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Federal

President and Vice President

  • Elect Vice President Joseph Biden as President of the United States to get America back on track. 

    About the Position

    The President of the United States is the head of the Executive branch of the federal government, and the Commander-in-Chief for all branches of the armed forces. A president has the power to make diplomatic, executive, and judicial appointments, and can sign into law or veto legislation. Presidential administrations are responsible for both foreign and domestic policy priorities. Presidents are limited to serving two four-year terms in office.

    About the Race

    As of October 12th, Democratic challenger Vice President Joe Biden is leading Republican incumbent President Donald Trump in the polls by an average national margin of 9.2% (as of 10/24/20). Ten days before Election Day in 2016, Secretary Hillary Clinton held an average 4.9% polling lead over Donald Trump. Vice President Biden’s campaign has raised $952 million (as of 10/14/20) and is not funded by fossil fuel money. While his platform commits to establishing meaningful campaign finance reform, his 2020 campaign has received donations from special interest, corporate PAC, and lobbyist organizations. President Donald Trump has raised $601 million (as of 10/14/20) and has not taken any fundraising pledges. President Trump is endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, Citizens United, Proud Boys, and a variety of law enforcement organizations.

    About the Candidate

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is from Scranton, PA, and moved to Claymont, DE with his family when he was 10 years old. He has been a resident of Wilmington, DE, for most of his adult life. Vice President Biden came of age during the 1960s Civil Rights movement, which he cites as his inspiration for majoring in political science at the University of Delaware before earning his law degree at Syracuse University. His political career began in 1970 when he was elected to the New Castle County Council. Just two years later, at age 29, Vice President Biden ran for the Delaware Senate seat, and became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate. A few weeks after his election, his wife and infant daughter were killed in a car accident, and his two sons were badly injured. This personal tragedy shaped Vice President Biden’s public image as an empathetic leader and committed family man. 

    Vice President Biden spent 36 years representing Delaware in the Senate. He is often critiqued as being an unremarkable, status quo Democrat, and mid-career votes in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, anti-drug legislation, and the Iraq War reaffirm that characterization. In 1991, Vice President Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and presided over the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, who had been credibly accused of sexual harassment by a former colleague, Anita Hill. Vice President Biden’s mismanagement of the hearing resulted in a targeted and unfair character assassination of Anita Hill, and remains a reminder of his complicity in the patriarchal and racist systems on which American government is built. 

    Vice President Biden has also been directly accused of unwanted contact by several women over the course of his career. Most of the accusations came to light as part of the #MeToo movement, and related to invasions of personal space that included the touching of shoulders, caressing of hair, and close whispering. He has apologized publicly for this behavior, and stated an understanding of his responsibility to conform to more modern social norms in his interactions with women. 

    Vice President Biden launched two unsuccessful campaigns for President during his time in the Senate, in 1988 and 2008. After ending his 2008 campaign, he was chosen by President Barack Obama to join his ticket as Vice President, and they served together for two terms. As Vice President, he was responsible for managing the 2009 economic recovery, helping to expand health care through the Affordable Care Act, and acting as the administration’s liaison to the Senate. In 2015, his oldest son, Beau Biden, lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 46. Since leaving office in 2016, Vice President Biden has dedicated substantial resources to cancer research.

    Although he was rarely a trailblazer, Vice President Biden’s record does demonstrate a consistent liberal evolution on many issues throughout his career. After voting in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, he was the first member of the Obama Administration to advocate for marriage equality in 2012. After presiding over the Anita Hill hearings in 1991, he was the architect of the Violence Against  Women Act in 1994, and led the Obama Administration’s effort to reduce campus sexual assault through the It’s On Us campaign. After supporting the 1994 Crime Bill and aligning with the racist ‘tough on crime’ approach of that era, his current platform supports criminal justice reform, abolishing private prisons, and decriminalizing marijuana. 

    Vice President Biden has long been committed to building relationships with colleagues across the aisle, and bridging intra-party policy differences to establish compromise legislation for the American people. This commitment to civility resulted in Vice President Biden maintaining problematic working relationships with segregationist Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge during his time in the Senate. During the 2020 primary, Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Kamala Harris, both Black candidates running for President, were outward in their critique of what they viewed as Vice President Biden’s defense of the reputations and decency of these segregationists. However, Vice President Biden has not apologized for his continued defense of collaborating with these segregationist colleagues, and maintains broad support in the Black community. 

    Vice President Biden’s commitment to compromise has extended to the left in recent months, and updates to his campaign platform are reflective of his interest in connecting with progressive voters. While he was a more moderate candidate in the larger 2020 field, he has been conscientious about including the popular perspectives of his progressive rivals, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders, in his platform. He has recently issued proposals that include middle-class tax cuts, lowering Medicare eligibility to age 60, new benchmarks for greenhouse gas emission limits, free college tuition for families making less than $125,000 annually, and clean energy investments. While these proposals do not embrace the full scope of progressive ideals, they are an important indicator of his capacity for collaboration. 

    The Biden/Harris campaign is endorsed by many progressive groups in the country. While the Biden/Harris platform is the most progressive platform ever adopted by a major party ticket, we encourage progressive advocates to continue to hold their administration accountable, and work to encourage progressive legislation throughout the country. With consideration to their records in public service, we unequivocally recommend Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is from Scranton, PA, and moved to Claymont, DE with his family when he was 10 years old. He has been a resident of Wilmington, DE, for most of his adult life. Vice President Biden came of age during the 1960s Civil Rights movement, which he cites as his inspiration for majoring in political science at the University of Delaware before earning his law degree at Syracuse University. His political career began in 1970 when he was elected to the New Castle County Council. Just two years later, at age 29, Vice President Biden ran for the Delaware Senate seat, and became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate. A few weeks after his election, his wife and infant daughter were killed in a car accident, and his two sons were badly injured. This personal tragedy shaped Vice President Biden’s public image as an empathetic leader and committed family man. 
    Last updated: 2020-10-27
  • Elect Senator Kamala Harris as Vice President of the United States to get America back on track. 

    About the Position

    The Vice President is the second-highest office in the Executive branch of the federal government. The officeholder is the first in the line of succession to the presidency and holds legislative authority as the president of the Senate. In this role, the Vice President presides over Senate deliberations and can cast a tie-breaking vote in close decisions. A Vice Presidential candidate is selected directly by a Presidential nominee who has won the democratic primary process. Vice Presidential candidates are elected indirectly as a part of the Presidential ticket in the general election. A Vice President serves four year terms, and there is no term limit for this position.  

    About the Race

    As of October 12th, Democratic challenger Vice President Joe Biden is leading Republican incumbent President Donald Trump in the polls by an average national margin of 9.2% (as of 10/24/20).  Ten days before Election Day in 2016, Secretary Hillary Clinton held an average 4.9% polling lead over Donald Trump. Vice President Biden’s campaign has raised $952 million (as of 10/14/20) and is not funded by fossil fuel money. While his platform commits to establishing meaningful campaign finance reform, his 2020 campaign has received donations from special interest, corporate PAC, and lobbyist organizations. President Donald Trump has raised $601 million (as of 10/14/20) and has not taken any fundraising pledges. President Trump is endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, Citizens United, Proud Boys, and a variety of law enforcement organizations.

    About the Candidate

    Senator Kamala Harris grew up in Berkeley, CA, and now resides in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of a Jamiacan father and an Indian mother who both emigrated to the Bay Area in the 1960s, and established themselves as activists in the Civil Rights movement in Oakland. Sen. Harris’ interest in justice and equal rights was instilled at a young age when she participated in civil rights protests in Oakland alongside her activist parents, and was further shaped when she was included in the second class of students to be bussed as part of Berkley’s efforts toward school integration. She attended Howard University, one of America’s HBCU institutions, for undergraduate studies, and completed her law degree at the University of California, Hastings. 

    After working for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for 8 years, Sen. Harris transitioned to a role as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. Sen. Harris’ political career began in 2003 when she won her bid to become District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. She served two terms in San Francisco before being elected as the Attorney General for the state of California in 2010. She was the first woman and the first person of color to hold this seat. In representing the needs and interests of Californians in each of these roles, Sen. Harris’ record was both progressive for the time and complicated by her moderate approach to policing and criminal justice. She has been criticized for failing to institute comprehensive police accountability measures, for not establishing meaningful prison reform, and for taking a hands-off approach to cases related to police misconduct. However, her lenient approach to policing was often punctuated by decidedly progressive support for social justice issues, including the establishment of an education and workforce reentry program designed to diminish recidivism. Similarly, as Attorney General, she declined to defend Proposition 8, a proposition to make same-sex marriage illegal in California, in court and officiated the first wedding in the state when marriage equality was restored in 2013. 

    In 2016, Sen. Harris became the first woman of color elected to represent California in the United States Senate. Sen. Harris has sponsored legislation on climate and environmental protections, rental and housing protections, women’s health, and pandemic relief. She was also an original cosponsor of the progressive Green New Deal authored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey. Sen. Harris sits on four committees: Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Budget, Judiciary, and Select Committee on Intelligence. She has been an outspoken opponent of the Trump Administration, and has deftly used her position on the Senate Judiciary Committee to question judicial nominees and interrogate the hypocrisy of her Republican colleagues. 

    Sen. Harris formally launched her campaign for President in January 2019 at an Oakland rally with an estimated attendance of 20,000 supporters. As a candidate, she pushed forward a platform that opposed Medicare for All, supported expansion of the Affordable Care Act, sought to expand tax benefits for middle and low-income families, supported citizenship for Dreamers, and favored a ban on assault weapons. She ended her campaign in December 2019, and was tapped to join Vice President Joe Biden’s ticket ahead of the Democratic National Convention in August 2020. 

    The Biden/Harris campaign is endorsed by many progressive groups in the country. While the Biden/Harris platform is the most progressive platform ever adopted by a major party ticket, we encourage progressive advocates to continue to hold their administration accountable, and work to encourage progressive legislation throughout the country. With consideration to their records in public service, we unequivocally recommend Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Senator Kamala Harris grew up in Berkeley, CA, and now resides in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of a Jamiacan father and an Indian mother who both emigrated to the Bay Area in the 1960s, and established themselves as activists in the Civil Rights movement in Oakland. Sen. Harris’ interest in justice and equal rights was instilled at a young age when she participated in civil rights protests in Oakland alongside her activist parents, and was further shaped when she was included in the second class of students to be bussed as part of Berkley’s efforts toward school integration. She attended Howard University, one of America’s HBCU institutions, for undergraduate studies, and completed her law degree at the University of California, Hastings. 
    Last updated: 2020-10-28

Congress

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

38th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Linda Sánchez to keep CA-38 on the right track.

    About the Position

    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.  

    About the District

    California's 38th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Democrats have held this district since 2002. This district has strongly supported Democrat candidates in recent state and federal elections, providing Gavin Newsom with 65 percent of the vote in 2018, and Hillary Clinton with 67 percent of the vote in 2016.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Linda Sánchez led Democrat challenger Michael Tolar by a margin of 55.4 percent. Rep. Sánchez’s campaign has received corporate PAC donations from a variety of donors, including Microsoft, FedEx, Entergy, and Charles Schwab. She has also received donations from Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, but has not yet taken the no police money or no fossil fuel money pledges. Tolar’s campaign has not committed to any pledges, and his fundraising has been insignificant, with no donation receipts yet formally filed with the FEC.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Sánchez, a 17-year congressional incumbent, is from Orange, CA.  According to campaign materials, Rep. Sánchez is running for re-election to continue to improve the lives of working families in her district through her legislative efforts on issues like labor, economic growth, and taxes.

    Rep. Sánchez’s priorities for CA-38 this year have included animal welfare, improving school safety and social-emotional supports, and elder protections. She currently sits on the Ways and Means Committee. This year, Rep. Sánchez has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Sánchez voted in favor of the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, and in agreement with the National Defense Authorization Act for FY20. Rep. Sánchez has sponsored 32 bills about education and school supports, labor protections, and elder services. Nearly all of those bills are currently referred to committee.

    Rep. Sánchez is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. She is the highest-ranking Latina in Congress, and she has used her influence to speak out about the importance of moving the party in a more progressive direction for the next generation. According to our analysis, Rep. Sánchez is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Linda Sánchez

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Linda Sánchez to keep CA-38 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

39th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Gil Cisneros to keep CA-39 on the right track.

    About the Position

    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.  

    About the District

    California's 39th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties. Republicans held this district from 2011 to 2018, when Gil Cisneros won and flipped CA-39 from red to blue. In 2016, Democrat Hillary Clinton won this district by an 8.6 percent margin. In 2018, Republican John Cox won this district in the gubernatorial general election by a narrow margin of 0.8 percent.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Gil Cisneros trailed Republican challenger Young Kim by a margin of 1.4 percent. Cisneros’s campaign has pledged not to take fossil fuel money and has followed through on that commitment. He also pledged not to take corporate PAC funding, but he did attend a fundraiser hosted by corporate lobbyists. Kim’s campaign is backed by the Republican Super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund, which is dedicated to winning a Republican majority in the House of Representatives.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Cisneros, a veteran and education advocate, is from Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, Rep. Cisneros is running for re-election to ensure that future generations have access to a ladder of opportunities similar to what was available to him through the Navy.

