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Alex Lee

Elect Alex Lee to push AD-25 in the right direction.

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 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 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 25th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-25 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.

About the Race

In the primary, Democratic challenger Alex Lee trailed Republican Challenger Bob Brunton by a margin of 5.4 percent. However, this is only due to the size of the Democratic primary field, where Democratic candidates outperformed Brunton by a margin of 79.2 percent. Alex Lee’s campaign has pledged not to take money from police or fossil fuel organizations. Brunton’s campaign has not committed to any such pledges, and he has been subject to legal complaints and penalties for campaign finance violations in 2014 and 2015.

About the Candidate

Alex Lee is from San Jose, CA, where he returned after completing undergraduate studies at UC Davis. According to campaign materials he is running for election to address the housing crisis, improve public transportation, achieve universal health care, and build ecologically sustainable communities.

Alex Lee is a former legislative policy advisor for State Senator Henry Stern, where he worked on legislation addressing climate change, housing, and public education. If elected, he would be the youngest state legislator in nearly a century.

Alex Lee is endorsed by many local progressive groups in the district and has been found to be true to his pledges to refuse money from problematic sources. According to our analysis, Alex Lee is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

About Courage California’s Endorsement

After a comprehensive interview with Alex Lee, we have determined that he is committed to criminal justice reform, environmental justice, racial equity and justice, and immigrant rights. His experience in Sacramento and deep knowledge of his district, along with his pledges to refuse money from corporate PACs, police, and the fossil fuel industry are in alignment with the progressive future Courage California hopes to achieve in which special interests have no place in politics. One of the first policies he would champion as a state legislator in the 2021 session is regarding social housing, a time-tested housing solution in Europe and Asia wherein the public sector is responsible for building affordable housing, not for-profit developers. We are confident that he will co-govern in the interests of all Californians and actively fight for anti-racist legislation. Courage California is proud to endorse Alex Lee for AD-25.

Anne Kepner

Anne Kepner was raised in San Jose and has lived in Santa Clara for over 20 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for State Assembly to bring her community and professional experience to the statehouse to shift policy on issues of education, economic opportunity, and housing. 

Kepner is an attorney, which she does to advocate for marginalized communities in cases relating to predatory and negligent behavior from companies and institutions. She is a past President of the West Valley-Mission Community College Board, currently serves as the Board Chair for the Mission City Community Fund and is the PTA President at Buchser Middle School. As a lifelong resident of the area, Kepner has observed the economic shift of the region over her lifetime and hopes to establish comprehensive wrap-around services for residents as an Assemblymember. Her agenda leans heavily on plans to eliminate barriers to access to housing and education that make life in the region challenging for working families. 

According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. 

Anna Song

Anna Song has lived in Santa Clara County for over 20 years. According to campaign materials she is running for State Assembly to leverage her two decades of county experience to provide leadership and direction in the statehouse. 

Anna Song is an insurance agent, and the current Vice President of the Santa Clara County Board of Education. She does this work to use her aptitude for critical thinking and collaboration to advocate for positive outcomes for students across the county. She has been a strong voice for families and vulnerable members of the education community during her 20 years on the Board. Song has a background in non-profit management, with particular attention to domestic violence and fair housing advocacy. She has also served four terms on the Santa Clara County Democratic Party Central Committee and has been honored with an award for her work by the California Democratic Party. 

According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. 

AD25 Lee, Song, Kepner

Submitted by caitlin on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 13:07

There are three well-qualified candidates in this race who have received broad support from progressive advocates and leaders: Alex Lee, Anna Song, and Anne Kepner. After extensive research, we believe all three are good choices. Read the full descriptions of each candidate to find the candidate who best fits your values and priorities for District 25 Assemblymember.

Alex Lee

Alex Lee has lived in the South Bay all his life. According to campaign materials he is running for State Assembly because he wants to build on his experience as a legislative staff to advocate for Bay Area residents on issues of housing, education, and climate change as an elected official.

Lee has spent his short career working as a legislative aide to state officials, which he does to act as a constituent liaison who can bridge the gap between community needs and the legislative process. He began in the office of State Senator Henry Stern and then transitioned to be a field representative for Assemblymember Evan Low. Lee has been active on issues around homelessness, housing affordability, and public safety, and has promised to prioritize solving the housing crisis if he is elected. Prior to entering state politics, Lee was Student Body President at UC-Davis where he worked to advocate for improved student benefits around tuition and housing. 

According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat.