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  • Pilar Schiavo

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

     

     

    The Position


    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


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

     

     

     

     

    The Race


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

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


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

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

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

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

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

     

     

    Pilar Schiavo

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

     

     

    The Position


    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


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

     

     

     

     

    The Race


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

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


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

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

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

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

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

     

     

    Pilar Schiavo

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

     

     

    The Position


    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

     

    The District


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

     

     

     

     

    The Race


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

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


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

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Endorsed By: Courage California

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LA County Sheriff -- No rec

Based on our analysis, four of the challengers for this position have distinct visions for the district. We recommend that you choose the challenger who best aligns with your values in this race.

 

LA County Sheriff -- No rec

Based on our analysis, four of the challengers for this position have distinct visions for the district. We recommend that you choose the challenger who best aligns with your values in this race.