• Karen Bass

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

     

    The Position

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

    Karen Bass

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

     

    The Position

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

    Karen Bass

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

     

    The Position

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

  • Endorsed By: Courage California

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

  • Endorsed by Courage California
  • Tina McKinnor

    Elect Tina McKinnor to push AD-62 and AD-61 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


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

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

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s current 62nd Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. After the 2021 redistricting process, 88% of AD-62 is now in the newly drawn AD-61 district. There are two elections on the June 7 ballot: a special election runoff to fill the vacant seat for the current AD-62 district through November 2022, and a primary election in the newly drawn AD-61 district for the 2022–2024 term.

    California’s 61st Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 63% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 34% Latino, 6% Asian, and 34% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-62 is 3% more Democratic than AD-62 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-62 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 68 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 67 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    Assemblymember Autumn Burke announced her resignation in February after representing AD-62 since 2014. Assm. Burke’s resignation leaves this seat open through the end of the term in November 2022. A special election was held on April 5 with two candidates, Democrats Tina McKinnor and Robert Pullen-Miles, advancing to a runoff special election to be held on June 7. Pullen-Miles received 37% of the vote, and McKinnor received 35% of the vote. The winner of the June special election vote will serve the remainder of the term through November 2022.

    The primary election for the 2022–2024 cycle will also appear on the June 7 ballot, with the newly redrawn district represented as AD-61. There are five candidates running in this race, including Democrats Georgette Gomez, David Alvarez, Angie Reyes English, and Nico Ruderman, and Republican James Arlandus Spencer. McKinnor’s campaign has raised $228,000, and has not received donations from corporate PAC, police, fossil fuel, or real estate organizations. Pullen-Miles’s campaign has raised $163,000, and has received donations from real estate and fossil fuel organizations. He is endorsed by former Assemblymember Burke. Reyes English has raised $69,000, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel money. Ruderman has raised $135,000, and is funded primarily by individual donors.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Tina McKinnor, a community organizer and activist, has lived in Los Angeles for 28 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to infuse legislation with her decades-long commitment to transformative justice. McKinnor worked as a legislative staffer in Sacramento for five years, but has not run for office previously.

    McKinnor is the civic-engagement director for LA Voice and LA Voice Action, an interfaith organization that works with 59 connected congregations in Los Angeles County to bring progressive change to criminal justice, immigration, election reform, and housing reform. She does this work to find diverse and comprehensive solutions to community issues through local collaboration. McKinnor led LA Voice’s work in successfully advocating for the passing and implementation of SB 2 to increase police accountability. She also led LA Voice Action’s electoral campaigns to help elect Los Angeles Supervisor Holly Mitchell and District Attorney George Gascón. McKinnor founded and runs the McKinnor Group, a consulting firm that offers a full spectrum of campaign services to elected officials, candidates, ballot-measure efforts, corporations, nonprofits, lobbyists, and other political groups. Previously, McKinnor was the operational director for the California Democratic Party, and served as a district director and chief of staff in the State Assembly, where she guided significant legislation, including a bill that ensured that minority, women-owned, and LGBTQIA+ businesses would be given equal consideration as state contractors. She has also served as a board member with Partnership for Growth LA. McKinnor is a collaborative leader, and often seeks input and guidance from individuals and from groups that have been directly affected by an issue. She has built a strong network in both the legislative and organizing communities, and has leveraged her deep knowledge of fiscal and people management to create meaningful change.

    Tina McKinnor has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Black Women for Wellness Action Project. She also has the endorsement of many local elected officials, including Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin, Assemblymember Reggie Jones Sawyer, State Senator Scott Wiener, and Los Angeles Supervisor Holly Mitchell. Based on our analysis, McKinnor’s track record of serving her community and listening to people most affected across issues demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-62 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Tina McKinnor

    Elect Tina McKinnor to push AD-62 and AD-61 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


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

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

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s current 62nd Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. After the 2021 redistricting process, 88% of AD-62 is now in the newly drawn AD-61 district. There are two elections on the June 7 ballot: a special election runoff to fill the vacant seat for the current AD-62 district through November 2022, and a primary election in the newly drawn AD-61 district for the 2022–2024 term.