    Rep. Cisneros’s priorities for CA-39 this year have included advocating for Small Business Development Centers, education programs that serve Hispanic- and Minority-Serving Institutions, students with disabilities and English language learners, Emergency Solutions Grants to prevent homelessness and the Community Development Block Grants, and funding for public health agencies. He currently sits on two committees: Veterans' Affairs (ranks 11th) and Armed Services (ranks 20th). This year, Rep. Cisneros has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 93 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. His divergence from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez included votes in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, and appropriations for the Department of the Interior. Rep. Cisneros has sponsored 15 bills about armed forces, national security, and immigration this year. Of those bills, five have been referred to committee, eight are in committee, and two have been received by the Senate.

    Rep. Cisneros is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. He is also endorsed by the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association. However, the threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Kim’s potential policies greatly outweighs Cisneros’s moderate voting record and inaction on campaign financing. According to our analysis, Rep. Cisneros is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Gil Cisneros

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Gil Cisneros to keep CA-39 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

45th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Katie Porter to keep CA-45 on the right track.

    About the Position

    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.  

    About the District

    California's 45th Congressional District includes parts of Orange County. Republicans typically held this district until 2018, when Katie Porter won and flipped CA-45 from red to blue. The most recent election results show 49.8 percent of AD-45 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 50.6 percent of the district voted for Cox for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    Following the March 3 primary election, Democrat incumbent Representative Katie Porter is leading Republican challenger Greg Raths by a margin of 32.9 percent. Rep. Porter’s campaign has pledged to refuse fossil fuel money; the campaign has yet to pledge to refuse corporate PAC and police money. Rep. Porter’s campaign is funded by California universities, Democratic Party–aligned groups, and corporate money. Raths’ campaign has not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money and is funded in large part by insurance companies and financial interests.

    About the Candidate

    Representative Katie Porter is from Fort Dodge, IA, and now resides in Irvine, CA. She is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2019. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to hold Republicans and their special interests in Washington accountable.

    In Congress, Rep. Porter has played an instrumental role in advancing reforms that have helped American families have a fair economic opportunity by helping to pass legislation to fight against abusive credit card fees. Toward the end of 2019, she gained a position on the Committee on Oversight and Reform due to her expert questioning style in congressional hearings. She also sits on the Committee on Financial Services, where she serves on the Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, as well as the Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets subcommittees. Prior to Rep. Porter’s election to Congress, she was a law professor at UC Irvine and a consumer rights advocate, where she defended working families against predatory banking practices.

    Rep. Porter’s priorities for CA-45 this year have included improving patient safety and helping working families during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing student borrower relief, and pushing for more accountability from the Pentagon. She currently sits on two committees: the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Oversight and Reform. This year, Rep. Porter has voted 99 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 92 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Significant legislation they’ve disagreed on is the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border, which Rep. Porter voted for and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez against. Rep. Porter has co-sponsored four bills to increase accountability from the police, to protect the USPS, and to require Trump to obtain congressional approval before engaging in military action against Iran this year, all of which have successfully passed the House but remain in the Senate.

    Rep. Porter is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Rep. Porter is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Katie Porter

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Katie Porter to keep CA-45 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

46th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Lou Correa to keep CA-46 on the right track.

    About the Position

    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.  

    About the District

    California's 46th Congressional District includes parts of Orange County. Republicans held this district until 2012, when district lines were redrawn and Loretta Sanchez won and flipped CA-46 from red to blue. In recent years, this district has voted for Democratic state and federal candidates, with 63 percent of the vote for Gavin Newsom in 2018, and 66 percent of the vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Lou Correa led Republican challenger James Waters by a margin of 30.8 percent. Rep. Correa’s campaign has not pledged to refuse fossil fuel, police, or corporate PAC money. Correa has received donations from several oil and gas companies, including Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Phillips 66. He has also received donations from Everytown for Gun Safety AF Inc. PAC. Waters’ campaign has not committed to any pledges and has recorded insignificant fundraising to date, with all raised funds coming directly from his family.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Correa, who has held elected office for over 20 years, is from Anaheim, CA. According to campaign materials, Rep. Correa is running for re-election to continue to improve quality of life and middle-class access for district residents.

    Rep. Correa’s priorities for CA-46 this year have included grants to support community placement of police recruits, highlighting mental-health care and minority health disparities, and providing support to military veterans. He currently sits on two committees: Homeland Security (ranks 7th), and Judiciary (ranks 16th). This year, Rep. Correa has voted 99 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 94 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Correa voted in favor of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, and in agreement with the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for 2020. Rep. Correa has sponsored 29 bills about veteran’s support, cannabis research and protections, and mental-health care access this year. Of those bills, two have been received in the Senate, and all remaining are in committee or referred to committee.  

    Rep. Correa is primarily endorsed by local unions, and does not have substantial endorsements from progressive organizations. He is also endorsed by a variety of law-enforcement organizations in the district, including California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, Peace Officers Research Association of California, Santa Ana Police Officers Association, and Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. However, the threat of Republican challenger James Waters’ potential policies greatly outweighs Rep. Correa’s moderate voting record and association with law-enforcement organizations. According to our analysis, Rep. Correa is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Lou Correa

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Lou Correa to keep CA-46 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

47th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Alan Lowenthal to keep CA-47 on the right track.

    About the Position

    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.  

    About the District

    California's 47th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Republicans held this district until 2002, when district lines were redrawn and Loretta Sanchez won and flipped CA-47 from red to blue. In recent years, this district has voted for Democratic candidates in state and federal elections, supporting Gavin Newsom with 61 percent in 2018, and Hillary Clinton with 62 percent in 2016.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Alan Lowenthal led Republican challenger John Briscoe by a margin of 28.6 percent. Rep. Lowenthal has not taken any funding pledges for this election cycle. He has accepted corporate funds from several entities, including Crowley Maritime Corporation, Amazon, and AES Corporation. Challenger Briscoe’s campaign has not committed to any pledges, and is sustained entirely through self-funding.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Lowenthal, a former city council member and California state senator, is a longtime resident of Long Beach, CA. According to campaign materials, Rep. Lowenthal is running for re-election to continue his human rights advocacy on behalf of his diverse constituency, and to push for further progress on climate change.

    Rep. Lowenthal’s priorities for CA-47 this year have included funding STEM education, reinstating humanitarian assistance to Palestinians and Armenia, and reducing plastic pollution. He currently sits on two committees: Natural Resources (ranks 6th), and Transportation and Infrastructure (ranks 19th). This year, Rep. Lowenthal has voted 97 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Lowenthal voted in favor of making appropriations to the Department of State and the Department of Defense, and of the passage of the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act. This year, Rep. Lowenthal has sponsored 22 bills about public land and natural resources, human rights protections, and transportation and public works. Of those bills, the majority are in committee or have been referred to committee.

    Rep. Lowenthal is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Rep. Lowenthal is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Alan Lowenthal

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Alan Lowenthal to keep CA-47 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

48th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Harley Rouda to keep CA-48 on the right track.

    About the Position

    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.  

    About the District

    California's 48th Congressional District includes parts of Orange County. Republicans typically held this district until 2018, when Harley Rouda won and flipped CA-48 from red to blue. Recent state and federal elections have shown close margins in CA-48. This district voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, with 47.9 percent. However, CA-48 voted in favor of Republican candidate John Cox in the 2018 gubernatorial election, with 52.1 percent.

    About the Race

    Following the March 3 primary election, Democrat incumbent Representative Rouda is leading Republican challenger Michelle Steel by a margin of 11.8 percent. Rep. Rouda’s campaign is not funded by fossil fuel money or corporate PAC money. While he has not taken the police money pledge, he has not received any donations from police organizations. Rep. Rouda has been financially backed by a variety of progressive organization PACs, including Human Rights Campaign, Indivisible, Equality, and End Citizens United. Challenger Steel’s campaign has not committed to refusing police money, fossil fuel money, or corporate PAC money. She is funded by several right-wing and libertarian organizations, including the Liberty Fund and the Lincoln Club of Orange County. Steel has also donated $1.25 million of her own money to the campaign. Although Rep. Rouda bested challenger Steel by a double-digit margin in the March primary, the four Republican candidates in that race earned a combined total of 50.6 percent of the vote, confirming the likelihood of a close race in November.  

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Rouda, a former attorney and real estate executive, is from Ohio and has lived in Laguna Beach, CA, since 2007. According to campaign materials, Rep. Rouda is running for re-election to continue his bipartisan efforts to improve life in Orange County by revitalizing the economy, reducing taxation, and improving the affordability of prescription drugs.

    Rep. Rouda’s priorities for CA-48 this year have included allocating federal dollars to combat climate change, protections for refugees of the Vietnam War, mental-health services for veterans, and support for homeless individuals and low-income home ownership. He currently sits on two committees: Oversight and Reform (ranks 9th), and Transportation and Infrastructure (ranks 37th). This year, Rep. Rouda has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 92 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Rouda voted in favor of passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, and the motion to concur on Senate amendments to the DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act. Rep. Rouda has sponsored 24 bills about environmental and coastal protections, infrastructure improvements, and small-business support. Of those bills, one has been received in the Senate, and the majority of the others are in committee or referred to committee.

    Rep. Rouda is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. The threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Michelle Steel’s potential policies greatly outweighs the moderating effect of Rep. Rouda’s bipartisan approach to the legislative process. According to our analysis, Rep. Rouda is the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.

    Harley Rouda

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Harley Rouda to keep CA-48 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

49th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Mike Levin to keep CA-49 on the right track.

    About the Position

    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.  

    About the District

    California's 49 Congressional District includes parts of San Diego and Orange Counties. Republicans held this district from 2002 to 2018, when Mike Levin won and flipped CA-49 from red to blue. In recent state and federal elections, this district has voted for democratic candidates by a slim margin. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won 50.7 percent of the vote, and in 2018, Gavin Newsom won 51.5 percent of the vote.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Levin led Republican challenger Brian Maryott by a margin of 13.2 percent. Rep. Levin’s campaign has not pledged to refuse police money, but has publicly refused to accept corporate PAC donations and fossil fuel money. He has received donations from several progressive organization PACs, including End Citizens United, Planned Parenthood, and Human Rights Campaign. Challenger Maryott’s campaign has not committed to refusing police, fossil fuel, or corporate PAC money. He has been endorsed by Oceanside Police Officers’ Association, and has received funding from Build the Wall PAC.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Levin, an attorney and former director of the Democratic Party of Orange County, lives in San Juan Capistrano. According to campaign materials, Rep. Levin is running for re-election to continue his environmental protection efforts and improve the lives of the families in the district.

    Rep. Levin’s priorities for CA-49 this year have included removing nuclear waste, researching the gun violence epidemic, and a variety of land and water conservation projects in the district. He currently sits on three committees: Natural Resources (ranks 10th), Veterans’ Affairs (ranks 5th), and Climate Crisis (ranks 7th). This year, Rep. Levin has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 94 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Levin voted in favor of passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, in support of making emergency appropriations during the 2019 fiscal year, and in favor of Restoring the Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act. Rep. Levin has sponsored 22 bills about armed forces and veterans’ affairs, environmental protections, and education this year. Of these bills, two have been referred to the Senate, and the rest are either in committee or referred to committee.

    Rep. Levin is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district, including End Citizens United, Indivisible 49, and Human Rights Campaign. He is also endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Association of California and the San Diego Police Officers Association. However, the threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Maryott’s potential policies greatly outweighs Rep. Levin’s moderate voting record and connection to police organizations. According to our analysis, Rep. Levin is the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.

    Mike Levin

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Mike Levin to keep CA-49 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

State Assembly

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

State Assembly, 55th District

Member of the State Assembly

  • Elect State Assemblymember Andrew Rodriguez to push AD-55 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 55th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 49.9 percent of AD-55 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 52.1 percent of the district voted for Cox for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat challenger Representative Rodriguez trailed Republican challenger Phillip Chen by a margin of 12.4 percent. Rodriguez’s campaign has raised $559,650.25. His campaign has not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and police money, and has accepted funds from a police group. Opponent Chen’s campaign has raised $774,814.84 and has also not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and police money. Some of Chen’s biggest donors are police and corporate PACs.

    About the Candidate

    Andrew Rodriguez is a lifelong resident of the City of Walnut and the 55th State Assembly District. According to campaign materials, he is running for the position to be an accessible, transparent, and effective representative for his community in Sacramento.

    Rodriguez is mayor pro tem of the city of Walnut. In this position, he has advocated for more housing in the district and smart growth strategies for the city, and he completed a general plan land-use update for the city for the first time in forty years. He has also worked as a land-use planner in the San Gabriel Valley and on several political campaigns, including then Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s successful U.S. Senate bid.

    Rodriguez’s priorities for AD-55 this year include strengthening public education, expanding economic opportunity, and addressing housing and homelessness.

    When he was sworn in as mayor of Walnut, Rodriguez was the youngest councilmember serving in Los Angeles County. During his term, Andrew and the city council have balanced the city's budget annually, and have worked to make Walnut one of the safest cities in California. In 2019, Walnut was ranked as one of the financially healthiest cities in California by the State Controller's Office.

    Andrew Rodriguez is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. Assemblymember Chen has shown that he does not represent the needs of constituents in facing down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians. According to our analysis, Andrew Rodriguez is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Andrew Rodriguez

    Elect State Assemblymember Andrew Rodriguez to push AD-55 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 55th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 49.9 percent of AD-55 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 52.1 percent of the district voted for Cox for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat challenger Representative Rodriguez trailed Republican challenger Phillip Chen by a margin of 12.4 percent. Rodriguez’s campaign has raised $559,650.25. His campaign has not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and police money, and has accepted funds from a police group. Opponent Chen’s campaign has raised $774,814.84 and has also not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and police money. Some of Chen’s biggest donors are police and corporate PACs.

