Based on our analysis, there is no progressive candidate to recommend for your vote in this race.
About the Position
State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. 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 four-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 and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.
About the District
California's 11th Assembly District includes portions of Contra Costa, Sacramento, and Solano Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 58.9 percent of AD-11 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, and 57.6 percent voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.
About the Race
In the primary, Democrat incumbent Assemblymember Jim Frazier led Republican challenger Debra Schwab by a margin of 97.6 percent. Assemblymember Frazier’s campaign has raised over $772,000 and has accepted fossil fuel, police, and corporate PAC money. Schwab has not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Schwab’s campaign records are not filed on the Secretary of State’s website.
About the Incumbent
Assemblymember Frazier has served AD-11 since being elected in 2012. He sits on the Accountability and Administrative Review and Insurance and Veterans Affairs Committees, and serves as chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, the Select Committee in Improving Bay Area Transportation Systems, and the Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Assemblymember Frazier is endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Association of California, the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association, and California Correctional Peace Officers Association.
Assemblymember Frazier’s lifetime Courage Score is 21 of 100, and he has been in Courage’s Hall of Shame for voting against or abstaining from progressive legislation since 2015. This year, Assemblymember Frazier has voted against police accountability bill AB 1185, which would establish critical oversight of local sheriffs.
Based on their track record, neither candidate is likely to provide progressive leadership in office. Because the Democratic candidate in this race is considered to be a safe win in this district, we feel comfortable providing no recommendation in this race. Keep reading for progressive recommendations in other key races and on ballot measures where your vote can make a critical difference.