. 



    Councilmember Sean Elo-Rivera’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of City Council District 9 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Councilmember Elo-Rivera has the endorsement of California Working Families Party in this race.

    Top issues: Renter protections, homelessness and housing, infrastructure and public works, and taxation.

    Key initiatives: Since joining the City Council, Councilmember Elo-Rivera has provided leadership in securing stronger renter protections, minimizing displacement for unhoused San Diegans, and holding SeaWorld accountable for unpaid rent and fees to the city. He was also an advocate for the successful effort to remove a 100-year-old ordinance that provided free trash pickup to some city residents at the expense of taxpayers. In December 2021, he was elected by the City Council to serve a term as president of the body, and has been re-elected to the position twice since. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Councilmember Elo-Rivera has served in this seat since 2020, when he was elected with over 62% of the vote. Prior to joining the City Council, he was elected to the San Diego Community College Board in 2018 with over 51% of the vote.

    Prior to his election to the City Council, Councilmember Elo-Rivera completed law school at Cal Western, where he was exposed to community service opportunities that shifted his professional trajectory. Through his engagement with the Law School’s student government, the campus Amnesty International student group, and providing law clinics to high school students through the City Heights Community Law Project, Councilmember Elo-Rivera began to understand some of the daily challenges that San Diego residents were experiencing. Rather than pursue change through individual legal cases, he decided to move toward a career in local politics. Before winning his seat on the San Diego Community College Board, he volunteered for a successful congressional campaign, and worked in community engagement for the non-profit Mid-City CAN.

    Other background: Councilmember Elo-Rivera has lived in San Diego for over ten years. He is the grandson of Syrian, Ukrainian, and Central American immigrants, and was a first-generation college student. 

    The Race


    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the nonpartisan March 5 primary, including incumbent Councilmember Sean Elo-Rivera, Fernando Garcia, and Terry Hoskins. The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Councilmember Elo-Rivera’s campaign has raised $38,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, fossil fuel, or corporate PAC interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: The challengers in this race have not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the city as of December 2023.

    The District


    City: San Diego is San Diego County’s most populous city. San Diego’s City Council District 9 includes the communities of Alvarado Estates, City Heights, College Area, College View Estates, El Cerrito, Kensington, Mission Valley East, Mountain View, Mt. Hope, Normal Heights, Redwood Village, Rolando Park, Rolando Village, Stockton, and Talmadge. 

    Governance structure: San Diego City Council oversees the needs of 1.3 million people and manages an estimated operating budget of $5.1 billion annually. San Diego is managed by a mayor-council-structured government.

    The Position


    Incorporated cities in California are generally governed by a five-person city council, although San Diego maintains a nine-person council. A city council is responsible for establishing policy, passing local laws (called ordinances), voting on budget appropriations, and developing an overall vision for the city. City council members in San Diego are ‎limited to two terms, or 8 years in office total. 


    Sean Elo-Rivera

    Re-elect Councilmember Sean Elo-Rivera to keep San Diego on the right track for progress.