    About the Candidate

    Andrew Rodriguez is a lifelong resident of the City of Walnut and the 55th State Assembly District. According to campaign materials, he is running for the position to be an accessible, transparent, and effective representative for his community in Sacramento.

    Rodriguez is mayor pro tem of the city of Walnut. In this position, he has advocated for more housing in the district and smart growth strategies for the city, and he completed a general plan land-use update for the city for the first time in forty years. He has also worked as a land-use planner in the San Gabriel Valley and on several political campaigns, including then Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s successful U.S. Senate bid.

    Rodriguez’s priorities for AD-55 this year include strengthening public education, expanding economic opportunity, and addressing housing and homelessness.

    When he was sworn in as mayor of Walnut, Rodriguez was the youngest councilmember serving in Los Angeles County. During his term, Andrew and the city council have balanced the city's budget annually, and have worked to make Walnut one of the safest cities in California. In 2019, Walnut was ranked as one of the financially healthiest cities in California by the State Controller's Office.

    Andrew Rodriguez is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. Assemblymember Chen has shown that he does not represent the needs of constituents in facing down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians. According to our analysis, Andrew Rodriguez is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Last updated: 2020-10-22

State Assembly, 65th District

Member of the State Assembly

  • Re-elect State Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva to keep AD-65 on the right track.

    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 65th Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. This is a historically red district that flipped blue when Sharon Quirk-Silva won in 2012. It went back to red in 2014, when she lost her incumbency, and then back to blue when she won again in 2016. The most recent election results show AD-65 voted for Clinton for president in 2016 and Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Sharon Quirk-Silva led Republican challenger Cynthia Thacker by a margin of 15.4 percent. Quirk-Silva’s campaign has raised $529,123.99. Her campaign has not committed to refusing corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money, and has accepted funds from all three groups. No FEC filings have been made for Thacker’s campaign, and she is endorsed by the Republican Party of Orange County and the California Republican Party.

    About the Candidate

    Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva moved to Fullerton when she was two, attended Orange County public schools, earned her bachelor's degree from Fullerton College and UCLA, and her teaching credential from CSU Fullerton. Quirk-Silva defeated a Republican incumbent for this seat in 2012, but lost her bid for re-election in 2014 to Republican Young Kim. She ran again in 2016, defeated Kim, and has served in this seat since. According to campaign materials, Quirk-Silva is running to keep working on education, climate, and economic issues that affect the state of California.

    In the State Assembly, Quirk-Silva authored a fee waiver bill that allows the homeless to receive an ID and a copy of their birth certificate without paying for them. Quirk Silva served as chair of the Assembly Jobs Committee and secured $23 million for small businesses. Quirk-Silva currently sits on the Assembly Higher Education Committee and the Communications and Conveyance Committee. Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Quirk-Silva served on the Fullerton City Council starting in 2004 and was elected mayor in 2007.

    Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva’s priorities for AD-65 this year include increased funding for schools, expanding the economy, public safety, and expanding access to affordable health care. She currently sits on thirteen committees, including the standing committee on Housing and Community Development and the select committees on Foster Care and Student Debt. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva has sponsored two bills about housing and homelessness this year. She scores 49 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Quirk-Silva generally votes progressive for bills that address California’s education system and climate change. That said, she has abstained from voting on policies that could help solve other issues, including police transparency.

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assemblymember Quirk-Silva worked as a teacher in the Fullerton School District. She is a longtime supporter of affordable housing, quality education, and access to physical and mental-health services.

    Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. That said, she is also endorsed by police groups. However, the threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Thacker’s potential policies greatly outweighs Quirk-Silva’s moderate voting record and decisions regarding police accountability. Although we disagree with her relationships with the police, her district is vulnerable to flipping red. According to our analysis, Sharon Quirk-Silva is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Sharon Quirk-Silva

    Re-elect State Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva to keep AD-65 on the right track.

    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 65th Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. This is a historically red district that flipped blue when Sharon Quirk-Silva won in 2012. It went back to red in 2014, when she lost her incumbency, and then back to blue when she won again in 2016. The most recent election results show AD-65 voted for Clinton for president in 2016 and Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Sharon Quirk-Silva led Republican challenger Cynthia Thacker by a margin of 15.4 percent. Quirk-Silva’s campaign has raised $529,123.99. Her campaign has not committed to refusing corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money, and has accepted funds from all three groups. No FEC filings have been made for Thacker’s campaign, and she is endorsed by the Republican Party of Orange County and the California Republican Party.

    About the Candidate

    Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva moved to Fullerton when she was two, attended Orange County public schools, earned her bachelor's degree from Fullerton College and UCLA, and her teaching credential from CSU Fullerton. Quirk-Silva defeated a Republican incumbent for this seat in 2012, but lost her bid for re-election in 2014 to Republican Young Kim. She ran again in 2016, defeated Kim, and has served in this seat since. According to campaign materials, Quirk-Silva is running to keep working on education, climate, and economic issues that affect the state of California.

    In the State Assembly, Quirk-Silva authored a fee waiver bill that allows the homeless to receive an ID and a copy of their birth certificate without paying for them. Quirk Silva served as chair of the Assembly Jobs Committee and secured $23 million for small businesses. Quirk-Silva currently sits on the Assembly Higher Education Committee and the Communications and Conveyance Committee. Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Quirk-Silva served on the Fullerton City Council starting in 2004 and was elected mayor in 2007.

    Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva’s priorities for AD-65 this year include increased funding for schools, expanding the economy, public safety, and expanding access to affordable health care. She currently sits on thirteen committees, including the standing committee on Housing and Community Development and the select committees on Foster Care and Student Debt. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva has sponsored two bills about housing and homelessness this year. She scores 49 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Quirk-Silva generally votes progressive for bills that address California’s education system and climate change. That said, she has abstained from voting on policies that could help solve other issues, including police transparency.

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assemblymember Quirk-Silva worked as a teacher in the Fullerton School District. She is a longtime supporter of affordable housing, quality education, and access to physical and mental-health services.

    Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. That said, she is also endorsed by police groups. However, the threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Thacker’s potential policies greatly outweighs Quirk-Silva’s moderate voting record and decisions regarding police accountability. Although we disagree with her relationships with the police, her district is vulnerable to flipping red. According to our analysis, Sharon Quirk-Silva is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Last updated: 2020-10-22

State Assembly, 68th District

Member of the State Assembly

  • Democrat
  • Elect Melissa Fox to push AD-68 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 68th Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-68 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 by a margin of 4.8 percent, and John H. Cox for governor in 2018 by a margin of 2.8 percent.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democratic challenger Melissa Fox trailed Republican incumbent Representative Steven Choi by a margin of 10.3 percent. Fox’s campaign has raised $757,248 and has not committed to any campaign finance pledges. Choi’s campaign has raised $443,957, has not committed to any campaign finance pledges, and is funded by Phillip Morris, Altria Tobacco, the California Independent Petroleum Association, PG&E, Koch Industries, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the Apartment Association of Orange County, the California Association of Realtors, and DaVita Inc.

    About the Candidate

    Melissa Fox is an Orange County native currently serving on the Irvine City Council. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to secure financial assistance for small businesses and renters who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, uplift working families, and continue her family’s tradition of civil service.

    Melissa Fox is an Irvine City Councilmember and attorney whose family has been involved in various aspects of civil service for decades. Her time in office includes awards for fiscal responsibility, government transparency, public safety, creating affordable housing, and sustainability achievements. Fox worked to reinstate the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee, expanded the iShuttle to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and implemented a $19 million plan to reduce traffic congestion. She has also served on the OC Fire Authority board and as chair of the Irvine Community Land Trust, building affordable housing for working families, veterans, and people with disabilities.

    Melissa Fox is endorsed by many local progressive groups in the district, and the threat of Republican incumbent and strong Trump supporter Steven Choi’s potential and past policies greatly outweighs Fox’s lack of campaign finance pledges. According to our analysis, Rep. Melissa Fox is the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.

    Melissa Fox

    Elect Melissa Fox to push AD-68 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 68th Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-68 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 by a margin of 4.8 percent, and John H. Cox for governor in 2018 by a margin of 2.8 percent.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democratic challenger Melissa Fox trailed Republican incumbent Representative Steven Choi by a margin of 10.3 percent. Fox’s campaign has raised $757,248 and has not committed to any campaign finance pledges. Choi’s campaign has raised $443,957, has not committed to any campaign finance pledges, and is funded by Phillip Morris, Altria Tobacco, the California Independent Petroleum Association, PG&E, Koch Industries, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the Apartment Association of Orange County, the California Association of Realtors, and DaVita Inc.

    About the Candidate

    Melissa Fox is an Orange County native currently serving on the Irvine City Council. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to secure financial assistance for small businesses and renters who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, uplift working families, and continue her family’s tradition of civil service.

    Melissa Fox is an Irvine City Councilmember and attorney whose family has been involved in various aspects of civil service for decades. Her time in office includes awards for fiscal responsibility, government transparency, public safety, creating affordable housing, and sustainability achievements. Fox worked to reinstate the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee, expanded the iShuttle to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and implemented a $19 million plan to reduce traffic congestion. She has also served on the OC Fire Authority board and as chair of the Irvine Community Land Trust, building affordable housing for working families, veterans, and people with disabilities.

    Melissa Fox is endorsed by many local progressive groups in the district, and the threat of Republican incumbent and strong Trump supporter Steven Choi’s potential and past policies greatly outweighs Fox’s lack of campaign finance pledges. According to our analysis, Rep. Melissa Fox is the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.

    Last updated: 2020-10-22

State Assembly, 69th District

Member of the State Assembly

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect State Assemblymember Tom Daly to keep AD-69 on the right track.

    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 69th Assembly District includes parts of Orange County and the cities of Anaheim, Orange, and Santa Ana. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-69 voted for Clinton for president in 2016 and Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Daly led Republican challenger Jon Paul White by a margin of 47.8 percent. Daly’s campaign has raised $658,495.02. Daly has not committed to refusing corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money, and his campaign has accepted all three. Challenger White has not reported any campaign fundraising this cycle, and his campaign has also not committed to refusing corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money.

    About the Candidate

    Assemblymember Tom Daly is from Anaheim, CA, and is a lifelong resident of Orange County. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2012. According to campaign materials, Daly is running for re-election to ensure a balanced budget, maintain and improve statewide infrastructure, and reduce bureaucratic red tape while promoting government efficiency.

    In the State Assembly, Assemblymember Daly has been responsible for a variety of bills that have been signed into law that protect Californians and reduce barriers to opportunity for them. In 2019, Daly authored legislation that protects homeowners’ access to insurance policies in high or very high fire hazard severity zones and eliminates fees for Californians who have been involved in the juvenile-justice system to request the sealing of their juvenile records. He currently serves as chair of the Insurance Committee, and also serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Transportation Committees, among others.

    Assemblymember Daly has also championed increased efficiency through the modernization of technology and record-keeping, improving access for veterans and businesses. That said, he often abstains from taking positions on key progressive bills in areas that include affordable housing, criminal-justice reform, and worker protections. Assemblymember Daly has a lifetime score of only 32 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislators’ progressive voting records. Daly’s priorities for AD-69 this year include government efficiency. As an assemblymember, Daly has co-sponsored one bill expanding worker protections to cover COVID-19 illness or death this year. He scores 32 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Daly has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Daly has not supported key legislation for economic justice or consumer and environmental protection.

    Assemblymember Daly is endorsed by labor organizations in the district. He is also endorsed by police groups and Crime Victims United, a group that pushes for stronger punishments for offenders. However, the threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Jon Paul White’s potential policies greatly outweighs Daly’s moderate voting record. Though we disagree with Assemblymember Daly's stance on the many issues named above, and know that a stronger progressive candidate would more accurately represent the 69th district, Daly is the most progressive candidate on the ballot. That said, we encourage more progressive candidates that will better reflect this community’s needs to run in future cycles.

    Tom Daly

    Re-elect State Assemblymember Tom Daly to keep AD-69 on the right track.

    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 69th Assembly District includes parts of Orange County and the cities of Anaheim, Orange, and Santa Ana. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-69 voted for Clinton for president in 2016 and Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Daly led Republican challenger Jon Paul White by a margin of 47.8 percent. Daly’s campaign has raised $658,495.02. Daly has not committed to refusing corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money, and his campaign has accepted all three. Challenger White has not reported any campaign fundraising this cycle, and his campaign has also not committed to refusing corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money.

    About the Candidate

    Assemblymember Tom Daly is from Anaheim, CA, and is a lifelong resident of Orange County. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2012. According to campaign materials, Daly is running for re-election to ensure a balanced budget, maintain and improve statewide infrastructure, and reduce bureaucratic red tape while promoting government efficiency.

    In the State Assembly, Assemblymember Daly has been responsible for a variety of bills that have been signed into law that protect Californians and reduce barriers to opportunity for them. In 2019, Daly authored legislation that protects homeowners’ access to insurance policies in high or very high fire hazard severity zones and eliminates fees for Californians who have been involved in the juvenile-justice system to request the sealing of their juvenile records. He currently serves as chair of the Insurance Committee, and also serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Transportation Committees, among others.

    Assemblymember Daly has also championed increased efficiency through the modernization of technology and record-keeping, improving access for veterans and businesses. That said, he often abstains from taking positions on key progressive bills in areas that include affordable housing, criminal-justice reform, and worker protections. Assemblymember Daly has a lifetime score of only 32 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislators’ progressive voting records. Daly’s priorities for AD-69 this year include government efficiency. As an assemblymember, Daly has co-sponsored one bill expanding worker protections to cover COVID-19 illness or death this year. He scores 32 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Daly has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Daly has not supported key legislation for economic justice or consumer and environmental protection.

    Assemblymember Daly is endorsed by labor organizations in the district. He is also endorsed by police groups and Crime Victims United, a group that pushes for stronger punishments for offenders. However, the threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Jon Paul White’s potential policies greatly outweighs Daly’s moderate voting record. Though we disagree with Assemblymember Daly's stance on the many issues named above, and know that a stronger progressive candidate would more accurately represent the 69th district, Daly is the most progressive candidate on the ballot. That said, we encourage more progressive candidates that will better reflect this community’s needs to run in future cycles.

    Last updated: 2020-10-22

State Assembly, 72nd District

Member of the State Assembly

  • Elect Diedre Nguyen to push AD-72 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 72nd Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. Notable cities include Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, and Seal Beach. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-72 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and John Cox for governor in 2018. The district has a significant Asian population, primarily Vietnamese. Although previous Vietnamese Democratic candidates have tried to push the region in a more progressive direction, the district remains largely conservative.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat challenger Diedre Nguyen trailed Republican Representative Janet Nguyen by a margin of 8.3 percent. Diedre Nguyen’s campaign has raised upwards of $278,000. She has not received fossil fuel or corporate money; however, she has received law-enforcement funding. Republican opponent Janet Nguyen has received significant fossil fuel, corporation, and law-enforcement money.

    About the Candidate

    Diedre Nguyen is from Saigon, Vietnam, and has resided in Garden Grove, CA, since 1995. According to campaign materials, she is running for Assembly to represent her community’s working-class interests by fighting to increase access to economic opportunities. Her campaign promotes investing in education, health care, and environmental protections, to increase the quality of life for the citizens of AD-72. Diedre Nguyen has taken firm stances in support of women’s reproductive rights, as well as LGBTQIA+ and immigrant communities.

    Diedre Nguyen a laboratory cancer scientist, which she does to advance cancer research, and is a member of the Garden Grove City Council, to improve access to quality education, spur local business growth, increase job opportunities, and address public safety concerns. Diedre Nguyen has also served on the boards of the Lunar New Year TET Parade, Vietnamese Young Marines, and as vice chair of the Hurricane Haiyan Philippines Fundraiser. She has also been appointed to various other Vietnamese community positions where she successfully worked to bring her community together to solve issues and promote diversity.

    Diedre Nguyen has received endorsements from a number of community organizations, including Equality CA, Sierra Club, CA Teachers Association, and Planned Parenthood. She has also received an endorsement from local law enforcement.

    Diedre Nguyen is running against Republican Janet Nguyen. Janet Nguyen has received endorsements from the California Pro-Life Council, National Rifle Association, and multiple law-enforcement associations. She has received a 0 percent rating from Planned Parenthood CA, a 15 percent rating from the ACLU, and a 20 percent rating from Sierra Club CA. Throughout her political career, she has voted against a number of key progressive legislation, particularly in relation to criminal-justice reform, gun safety, immigrant protections, women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, and environmental protections.

    Diedre Nguyen is the best progressive choice because of her track record of community service in the Garden Grove community, as well as her vision to fight for an economy that works for everyone in her district, not just those at the top. According to our analysis, Diedre Nguyen is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Diedre Nguyen

    Elect Diedre Nguyen to push AD-72 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 72nd Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. Notable cities include Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, and Seal Beach. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-72 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and John Cox for governor in 2018. The district has a significant Asian population, primarily Vietnamese. Although previous Vietnamese Democratic candidates have tried to push the region in a more progressive direction, the district remains largely conservative.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat challenger Diedre Nguyen trailed Republican Representative Janet Nguyen by a margin of 8.3 percent. Diedre Nguyen’s campaign has raised upwards of $278,000. She has not received fossil fuel or corporate money; however, she has received law-enforcement funding. Republican opponent Janet Nguyen has received significant fossil fuel, corporation, and law-enforcement money.

    About the Candidate

    Diedre Nguyen is from Saigon, Vietnam, and has resided in Garden Grove, CA, since 1995. According to campaign materials, she is running for Assembly to represent her community’s working-class interests by fighting to increase access to economic opportunities. Her campaign promotes investing in education, health care, and environmental protections, to increase the quality of life for the citizens of AD-72. Diedre Nguyen has taken firm stances in support of women’s reproductive rights, as well as LGBTQIA+ and immigrant communities.

    Diedre Nguyen a laboratory cancer scientist, which she does to advance cancer research, and is a member of the Garden Grove City Council, to improve access to quality education, spur local business growth, increase job opportunities, and address public safety concerns. Diedre Nguyen has also served on the boards of the Lunar New Year TET Parade, Vietnamese Young Marines, and as vice chair of the Hurricane Haiyan Philippines Fundraiser. She has also been appointed to various other Vietnamese community positions where she successfully worked to bring her community together to solve issues and promote diversity.

    Diedre Nguyen has received endorsements from a number of community organizations, including Equality CA, Sierra Club, CA Teachers Association, and Planned Parenthood. She has also received an endorsement from local law enforcement.

    Diedre Nguyen is running against Republican Janet Nguyen. Janet Nguyen has received endorsements from the California Pro-Life Council, National Rifle Association, and multiple law-enforcement associations. She has received a 0 percent rating from Planned Parenthood CA, a 15 percent rating from the ACLU, and a 20 percent rating from Sierra Club CA. Throughout her political career, she has voted against a number of key progressive legislation, particularly in relation to criminal-justice reform, gun safety, immigrant protections, women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, and environmental protections.

    Diedre Nguyen is the best progressive choice because of her track record of community service in the Garden Grove community, as well as her vision to fight for an economy that works for everyone in her district, not just those at the top. According to our analysis, Diedre Nguyen is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Last updated: 2020-10-22

State Assembly, 73rd District

Member of the State Assembly

  • Elect State Assemblymember Scott Rhinehart to push AD-73 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 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 73rd Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-73 voted for Trump for president in 2016 and Cox for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat challenger Rhinehart trailed Republican opponent Laurie Davies by a margin of 3.2 percent. Rhinehart’s campaign has raised $85,376.58 and pledged to refuse fossil fuel money. While he has not pledged to refuse police or corporate PAC money, Rhinehart’s campaign has not received such funds. Rhinehart’s donor base consists mainly of individual donors. Opponent Davies’s campaign has raised $101,012 and has not committed to refuse police, fossil fuel, or corporate PAC money. Her donor base also consists mainly of individual donors, but also includes property development companies.

    About the Candidate

    Scott Rhinehart is from West Virginia and has lived in Orange County for 16 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for State Assembly to be an advocate for his community and to increase access to economic opportunities, quality health care, and preserve the environment.

    Rhinehart owns his own real estate brokerage. His firm provides programs for first-time buyers, seniors, and veterans, which help address the hardships middle-class families and small businesses face in today’s economy. Rhinehart has also worked as a political advocate, where he successfully helped beat the Briggs Initiative, an effort to ban members of the LGBTQIA+ community from being employed in California’s public schools, and to increase investments for HIV and AIDS prevention.

    Rhinehart’s priorities for AD-73 this year include fighting for affordable and accessible health care, protecting the district’s beaches, air, and water, and championing equality for every Californian.

    Rhinehart has been involved in political advocacy, including working to defeat the Briggs Initiative, Proposition 8 (the anti-gay California Marriage Protection Act) and fought to increase funding for HIV/AIDS prevention. He is a longtime supporter of equal rights for all Americans, particularly workers’ and women’s rights.

    Rhinehart is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. According to recent election results, it's challenging for Democrats to win this seat, although Rhinehart has a strong chance. Rhinehart is the best progressive choice because of his track record of fighting for all Americans’ rights and his vision of creating an economy that works for everyone, ensuring that people have health-care coverage and addressing issues of climate change. According to our analysis, Scott Rhinehart is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Scott Rhinehart

    Elect State Assemblymember Scott Rhinehart to push AD-73 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 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 73rd Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-73 voted for Trump for president in 2016 and Cox for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat challenger Rhinehart trailed Republican opponent Laurie Davies by a margin of 3.2 percent. Rhinehart’s campaign has raised $85,376.58 and pledged to refuse fossil fuel money. While he has not pledged to refuse police or corporate PAC money, Rhinehart’s campaign has not received such funds. Rhinehart’s donor base consists mainly of individual donors. Opponent Davies’s campaign has raised $101,012 and has not committed to refuse police, fossil fuel, or corporate PAC money. Her donor base also consists mainly of individual donors, but also includes property development companies.

    About the Candidate

    Scott Rhinehart is from West Virginia and has lived in Orange County for 16 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for State Assembly to be an advocate for his community and to increase access to economic opportunities, quality health care, and preserve the environment.

    Rhinehart owns his own real estate brokerage. His firm provides programs for first-time buyers, seniors, and veterans, which help address the hardships middle-class families and small businesses face in today’s economy. Rhinehart has also worked as a political advocate, where he successfully helped beat the Briggs Initiative, an effort to ban members of the LGBTQIA+ community from being employed in California’s public schools, and to increase investments for HIV and AIDS prevention.

    Rhinehart’s priorities for AD-73 this year include fighting for affordable and accessible health care, protecting the district’s beaches, air, and water, and championing equality for every Californian.

    Rhinehart has been involved in political advocacy, including working to defeat the Briggs Initiative, Proposition 8 (the anti-gay California Marriage Protection Act) and fought to increase funding for HIV/AIDS prevention. He is a longtime supporter of equal rights for all Americans, particularly workers’ and women’s rights.

    Rhinehart is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. According to recent election results, it's challenging for Democrats to win this seat, although Rhinehart has a strong chance. Rhinehart is the best progressive choice because of his track record of fighting for all Americans’ rights and his vision of creating an economy that works for everyone, ensuring that people have health-care coverage and addressing issues of climate change. According to our analysis, Scott Rhinehart is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Last updated: 2020-10-22

State Assembly, 74th District

Member of the State Assembly

No Recommendation

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 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 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 74th Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. Notable cities within the district include portions of Huntington Beach and Irvine, as well as Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. Republicans held this district until 2018, when Assemblymember Petrie-Norris flipped AD-74 blue. The most recent election results show AD-74 voted for Hillary Clinton for President in 2016, and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018. AD-74 has one of the highest median family income and property values in the nation. The district is largely white, with a notable Latinx population of about 15 percent.

About the Race

In the primary, Democrat incumbent Cottie Petrie-Norris led Republican challenger Diane Dixon by a margin of 27.1 percent. Petrie-Norris’s campaign has raised upwards of $720,000, and is largely funded through numerous law enforcement, corporate, and fossil fuel donors. Republican challenger Diane Dixon’s campaign has raised upwards of $328,000 and is largely funded through individual contributions, as well as some law-enforcement money.

About the Candidate

Representative Cottie Petrie-Norris is the incumbent, having served as assemblymember since 2018. She has failed to take a stance on a number of progressive issues, including criminal-justice reform, environmental protections, and affordable housing.

Norris holds a noticeably regressive voting record. She has voted against key progressive bills on increasing access to affordable housing and issues pertaining to criminal-justice reform. In 2019, she voted against AB 1279, AB 1482, and SB 329, which proposed rent caps and the production of affordable housing and prevented housing discrimination. Norris has also voted against numerous criminal-justice reform legislation, including ACA 6, which restored voting rights for people on parole; SB 310, which allowed formerly incarcerated people to serve on juries; AB 965, which allowed incarcerated youth to earn time off their earliest parole date, and AB 901, which limited youth criminalization. Norris has also abstained from casting a vote for SB 132, which would establish protections for trans individuals who are incarcerated.

In 2020 alone, Norris has voted No on AB 1950 to limit the length of probation terms, and has chosen not to vote on legislation aimed at expanding COVID-19 medical leave protections for workers and amending oil-drilling laws. She has received a Courage Score of 34 out of 100, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records.

Representative Cottie Petri-Norris has voted against key legislation aimed at increasing police accountability. These include AB 1215, which bans facial-recognition technology from use in police body cameras; AB 1600, which expedites the process to obtain police misconduct records in a criminal trial; and SB 1185, which establishes civilian oversight of county sheriff departments. She has received numerous law-enforcement endorsements, including the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the largest law-enforcement organization in the state.

Representative Petri-Norris has also made concerning statements against the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC), citing “negative stereotypes of Israel.” She has stated that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement--a movement that pressures Israel to comply with international law--as “a single, divisive viewpoint.” In the same letter, Norris stated that she is against “the definition of capitalism as a system of oppression.”

Representative Petrie-Norris’s funding is an area of significant concern. She has received significant corporate, fossil fuel, and law-enforcement money. Corporate donations include AT&T, Walgreens, Facebook, Nike, and Walmart. She has received funding from numerous local police departments and associations, as well as the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Peace Officers Research Association of California, and Los Angeles Police Protective League PAC. Representative Norris’s campaign is also significantly funded through fossil fuel money, and she has received funding from such fossil fuel giants as Sempra Energy, Southern California Edison, and Edison International.

Neither demonstrates a commitment to equitable or representative leadership. 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.


State Senate

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

State Senator, 29th District

Member of the State Senate

  • Democrat
  • Elect Josh Newman to push SD-29 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State senators represent and advocate for the needs of their district at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating legislation that addresses issues within their district, as well as voting and debating on preexisting laws. The California State Senate has 40 congressional districts. Each represents a population of about 930,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Senate for a four-year term. Every two years, half of the Senate's 40 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to two four-year terms (eight years) in the Senate. 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 29 seats in the California State Senate, while Republicans hold 11 seats.

    About the District

    California's 29th Senate District includes parts of Orange, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties. Republicans held this district from 1992 to 2016, when Josh Newman won and flipped SD-29 from red to blue. The most recent election results show SD-29 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat challenger Josh Newman trailed Republican incumbent Ling Ling Chang by a margin of 13.9 percent. Newman’s campaign has pledged not to accept money from the fossil fuel industry. Rep. Chang’s campaign has not committed to any such pledges and is backed by Pacific Gas and Electric, Chevron, and Phillips 66. Furthermore, Rep. Chang took office in 2018 only after spending hundreds of thousands of her own dollars on a campaign to recall Josh Newman after he defeated her in 2016. Republican Councilmember Carl DeMaio said Josh Newman was targeted due to his narrow margin of victory.

    About the Candidate

    Josh Newman currently resides in Fullerton, CA, and, according to campaign materials, is running for election to strengthen veterans’ services, promote mental-health care, and ensure transparency in state-level politics.

    Before running for office, Josh Newman founded and ran ArmedForce2Workforce, an organization that aims to integrate combat veterans back into their Southern California homes and workplaces. He is the former vice chair of the California Democratic Party Veterans Caucus and has been a longtime supporter of public education and health care, infrastructure improvement, and renewable energy.

    Josh Newman is endorsed by a strong majority of local progressive groups in the district. The threat of Republican opponent and strong Trump supporter Ling Ling Chang’s potential policies greatly outweighs Newman’s moderate record. According to our analysis, Josh Newman is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Josh Newman

    Elect Josh Newman to push SD-29 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State senators represent and advocate for the needs of their district at the California State Capitol.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

State Senator, 37th District

Member of the State Senate

  • Democrat
  • Elect Dave Min to push SD-37 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State senators represent and advocate for the needs of their district at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating legislation that addresses issues within their district, as well as voting and debating on preexisting laws. The California State Senate has 40 congressional districts. Each represents a population of about 930,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Senate for a four-year term. Every two years, half of the Senate's 40 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to two four-year terms (eight years) in the Senate. 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 29 seats in the California State Senate, while Republicans hold 11 seats.

    About the District

    California’s 37th Senate District encompasses parts of Orange County. Notable cities include Anaheim, Irvine, and Laguna Beach. Republicans typically hold this district, and it is considered one of the most GOP in California. However, Democratic voter registration has increased recently, particularly in the “artist colony,” which includes Laguna Beach, Tustin, and Irvine. The most recent election results show SD-37 voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Gavin Newsom in 2018, both with relatively small victory margins.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat challenger Dave Min trailed Republican incumbent John M. W. Moorlach by a margin of 19.3 percent. Min’s campaign has raised $507,000, and is largely funded through individual and candidate contributions. Min has received notable donations from teacher, labor, and conservation associations, including the California Federation of Teachers and California Teachers Association. Min’s campaign has not received fossil fuel, corporation, or police funding; however, he has not committed to the #NoCopMoneyCA pledge. Opponent Moorlach’s campaign has raised $425,000, and has received substantial fossil fuel and corporate funding.

    About the Candidate

    Dave Min is a California native and longtime resident of Irvine. According to campaign materials, he is running for State Senate District 37 because he wants to continue to build on the foundational ideal of American innovation, as well as to improve economic equity, environmental progress, and public education. Min’s campaign focuses on fighting for quality health care, championing quality education, and combating climate change.

    Min is a law professor at UC Irvine and has focused his research on building an economy that works for people of all backgrounds. Min spent his early career working for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to break up fraud operations, was a senior policy advisor to Senator Chuck Schumer, and served as deputy staff director on the Joint Economic Committee. This congressional work was a reflection of his commitment to establishing a policy that allows markets to operate more fairly for everyone.

    Min is endorsed by a strong majority of local progressive groups in the district. These include the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, California Teachers Association, and United Domestic Workers of America. Additionally, he has received endorsements from many city council members, state senate representatives, and congressional representatives, as well as U.S. Senator Kamala Harris and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

    Opposing candidate John Moorlach scored just 2 out of 100 on this year’s Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. His past voting record reflects opposition to health-care expansions and environmental protections. Senator Moorlach has promoted dangerous COVID-19 rhetoric in opposition to statewide “social distancing” measures. Additionally, he has expressed support of Donald Trump. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Moorlach has shown that he does NOT advocate for the needs of constituents, nor does he face down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians. In summary, Senator Moorlach is not serving his constituents with progressive solutions. According to our analysis, Dave Min is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Dave Min

    Elect Dave Min to push SD-37 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State senators represent and advocate for the needs of their district at the California State Capitol.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

Statewide Ballot Measures

Proposition #14

  • No Position
    Vote on Stem Cell Research Funding
  • Voters will be asked to vote YES to authorize $5.5 billion in bonds to continue a large-scale, long-term stem cell research funding initiative or vote NO to not authorize bond funding and let the initiative lapse.

    Proposition 14 asks voters to authorize a total of $5.5 billion in state general obligation bonds to continue the California stem cell agency that funds research, therapy, and grants to educational, nonprofit, and private entities for Alzheimer’s, Parkison’s, epilepsy, strokes, and other central nervous system and brain conditions and diseases. Prop 14 is an extension of Prop 71, which created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) in 2004. The CIRM ran out of the original Prop 71 funds in 2019 and has not been funding new projects since then.

    YES on Prop 14 Supporters Say

    Vote YES to continue the CIRM, a state agency that has distributed a significant source of funding to scientific research programs and enterprises across the state, both nonprofit and for-profit.

    • Funding from the CIRM has been available for 15 years, and ending the program could have a limiting impact on research programs in areas that include central nervous system and brain conditions, but also immunotherapy trials, cancer research, and vision-loss research currently funded by the CIRM.
    • In 2018 (the last year it was fully funded), CIRM-funded companies raised more than $1 billion in funding from outside investors; a sign of validation not just for the companies and their therapies, but also for CIRM and its judgment.
    • Stem cell research has the potential to lead to groundbreaking medical treatments, which we need more than ever in the face of COVID-19.
    • CIRM has changed its policies for those who receive CIRM funding through an academic or nonprofit institution to require project proposals to address considerations of racial, ethnic, sex, and gender diversity, which is an important step in remedying past inequities in medical research. It is important to note that this policy change does not appear to apply to for-profit entities funded by the CIRM.
    NO on Prop 14 Supporters Say

    Vote NO to not authorize the sale of $5.5 billion in state bonds for the CIRM and eliminate a financially burdensome stem cell research program that no longer has significant impact on medical research.

    • The federal government provides significantly more funding for stem cell research now  than it did 16 years ago, which makes the CIRM less necessary as a source of stem cell research funding. According to National Institute of Health estimates, the federal government will spend $2,129 billion on stem cell research just this year alone, while the CIRM has granted a fraction of that, $2.7 billion, in its entire 16-year history. Private-sector funding is also growing for stem cell research.
    • There is a lack of accountability and transparency around the funds distributed to the various research entities, as there is no legislative oversight in the program design, and the program has built-in conflicts of interest that Prop 14 does not address. In fact, multiple sources state that the majority of the board overseeing the CIRM come from institutions that have received the bulk of the CIRM’s spending.
    • Prop. 71 was designed to kick-start the research at a time when federal funding was blocked. Opponents say the CIRM should continue its work as a self-sustaining nonprofit organization or close down and allow federal grants and venture funding to push the industry forward.
    • The California Constitution prevents the state from holding equity, and Prop 14 is designed in such a way that any returns the state could generate are then used to improve the affordability of stem cell treatments, with no possibility of paying back the interest being paid back over many years by the state.
    • Prop 14 will add billions of dollars in debt through bond financing tied to the state's General Fund. The bond interest has to be paid first, which makes the overall General Fund budget smaller for other services for years, even while the debt from Prop 71 still hasn't been paid back.
    Top Funders of Prop 14

    Robert N. Klein II, a Silicon Valley real estate developer and the top donor for Prop 14, was also the chief author of Proposition 71, which authorized $3 billion in bonds to create and maintain the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2004. There is no registered financial opposition.

    Misinformation

    There is no notable misinformation about Proposition 14.

    Progressive Landscape

    Progressive Landscape

    Voters will be asked to vote YES to authorize $5.5 billion in bonds to continue a large-scale, long-term stem cell research funding initiative or vote NO to not authorize bond funding and let the initiative lapse. Proposition 14 asks voters to authorize a total of $5.5 billion in state general obligation bonds to continue the California stem cell agency that funds research, therapy, and grants to educational, nonprofit, and private entities for Alzheimer’s, Parkison’s, epilepsy, strokes, and other central nervous system and brain conditions and diseases. Prop 14 is an extension of Prop 71, which created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) in 2004. The CIRM ran out of the original Prop 71 funds in 2019 and has not been funding new projects since then.
    Last updated: 2020-10-20

Proposition #15

  • VOTE YES
    Yes to Schools and Communities First
  • Vote YES on Prop 15 to provide between $6.4 billion to $11.5 billion in additional funding to local schools and governments. 

    Proposition 15 asks California voters to raise an estimated $6.4 billion to $11.5 billion in funding for local schools and governments by increasing property taxes on commercial and industrial properties based on current market value instead of the price they were purchased for. Based on the most recent report by Blue Sky Consulting Group, 10% of the biggest corporate property owners will pay 92% of the funding and more than 75% of total revenues will come from properties that have not been reassessed since prior to 1990 -- just 2% of all commercial and industrial properties! Proposition 15 will maintain the existing commercial and industrial property tax at a 1% limit and will also maintain existing exemptions for small businesses, homeowners, agricultural lands, and renters.

    Why voting YES on Prop 15 matters
    • Proposition 15 closes a corporate tax loophole by taxing all large commercial properties of $3 million or more at fair market value – not purchase price. This reform will restore $6.5 billion to $11.5 billion of critically needed funds for schools and local community services without raising taxes on homeowners, renters, or small businesses.
    • Prop 15 also cuts taxes for small business owners who have been especially harmed by the pandemic.
    • Prop 15 is a way to invest in our communities without having to raise taxes on small businesses, renters, and homeowners. Closing the corporate tax loophole will restore billions to underfunded public schools that serve low income and communities of color.
    • California schools have the largest class sizes in the nation, and California ranks 41st (with adjusted cost of living) out of all states and Washington, D.C. in spending per K-12 student (California Budget & Policy Center). 
    • California is ranked 51st in three categories: number of K-12 students per teacher, number of K-12 students per guidance counselor, and number of K-12 students per librarian (National Education Association / National Center for Education Statistics).
     
    Misinformation about Prop 15 includes
    • "It hurts small businesses" -- FALSE. Prop 15 exempts small businesses, homeowners, renters, and agricultural land.
    • "It taxes working families" -- FALSE. 92% of the revenue comes from only 10% of large commercial properties that have been undertaxed for decades.
    • "It is a step towards repealing Prop 13" -- FALSE. – This is scare tactic used by large commercial property owners to avoid paying their fair share. Prop 15 protects homeowners, renters and small business owners.
    • "Small business operations from home aren’t protected under Prop 15" -- FALSE. Prop 15 not only clearly exempts small businesses, but helps them by exempting the first $500,000 of business equipment from being taxed. This eliminates this tax for nearly all small businesses.
     
    Primary Funders of Prop 15 include

    Prop 15’s main opponents include realty and industrial property owners, while the California Teachers Association and SEIU California State Council are main supporters.

    Top Funders of Prop 15

     

    Progressive Landscape

    Progressive Landscape - Prop 15

    Prop 15: Schools and Local Communities Funding Act - YES

    Vote YES on Prop 15 to provide between $6.4 billion to $11.5 billion in additional funding to local schools and governments. 

    Proposition 15 asks California voters to raise an estimated $6.4 billion to $11.5 billion in funding for local schools and governments

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

Proposition #16

  • VOTE YES
    Yes to Affirmative Action
  • Vote YES on Prop 16 to repeal 1996’s Prop 209 and reinstate affirmative action in the state.

    Proposition 16 asks California voters to amend the Constitution of California to repeal Prop 209’s restrictions on local and state governments from considering race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, and contracting. If passed, Prop 16 will permit governments to consider those protected categories in order to promote inclusive hiring and admissions programs in California’s public universities, government, and public agencies.

    Why voting YES on Prop 16 matters
    • It is time that California follows the other 42 states that have taken gender, race, ethnicity, and national origin into account for college admissions and hiring in government and public agencies.
    • Prop 209’s affirmative action ban resulted in an over $820 million loss every year in Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program (MWBE) contracts with the state of California.
    • Reports conclude that the percentage of contracts granted to MWBEs never returned to pre-Prop 209 levels. Restoring affirmative action is the next step in building a more equitable and diverse future for California.
    • The University of California’s analysis of Prop 209 revealed that affirmative action had increased the population of underrepresented students by at least 12 percent, with the largest effects seen at UCLA and Berkeley.
     
    Misinformation about Prop 16 includes
    • "Gains for women of color in workforce diversity have already been addressed." -- FALSE. Women of color continue to face systemic racism in the wage gap and earn an estimated $946,120 less than white men over a 40-year career.
    • "Black civil workers are overrepresented." -- FALSE. According to the 2018 Civil Service Census of California employees, Black Californians made up 5.5 percent of the total population and 9.8 percent of the total civil-service workforce, compared to white Californians, who made up 37 percent of the total population but 43.5 percent of the total civil-service workforce.
    • "Colleges and universities would be able to use racial quotas." -- FALSE. Racial quotas for university admissions have been outlawed as unconstitutional since Regents of the University of California v. Bakke in 1978.
     
