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

  • 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 officer. The city council is responsible for establishing policy, passing local laws (called ordinances), voting on budget appropriations, and developing an overall vision for the city. The mayor of Los Angeles has veto and emergency powers and is responsible for managing dozens of departments and agencies. They also carry out ordinances, ensure coordination among different branches of city government, and submit an annual budget proposal to the L.A. City Council. In Los Angeles, a mayor is elected to a four-year term, with a limit of two consecutive terms. 

     

    The District

    Los Angeles is Los Angeles County’s most populous city. Los Angeles’s mayor and City Council oversee the needs of 3.9 million people and manage an estimated operating budget of $11.2 billion annually. As of the 2020 Census, Los Angeles had a demographic breakdown of 48% Latino, 12% Asian, and 9% Black. The most recent election results for Los Angeles County, which includes the city of Los Angeles, show that it voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 41 points and for Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 44 points.

     

    The Race

    There are 12 candidates running for this seat, including Congressmember Karen Bass, real estate developer Rick Caruso, City Councilmember Kevin de Leon, City Councilmember Joe Buscaino, and LA City Attorney Mike Feuer. Rep. Bass’s campaign has raised $4.1 million, and has not received donations from police, fossil fuel, or corporate PAC interests. Caruso’s campaign has raised $500,000 through individual donations. He has also loaned an additional $22.5 million to his own campaign. De Leon’s campaign has raised $3.2 million, and has received donations from real estate and fossil fuel interests. Buscaino’s campaign has raised $1.3 million, and has received donations from real estate interests. Feuer’s campaign has raised $1.8 million, and has received donations from real estate interests. 

     

    Our Endorsement

    Congressmember Karen Bass, a member of the House of Representatives, is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to use her demonstrated track record of progressive success to address issues of social and economic inequality in her home city.  Bass has been in elected leadership since 2004, when she won her first term in the California State Assembly. In 2012, she was elected to the United States Congress, and won her most recent reelection in 2020 by 72 points against Republican challenger Errol Webber.

     

    Rep. Bass started her career as a nurse and a physician’s assistant, and was moved to action by the intimate view that her work provided of the crack epidemic in Los Angeles. In 1990, she founded Community Coalition, an organization she is still involved with today, to identify local solutions to the economic inequities that contribute to  crime, addiction, violence, and poverty. Rep. Bass joined the State Assembly in 2004, and rose to the Speaker’s seat in 2008, as California was facing a severe recession. She was instrumental in negotiating a federal stimulus for Californians, and passing legislation that secured affordable health care and improved child welfare services. During her ten years in Congress, Rep. Bass has established herself as an effective progressive leader, focusing much of her work on equity legislation. She has passed bills to protect LGBTQIA+ community, founded and co-chairs the bipartisan Caucus on Foster Youth, and authored the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to transform policing. These experiences in health care, coalition-building, economic recovery, and racial-justice reform are the foundation of her approach to moving Los Angeles forward as mayor. Through a collaborative approach, her administration would focus on eliminating bureaucratic barriers to affordable housing development, working with individual communities to address local safety issues and hate-crime prevention, and tailoring interventions to support local economic recovery from COVID-19. In a city with both extreme wealth and extreme poverty, Rep. Bass’s policies would aim to narrow the economic gap and return dignity to individuals who have been failed by inefficient public systems. She is a longtime supporter of social equity and justice initiatives, and remains actively involved as a board member with the National Foster Youth Institute, which she co-founded. 

     

    Rep. Bass’s priorities for her congressional district, CD-37, this year have included 31 bills about crime and law enforcement, health care, foster care, and child welfare. Of these, nearly all are currently in committee.  She currently serves on the Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees. Rep. Bass is former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and a member of a variety of legislative groups, including Medicare for All Caucus; Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus; Congressional Progressive Caucus; and Congressional Social Work Caucus. This year, Rep. Bass has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

     

    Bass is endorsed by many progressive groups, including LA Voice Action, California Women’s List, California Black Women’s Democratic Club, ACCE Action, Stonewall Democratic Club, and Westside Young Democrats, as well as the Los Angeles Times. She has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including Senator Cory Booker, Rep. Katie Porter, State Senator Sydney Kamlager, and L.A. City Councilmember Nithya Raman. Based on our analysis, Bass’s extensive experience and policy successes demonstrate that she is uniquely qualified to lead and will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of Los Angeles. She will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Last updated: 2022-05-20

    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

  • Reelect State Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia to keep AD-36 on the right track for 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 36th Assembly District includes parts of Riverview and San Bernardino Counties and all of Imperial County. Republicans typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 27% are Republican and 44% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 59% Latino, 3% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-36 is 8% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-36 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 15 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 9 points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Eduardo Garcia, Democrat Marlon Ware, and Republican Ian Weeks. Assm. Garcia’s campaign has raised $521,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC interests. Weeks’s campaign has raised $15,000, primarily from individual donors. Ware’s campaign has not submitted any fundraising receipts to the Secretary of State. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Garcia, a career public servant, is a lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Garcia represents AD-56 and won his 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican America Figueroa by 28 points. 

    Assm. Garcia’s priorities for AD-56 this year have included 56 bills about energy, water, education, and workforce development. Of these, four have been chaptered into law, one has been vetoed, 16 have died, and the rest are currently in committee. He currently sits on four committees, including Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, and Governmental Organization. He serves as chair of the Utilities and Energy Committee, and the Select Committee on California’s Lithium Economy. He scores a CS of 84 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Garcia has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Assm. Garcia did not cast a vote on bills related to single-use plastics in online retailing, and the expunging or sealing of criminal records for those who have completed their sentences. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2014, Assm. Garcia served for ten years in the Coachella City Council, including a turn as mayor. He was the first person to be elected to the mayor’s seat. He is a longtime supporter of environmental and economic development for the Coachella Valley. Assm. Garcia has authored bills related to the restoration of the Salton Sea, and bills related to providing financial support to small businesses and workforce-development training to local residents. 

    Assm. Garcia has received donations from a variety of problematic funders, including Sempra Energy, AT&T, Exxon Mobil Corporation, California Association of Highway Patrolmen PAC, and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Given Assm. Garcia’s connection to these groups, it is important that voters continue to hold him accountable to ensure that his legislative efforts remain in the best interest of constituents instead of donors. Based on our analysis, Assm. Garcia’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a leader for the constituents of AD-36 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Last updated: 2022-05-15

    Eduardo Garcia

    Reelect State Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia to keep AD-36 on the right track for 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 36th Assembly District includes parts of Riverview and San Bernardino Counties and all of Imperial County. Republicans typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 27% are Republican and 44% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 59% Latino, 3% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-36 is 8% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-36 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 15 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 9 points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Eduardo Garcia, Democrat Marlon Ware, and Republican Ian Weeks. Assm. Garcia’s campaign has raised $521,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC interests. Weeks’s campaign has raised $15,000, primarily from individual donors. Ware’s campaign has not submitted any fundraising receipts to the Secretary of State. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Garcia, a career public servant, is a lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Garcia represents AD-56 and won his 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican America Figueroa by 28 points. 

    Assm. Garcia’s priorities for AD-56 this year have included 56 bills about energy, water, education, and workforce development. Of these, four have been chaptered into law, one has been vetoed, 16 have died, and the rest are currently in committee. He currently sits on four committees, including Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, and Governmental Organization. He serves as chair of the Utilities and Energy Committee, and the Select Committee on California’s Lithium Economy. He scores a CS of 84 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Garcia has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Assm. Garcia did not cast a vote on bills related to single-use plastics in online retailing, and the expunging or sealing of criminal records for those who have completed their sentences. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2014, Assm. Garcia served for ten years in the Coachella City Council, including a turn as mayor. He was the first person to be elected to the mayor’s seat. He is a longtime supporter of environmental and economic development for the Coachella Valley. Assm. Garcia has authored bills related to the restoration of the Salton Sea, and bills related to providing financial support to small businesses and workforce-development training to local residents. 