    California’s 61st Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 63% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 34% Latino, 6% Asian, and 34% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-62 is 3% more Democratic than AD-62 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-62 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 68 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 67 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    Assemblymember Autumn Burke announced her resignation in February after representing AD-62 since 2014. Assm. Burke’s resignation leaves this seat open through the end of the term in November 2022. A special election was held on April 5 with two candidates, Democrats Tina McKinnor and Robert Pullen-Miles, advancing to a runoff special election to be held on June 7. Pullen-Miles received 37% of the vote, and McKinnor received 35% of the vote. The winner of the June special election vote will serve the remainder of the term through November 2022.

    The primary election for the 2022–2024 cycle will also appear on the June 7 ballot, with the newly redrawn district represented as AD-61. There are five candidates running in this race, including Democrats Georgette Gomez, David Alvarez, Angie Reyes English, and Nico Ruderman, and Republican James Arlandus Spencer. McKinnor’s campaign has raised $228,000, and has not received donations from corporate PAC, police, fossil fuel, or real estate organizations. Pullen-Miles’s campaign has raised $163,000, and has received donations from real estate and fossil fuel organizations. He is endorsed by former Assemblymember Burke. Reyes English has raised $69,000, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel money. Ruderman has raised $135,000, and is funded primarily by individual donors.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Tina McKinnor, a community organizer and activist, has lived in Los Angeles for 28 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to infuse legislation with her decades-long commitment to transformative justice. McKinnor worked as a legislative staffer in Sacramento for five years, but has not run for office previously.

    McKinnor is the civic-engagement director for LA Voice and LA Voice Action, an interfaith organization that works with 59 connected congregations in Los Angeles County to bring progressive change to criminal justice, immigration, election reform, and housing reform. She does this work to find diverse and comprehensive solutions to community issues through local collaboration. McKinnor led LA Voice’s work in successfully advocating for the passing and implementation of SB 2 to increase police accountability. She also led LA Voice Action’s electoral campaigns to help elect Los Angeles Supervisor Holly Mitchell and District Attorney George Gascón. McKinnor founded and runs the McKinnor Group, a consulting firm that offers a full spectrum of campaign services to elected officials, candidates, ballot-measure efforts, corporations, nonprofits, lobbyists, and other political groups. Previously, McKinnor was the operational director for the California Democratic Party, and served as a district director and chief of staff in the State Assembly, where she guided significant legislation, including a bill that ensured that minority, women-owned, and LGBTQIA+ businesses would be given equal consideration as state contractors. She has also served as a board member with Partnership for Growth LA. McKinnor is a collaborative leader, and often seeks input and guidance from individuals and from groups that have been directly affected by an issue. She has built a strong network in both the legislative and organizing communities, and has leveraged her deep knowledge of fiscal and people management to create meaningful change.

    Tina McKinnor has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Black Women for Wellness Action Project. She also has the endorsement of many local elected officials, including Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin, Assemblymember Reggie Jones Sawyer, State Senator Scott Wiener, and Los Angeles Supervisor Holly Mitchell. Based on our analysis, McKinnor’s track record of serving her community and listening to people most affected across issues demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-62 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Tina McKinnor

    Elect Tina McKinnor to push AD-62 and AD-61 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


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

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

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s current 62nd Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. After the 2021 redistricting process, 88% of AD-62 is now in the newly drawn AD-61 district. There are two elections on the June 7 ballot: a special election runoff to fill the vacant seat for the current AD-62 district through November 2022, and a primary election in the newly drawn AD-61 district for the 2022–2024 term.

    California’s 61st Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 63% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 34% Latino, 6% Asian, and 34% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-62 is 3% more Democratic than AD-62 was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-62 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 68 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 67 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    Assemblymember Autumn Burke announced her resignation in February after representing AD-62 since 2014. Assm. Burke’s resignation leaves this seat open through the end of the term in November 2022. A special election was held on April 5 with two candidates, Democrats Tina McKinnor and Robert Pullen-Miles, advancing to a runoff special election to be held on June 7. Pullen-Miles received 37% of the vote, and McKinnor received 35% of the vote. The winner of the June special election vote will serve the remainder of the term through November 2022.

    The primary election for the 2022–2024 cycle will also appear on the June 7 ballot, with the newly redrawn district represented as AD-61. There are five candidates running in this race, including Democrats Georgette Gomez, David Alvarez, Angie Reyes English, and Nico Ruderman, and Republican James Arlandus Spencer. McKinnor’s campaign has raised $228,000, and has not received donations from corporate PAC, police, fossil fuel, or real estate organizations. Pullen-Miles’s campaign has raised $163,000, and has received donations from real estate and fossil fuel organizations. He is endorsed by former Assemblymember Burke. Reyes English has raised $69,000, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel money. Ruderman has raised $135,000, and is funded primarily by individual donors.

     

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Tina McKinnor, a community organizer and activist, has lived in Los Angeles for 28 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to infuse legislation with her decades-long commitment to transformative justice. McKinnor worked as a legislative staffer in Sacramento for five years, but has not run for office previously.

    McKinnor is the civic-engagement director for LA Voice and LA Voice Action, an interfaith organization that works with 59 connected congregations in Los Angeles County to bring progressive change to criminal justice, immigration, election reform, and housing reform. She does this work to find diverse and comprehensive solutions to community issues through local collaboration. McKinnor led LA Voice’s work in successfully advocating for the passing and implementation of SB 2 to increase police accountability. She also led LA Voice Action’s electoral campaigns to help elect Los Angeles Supervisor Holly Mitchell and District Attorney George Gascón. McKinnor founded and runs the McKinnor Group, a consulting firm that offers a full spectrum of campaign services to elected officials, candidates, ballot-measure efforts, corporations, nonprofits, lobbyists, and other political groups. Previously, McKinnor was the operational director for the California Democratic Party, and served as a district director and chief of staff in the State Assembly, where she guided significant legislation, including a bill that ensured that minority, women-owned, and LGBTQIA+ businesses would be given equal consideration as state contractors. She has also served as a board member with Partnership for Growth LA. McKinnor is a collaborative leader, and often seeks input and guidance from individuals and from groups that have been directly affected by an issue. She has built a strong network in both the legislative and organizing communities, and has leveraged her deep knowledge of fiscal and people management to create meaningful change.

    Tina McKinnor has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Black Women for Wellness Action Project. She also has the endorsement of many local elected officials, including Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin, Assemblymember Reggie Jones Sawyer, State Senator Scott Wiener, and Los Angeles Supervisor Holly Mitchell. Based on our analysis, McKinnor’s track record of serving her community and listening to people most affected across issues demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-62 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

  • Endorsed By: Courage California

Congress

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

  • Ted Lieu

    Reelect Congressional Representative Ted Lieu to keep CA-36 on the right track for progress.

     

    Ted Lieu

    Reelect Congressional Representative Ted Lieu to keep CA-36 on the right track for progress.

     

    Ted Lieu

    Reelect Congressional Representative Ted Lieu to keep CA-36 on the right track for progress.

     

  • Maxine Waters

    Reelect Congressional Representative Maxine Waters to keep CA-43 on the right track for progress.

     

    Maxine Waters

    Reelect Congressional Representative Maxine Waters to keep CA-43 on the right track for progress.

     

    Maxine Waters

    Reelect Congressional Representative Maxine Waters to keep CA-43 on the right track for progress.

     

Voting has changed in Los Angeles County this year. The Voter’s Choice Act was enacted in the county to make voting more convenient. Changes include an expanded period of in-person early voting, every registered voter in the county will receive a vote-by-mail ballot, and every registered voter in the county is able to vote in-person at any Vote Center in their county. Also, in-person voters in Los Angeles County will have the opportunity to use the new Ballot Marking Device, a touchscreen with audio features, to mark their ballots. Have questions about the changes to voting in Los Angeles County? Find out how to vote in Los Angeles County.