    Top Funders of Prop 16 include
    • Opposition to Prop 16 is sponsored by Students for Fair Admissions, Inc., which contributed to the Californians for Equal Rights committee.
    • Support for Prop 16 is largely financed by philanthropists M. Quinn Delaney and Patty Quillin, California Nurses Association Initiative PAC, California Works (a project of California Labor Federation AFL-CIO), and Elizabeth Cabraser.
     
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    Progressive Landscape - Prop 16

    Prop 16: Repeal Proposition 209 Affirmative Action Amendment - YES

    Vote YES on Prop 16 to repeal 1996’s Prop 209 and reinstate affirmative action in the state.

    Proposition 16 asks California voters to amend the Constitution of California to repeal Prop 209’s restrictions on local and state governments from considering race, sex, color,

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

Proposition #17

  • VOTE YES
    Yes to Restored Voting Rights
  • Vote YES on Prop 17 to restore voting rights to Californians on parole. 

    Proposition 17 asks California voters to amend the Constitution of California to restore voting rights to persons who have been disqualified from voting while on parole. If passed, Prop 17 will restore voting rights to approximately 50,000 Californians currently on parole.

    Why voting YES on Prop 17 matters
    • California is one of the 31 states that do not automatically restore voting rights upon completion of a person’s sentence. In Maine and Vermont, there are no laws that disenfranchise and discriminate against people with criminal convictions even when they’re still serving out their sentences.
    • Parolees who are reintegrating into society resume other civic responsibilities, such as paying taxes and jury duty. Being barred from voting while paying taxes is taxation without representation.
    • In 2017, Black Californians made up 28% of all prison populations despite only making up 6% of California’s total population. With an astonishing and horrifying incarceration rate at 8 times the rate of white Californians, it is clear that the disenfranchisement of parolees is the disenfranchisement of Black voters.
     
    Misinformation about Prop 17 includes
    • "Voting is a privilege" -- FALSE. Voting is a right, not privilege. Projecting voting as a privilege and not a right inherently undermines our democracy. 
    • "Individuals who have not completed their parole period have not completed their sentence" -- FALSE. As soon as a person completes their sentence in prison, they are released into their parole period in order to reintegrate into society. The sentence in prison and parole period are two separate phases.
     
    Top Funders of Prop 17 include

    There are no contributions recorded for support or opposition to Prop 17.

     

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    Progressive Landscape - Prop 17

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

Proposition #18

  • VOTE YES
    Yes to Expanded Voting Rights
  • Vote YES on Prop 18 to allow 17-year-olds to vote in the primary election if they will turn 18 by the following general election.

    Proposition 18 asks California voters to amend the Constitution of California to allow 17-year-olds to vote in the primary election if they will turn 18 by the following general election. At the age of 18, Californians are technically given the right to vote in all elections. However, those who are not 18 by the time of the primary are not able to have input on who would or would not appear on their ballot in the general election. A YES vote on Prop 18 solves this problem.

    Why voting YES on Prop 18 matters
    • Nineteen other states, including D.C., allow 17-year-olds to vote in the primary election if they will be 18 by the general election.
    • Research has proven time and again that voting is habit-forming. These states recognize the importance of allowing 18-year-olds to vote, to help form their voting habits and amplify their voices.
     
    Top Funders of Prop 18 include

    There are no recorded contributions in support of or opposition to Prop 18.

     
    Misinformation about Prop 18 includes

    There is no prominent misinformation about Prop 18.

     

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    Progressive Landscape - Prop 18

    Prop 18: Primary Voting for 17-Year-Olds Amendment - YES

    Vote YES on Prop 18 to allow 17-year-olds to vote in the primary election if they will turn 18 by the following general election.

    Proposition 18 asks California voters to amend the Constitution of California to allow 17-year-olds to vote in the primary election if they

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

Proposition #19

  • VOTE NO
    No to More Housing Inequity
  • Vote NO on Proposition 19 to maintain property tax savings for all and avoid increasing housing inequity.

    Proposition 19 asks voters to amend sections of 1978’s Proposition 13 to increase the number of times a property tax base can be transferred to three times for longtime homeowners. Prop 19 is almost exactly the same as Proposition 5, which was on the 2018 California ballot and overwhelmingly defeated by voters, with 60 percent having voted against the proposition. The main difference in the proposition this year is that Prop 19 includes an additional amendment to Prop 13 that narrows an existing inheritance property tax break and promises to distribute any revenue generated from that amendment toward fire protection agencies and schools.

    Why voting NO on Prop 19 matters
    • Proposition 19 widens the generational wealth gap by giving homeowners older than 55 and other qualified groups a way to keep property tax breaks they receive for having bought their homes decades ago if they move anywhere else in the state, up to three times. They can also keep that break if they move to a more expensive property.
    • Proposition 13 caps most property tax rates at 1 percent of a home’s sale price and holds annual increases in assessed value to 2 percent or less. This means people who purchased their home a few decades ago already pay significantly less property tax than newer homeowners. Prop 19 further builds the wealth of longtime homeowners and denies wealth-building opportunities to people who don’t own a home or who may be struggling to buy one.
    • While Prop 19 does eliminate a $1 million property tax exemption for parent-to-child transfers and could potentially generate state revenue that would be distributed to fire protection agencies and schools, this amendment is being paired with the primary tax break for longtime homeowners to make it more appealing.
     
    Top Funders of Prop 19

    Realtor associations have contributed $36,270,000 in support of Prop 19. There is no registered financial opposition.

     
    Misinformation

    There is no prominent misinformation about Proposition 19.

     

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    Progressive Landscape - Prop 19

     

    Prop 19

    Vote NO on Proposition 19 to maintain property tax savings for all and avoid increasing housing inequity.

    Proposition 19 asks voters to amend sections of 1978’s Proposition 13 to increase the number of times a property tax base can be transferred to three times for long

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

Proposition #20

  • VOTE NO
    No to More Incarceration
  • Vote NO on Prop 20 to protect criminal justice reforms and constitutional rights to privacy.

    If passed, Prop 20 increases penalties for low-level offenses and would create a state database that collects DNA samples from persons convicted of specified misdemeanors for use in cold cases by repealing parts of Props 47 and 57. Prop 20 would expand the list of offenses that disqualify inmates from a parole program, consider an individual’s collective criminal history and not just their most recent offense, and impose stronger restrictions for a nonviolent offender’s parole program. Additionally, Prop 20 would reclassify theft between $250 and $950 as a felony.

    Why voting NO on Prop 20 matters
    • Prop 20 is a dangerous proposition put forth by Courage Score Hall of Shame Assemblymember Jim Cooper, and it is sponsored by Courage Score Hall of Shame Assemblymember Vince Fong. Time and again, Assemblymembers Cooper and Fong vote to protect police brutality and discriminatory criminal justice policies. Both voted no on AB 1600, which would expedite access to police misconduct records for a trial.
    • Association for L.A. Deputy Sheriffs, L.A. Police Protective League, and the Peace Officers Research Association of California all support and have heavily financed Prop 20.
    • Prop 20 would increase recidivism by removing positive incentives from Prop 57.
    • Parole review boards would consider an individual’s entire criminal history, not just the offense they are on parole for, when deciding to release a person convicted of a felony on parole.
    Top Funders of Prop 20
    • Three police unions are the top funders in support of Prop 20, including the CA Correctional Peace Officers Association, the Association for LA Deputy Sheriffs, and the LA Police Protective League Issues PAC.
    • Philanthropists are the top funders of campaigns against Prop 20, including the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Patty Quillin, and Stacy Schusterman.
    Misinformation about Prop 20
    • "Criminals are getting away with more violent crimes." -- FALSE. The nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California found that Prop 47, which Prop 20 attempts to roll back, not only decreased racial disparities in bookings and arrests, but also found that violent crimes did not increase after it was passed.

     

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    Progressive Landscape - Prop 20

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

Proposition #21

  • VOTE YES
    Yes to Local Rent Control
  • Vote YES on Prop 21 to allow cities and counties to establish and regulate rent control.

    Proposition 21 asks voters to amend state law in order to allow (not require) local governments at the city and county levels to establish and regulate rent control on residential properties. This proposition would affect residential properties over 15 years old and exempts individuals who own up to two residential properties. Additionally, Prop 21 would allow rent in rent-controlled properties to increase up to 15 percent over a period of three years with the start of a new tenancy. Prop 21 is more or less the same proposition voters rejected in 2018.

    Why voting YES on Prop 21 matters

    California has the highest rate of homelessness in the nation, which can be attributed to the overwhelmingly high median rates for rent throughout the state forcing residents to pay 50 percent of their income just toward rent.
    The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act prohibits rent control on residential properties built after February 1, 1995. Since then, housing built in California has become accessible only to those who can afford uncontrolled rent increases, and low-income families have largely been shut out from newer housing developments.
    According to a Stanford study, those who lived in rent-controlled properties when Costa-Hawkins passed ended up saving a cumulative total of $7 billion over 18 years, which confirms that rent control is an effective way to prevent displacement from the city.

     
    Misinformation about Prop 21 includes
    • "Makes the housing crisis worse." -- FALSE. With one in three Californians paying 50 percent of their income just for rent, Prop 21 offers local governments the opportunity to prevent displacement, and as a result, prevent homelessness. A person who experiences homelessness will cost taxpayers an average of $35,578, and chronic homelessness generally costs around $100,000.
    • "Removes a landlord’s right to profit." -- FALSE. Prop 21 actually guarantees a landlord’s right to profit.
    • "California just passed AB 1482, which went into effect in January of this year, so California doesn’t need any more rent laws." -- FALSE AB 1482 only affects residential properties built after 2005, and according to Zillow’s analysis, only 7 percent of renters would have benefited from AB 1482’s rent cap in 2018.
     
    Top Funders of Prop 21 include
    • Three of the top 10 property owners in Silicon Valley (Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc., Essex Property Trust, and Equity Residential) have contributed over $10 million in opposition to Prop 21.
    • The leading funder in support of Prop 21 is the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and its housing advocacy division Housing Is A Human Right is a leading sponsor of the Rental Affordability Act.

     

    Progressive Landscape

    Progressive Landscape - Prop 21

    Prop 21: The Rental Affordability Act - YES

    Vote YES on Prop 21 to allow cities and counties to establish and regulate rent control.

    Proposition 21 asks voters to amend state law in order to allow (not require) local governments at the city and county levels to establish and regulate rent control on residential p

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

Proposition #22

  • VOTE NO
    No to Worker Exploitation
  • Vote NO on Prop 22 to protect labor rights and classify app-based drivers as employees, not contractors.

    Proposition 22 asks voters to exempt companies like Lyft, Postmates, Uber, DoorDash, and others from a recently implemented state worker protection law, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), so they can classify gig economy drivers from ride-share and delivery companies as independent contractors, not as employees. Additionally, Prop 22 would restrict local regulation of app-based drivers and would criminalize the impersonation of drivers.

    Why voting NO on Prop 22 matters
    • By classifying workers as contractors and not employees, companies like Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash are exempted by state employment laws from ensuring basic protections to their workforce including minimum wage, overtime, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.

    • Currently, rideshare and delivery workers are entitled under AB 5 to labor rights that every other employee in California receives, such as the right to organize, health insurance, and Social Security benefits. Prop 22 would take those rights away.

    • AB 5 also guarantees paid family leave, paid sick days, and unemployment insurance to those classified as gig employees. Proposition 22 asks voters to make gig-economy employees exempt from this law and replaces their rights with fewer benefits of much less value to their workers.

    • More than 2,000 drivers have filed claims against Uber and Lyft for over $630 million in damages, expenses, and lost wages. Prop 22 will codify Uber and Lyft’s abilities to systematically steal wages from drivers.

    • Uber and Lyft currently owe California  $413 million in unemployment insurance contributions due to misclassifying drivers as independent contractors under AB 5. If Prop 22 passes, Uber and Lyft would get away with not paying what they owe.

     

    Misinformation About Prop 22
    • "The cost of ride-share will go up, decreasing the amount of people who will pay for rides and services and forcing companies to lay off more workers." -- FALSE. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office found that because these companies would not have to pay for standard employee benefits and protections (roughly 20 percent of total employee costs), companies can charge lower delivery fees and fares. It is projected that this will increase companies’ profits and drivers’ state income taxes.
    • "Prop 22 will guarantee 120% of minimum wage to all drivers." -- FALSE. The UC Berkeley Labor Center released a report that estimates Prop 22’s “pay guarantee” for their Uber and Lyft drivers would only end up being $5.64 per hour after accounting for all the expenses that drivers are responsible for themselves. At that rate, even if an individual worked 10 hour days, 7 days a week under Prop 22, they would be living below the California poverty line.

    • "Prop 22 will give health insurance to all drivers." -- FALSE. Under Prop 22, companies do not pay for health insurance, but instead provide a stipend to drivers. This stipend is valued at only 82% of the minimum coverage provided by state law, and is actually worth even less because workers would owe state and federal income taxes on the stipend. Prop 22 forces drivers to work more than 39 hours a week to qualify for the health stipend, so many workers would never even qualify for the stipend. For drivers who do qualify, Health Access California estimates that the health stipend would be just a couple hundred dollars—and could be just tens of dollars for younger workers—not enough for drivers to cover the purchase of their own health insurance.