    Assm. Garcia has received donations from a variety of problematic funders, including Sempra Energy, AT&T, Exxon Mobil Corporation, California Association of Highway Patrolmen PAC, and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Given Assm. Garcia’s connection to these groups, it is important that voters continue to hold him accountable to ensure that his legislative efforts remain in the best interest of constituents instead of donors. Based on our analysis, Assm. Garcia’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a leader for the constituents of AD-36 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Eduardo Garcia

    Reelect State Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia to keep AD-36 on the right track for 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 36th Assembly District includes parts of Riverview and San Bernardino Counties and all of Imperial County. Republicans typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 27% are Republican and 44% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 59% Latino, 3% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-36 is 8% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-36 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 15 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 9 points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Eduardo Garcia, Democrat Marlon Ware, and Republican Ian Weeks. Assm. Garcia’s campaign has raised $521,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC interests. Weeks’s campaign has raised $15,000, primarily from individual donors. Ware’s campaign has not submitted any fundraising receipts to the Secretary of State. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Garcia, a career public servant, is a lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Garcia represents AD-56 and won his 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican America Figueroa by 28 points. 

    Assm. Garcia’s priorities for AD-56 this year have included 56 bills about energy, water, education, and workforce development. Of these, four have been chaptered into law, one has been vetoed, 16 have died, and the rest are currently in committee. He currently sits on four committees, including Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, and Governmental Organization. He serves as chair of the Utilities and Energy Committee, and the Select Committee on California’s Lithium Economy. He scores a CS of 84 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Garcia has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Assm. Garcia did not cast a vote on bills related to single-use plastics in online retailing, and the expunging or sealing of criminal records for those who have completed their sentences. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2014, Assm. Garcia served for ten years in the Coachella City Council, including a turn as mayor. He was the first person to be elected to the mayor’s seat. He is a longtime supporter of environmental and economic development for the Coachella Valley. Assm. Garcia has authored bills related to the restoration of the Salton Sea, and bills related to providing financial support to small businesses and workforce-development training to local residents. 

    Assm. Garcia has received donations from a variety of problematic funders, including Sempra Energy, AT&T, Exxon Mobil Corporation, California Association of Highway Patrolmen PAC, and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Given Assm. Garcia’s connection to these groups, it is important that voters continue to hold him accountable to ensure that his legislative efforts remain in the best interest of constituents instead of donors. Based on our analysis, Assm. Garcia’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a leader for the constituents of AD-36 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.

  • Elect Derek Marshall to push CD-23 in the right direction.

     

    The Position

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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.  

     

    The District

    California’s 23rd Congressional District includes parts of San Bernardino, Kern, and Los Angeles Counties. Republicans have held this district since 2012. Of the registered voters in this district, 37% are Republican and 34% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 33% Latino, 4% Asian, and 9% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-20 is 3% less Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-20 voted for Trump for president in 2020 by 11 points and Cox for governor in 2018 by 19 points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including incumbent Republican Jay Obernolte and Democrats Derek Marshall and Blanca Gomez. Obernolte’s campaign has raised over $500,000 and is funded by fossil fuel, real estate, and conservative PAC money. Marshall’s campaign has raised over $500,000 and is exclusively funded by individual donations.

    Rep. Obernolte is the incumbent, having served in his position since 2020. He opposes reproductive rights and gun safety, and sides with developers over residents. Rep. Obernolte has not spearheaded any bills for District 23 this year. He currently serves on the Natural Resources and the Science, Space, and Technology committees. Rep. Obernolte was endorsed by Donald Trump in 2020. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Derek Marshall, a community organizer and former staffer for Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, was raised in a small town. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to put the needs of working people first and because he wants to bring the communities of the high desert and the mountains together to demand and achieve a more livable life. His priorities, if elected, are to pursue Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and local jobs. Marshall has not run for office previously. 

    Marshall is a political organizer motivated by having witnessed extreme inequality while working in a mutual-aid organization with his family when he was growing up. After studying politics and international relations, Marshall moved to Europe to help found a global research initiative that worked with the UN to hold states accountable for health and human rights commitments. After returning to California, Marshall helped establish Ground Game LA, an organization that works on housing justice. He also partnered with local community groups to organize arts and culture events to raise money for LGBTQIA+ issues. Marshall later began pursuing electoral organizing, working on local Democratic campaigns as well as staffing Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign in Nevada, helping to deliver the senator’s largest victory in the primary.

    Based on our analysis, Marshall’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-23 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Last updated: 2022-05-15

    Derek Marshall

    Elect Derek Marshall to push CD-23 in the right direction.

     

    Derek Marshall

    Elect Derek Marshall to push CD-23 in the right direction.

     

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Julia Brownley to keep CD-26 on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.  

     

    The District

    California’s 26th Congressional District includes parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Republicans held this district until 2012, when Julia Brownley won and flipped CD-26 from red to blue. Of the registered voters in this district, 29% are Republican and 43% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 32% Latino, 9% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-26 is 3% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-26 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 20 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 10 points.

     

    The Race

    There are five candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Julia Brownley, and Republican Matt Jacobs. Rep. Brownley’s campaign has raised $1.2 million and has received donations from fossil fuel, real estate, and corporate PAC interests.  Jacobs’s campaign has raised $1.2 million and has received donations from police interests. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Rep. Brownley, a former state assemblymember, lives in Westlake Village. According to campaign materials, she is running for reelection to continue to increase opportunity for middle-class families through health care, education, and environmental reforms. Rep. Brownley won her 2020 reelection against Republican Ronda Kennedy by 22 points. 

    Rep. Brownley’s priorities for CD-26 this year have included 54 bills about the military and national security, transportation, and taxes. She currently serves on four committees, including Veterans’ Affairs, on which she ranks second, and Transportation and Infrastructure, on which she ranks fourth. She serves as chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, and as co-chair of six caucuses, including Black Maternal Health, Congressional Dyslexia, and E-2D Hawkeye. This year, Rep. Brownley has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 95% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Brownley voted in support of the Bioeconomy Research and Development Act and the National Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2022. 

    Prior to her election to Congress, Rep. Brownley served three terms in the State Assembly, representing AD-41. She also served as a school board member for three terms, and used her role to advocate for quality educational opportunities for all students, including those with special needs. Rep. Brownley’s early career was spent working in business and marketing. She is a longtime supporter of education reform and veterans’ services, and has been recognized for her legislative efforts in each of these policy areas. However, Rep. Brownley has maintained a moderate voting record, and has failed to promote progressive legislation on issues of importance to her district. Although she often talks about lowering the cost of health care for middle-class families and veterans, she has not publicly supported Medicare for All and accepts significant donations from health industry PACs. Although her district has experienced the impacts of California’s wildfire seasons, she has not publicly supported the Green New Deal. 

    Rep. Brownley isn’t a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, but has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including California League of Conservation Voters, Equality California, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. However, she has also received the formal endorsement of Peace Officers Research Association of California, and has received funds from a variety of problematic donors, including Sempra Energy PAC, National Association of Realtors PAC, Lockheed Martin Corporation PAC, and Edison International PAC. Given these associations, it is critical that voters continue to hold her accountable, to ensure that her legislative efforts remain in the best interests of her district and constituents. Based on our analysis, Rep. Brownley’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a representative leader for the constituents of CD-26 and will govern effectively for this diverse district if she is subject to increased community accountability.
     

    Last updated: 2022-05-16

    Julia Brownley

    Reelect Congressional Representative Julia Brownley to keep CD-26 on the right track for progress. 

     

    Julia Brownley

    Reelect Congressional Representative Julia Brownley to keep CD-26 on the right track for progress. 

     

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Judy Chu to keep CD-28 on the right track for progress.

     

     

    The Position


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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 28th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 21% are Republican and 47% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 24% Latino, 35% Asian, and 5% Black. This district is considered to be a strong Asian seat in the California congressional delegation. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-28 is 2% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-28 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 36 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 27 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are four candidates running for this seat: Democrat Incumbent Representative Judy Chu, Democrat Challenger Dorothy Caronna, Independent Gio DePaolis, and Republican Wes Hallman. Rep. Chu’s campaign has raised over $700,000 and is not funded by police money.

     

     

     

     

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Chu, a longtime public servant, grew up in Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, Rep. Chu is running for reelection to continue achieving accomplishments in Congress for her district and nationwide. Rep. Chu won her 2020 reelection against a Republican challenger by 40 points.

    Rep. Chu’s priorities for CD-28 this year have included 31 bills about civil liberties, immigration, and abortion, all of which have successfully passed the House. She currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee. This year, Rep. Chu has voted 98% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Chu voted against the Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act while Rep. Pelosi voted for it, and Rep. Chu voted for the New North American Free Trade Agreement while Rep. Ocasio-Cortez voted against it.

    Prior to her election to Congress, Rep. Chu served as mayor of Monterey Park from 1989 to 1994, and in 2001, she was elected to the State Assembly. She was first elected to Congress in 2009, becoming the first Chinese American to serve in the institution. She is a longtime supporter of civil liberties and reproductive rights.

    Rep. Chu is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. Based on our analysis, Rep. Chu’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-28 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-11

    Judy Chu

    Reelect Congressional Representative Judy Chu to keep CD-28 on the right track for progress.

     

     

    Judy Chu

    Reelect Congressional Representative Judy Chu to keep CD-28 on the right track for progress.

     

     

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Adam Schiff to keep CD-30 on the right track for progress.



    The Position


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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.

    The District


    California’s 30th Congressional District is in Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 17% are Republican and 52% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 20% Latino, 13% Asian, and 5% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CA-30 is 3% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show the CD-30 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 44 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 54 points.

    The Race


    There are eight candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Schiff, Democrat G. “Maebe A Girl” Pudlo, and Republicans Ronda Kennedy and Johnny Nalbandian. Schiff’s campaign has raised over $9 million and is not funded by police money. He has received donations from corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and real estate interests.

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Schiff, a longtime public servant, has lived in California since 1972. According to campaign materials, Rep. Schiff is running for reelection to continue to fight for the core of America’s democracy. Rep. Schiff won their 2020 reelection against a Republican challenger by 46 points.

    Rep. Schiff’s priorities for CD-30 this year have included 26 bills about criminal justice, civil liberties, and immigration, all of which have successfully passed the House. He currently chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. This year, Rep. Schiff has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 95% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Schiff voted to pass the New North American Trade Agreement, while Ocasio-Cortez voted against it.

    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. That said, he has cast unfavorable votes on issues pertaining to military spending and the use of military force.

    Rep. Schiff isn’t a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, but has the endorsement of some progressive groups. Based on our analysis, Rep. Schiff’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-30 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Adam Schiff

    Reelect Congressional Representative Adam Schiff to keep CD-30 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

    Adam Schiff

    Reelect Congressional Representative Adam Schiff to keep CD-30 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Grace Napolitano to keep CA-31 on the right track for progress.



    The Position


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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.

    The District


    California’s 31st Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 21% are Republican and 49% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 55% Latino, 19% Asian, and 3% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CA-31 is 1% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-31 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 31 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 29 points.

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Grace Napolitano, Democrat Rocco Anthony De Luca, and Republican Daniel Bocic Martinez. Rep. Napolitano’s campaign has raised $79,000 and has received donations from real estate and corporate PAC interests. De Luca and Martinez have not formally filed any fundraising receipts with the FEC.

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Napolitano, a longtime elected official, is from Texas and has lived in California all of her adult life. According to campaign materials, she is running for reelection to use her experience and seniority to deliver continued change for her constituents on health care, violence prevention, and economic recovery. Prior to redistricting, Rep. Napolitano represented the 32nd District, and won her 2020 reelection for that seat against Republican Joshua Scott by 33 points.

    Rep. Napolitano’s priorities for CA-32 this year have included nine bills about mental-health care, public works, and water resources. Of these, eight are in committee, and one has been received in the Senate. She currently sits on the Natural Resources committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure committee. She is chair of the subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, and the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus. This year, Rep. Napolitano has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Napolitano voted in favor of the INVEST in America Act, the designation of the National Pulse Memorial to honor the mass shooting victims, and the Libya Stabilization Act, while Rep. Ocasio-Cortez voted in opposition.

    Prior to her election to Congress, Rep. Napolitano served the constituents of Southern California in several different offices. She was a member of the Norwalk City Council and served a term as mayor before being elected to the State Assembly, where she served three terms. Since her first election to Congress in 1999, Rep. Napolitano has represented three districts, including the 38th and the 34th. She is a longtime supporter of mental-health care, an interest that goes back to her time on the city council, when she observed the local intersection of a lack of mental-health care resources and homelessness. Her advocacy for mental health has also led her to work for progress on the parallel issues of veterans’ resources and gun control, serving as vice chair of the House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

    Rep. Napolitano is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. Based on our analysis, Rep. Napolitano’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of CA-31 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Grace Napolitano

    Reelect Congressional Representative Grace Napolitano to keep CA-31 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

    Grace Napolitano

    Reelect Congressional Representative Grace Napolitano to keep CA-31 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

  • Elect Shervin Aazami to push CD-32 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 32nd Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 19% are Republican and 50% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 20% Latino, 12% Asian, and 5% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-32 is 1% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-32 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 39 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 40 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are six candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Shervin Aazami and Democratic Incumbent Representative Brad Sherman and Republican Challenger Melissa Toomin. Rep. Sherman’s campaign has not committed to any pledges and is funded by the real estate industry, defense manufacturers, and corporate interests, like Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs. He has also accepted thousands of dollars in corporate PAC money from the banking, investment banking, financial services, and payday-lending industries, respectively. Aazami’s campaign has raised $134,148 and is not funded by fossil fuel money, real estate money, police unions, or corporate PAC money.

     

     

     

     

    The Recommendation


    Shervin Aazami, a public-health advocate, was born in Italy to Iranian refugees, and moved to Canoga Park in the San Fernando Valley when he was a toddler. According to campaign materials, he is running for election because he thinks corporate-backed politicians like incumbent Brad Sherman have done little to protect and support the most vulnerable populations, and actively oppose meaningful progressive change. Aazami has not run for office previously.

    Aazami works in public health and also worked in national Indigenous health-care advocacy, helping to pass legislation that reduced the financial burden of health care for Native American veterans, devoted funding to opioid-related care and behavioral health, and secured direct funding for tribal governments to respond to COVID-19. Aazami’s platform supports progressive policies like Medicare for All, criminal-justice reform, decriminalizing immigration, and the Green New Deal. His policy proposals also center racial and economic justice, from calling for reparations to abolishing cash bail and civil-asset forfeiture to outlawing exclusionary zoning to raising the federal minimum wage to $15.

    Aazami has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Progressive Democrats of America, Ground Game LA, Healthcare for All LA, Sunrise Movement LA, and Youth Climate Strike LA. Based on our analysis, Aazami’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-32 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-11

    Shervin Aazami

    Elect Shervin Aazami to push CD-32 in the right direction.

     

     

    Shervin Aazami

    Elect Shervin Aazami to push CD-32 in the right direction.

     

     

  • Elect David Kim to push CD-34 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 34th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 8% are Republican and 60% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 56% Latino, 20% Asian, and 7% Black. This district is considered to be one of the 16 strong Latino seats in the California congressional delegation, and is also home to the largest Korean American community in the country. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-34 is 1% less Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-34 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 64 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 69 points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are four candidates running for this seat, including incumbent Democratic Representative Jimmy Gomez, Democrat David Kim, and Republican Mia Hernandez. Incumbent Gomez’s campaign has not committed to any campaign pledges, and is funded by pharmaceutical corporations, insurance corporations, the American Gas Association and other fossil fuel interests, and corporate interests like Facebook and Amazon. Kim’s campaign has raised $24,501 and is not funded by corporate PAC money, fossil fuel money, police money, or real estate money.

     

     

     

     

    The Recommendation


    David Kim, an immigration lawyer, is from Sierra Vista, AZ, and has lived in Los Angeles for twelve years. According to campaign materials, he is running for election because he understands the needs of this low-income district, having personally experienced housing precarity, underemployment, and debt. Kim has previously run for and won a seat on his local Neighborhood Council. In his first major run, for CD-34 in the 2020 election, Kim lost by only 6 points to incumbent Rep. Gomez.

    Kim is an immigration and entertainment attorney. If elected, he will be the first Korean American to represent Koreatown, as well as the first openly gay person to represent CD-34. Kim champions a $1,000 Universal Basic Income, Medicare for All, and more affordable and public housing options through measures like increased construction, expanded access, and rent control. He also supports progressive policies like the Green New Deal, decriminalizing marijuana and addiction, providing more humane and straightforward pathways to citizenship for immigrants and Dreamers, and canceling student loan debt.

    Kim has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Ground Game LA, Youth Climate Strike LA, and East Area Progressive Democrats. Based on our analysis, Kim’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-34 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-11

    David Kim

    Elect David Kim to push CD-34 in the right direction.

     

     

    David Kim

    Elect David Kim to push CD-34 in the right direction.

     

     

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Norma Torres to keep CD-35 on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.  

     

    The District

    California’s 35th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 22% are Republican and 47% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 57% Latino, 10% Asian, and 8% Black. This district is considered to be one of the 16 strong Latino seats in the California congressional delegation. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-35 is 2% more Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-35 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 33 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 31 points.

     

    The Race

    There are five candidates running for this seat, including Democratic Incumbent Representative Norma Torres and Republicans Mark Cargile and Rafael Carcamo. Torres’s campaign has raised $412,477 and is not funded by police money or the fossil fuel industry, although she has accepted donations from airlines, car companies, and other transportation corporations. She has also accepted donations from the real estate industry and corporate PACs, including tens of thousands of dollars from the insurance, pharmaceutical, and financial services industries. Neither Cargile’s nor Carcamos’s campaigns have committed to refusing money from corporate PACs, fossil fuel interests, police unions, or the real estate industry. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Rep. Norma Torres, former state assemblymember, state senator, and mayor of Pomona, is from Guatemala and immigrated to California as a child. She now resides in Pomona. According to campaign materials, Rep. Torres is running for reelection to continue acting as a champion for working families. Rep. Torres won her 2020 reelection against a Republican challenger by 39 points.

    Rep. Torres’s priorities for CD-35 this year have included expanded funding options for affordable housing; increased support for immigrants; and protection for victims of domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence. She has sponsored 27 bills about immigration, police reform, gender-based violence, student loans, wildfire safety, and housing, all of which have been referred to committee. She currently ranks 3rd on the House Rules committee, and chairs the subcommittee on Rules and Organization. She also sits on the House Appropriations Committee. This year, Rep. Torres has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 94% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Torres differed from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez when she voted in favor of additional defense funding, in favor of the USMCA Agreement, and in favor of initial COVID-19 relief funding, which Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said benefitted corporate interests over individuals.

    Prior to her election to Congress, Rep. Torres served in the State Assembly, State Senate, and as mayor of Pomona. She supports humane pathways to citizenship, and has made several diplomatic trips to Guatemala, helped found the Congressional Central American Caucus, and served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Torres is also a longtime supporter of gender equality, and has sponsored many pieces of legislation that address gender-based violence. In 2020, she successfully sponsored Savanna’s Act, a bill that aims to improve responses to missing and murdered Indigenous people, especially women. 

    Rep. Torres is not a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She does have the endorsement of many progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, Equality California, and labor unions like SEIU and the National Union of Healthcare Workers. Based on our analysis, Rep. Torres’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a champion for the constituents of CD-35 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
     

    Last updated: 2022-05-16

    Norma Torres

    Reelect Congressional Representative Norma Torres to keep CD-35 on the right track for progress. 

     

    Norma Torres

    Reelect Congressional Representative Norma Torres to keep CD-35 on the right track for progress. 

     

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



    The Position


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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.

    The District


    California’s 36th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 20% are Republican and 50% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 14% Latino, 17% Asian, and 5% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CA-36 is 3% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-36 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 44 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 39 points.

    The Race


    There are eight candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Ted Lieu, Republican Joe Collins III, one Democrat, two Independents, and three Republicans. Rep. Lieu’s campaign has raised $871,000 and is not funded by police money. He has received donations from fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. Rep. Collins has raised $1.8 million, and is funded primarily through individual contributions. He has also received donations from corporate PAC interests. The other six candidates have raised insignificant funds, or have not recorded any fundraising with the FEC.

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Ted Lieu, a public servant and an Air Force veteran, was born in Taiwan, raised in Cleveland, OH, and is a longtime resident of Torrance, CA. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to advance progressive legislation and ensure that our government represents the needs of all Americans. Rep. Lieu currently represents the 33rd District, and won his 2020 reelection for that seat against Republican James Bradley by 35 points.

    Rep. Lieu’s priorities for CA-33 this year have included 49 bills about crime and law enforcement, international affairs, and economic growth. Nearly all of these remain in committee. He currently serves on two committees: Judiciary and Foreign Affairs. Rep. Lieu also serves on many congressional caucuses, including those focused on STEAM education and LGBTQIA+ equality. This year, Rep. Lieu has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He voted in favor of the INVEST in America Act, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY22, and the Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act, while Rep. Ocasio-Cortez voted in opposition.

    Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Lieu had a long track record of public service. After earning his law degree at Georgetown University, he started his political career as a member of the Torrance City Council in 2002. He then served three terms in the State Assembly before being elected to the State Senate in 2011. Rep. Lieu served four years of active duty with the United States Air Force JAG Corps, and was a reservist before retiring in 2021. Rep. Lieu holds an undergraduate degree in computer science, and has been involved in legislation related to cybersecurity and innovation throughout his career. He has also long been involved in climate work, authoring the Global Warming Solutions Act.

    Rep. Lieu is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. Based on our analysis, Rep. Lieu’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of CA-36 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Ted Lieu

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



    The Position

    Ted Lieu

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



    The Position

  • Elect Sydney Kamlager to push CD-37 in the right direction.