No Recommendation

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.

 

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

  • Henry Stern

    Elect Henry Stern to push Los Angeles County in the right direction for progress. 

     

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person board of supervisors. A board of supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by boards of supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to 3 terms, or 12 years in office total.

     

    The District

    Los Angeles is California’s most populous county. Los Angeles County’s board of supervisors oversees the needs of 10 million people and manages an estimated budget of $36.2 billion annually. According to the County Charter, Los Angeles County is governed by a five-member board of supervisors, a county assessor, a district attorney, and a sheriff. District 3 includes the areas of Universal City, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica Mountains North Area, Westhills, Franklin Canyon, and Malibu Coastal Zone. 

     

    The Race

    There are six candidates running for this seat, including State Senator Henry Stern, State Senator Robert Hertzberg, West Hollywood City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath, Craig Brill, Jeffi Girgenti, and Roxanne Beckford Hoge. Sen. Stern’s campaign has raised $60,000 and is not funded by fossil fuel, real estate, police, or corporate PAC interests. Sen. Hertzberg’s campaign has raised over $150,000 and is not funded by fossil fuel, real estate, police, or corporate PAC interests. Horvath’s campaign has raised over $40,000 and is not funded by fossil fuel, real estate, police, or corporate PAC interests. The campaigns for Brill, Girgenti, and Hoge have raised insignificant funds. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Henry Stern, an attorney and a state senator, was raised in Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, Sen. Stern is running for election to bring his state government experience to the real-time crises of homelessness and public safety facing Los Angeles County residents. In 2016, Sen. Stern won his first election for State Senate District 27 by 12 points over Republican Steve Fazio. 

    Sen. Stern started his career as a high school teacher and a juvenile-justice investigator, which inspired him to pursue his law degree at UC-Berkeley. He served as an attorney on Capitol Hill before pursuing civil rights and environmental law back in California. He is a longtime supporter of environmental protections, and has received annual recognition from Sierra Club and California Environmental Justice Alliance for his work in the legislature. 

    As a legislator, Sen. Stern’s priorities for SD-27 this year have included 46 bills about environmental protections, homelessness and housing, and education. Of these, one has been chaptered into law, ten have died, and the majority of the others remain in committee. He currently serves on four committees, and is chair of the Natural Resources and Water Committee, and chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management. He scores a Lifetime CS of 81 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Sen. Stern has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he failed to vote to codify California’s carbon neutrality goal.

    Henry Stern is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district, including LA League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, and United Teachers of Los Angeles. He is also endorsed by many local elected officials, including State Senator Maria Elena Durazo and State Senator Connie Leyva. Based on our analysis, Stern’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of Los Angeles County and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Henry Stern

    Elect Henry Stern to push Los Angeles County in the right direction for progress. 

     

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person board of supervisors. A board of supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by boards of supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to 3 terms, or 12 years in office total.

     

    The District

    Los Angeles is California’s most populous county. Los Angeles County’s board of supervisors oversees the needs of 10 million people and manages an estimated budget of $36.2 billion annually. According to the County Charter, Los Angeles County is governed by a five-member board of supervisors, a county assessor, a district attorney, and a sheriff. District 3 includes the areas of Universal City, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica Mountains North Area, Westhills, Franklin Canyon, and Malibu Coastal Zone. 

     

    The Race

    There are six candidates running for this seat, including State Senator Henry Stern, State Senator Robert Hertzberg, West Hollywood City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath, Craig Brill, Jeffi Girgenti, and Roxanne Beckford Hoge. Sen. Stern’s campaign has raised $60,000 and is not funded by fossil fuel, real estate, police, or corporate PAC interests. Sen. Hertzberg’s campaign has raised over $150,000 and is not funded by fossil fuel, real estate, police, or corporate PAC interests. Horvath’s campaign has raised over $40,000 and is not funded by fossil fuel, real estate, police, or corporate PAC interests. The campaigns for Brill, Girgenti, and Hoge have raised insignificant funds. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Henry Stern, an attorney and a state senator, was raised in Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, Sen. Stern is running for election to bring his state government experience to the real-time crises of homelessness and public safety facing Los Angeles County residents. In 2016, Sen. Stern won his first election for State Senate District 27 by 12 points over Republican Steve Fazio. 