     

    What Is At Stake

    If Prop 22 is passed, all future labor legislation surrounding Uber and Lyft would have to be approved by 7/8 of the total California State Legislature. Making this happen is virtually impossible considering Uber and Lyft have donated $2 million to the California Republican Party campaign committee. This is why Uber and Lyft are spending millions of dollars: to make their operations virtually untouchable in terms of regulation.

     

    Top Funders of Prop 22
    • Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash are leading contributions in support of Prop 22, with over $148 million between the three of them. Both InstaCart and Postmates have contributed $27 and $11 million each respectively, for a grand total of over $187 million in support of Prop 22. Their coalition to pass Prop 22 is now the most expensive California ballot measure since 1992.
    • International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, Service Employees International Union, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 770, and SEIU-UWH Political Issues Committee have contributed a total of $5.5 million in opposition to Prop 22.

    Top Funders of Prop 22


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    Progressive Landscape - Prop 22

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

Proposition #23

  • VOTE YES
    Yes to Quality Clinical Care
  • Vote YES on Prop 23 to require infection reporting and state approval to close or reduce services at hospitals.

    Prop 23 would add sections to the California Health and Safety Code about how dialysis facilities can operate, requiring a physician to be on-site at every dialysis clinic to oversee operations, and mandating that each chronic dialysis clinic submit quarterly reports on dialysis-related infections to the California Department of Health. The on-site physician would assume a non-caregiving role, as they would not be required to be specially trained in nephrology or interact with patients at all. Additionally, Prop 23 would prohibit discrimination against patients based on their coverage or care.

    Why voting YES on Prop 23 matters:
    • Prop 23 builds upon current federal requirements that report dialysis-related infections to the National Healthcare Safety Network at the Center for Disease Control to include reporting these infections to the California Department of Health.
    • Having a physician on-site at chronic dialysis clinics during all treatment hours provides a higher quality of medical care with an additional layer of patient safety.
    • Prop 23 protects the 80,000 Californians who require dialysis on a weekly basis by ensuring chronic dialysis clinics cannot discriminate against patients based on how they are paying for their treatments. Insurances like Medi-Cal pay less for dialysis treatments than private insurance, which is why corporations like DaVita and Fresenius are spending millions to oppose this proposition.
     
    Top funders of Prop 23 include:
    • Opposition to Prop 23 is heavily financed by dialysis giants Davita and Fresenius, who maintain larger profit margins if Prop 23 fails.
    • Support for Prop 23 is financed by SEIU United Healthcare Workers West PAC.
     
    Misinformation about Prop 23 includes:
    • “Prop 23 is just being used as leverage in unionizing against dialysis employers.” A spokesperson for SEIU-UHW West, Sean Wherley, said that health-care workers in dialysis clinics “want these [initiative] reforms regardless of what happens with their union efforts.”

     

    Progressive Landscape

    Progressive Landscape - Prop 23

    Prop 23

    Vote YES on Prop 23 to require infection reporting and state approval to close or reduce services at hospitals.

    Prop 23 would add sections to the California Health and Safety Code about how dialysis facilities can operate, requiring a physician to be on-site at every di

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

Proposition #24

  • VOTE NO
    No to Pay-For-Privacy Schemes
  • Vote NO on Prop 24 to protect consumers’ personal information.

    Proposition 24 asks voters to amend the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) to include pay-for-privacy schemes, which provide better services and internet connection to those who pay more in order to protect their personal information while providing suboptimal services for Californians who cannot or do not want to pay more. Additionally, Prop 24 caters to tech companies by allowing them to upload a California resident’s personal information as soon as that resident’s device, computer, or phone leaves the state’s borders, and permits tech companies to completely ignore a programmable universal electronic “do not sell my information” signal. Under current law, privacy follows a Californian wherever they go, and businesses must honor the electronic signal.

    Why voting NO on Prop 24 matters
    • Prop 24 removes the existing ability for a consumer to direct all companies to not sell their personal information with one instruction. Instead, consumers will have to direct each individual website and app to do so. This puts an impossible burden on consumers.
    • Prop 24 removes the existing prohibition on companies from tracking a consumer's data once an individual leaves the state boundary.
    • Prop 24 requires consumers to pay for privacy, disproportionately affect working people and families of color. California should maintain net neutrality so people do not have to pay for companies to safeguard their personal information.
    • Prop 24 would create a new state agency to exclusively oversee and enforce consumer privacy. Adding a new agency that costs an estimated $100 million annually is pointless when the power to enforce new consumer privacy rights is built into the position of the State Attorney General and the justice department.
    • Prop 24 is written to make it extremely hard for legislators to pass new legislation regulating consumer privacy in the future.

     

    Misinformation about Prop 24
    • "It will better safeguard consumers’ information." -- FALSE. Prop 24 will weaken existing safeguards and strengthen them only for consumers who are financially able to pay for better protections.
    • "It will give us the strongest privacy rights in the world." -- FALSE. Not only does Prop 24 revoke several protections established in the 2018 California Consumer Privacy Act, but Europe's GDPR protects consumer data regardless of location within the EU and consumers’ citizenship/residence. This is not true of Prop 24.

     

    Top Funders of Prop 24
    • Alastair Mactaggart, a real estate developer from San Francisco, donated the majority of the total funds for the support campaign entirely by himself, with a total of $4,892,400.
    • A coalition called California Consumer and Privacy Advocates Against Prop 24 has been registered in opposition, with $20,000 contributed by California Nurses Association.

     

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    Progressive Landscape - Prop 24

    Last updated: 2020-10-29

Proposition #25

  • VOTE YES
    Yes to Ending Cash Bail
  • Vote YES on Prop 25 to eliminate the use of cash bail in pretrial incarceration.

    Proposition 25 is a referendum, which asks voters to directly weigh in on whether to keep or reject SB 10, a bill originally passed in 2018. Voting YES on Prop 25 will keep SB 10 in place and eliminate the cash bail system of pretrial incarceration in California, which is directly responsible for the disproportionate incarceration of Californians who cannot afford bail. The bail bond industry is directly responsible for placing Prop 25 on the ballot and calling SB 10 into question.

    Why voting YES on Prop 25 Matters
    • Nearly two-thirds of the jail population—nearly 48,000 people—are incarcerated pretrial, and California’s average bail is $50,000, more than five times the national average. The cash bail system directly ties an individual’s wealth and ability to pay to the question of whether they pose a risk to the community and their conditions of pretrial release. This system is unfair from every angle and perpetuates the cycle of poverty and incarceration existing in many low-income communities, which are also disproportionately Black and brown communities.
    • In New Jersey, where similar legislation passed eliminating the use of cash bail in 2017, overall pretrial incarceration rates have dropped, racial disparities in pretrial incarceration rates have lessened, and the use of invasive monitoring strategies after release have been applied in far fewer eligible cases (8.3 percent) than feared. California’s SB 10 goes further than New Jersey’s legislation by fully eliminating the cash bail system and has the potential to have even more positive outcomes.
    • The bail bond industry uses its influence to lobby for legislation favorable to them, which perpetuates but also escalates the cycle of poverty and incarceration. Passing Prop 25 will permanently end their influence in the political process.
    • If Prop 25 does not pass, voters will be perceived as having rejected SB 10’s reforms, in particular the effort to end the cash bail system. This will be framed as a significant precedent for opponents of criminal-justice reform to use in lobbying and legal arguments to keep the system intact in the future.
    • If Prop 25 passes, community groups will have the opportunity to advance further criminal-justice reforms related to this initiative.
     
    Special Circumstances Surrounding Prop 25
    • Originally, there was unanimous support for SB 10 from most criminal-justice reform groups across the state. The process of making amendments to the legislation caused many groups to drop their support. In our research, we discovered that the legislative decision-making process around SB 10 was strongly influenced by applied political pressure, resulting in a process and an outcome with less buy-in. Despite the widely acknowledged flaws in the overall process, a strong majority of Courage California's statewide progressive partners are aligned around a yes position on Prop 25.
    • In a ruling in August 2020, the state Supreme Court issued a binding resolution in the case of In re Humphrey that orders all trial judges in the state of California to consider a person’s ability to pay in setting the cash bail amount for pretrial release. Grassroots groups objecting to Prop 25 argue that this ruling already creates systemic reform that will mitigate the impacts of the cash bail system, making SB 10 unnecessary. Advocates for Prop 25 contend that ending the cash bail system is an essential first step in eliminating the cycle of poverty and incarceration entirely.
    • Organized opposition to Prop 25 from grassroots groups is strongest in Los Angeles County, where community leaders have been most successful in partnering with county officials to design and implement community-based alternatives to the incarceration system. In Los Angeles County, there are major concerns about how the implementation of a state-mandated pretrial incarceration program could interfere with their major strides in redressing the harms done to communities by an unfair justice system. These concerns are entirely valid, and attention will be focused on the actions of L.A. County’s Board of Supervisors to ensure that the alternatives to incarceration recommendations developed through a robust, community-driven dialogue process will continue to be implemented. The breakthroughs achieved by L.A. County’s criminal-justice reform movement have been characterized as historic and a model for other counties in California to follow, and this work must continue to move forward without delay.
     
    Concerns About Prop 25

    There are three major components to grassroots groups' objections to Prop 25. Here we provide our assessment of these concerns and how they can be addressed in the future if Prop 25 passes.  

    • Algorithm-based risk-assessment tools will be used as the core component of the new pretrial incarceration system in all California counties. There are concerns about how inherent biases in the system could influence the implementation of these tools. There are two notable countermeasures in place to address these concerns, and both are overseen by the Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the California court system.
      • First, counties must validate the chosen risk-assessment tool for the communities in which it will be used. This is not a standardized approach to validation; the tool must be proven to provide a higher level of responsiveness and sensitivity to community conditions before it is implemented. The Judicial Council will have to certify each county's tool, and the tool must be revalidated for the communities it serves every three years.
      • Second, counties are now required by law to track and publicly report how a defendant’s circumstances and background correspond to the decision a judge makes about their pretrial release conditions. This data has to be collected, compiled, and reported annually to the Judicial Council, as well as made publicly available for review. This law was passed the year after SB 10 to provide an avenue to monitor the implementation of SB 10, and is an important step in making risk-assessment tools more accountable and the overall pretrial incarceration system more transparent.
    • The new pretrial incarceration system is directly implemented by the probation departments of each county in California. Probation departments are currently responsible for investigating offenders’ backgrounds, making sentencing recommendations to the court, enforcing court orders, and supervising sentenced offenders. They also recommend and collect restitution, oversee community service, and provide oversight of criminal-diversion programs. There are strong concerns about how probation departments will approach the oversight of people who have not been convicted of crimes. Probation supervision has been historically used for people who have been convicted and are released, and SB 10 expands that pool of people to those who are accused but not convicted. Probation violations are a primary driver of incarceration in LA, and in Sacramento under SB 10, initial data indicates that 30-40% of people released end up rearrested and 90%+ of those that are released have high conditions of release.
      • We encourage counties to 1) require probation departments to work in partnership with other agencies, including the public defender’s office, mental-health services, and other community-based programs, in both implementing the risk-assessment system and in the pretrial release and monitoring of released individuals; 2) use their power to hold probation departments accountable for how they implement pretrial incarceration programs in communities with a particular focus on ensuring non-invasive monitoring, minimizing conditions of release, and maintaining a low rearrest rate ; and 3) invest in alternatives to the overall incarceration system, such as Measure J on the ballot in Los Angeles County, which amends the county charter to require that at least 10 percent of the county’s local revenues go to community-based programs, such as affordable housing and rent assistance, job training, and mental-health and social services.
    • There are also concerns that judicial discretion is greatly expanded by SB 10. While this is technically true, there are two additional changes to the judicial role in the pretrial system that limit judicial discretion.
      • First, anyone arrested with a misdemeanor, with some exceptions, is considered to not pose a significant risk to a community and is automatically released without going in front of a judge. This greatly reduces the overall role that a judge currently plays in the pretrial incarceration system.
      • Second, while judges are not required to adhere by the risk scores findings in their determination of pretrial release or pretrial detention, this is not an expansion of judicial discretion from the current system. Instead, SB 10 simply gives judges additional information to inform their decision.
      • Third, all judicial decisions are now required to be publicly recorded and therefore more transparent and available for public scrutiny. This is essential because judges now have increased discretion over the more serious felony cases, and they also have discretion to carve out other other exclusions from release for misdemeanors at the county-level. Under the new system, when a prosecutor exercises their option to seek detention, a judge must hold a hearing and make the findings available on record before they order the person detained pretrial. In the current cash bail system, judges can use their discretion to set cash bail at any number with no requirement to make any findings public, which effectively detains an individual with no judicial accountability. The new judicial transparency requirement makes it easier for an individual to appeal a judge’s preventative detention decision. This is a clear improvement over the lax requirements that existed before SB 10.
     
    Misinformation About Prop 25

    The bail bond industry has invested heavily in a No on the Prop 25 campaign in an attempt to spread misinformation and save the industry.

    • “Prop 25 denies a U.S. constitutional right.” FALSE. The 8th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the courts from imposing excessive bail. By eliminating the cash bail system, Prop 25 simply makes this prohibition irrelevant.
    • “Prop 25 puts our public safety at risk.” FALSE. Judges will have increased judicial discretion over the more serious felony cases, which means defendants who may pose a threat to a community or specific individual will be given individual consideration. All decisions made by judges will also be required to be publicly recorded.
    • “Prop 25 deprives justice for crime victims.” FALSE. In New Jersey, where similar legislation passed eliminating the use of cash bail in 2017, a recent study concluded that defendants are continuing to show up for court cases at the same rate and that people released under the new regulations are no more likely to commit a crime while waiting for trial than those released under the previous system on money bail.
    • “Prop 25 creates additional biases against minorities and the poor.” FALSE. In New Jersey, similar legislation passed eliminating the use of cash bail has reduced racial disparities in the jail population. In California, new reporting requirements enable racial disparities to be systematically tracked for the first time. And ending cash bail immediately eliminates the most immediate factor in the criminal-justice system that drives the cycle of poverty and incarceration existing in many low-income communities, which are also disproportionately Black and brown communities.
     