     

    The Position

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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

     

    The District

    California’s 37th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 7% are Republican and 66% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 39% Latino, 7% Asian, and 36% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-37 is 3% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-37 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 73 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 77 points.

     

    The Race

    There are seven candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Sydney Kamlager, Democrat Daniel Lee, Democrat Sandra Mendoza, two additional Democrats, and two Republicans. Kamlager’s campaign has raised $304,000, and has received real estate and corporate PAC donations. Lee’s campaign has raised $35,000, and is also funded entirely by individual donors. Mendoza’s campaign has raised $17,000, and is primarily funded by individual donors. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Sydney Kamlager, a state senator, is from Chicago and moved to Los Angeles in 1990. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to bring her consensus-oriented approach to the fight for social change, including voting rights, universal health care, and criminal-justice reform. Kamlager currently represents State Senate District 30, winning the seat with 69% of the vote and Courage California’s endorsement in a March 2021 special election. 

    Kamlager has long been involved in California politics, an interest that was seeded during her experience of the riots that resulted from the Rodney King verdict in 1992, when she was an undergraduate student at USC. She spent her early career working in the nonprofit and public sectors on job creation, arts programs, and childcare and early education. Kamlager was a district director for L.A. Sup. Holly Mitchell during her time in the Assembly and the Senate before launching her own political career with a successful run for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees in 2015. In 2018, Kamlager won a special election for the 54th State Assembly District, and used her time in the seat to author legislation on plastic-packaging reduction, lowering caps on probation terms, and transitioning emergency response from police to community-based organizations. She has continued her progressive work in the Senate, ushering through bills to return reusable plastic bottles (AB 962), and support local solutions to community emergencies (AB 118). Both were signed by the governor during Kamlager’s first six months in office. She scores a Lifetime CS of 93 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Kamlager has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Rep. Kamlager has not supported funding public banks, equalizing out-of-pocket emergency health-care costs regardless of insurance coverage, and preventing dialysis companies from redirecting patients away from Medi-Cal.

    Sydney Kamlager has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including Black Women’s Democratic Club, Equality California, L.A. County Federation of Labor, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including Senator Alex Padilla, Congressmember Karen Bass, L.A. County Supervisor Holly Mitchell, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, and Attorney General Rob Bonta. Based on our analysis, Kamlager’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-37 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Last updated: 2022-05-15

    Sydney Kamlager

    Elect Sydney Kamlager to push CD-37 in the right direction.

     

    Sydney Kamlager

    Elect Sydney Kamlager to push CD-37 in the right direction.

     

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Linda Sanchez to keep CD-38 on the right track for progress.

     

     

    The Position


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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 38th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 22% are Republican and 47% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 61% Latino, 15% Asian, and 4% Black. This district is considered to be a strong Latino seat in the California congressional delegation. The most recent election results show that CD-38 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 33 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 27points.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Sanchez and Republican opponents Eric Ching and John Sarega. Sanchez’s campaign has raised over $670,000 and is not funded by police money but is funded by corporate PAC, real estate, and fossil fuel money.

     

     

     

     

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Sanchez, a past labor lawyer, is from Orange. According to campaign materials, Rep. Sanchez is running for reelection to continue making Southern California a better place to live and work. Rep. Sanchez won her 2020 reelection against a Democratic challenger by 48 points.

    Rep. Sanchez’s priorities for CD-38 this year have included 22 bills about foreign affairs, gun control, and women, all of which have successfully passed the House. She is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. This year, Rep. Sanchez has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 95% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Sanchez voted to authorize appropriations for the Department of Defense, while Rep. Ocasio-Cortez voted against the legislation.

    First elected to Congress in 2002, Rep. Sanchez has worked to improve school safety, enable more women, minorities, and veterans to establish small businesses, and reform the tax code to give relief to long-term caregivers. She is a longtime supporter of the working families and the middle class. Sanchez is the co-founder and co-chair of the Labor and Working Families Caucus, where she works toward policies to ensure that workers are protected from workplace accidents and employer intimidation and retaliation. As a Ranking Member of the Ethics Committee, Sanchez works to ensure that Americans can have confidence in their elected leaders and that they are held accountable.

    Rep. Sanchez is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. Based on our analysis, Rep. Sanchez’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-38 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-11

    Linda Sanchez

    Reelect Congressional Representative Linda Sanchez to keep CD-38 on the right track for progress.

     

     

    Linda Sanchez

    Reelect Congressional Representative Linda Sanchez to keep CD-38 on the right track for progress.

     

     

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



    The Position


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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.

    The District


    California's 43rd Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 10% are Republican and 62% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 44% Latino, 9% Asian, and 34% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CA-43 is 7% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-43 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 64 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 66 points.

    The Race


    There are four candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Maxine Waters, and Republican Omar Navarro. Rep. Waters’s campaign has raised $673,000 and is not funded by police or fossil fuel money. Navarro’s campaign has raised $71,000, and is funded entirely by individual donors.

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Maxine Waters, a member of the House of Representatives since 1990, is from St. Louis, MO. She moved to Los Angeles in 1961. According to campaign materials, she is running for reelection to continue to advocate for the needs of her constituents, and to hold powerful interests to account. Rep. Waters won her 2020 reelection against Republican Joe Collins by 44 points.

    Rep. Waters’s priorities for CA-43 this year have included 27 bills about housing, community development, economics, and health care. Of these, nearly all are currently in committee. She currently serves as chair of the Financial Services Committee, and as the chair of the subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. This year, Rep. Waters has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 94% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She voted in favor of the INVEST in America Act, the establishment of the National Pulse Memorial to honor mass shooting victims in Florida, and the Libya Stabilization Act, while Rep. Ocasio-Cortez voted in opposition. Additionally, Rep. Waters did not support the War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act or the Cambodia Democracy Act, while Rep. Ocasio-Cortez voted in favor.

    Prior to her election to Congress, Rep. Waters served for 14 years in the California State Assembly, where she was Democratic Caucus chair. She joined the DNC in 1980, worked on five Democratic presidential campaigns between 1980 and 1996, and was involved in the DNC’s establishment of the National Development and Voting Rights Institute. She is a longtime supporter of economic development, health-care access, and housing support. Rep. Waters has worked to fund youth workforce and adult skills-training programs, to increase funding for HIV/AIDS research and treatment, and to shore up grants to reduce foreclosures and homelessness.

    Rep. Waters is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. Based on our analysis, Rep. Waters’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of CA-43 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Maxine Waters

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



    The Position

    Maxine Waters

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



    The Position

  • Elect Jay Chen to push CD-45 in the right direction.

     

     

    The Position


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

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.

     

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 45th Congressional District includes parts of Orange County. Republicans held this district until 2018, when Katie Porter won and flipped CD-45 from red to blue. Of the registered voters in this district, 38% are Republican and 33% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 23% Latino, 37% Asian, and 3% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-45 is 10% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-45 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 1 point and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 1 point.

     

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Jay Chen and Republican Incumbent Michelle Park Steel. Chen’s campaign has raised over $1 million and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel money. Steel’s campaign has raised over $2 million and is funded by fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate money. Incumbent Steel has repeatedly criticized California’s Sanctuary State Law, she has opposed Affirmative Action, and she has consistently supported corporations’ efforts to avoid paying taxes. In 2018, she and her husband, chair of the California Republican Party, greeted then President Trump when he visited California to view border wall prototypes.

     

     

     

     

    The Recommendation


    Chen, president of the Board of Trustees for Mt. San Antonio Community College and a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, is a 20-year resident of Hacienda Heights. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to restore integrity and accountability in Washington D.C., to support small businesses, and make health care more affordable. Chen has not run for office previously.

