• 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

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State Senate

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

  • Reggie Jones-Sawyer

    Reelect State Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer to keep AD-57 moving toward progress. 

     

    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 57th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 6% are Republican and 64% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 57% Latino, 4% Asian, and 30% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-57 is 2% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-57 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 73 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 77 points.

     

    The Race

    There is one candidate running for this seat, Democratic Incumbent Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer. Jones-Sawyer’s campaign has raised $499,434 and is not funded by the real estate industry. He has accepted donations from corporate PACs, the fossil fuel industry, and the police.

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Reginald Jones-Sawyer, a labor organizer and public servant, is from Little Rock, AR, and now lives in Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, Assm. Jones-Sawyer is running for reelection to continue championing forward-thinking policies that put working families first. Assm. Jones-Sawyer won his 2020 reelection against a Democratic challenger by 15 points. 

    Assm. Jones-Sawyer’s priorities for AD-57 this year have included 39 bills about justice reform, increasing quality and funding for education, and supporting tenants and housing, of which 17 have successfully passed the Assembly. Eight have passed the Senate and been signed into law. He currently chairs the Assembly Public Safety Committee, and sits on the Agriculture, Budget, Governmental Organization, and Labor and Employment Committees. He scores a perfect 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Jones-Sawyer has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Jones-Sawyer served as a labor organizer and vice president of his chapter of SEIU, as well as for the City of Los Angeles as a director of Asset Management and assistant deputy mayor. He is a longtime supporter of criminal-justice reform and youth advocacy. He secured tens of millions of dollars in the state budget for the Youth Reinvestment Fund, which aims to fund trauma-informed interventions and alternatives to incarceration and arrest for vulnerable young people. He also helped secure $100 million in grant funding aimed at recidivism reduction. During his tenure in the Assembly, Jones-Sawyer founded and now chairs the California Progressive Caucus. He has also sponsored and passed legislation increasing age and education requirements for law enforcement, limiting exploitation of arrested individuals by bail licensees, expanding job protections in the event of layoffs for classified school district employees, and increasing access to financial aid for college students. 

    Assm. Jones-Sawyer has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, California League of Conservation Voters, Equality California, Everytown for Gun Safety, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Abundant Housing LA, and labor unions like SEIU, the California Labor Federation, California Nurses Association, UFCW, NUHW, and UFW. Based on our analysis, Assm. Jones-Sawyer’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-57 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Reggie Jones-Sawyer

    Reelect State Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer to keep AD-57 moving toward progress. 

     

    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 57th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 6% are Republican and 64% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 57% Latino, 4% Asian, and 30% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-57 is 2% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-57 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 73 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 77 points.

     

    The Race

    There is one candidate running for this seat, Democratic Incumbent Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer. Jones-Sawyer’s campaign has raised $499,434 and is not funded by the real estate industry. He has accepted donations from corporate PACs, the fossil fuel industry, and the police.

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Reginald Jones-Sawyer, a labor organizer and public servant, is from Little Rock, AR, and now lives in Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, Assm. Jones-Sawyer is running for reelection to continue championing forward-thinking policies that put working families first. Assm. Jones-Sawyer won his 2020 reelection against a Democratic challenger by 15 points. 

    Assm. Jones-Sawyer’s priorities for AD-57 this year have included 39 bills about justice reform, increasing quality and funding for education, and supporting tenants and housing, of which 17 have successfully passed the Assembly. Eight have passed the Senate and been signed into law. He currently chairs the Assembly Public Safety Committee, and sits on the Agriculture, Budget, Governmental Organization, and Labor and Employment Committees. He scores a perfect 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Jones-Sawyer has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Jones-Sawyer served as a labor organizer and vice president of his chapter of SEIU, as well as for the City of Los Angeles as a director of Asset Management and assistant deputy mayor. He is a longtime supporter of criminal-justice reform and youth advocacy. He secured tens of millions of dollars in the state budget for the Youth Reinvestment Fund, which aims to fund trauma-informed interventions and alternatives to incarceration and arrest for vulnerable young people. He also helped secure $100 million in grant funding aimed at recidivism reduction. During his tenure in the Assembly, Jones-Sawyer founded and now chairs the California Progressive Caucus. He has also sponsored and passed legislation increasing age and education requirements for law enforcement, limiting exploitation of arrested individuals by bail licensees, expanding job protections in the event of layoffs for classified school district employees, and increasing access to financial aid for college students. 

    Assm. Jones-Sawyer has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, California League of Conservation Voters, Equality California, Everytown for Gun Safety, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Abundant Housing LA, and labor unions like SEIU, the California Labor Federation, California Nurses Association, UFCW, NUHW, and UFW. Based on our analysis, Assm. Jones-Sawyer’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-57 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Reggie Jones-Sawyer

    Reelect State Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer to keep AD-57 moving toward progress. 

     

    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 57th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 6% are Republican and 64% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 57% Latino, 4% Asian, and 30% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-57 is 2% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-57 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 73 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 77 points.

     

    The Race

    There is one candidate running for this seat, Democratic Incumbent Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer. Jones-Sawyer’s campaign has raised $499,434 and is not funded by the real estate industry. He has accepted donations from corporate PACs, the fossil fuel industry, and the police.

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Reginald Jones-Sawyer, a labor organizer and public servant, is from Little Rock, AR, and now lives in Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, Assm. Jones-Sawyer is running for reelection to continue championing forward-thinking policies that put working families first. Assm. Jones-Sawyer won his 2020 reelection against a Democratic challenger by 15 points. 

    Assm. Jones-Sawyer’s priorities for AD-57 this year have included 39 bills about justice reform, increasing quality and funding for education, and supporting tenants and housing, of which 17 have successfully passed the Assembly. Eight have passed the Senate and been signed into law. He currently chairs the Assembly Public Safety Committee, and sits on the Agriculture, Budget, Governmental Organization, and Labor and Employment Committees. He scores a perfect 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Jones-Sawyer has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Jones-Sawyer served as a labor organizer and vice president of his chapter of SEIU, as well as for the City of Los Angeles as a director of Asset Management and assistant deputy mayor. He is a longtime supporter of criminal-justice reform and youth advocacy. He secured tens of millions of dollars in the state budget for the Youth Reinvestment Fund, which aims to fund trauma-informed interventions and alternatives to incarceration and arrest for vulnerable young people. He also helped secure $100 million in grant funding aimed at recidivism reduction. During his tenure in the Assembly, Jones-Sawyer founded and now chairs the California Progressive Caucus. He has also sponsored and passed legislation increasing age and education requirements for law enforcement, limiting exploitation of arrested individuals by bail licensees, expanding job protections in the event of layoffs for classified school district employees, and increasing access to financial aid for college students. 

    Assm. Jones-Sawyer has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, California League of Conservation Voters, Equality California, Everytown for Gun Safety, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Abundant Housing LA, and labor unions like SEIU, the California Labor Federation, California Nurses Association, UFCW, NUHW, and UFW. Based on our analysis, Assm. Jones-Sawyer’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-57 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

Congress

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

  • 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.

     

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.

 

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