    Sen. Stern started his career as a high school teacher and a juvenile-justice investigator, which inspired him to pursue his law degree at UC-Berkeley. He served as an attorney on Capitol Hill before pursuing civil rights and environmental law back in California. He is a longtime supporter of environmental protections, and has received annual recognition from Sierra Club and California Environmental Justice Alliance for his work in the legislature. 

    As a legislator, Sen. Stern’s priorities for SD-27 this year have included 46 bills about environmental protections, homelessness and housing, and education. Of these, one has been chaptered into law, ten have died, and the majority of the others remain in committee. He currently serves on four committees, and is chair of the Natural Resources and Water Committee, and chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management. He scores a Lifetime CS of 81 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Sen. Stern has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he failed to vote to codify California’s carbon neutrality goal.

    Henry Stern is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district, including LA League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, and United Teachers of Los Angeles. He is also endorsed by many local elected officials, including State Senator Maria Elena Durazo and State Senator Connie Leyva. Based on our analysis, Stern’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of Los Angeles County and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Henry Stern

    Elect Henry Stern to push Los Angeles County in the right direction for progress. 

     

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person board of supervisors. A board of supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by boards of supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to 3 terms, or 12 years in office total.

     

    The District

    Los Angeles is California’s most populous county. Los Angeles County’s board of supervisors oversees the needs of 10 million people and manages an estimated budget of $36.2 billion annually. According to the County Charter, Los Angeles County is governed by a five-member board of supervisors, a county assessor, a district attorney, and a sheriff. District 3 includes the areas of Universal City, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica Mountains North Area, Westhills, Franklin Canyon, and Malibu Coastal Zone. 

     

    The Race

    There are six candidates running for this seat, including State Senator Henry Stern, State Senator Robert Hertzberg, West Hollywood City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath, Craig Brill, Jeffi Girgenti, and Roxanne Beckford Hoge. Sen. Stern’s campaign has raised $60,000 and is not funded by fossil fuel, real estate, police, or corporate PAC interests. Sen. Hertzberg’s campaign has raised over $150,000 and is not funded by fossil fuel, real estate, police, or corporate PAC interests. Horvath’s campaign has raised over $40,000 and is not funded by fossil fuel, real estate, police, or corporate PAC interests. The campaigns for Brill, Girgenti, and Hoge have raised insignificant funds. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Henry Stern, an attorney and a state senator, was raised in Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, Sen. Stern is running for election to bring his state government experience to the real-time crises of homelessness and public safety facing Los Angeles County residents. In 2016, Sen. Stern won his first election for State Senate District 27 by 12 points over Republican Steve Fazio. 

    Sen. Stern started his career as a high school teacher and a juvenile-justice investigator, which inspired him to pursue his law degree at UC-Berkeley. He served as an attorney on Capitol Hill before pursuing civil rights and environmental law back in California. He is a longtime supporter of environmental protections, and has received annual recognition from Sierra Club and California Environmental Justice Alliance for his work in the legislature. 

    As a legislator, Sen. Stern’s priorities for SD-27 this year have included 46 bills about environmental protections, homelessness and housing, and education. Of these, one has been chaptered into law, ten have died, and the majority of the others remain in committee. He currently serves on four committees, and is chair of the Natural Resources and Water Committee, and chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management. He scores a Lifetime CS of 81 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Sen. Stern has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he failed to vote to codify California’s carbon neutrality goal.

    Henry Stern is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district, including LA League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, and United Teachers of Los Angeles. He is also endorsed by many local elected officials, including State Senator Maria Elena Durazo and State Senator Connie Leyva. Based on our analysis, Stern’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of Los Angeles County and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

  • Courage Score: https://couragescore.org