    As president of the school board, Chen has created innovative programs, including free SAT tutoring to students. He has also used his experience in Harvard admissions to provide free college application workshops for students to improve their higher-education chances. Chen understands the challenges in the global economy and has dedicated himself to ensuring that others have the opportunities that school and service in the Navy Reserve provided him.

    Chen has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including Women for American Values and Ethics (WAVE), Planned Parenthood, Equality California, and numerous labor unions, as well as many state and local officials. He is also endorsed by Democratic Congressmembers Nanette Barragan, Mark Takano, and Mike Levin. Based on our analysis, Chen’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-45 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-11

    Jay Chen

    Elect Jay Chen to push CD-45 in the right direction.

     

     

    Jay Chen

    Elect Jay Chen to push CD-45 in the right direction.

     

     

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

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2022-05-20

    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.

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  • Reelect Senator Alex Padilla to the United States Senate to keep California on the right track for progress. 

     

    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.

     

    The District

    California is the most populous state in the United States, and includes 58 counties and 331 million residents. The demographic breakdown of the total residential population is 39% Latino, 16% Asian, and 7% Black. Since 1992, Democrats have steadily held both California Senate seats. Of the 22 million registered voters in the state, 47% are Democrat, 24% are Republican, and 23% have no party preference. The most recent election results show that California voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 29 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 24 points.

     

    The Race

    This Senate race will appear twice on primary ballots: as a special election marked as the “Unexpired/Partial Term,” which will fill the seat from November 2022 to January 2023, and as a regular full-term election for a six-year term that begins in January 2023. Sen. Alex Padilla is the recommended candidate for your vote in both of these races. 

    Senator Alex Padilla was appointed to fill the remainder of the term for the Senate seat vacated by then Senator Kamala Harris after she was elected to the vice presidency in November 2020. Sen. Padilla is now running for his first full elected term in the United States Senate. There are 23 candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Senator Alex Padilla and Republican Mark Meuser. Sen. Padilla’s campaign has raised $9.5 million, and has received donations from fossil fuel, real estate, and corporate PAC interests. Meuser’s campaign has raised $330,000 and is primarily funded by individual donors.

     

    The Recommendation

    Sen. Padilla, a longtime public official, is from the San Fernando Valley. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue his efforts to protect voting rights, defend democracy, and support working families. Sen. Padilla was appointed to the Senate by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2021, which will make this his first electoral campaign for the seat. He was previously elected to serve as the California Secretary of State in 2014, winning his 2018 reelection bid over Republican Mark Meuser by 29 points.

    Sen. Padilla’s priorities for California this year have included 32 bills about environmental and water protections, the economy, immigration, and child welfare. Of these, all are currently in committee. He currently serves on five committees, including Judiciary, Budget, and Environment and Public Works. He serves as chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety. In his brief time in the Senate, Sen. Padilla has signed on as a sponsor of the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, and has been a strong supporter of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.

    Prior to his appointment, Sen. Padilla served Californians in several elected roles, including two terms each in the Los Angeles City Council, in the state Senate, and as the California secretary of state. Sen. Padilla is a longtime supporter of environmental justice, and credits his parents with introducing him to activism around this issue in the Los Angeles community where he was raised. Sen. Padilla has also been a longtime supporter of voting rights and democratic protections, which was the cornerstone of his work as secretary of state. In the Senate, he co-authored the Freedom to Vote Act, and was a strong supporter of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. 

    Sen. Padilla has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Environmental Voters, Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and many labor unions. He is also endorsed by a broad coalition of federal and local elected officials, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Karen Bass, Rep. Katie Porter, Governor Gavin Newsom, and Attorney General Rob Bonta. Based on our analysis, Sen. Padilla’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of California and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.
     

    Last updated: 2022-05-24
  • Reelect Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis to keep California on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

    Lieutenant governors serve as the second-highest executive officer of a state. They are responsible for acting as governor in the case that the sitting governor is temporarily absent, incapacitated, or removed from office, and have additional responsibilities that vary by state. In California, this position chairs the Commission for Economic Development and the State Lands Commission, and provides guidance to the governor on issues across state policy. The lieutenant governor serves as president of the state Senate, and casts a vote in the case of a tie. The lieutenant governor also holds a variety of leadership roles, including as a voting member of the Board of Regents of the University of California, and the Board of Trustees of the California University System. 

    Each lieutenant governor is elected by popular vote in a statewide election. In California, lieutenant governors are elected to serve a four-year term, and are limited to two terms in office.

     

    The District

    California is the most populous state in the United States, and includes 58 counties and 331 million residents. The demographic breakdown of the total residential population is 39% Latino, 16% Asian, and 7% Black. Democrats have held the Lieutenant Governor seat since 2011. Of the 22 million registered voters in the state, 47% are Democrat, 24% are Republican, and 23% have no party preference. The most recent election results show that California voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 29 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 24 points.

     

    The Race

    There are eight candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis and Republican Angela Underwood Jacobs. Lt. Gov. Kounalakis’s campaign has raised $3.9 million and has received donations from fossil fuel, police, and corporate PAC interests. Underwood Jacobs’s campaign has raised $23,000 and is funded entirely by individual donors. None of the other candidates have filed fundraising receipts with the secretary of state.

     

    The Recommendation

    Lt. Gov. Kounalakis, a businessperson and former U.S. ambassador, is from Sacramento. According to campaign materials, she is running for reelection to continue to use her business acumen and public experience to guide California to a better economic path. She was elected to serve as California’s lieutenant governor in 2018, winning her bid over Democrat Edward Hernandez by 14 points, and is the first woman in state history to be elected to this role. 

    Lt. Gov. Kounalakis has provided administrative and political support for the governor’s agenda this term, including action related to pausing executions, placing limitations on police use of force, incremental efforts to ban fracking, distributing the largest stimulus package in state history, and expanding access to early childhood education. However, her administration has failed to take significant action on several progressive priorities, including transitioning to first responders with a mental-health focus, reforming the state tax system, establishing a single-payer health-care system, or significantly reducing the population of homeless individuals in the state. More recently, Lt. Gov. Kounalakis had the individual responsibility of setting the date for the 2021 recall election, and worked in support of Gov. Newsom’s successful campaign to defeat the recall. She has also been outspoken about new efforts to ensure that abortion remains legal in California, including potentially establishing sanctuary protections for women who seek abortion care in the state. In 2022, she became the first woman in state history to sign a bill into law after she authorized an eviction-protection extension bill while Gov. Newsom was abroad. 

    Prior to serving in this role, Lt. Gov. Kounalakis held a variety of positions in public service and the private sector. She served under Gov. Jerry Brown as chair of the California Advisory Council for International Trade and Investment, was a fellow at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary under former President Barack Obama. Before her public service, Lt. Gov. Kounalakis was a businessperson who served as president of AKT Development, a housing- and land-development firm founded by her father. The firm is the largest in the Sacramento area, and primarily focuses on residential master-planned communities.

    Lt. Gov. Kounalakis has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the state, including Equality California and EMILY’s List. Based on our analysis, Lt. Gov. Kounalakis’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a champion for the constituents of California and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.
     

    Last updated: 2022-05-27
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  • Reelect Attorney General Rob Bonta to keep California on the right track for progress.

     

    The Position

     

    The state attorney general acts as the lead attorney and law-enforcement official for the state of California, and has oversight of over 4,500 state-employed district attorneys, investigators, police officers, and administrators. The attorney general executes a variety of responsibilities in the state, including representing the people of California in criminal and civil matters in court, coordinating statewide law-enforcement efforts, providing legal counsel to state agencies, and managing special projects to protect the rights of Californians. California has 58 elected district attorneys who report to the attorney general, one for every county in the state. The attorney general is elected for a four-year term and may serve a maximum of two terms in office. This office has traditionally been held by Democrats, including current U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, and current Vice President Kamala Harris.

    Democrat incumbent Rob Bonta was appointed to this seat by Governor Gavin Newsom in March 2021, after Secretary Becerra was appointed to the Biden administration’s cabinet. Attorney General Bonta is the first Filipino American to serve in this role. The most recent election results show that Becerra won the statewide election in 2018 with 64% of the vote.

     

     

     

    The Race

     

     

     

    There are four candidates running in the primary for attorney general: Democrat Incumbent Attorney General Rob Bonta, Independent challenger and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, and Republican challengers Nathan Hochman and Eric Early. Attorney General Bonta’s campaign has raised over $2 million, and is not funded by fossil fuel, police, or real estate donations. Schubert’s campaign has raised $833,000, and has received donations from over ten police organizations across the state. She has also received significant donations from billionaire Angelo Tsakopoulos and his family, who work in real estate development. Hochman’s campaign has raised $900,000 and has not committed to refuse fossil fuel, police, or corporate PAC money. He is backed by a significant number of individual donors with connections to real estate, and has also received over $20,000 from companies connected to Jeong Hwan Kim, who pled guilty to tax crimes in 2017 in a case prosecuted by the attorney general’s office. Early’s campaign has raised $235,000, and has not committed to refuse fossil fuel, police, corporate PAC, or real estate money in his campaign. He previously ran for attorney general in 2018.

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement

     

     

     

    Attorney General Rob Bonta, a civil rights attorney, is from Alameda, CA. Prior to his appointment to the attorney general’s office, he was elected to serve three terms in the California State Assembly as the representative from the 18th District. According to campaign materials, Attorney General Bonta is running for reelection to continue his focus on resolving systemic injustice across the state through action on environmental justice, labor rights, and corporate accountability.

    Attorney General Bonta’s priorities for California this year include establishing stronger protections for victims of hate crimes, working toward regulations that protect consumers from unjust corporate behavior, and creating a more equitable criminal-justice system. His office recently secured a judgment requiring Amazon to pay a $500,000 fine and adhere to a stricter process of reporting workplace COVID-19 prevention efforts and recorded infections to the company’s employees and the state. Attorney General Bonta has been outspoken about other forms of consumer and workplace protections, including recent efforts to curb robocalls and spearheading a nationwide investigation into targeted marketing tactics from Instagram and Meta Inc. He has also taken aim at the housing crisis with the creation of the Housing Strike Force and an online Housing Portal designed to address access, affordability, and equity. These new initiatives will enforce housing-development laws, reaffirm tenant rights, provide consumer protection and alerts, and provide legal advocacy for the right to housing.

    In his first several months in office, Attorney General Bonta has demonstrated a collaborative approach to his work locally, and an interest in leveraging his position for national impact. In California, he has established the Office of Community Awareness, Response, and Engagement (CARE) to communicate directly with underrepresented community and advocacy groups in the state. This office is designed to advance equity, and to ensure that the work of the attorney general’s office is inclusive for diverse perspectives. Nationally, he has been proactive in partnering with state attorney generals across the country to file briefs on legislation of national importance, including a public opposition to Texas’s recent abortion ban (SB 8).

    During his time in the State Assembly, he was an effective legislator who worked on bills related to climate protections, criminal justice and prison reform, immigrant rights, and housing protections. Bonta scored a lifetime score of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, he supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Attorney General Bonta served as a deputy city attorney for both the City and County of San Francisco, as an elected member of the Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors, as board president for the Social Service Human Relations board, as board president for Alternatives in Action, and as chair of the Economic Development Commission. He is a longtime activist in the ongoing fight for racial, economic, and social justice.

    Attorney General Bonta has received the endorsement of an overwhelming number of elected officials across the state, including U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, State Controller Betty Yee, State Senator Sydney Kamlager, and State Senator Scott Weiner. He is also endorsed by several progressive groups, including SEIU CA, NARAL Pro-Choice CA, and California Teachers Association. According to our analysis, Attorney General Bonta is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office. Based on our analysis, Attorney General Bonta’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for all Californians and will execute his responsibilities effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-11
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  • Reelect Secretary of State Shirley Weber to keep California on the right track for progress.

     

     

    The Position


    The secretary of state acts as the lead records officer for the state of California, and manages an office of 500 civil-service employees responsible for ensuring transparency and accessibility in elections, campaigning, business records, and legislative advocacy. The secretary of state’s office has a significant responsibility for election implementation and integrity, as it produces information pamphlets for voters in ten languages, provides statewide testing and approval for voting equipment, maintains the voter database, and certifies the official candidate lists and the official election results. The secretary of state’s office also oversees the filing and disclosure of campaign-finance information, the management of business records, the safeguarding of statewide address confidentiality, and the maintenance of registries for domestic partnerships and advance health-care directives. The secretary of state is elected for a four-year term and may serve a maximum of two terms in office. This office has traditionally been held by Democrats, and most recently by current U.S. Senator Alex Padilla.

    Democrat incumbent Shirley Weber was appointed to this seat by Governor Gavin Newsom in December 2020, after he appointed Sen. Padilla to fill Vice President Kamala Harris’s open Senate seat. Secretary Weber is the first Black person to hold this position. The most recent election results show that Padilla won the statewide election in 2018 with 64% of the vote.

     

     

     

    The Race


    At this time, Democrat Secretary of State Shirley Weber is running unopposed to maintain her seat. Secretary Weber’s campaign has raised over $490,000, and is not funded by corporate PAC money. She has not publicly refused to take fossil fuel donations, and has received police donations from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC, and real estate donations from the California Real Estate PAC.

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement


    Secretary Shirley Weber, a former San Diego State University professor and longtime member of the California State Assembly, is originally from Los Angeles, and lived in the greater San Diego area for over 30 years. According to campaign materials, Secretary Weber is running for reelection to further strengthen election integrity and transparency in the state, and to work toward expanded access to voting for all Californians.

    Secretary Weber’s priorities this year include increased outreach to formerly incarcerated Californians to align election practices to the recently passed Proposition 17, which returns voting rights to parolees, to strengthen businesses across the state, and to upgrade the cybersecurity system to ensure that all California elections are protected from interference. As a public servant, Sec. Weber has established herself as a collaborative leader focused on supporting communities that have been under-resourced. In her first months in office, Secretary Weber has worked to establish connections with groups working to improve election information and engagement, including education professionals who can reach young voters and formerly incarcerated individuals now eligible to vote.

    As a member of the State Assembly, she sponsored bills on a variety of issues, including school safety, full-day kindergarten, reducing the use of deadly force by police, and strengthening the CalFresh program. Her successes also included environmental cleanup, increasing food access for food-insecure communities, establishing protections for residents of long-term nursing facilities, and lowering the cost of childcare. She scored a lifetime 93 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Sec. Weber supported nearly all progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, prior to her appointment to the secretary of state seat, she did not support lowering the voting age to 17.

    In 1972, early in her career, Secretary Weber founded the Department of Africana Studies at San Diego State University, and taught there for forty years. She also served as president of the National Council for Black Studies from 2002 to 2006, as president of the San Diego Board of Education from 1988 to 1996, and as chairperson of San Diego’s Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission. Secretary Weber holds three degrees from UCLA and has been a longtime champion of the power of well-funded and well-staffed public education.

    According to our analysis, Secretary Weber is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office. Based on our analysis, Secretary Weber’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for all Californians and will execute her responsibilities effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

    Last updated: 2022-04-28
  • Reelect State Treasurer Fiona Ma to keep California on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

    Treasurers serve as a state’s chief banker, overseeing revenue and finances for schools, roads, housing, levees, public-health facilities, and infrastructure projects. They can be responsible for pension administration, public employee payroll, and fraud oversight. Treasurers manage the state’s investments and the sale of state bonds, and serve as the trustee of the state’s debt portfolio. In California, the state treasurer manages the banking for the world’s fifth-largest economy and typically oversees around $2.5 trillion in banking transactions during each fiscal year. 

    The California state treasurer is elected by popular vote in a statewide election. The state treasurer is elected to serve four-year terms, and is limited to two terms in office.

     

    The District

    California is the most populous state in the United States, and includes 58 counties and 331 million residents. The demographic breakdown of the total residential population is 39% Latino, 16% Asian, and 7% Black. Democrats have held the Treasurer’s seat since 1999. Of the 22 million registered voters in the state, 47% are Democrat, 24% are Republican, and 23% have no party preference. The most recent election results show that California voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 29 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 24 points.

     

    The Race

    There are four candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Treasurer Fiona Ma and Republican Andrew Do. Treasurer Ma’s campaign has raised $3.3 million and has received donations from corporate PAC, real estate, and police interests. Do’s campaign has raised $203,000 and has not received donations from fossil fuel, police, real estate, or corporate PAC interests. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Treasurer Ma, a certified public accountant and public official, has lived in California for most of her adult life. According to campaign materials, she is running for reelection to continue to provide fiscal leadership on economic, environmental, and educational reforms in the state. She was elected to serve as the California treasurer in 2018, winning her bid over Republican Greg Conlon by 28 points. 

    Treasurer Ma’s priorities for California this term have included action on a variety of issues. Her office worked to distribute small-business loans and to expand health-care access in response to the community effects of COVID-19, and to establish new clean-energy initiatives, including financing for the purchase of low-emissions trucks and equipment. Treasurer Ma was also a strong supporter of AB 132, which provides funding for the establishment of college savings accounts for low-income students at every grade level across the state. Although she has made progress on a collaborative initiative to create more affordable housing in the state, there has been a measurable increase in homelessness since she assumed office. Treasurer Ma has been accused of sexual harassment and wrongful termination by a former staff member in a complaint that cites lewd behavior and  excessive gifting by the treasurer. The complainant indicates that the circumstances produced a hostile work environment prior to her abrupt termination. Treasurer Ma has denied the accusations. 

    Prior to her election in 2018, Treasurer Ma served in positions across state and local governments. She served one term on the California Board of Equalization, three terms in the State Assembly, and one term on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She has held a variety of leadership positions, including serving as the speaker pro tempore and the majority whip during her time in the Assembly, as chair of the National Association of State Treasurers ABLE Committee, and as president of Women in California Politics. Prior to seeking elected office, Treasurer Ma worked as a licensed certified public accountant in California. 

    Treasurer Ma has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the state, including SEIU California, Equality California, and California Labor Federation. Based on our analysis, Treasurer Ma’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a champion for the constituents of California and will manage effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.
     

    Last updated: 2022-05-24
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  • Elect Malia Cohen to be the next state controller to keep California on the right track for progress.

     

     

    The Position

     

     

     

    The state controller acts as the lead fiscal authority for the state of California, which is the fifth-largest economy in the world. The state controller manages an office of 1,400 public servants responsible for the disbursement of financial resources across the state. The state controller’s office oversees audits of funds distributed to state agencies and programs, acts as a steward for unclaimed property that falls to state possession, provides accounting and reporting services for government entities, and manages payroll accounting and data for state employees. The state controller also serves as a policy liaison to a variety of finance organizations, including the state’s two pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, and the California Franchise Tax Board. The state controller is elected for a four-year term and may serve a maximum of two terms in office. This office has traditionally been held by Democrats, and is currently held by two-term Controller Betty Yee. The most recent election results show that Controller Yee won the statewide election in 2018 with 65% of the vote.

     

     

     

    The Race

     

     

     

    There are four candidates running for this seat, including Democrats Malia Cohen, Yvonne Yiu, and Ron Galperin, and Republican Lanhee Chen. Cohen’s campaign has raised $316,000, and is not funded by police money or corporate PAC money. Democratic opponent Yiu has raised $548,000, of which $455,000 has been self-donated. She has had an additional nine donors to her campaign, and has not received police, corporate PAC, or real estate donations. Democratic opponent Galperin has raised $26,000, and is not funded by police, corporate PAC, real estate, or fossil fuel money. Republican Chen’s campaign has raised $945,000, and has received funding from a real estate organization. The remainder of his fundraising has come almost entirely from large-dollar individual donors.

     

     

     

    Our Endorsement

     

     

     

    Malia Cohen, a member of the California State Board of Equalization, is a lifelong Californian. According to campaign materials, Cohen is running for election to pursue a more equitable economic foundation for Californians through investments in housing, job programs, health care, and education. She believes that accountability and transparency in fiscal leadership is essential to closing the state’s significant equity gap, and that she can play a critical role in guiding financial decisions that will benefit previously neglected communities.

    As controller, Cohen hopes to create a more efficient system to connect unclaimed property to individuals who have ownership rights, streamline financial services for Californians who are unbanked, and create a Golden State Stimulus program that will ensure that residents have the resources they need to cover their basic living expenses.

    Cohen has an extensive resume and significant experience in fiscal oversight. As a current member of the California State Board of Equalization representing District 2, Cohen has experience administering statewide policy related to property tax, alcoholic beverage tax, and tax on insurers. Prior to holding this role, she served two terms as a member and president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where she chaired the Budget and Finance Committee. Cohen has also served as commissioner of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System (SFERS), which manages the city’s municipal pension fund. In each of these positions, Cohen has kept equity in focus and has worked to leverage her role to create opportunities to establish more inclusive policies. In her elected roles, she was instrumental in implementing a free community college program in San Francisco, co-authored the Fair Chance Ordinance for individuals reentering the workforce after incarceration, and championed the creation of a Department of Officer Accountability for the San Francisco Police Department. She also worked to divest SFERS investments from fossil fuels and thermal coal investments to bring a more ethical foundation to the pension system. These and other efforts demonstrate her deft ability to use her knowledge and authority to return benefits to communities that have been historically marginalized and disadvantaged by fiscal and public policy.

    Democrat Yvonne Yiu, the current mayor of Monterey Park, is running on a platform that centers on financial-information security and expanding financial-skills training to reach young people, immigrants, women, and other diverse communities through the creation of a new Office of Financial Empowerment. While she is dedicated to using the authority of the office to advocate for issues related to climate, the LGBTQIA+ community, and racial injustice, she has not provided a comprehensive outline for how her work as controller would benefit these progressive priorities beyond the creation of the Office of Financial Empowerment.

    Malia Cohen has the endorsement of many elected officials in the state, including Congresswoman Karen Bass, current State Controller Betty Yee, State Attorney General Rob Bonta, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, State Senator Sydney Kamlager, and State Senator Scott Weiner. She has also received the endorsement of some progressive groups in the district, including NARAL Pro-Choice California PAC, California Federation of Teachers, Elect Black Women PAC, and a variety of trade organizations, including UNITE Here PAC. Based on our analysis, Cohen’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for Californians and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

     

    Last updated: 2022-05-11