    Top Funders of Prop 25
    • The two largest donors in support of Prop 25 are Connie and Steve Ballmer. Steve Ballmer is the former CEO of Microsoft and current owner of the L.A. Clippers team. The Ballmers are philanthropists who have given over $300 million to 70 nonprofits over the last three years for gun safety and racial justice. They have also pledged $25 million in coronavirus aid. In a statement, they said that “far too many people that are not a danger are getting stuck in jail waiting for their trials simply because they can’t afford bail.”
    • The next largest donor is John Arnold of Arnold Ventures and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Arnold’s foundation created an algorithm-based pretrial risk-assessment tool called the Public Safety Assessment (PSA) that is currently used in 30 different counties including San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Tulare counties in California. The foundation has also created several think tank projects including the National Partnership for Pretrial Justice and Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research, which produce research, policy advocacy, and implementation support for the PSA specifically and more generally for the process of replacing cash bail with pretrial risk assessments. Arnold has been sued for a judge’s use of PSA resulting in a murder by the released suspect. In our research, we did not find a connection between Arnold and any of the three pre-trial assessment service providers that have been approved for use under SB 10, which are Journal Technologies Inc., FivePoint Solutions, and Equivant. It is also unclear if the PSA will continue to be used in California counties under SB 10. Arnold is a former hedge fund manager and was involved in the Enron scandal in which he walked away with an $8 million bonus.
    • The other three top donors in support of Prop 25 are SEIU California State Council; Action Now Initiative, LLC; and philanthropist Patty Quillin.
    • The top donor in opposition to Prop 25 is Triton Management Services, LLC, the parent company of Aladdin Bail Bonds.
    • The American Bail Coalition, consisting of several insurance and bail companies, is opposed to Prop 25, as it wants the bail system to remain in place to avoid going out of business.

     

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    Progressive Landscape - Prop 25

     

    Prop 25

    Vote YES on Prop 25 to eliminate the use of cash bail in pretrial incarceration.

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

City of Irvine

Irvine Mayor

  • Non-Partisan
  • Elect Farrah Khan as mayor to push Irvine in the right direction.

    About the Position

    The mayor of Irvine is elected in a single at-large election in November of even-numbered years. The mayor is elected to a two-year term with no term limit specified. The city of Irvine uses a council-manager government. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body, while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.

    About the City

    Irvine is Orange County’s 3rd most populous city. The mayor’s office of Irvine oversees the needs of an estimated 247,000 people and manages an estimated budget of $208 million annually. Demographic data reveals a significantly large (45 percent) Asian population.

    About the Race

    Farrah Khan’s campaign has raised $42,743 and has pledged not to accept any money from fossil fuel organizations, which a review of her financial disclosure documents shows to be true. While mayoral elections are officially nonpartisan, Farrah Khan has stated a personal preference for the Democratic Party and has publicly defended her participation in local Black Lives Matter protests as patriotic. Incumbent Mayor Christina Shea, currently serving due to appointment rather than a public election, is officially associated with the Republican Party, having served on the Orange County Republican Central Committee. Due to the lack of a primary election or public polling data, we cannot offer specific percentages at this time.

    About the Candidate

    Farrah Khan, an Irvine City Council member and former Community Services commissioner, moved to Irvine in 2005 to start a catering business with her husband. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to initiate a post-COVID-19 Economic Revitalization Committee featuring extensive community engagement, continuing the police reforms she has enacted as a city council member, and securing housing as a right for all.

    As a city council member, Farrah Khan introduced a local eviction ban prior to California’s statewide order issued by Gavin Newsom in the wake of COVID-19’s impact on renters. During the widespread Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, Khan and the city council analyzed the policies suggested by the 8 Can’t Wait campaign, pushing for further reform despite discovering that the Irvine Police Department met 7.5 of the requirements. The city council held town halls with the chief and assistant chief of police, involving concerned citizens in a transparent reformation process. Other accomplishments include creating 500 workforce housing units and 200 permanent affordable housing units for homeless people, veterans, disabled people, and senior citizens, and authoring an option for Community Choice Energy, a program that gives local residents control of where their energy comes from. Khan is chair of the Irvine Green Ribbon Environmental Committee and a longtime believer in preserving green spaces and transferring to renewable energy.

    Endorsed by such organizations as Planned Parenthood, Honor PAC, and the National Women's Political Caucus, Farrah Khan stands out for her progressive service to Irvine thus far. According to our analysis, Khan is the strongest choice for representative and equitable leadership in office.

    Farrah Khan

    Elect Farrah Khan as mayor to push Irvine in the right direction.

    About the Position

    The mayor of Irvine is elected in a single at-large election in November of even-numbered years. The mayor is elected to a two-year term with no term limit specified.

    Last updated: 2020-10-09

Irvine City Council

  • Non-Partisan
  • Elect City Council Member Tammy Kim to push Irvine in the right direction.

    About the Position

    Incorporated cities in California are generally governed by a five-person city council. A city council is responsible for establishing policy, passing local laws (called ordinances), voting on budget appropriations, and developing an overall vision for the city. City council members in Irvine are ‎limited to two terms, or eight years in office total.

    About the District

    Irvine is Orange County’s 3rd most populous city. The Irvine City Council oversees the needs of 247,000 people and manages an estimated budget of $208 million annually. Irvine is managed by a council-manager structured government. City council members are elected at large and do not represent specific districts.

    About the Race

    Tammy Kim’s campaign has raised $73,025 and has committed not to accept any money from the fossil fuel industry. She is endorsed by Planned Parenthood, EMILY’s List, Women in Leadership, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Democratic Party of Orange County, and a large number of local unions and elected representatives. Due to the lack of a primary election, newspaper polling, and an extremely large candidate field, we are not able to offer specific percentages at this time.

    About the Candidate

    Tammy Kim, a nonprofit leader and local advocate, has lived and worked in Irvine for over fifteen years. According to campaign materials, Kim is running for election to serve the public interest, not special interests, with integrity, transparency, and respect.

    Tammy Kim’s priorities for Irvine this term include moving Irving toward 100 percent energy independence, prioritizing a climate action plan that invests in local green space and renewable technology, creating workforce housing programs for local workers who are priced out of the housing market, expanding language access for civic proceedings, improving public transportation, and reenvisioning how the local economy is managed for a world beyond COVID-19.

    Tammy Kim has served on the Irvine Global Village Festival Steering Committee, Irvine Census Complete Count Committee, and Education Advisory Committee for Cottie Petrie-Norris, and as chair of the Language Access Committee for the Orange County Registrar of Voters. Her time at these organizations has included promoting bilingual education and ethnic studies, expanding language access for voters, and working to ensure that Irvine receives its fair share of resources through full participation in the federal census. A former Fortune 500 company executive and business owner, Tammy seeks to bring her experience managing large budgets and complex legal issues in the private sector to public service on the city council.

    Tammy Kim is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district and is, according to our analysis, the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.

     

    Tammy Kim

    Elect City Council Member Tammy Kim to push Irvine in the right direction.

    About the Position

    Incorporated cities in California are generally governed by a five-person city council.

    Last updated: 2020-10-09

City of Santa Ana

Santa Ana Mayor

  • Non-Partisan
  • Elect Vicente Sarmiento as mayor to push Santa Ana in the right direction.

    About the Position

    The mayor of Santa Ana is elected in a single at-large election in November of even-numbered years. The mayor is elected to a two-year term and can serve no more than four terms.

    About the City

    Santa Ana is Orange County’s second most populous city. The Santa Ana Mayor’s Office oversees the needs of 332,000 people and will manage an estimated budget of $669.9 million for 2020–2021. Santa Ana is managed by a mayor-council structured government.

    About the Race

    Vicente Sarmiento’s campaign has raised $6,101 and has not committed to any campaign finance pledges. While mayoral elections are officially nonpartisan, Vicente Sarmiento is a registered Democrat. Due to the lack of a primary election or public polling data, we cannot offer specific percentages at this time.

    About the Candidate

    Vicente Sarmiento, a longtime Santa Ana City Council member, has lived in Santa Ana all his life. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to increase park space, reduce homelessness, provide more affordable housing for working families, invest in youth programs, and establish alternatives to juvenile incarceration.

    In addition to serving on the city council since 2007, Vicente Sarmiento works as an attorney, focusing on assisting individuals through bankruptcy and advising nonprofits. He has previously served as mayor pro tem and chaired the City Council Committees for Development, Transportation, and Legislation. During his extensive tenure on the city council, Sarmiento helped draft the Housing Opportunity Ordinance, created a fiscal reserve fund in the aftermath of the 2008 Economic Recession, and led the city council’s adoption of public policies to protect the rights of all immigrants in Santa Ana.

    Endorsed by the Democratic Party of Orange County and a large number of local trade unions and representatives, Vicente Sarmiento stands out for his progressive service to Santa Ana thus far. According to our analysis, Sarmiento is the strongest choice for representative and equitable leadership in office.

    Vicente Sarmiento

    Elect Vicente Sarmiento as mayor to push Santa Ana in the right direction.

    About the Position

    The mayor of Santa Ana is elected in a single at-large election in November of even-numbered years.

    Last updated: 2020-10-09

Santa Ana City Council

  • Non-Partisan
  • Elect Jessie Lopez to represent Ward 3 to push Santa Ana in the right direction.

    About the Position

    Santa Ana, CA, is governed by a six-person city council. A city council is responsible for establishing policy, passing local laws (called ordinances), voting on budget appropriations, and developing an overall vision for the city. City councilmembers in Santa Ana are ‎limited to three consecutive terms of four years each.

    About the District

    Santa Ana is Orange County’s second most populous city. The Santa Ana City Council oversees the needs of 332,000 people and will manage an estimated budget of $669.9 million dollars for 2020–21. Santa Ana is managed by a mayor-council structured government.

    About the Race

    Jessie Lopez’s campaign has raised $4,658 and has not committed to any campaign finance pledges. Her campaign is endorsed by the Working Families Party, Planned Parenthood, the Orange County Young Democrats, and several local trade unions. Due to the lack of a primary election and 2020 being the first year when Santa Ana citizens will vote for city council representation by Ward, no polling data is publicly available.

    About the Candidate

    Jessie Lopez, board member for the National Women’s Political Caucus and community organizer, is a lifelong Santa Ana resident. According to campaign materials, Lopez is running to represent Ward 3 in order to hold local government accountable and be a champion for Santa Ana families, youth, and seniors. Her priorities for Santa Ana include the retention of green spaces, access to affordable housing, enacting protections for renters, and increased community engagement.

    Prior to her campaign for city council, Jessie Lopez served the 69th Assembly District as a central committee member within the Democratic Party of Orange County. She is a board member for the National Women’s Political Caucus, and volunteers with Planned Parenthood and the Public Law Center as a Spanish-language interpreter. She is also an active member of Rise Up Willowick, a coalition that fights for community-driven development in Santa Ana with a focus on preserving natural spaces.

    Jessie Lopez is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district and is, according to our analysis, the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Jessie Lopez

    Elect Jessie Lopez to represent Ward 3 to push Santa Ana in the right direction.

    About the Position

    Santa Ana, CA, is governed by a six-person city council.

    Last updated: 2020-10-24
  • Non-Partisan
  • Elect Thai Viet Phan to represent Ward 1 to push Santa Ana in the right direction.

    About the Position

    Santa Ana, CA, is governed by a six-person city council. A city council is responsible for establishing policy, passing local laws (called ordinances), voting on budget appropriations, and developing an overall vision for the city. City council members in Santa Ana are ‎limited to three consecutive terms of four years each.

    About the District

    Santa Ana is Orange County’s second most populous city. The Santa Ana City Council oversees the needs of 332,000 people and will manage an estimated budget of $669.9 million for 2020–21. Santa Ana is managed by a mayor-council structured government.

    About the Race

    Thai Viet Phan’s campaign has raised $31,116 and has not committed to any campaign finance pledges. Her campaign is endorsed by the National Women’s Political Caucus, Women in Leadership, Indivisible OC, and a number of local trade unions. Due to the lack of a primary election and 2020 being the first year in which Santa Ana citizens will vote for city council representation by Ward, no polling data is publicly available.

    About the Candidate

    Thai Viet Phan, an attorney and member of the Santa Ana Planning Commission, is originally from Thailand. She was born in a refugee camp to parents who were fleeing the Vietnam War. According to campaign materials, Phan is running to represent Ward 1 in order to be a vocal advocate and leader for disadvantaged and immigrant communities in Santa Ana. Her priorities for Santa Ana include promoting housing affordability by increasing non-luxury development and capturing in-lieu fees, helping small businesses and residents survive the coronavirus crisis by increasing in-language outreach and balanced distribution of federal funds, and reforming public safety, increasing trust in law-enforcement institutions via community policing. Phan supports a police-oversight commission with subpoena power as well as a comprehensive review of all investigative processes to see which reforms are necessary and if any pending changes are being ignored.

    In addition to her work on the Santa Ana Planning Commission, Thai Viet Phan also serves on the board of directors of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California and the Heritage Museum of Orange County. As the first member of her family to complete high school, Phan imparts the importance of education on the youth in her community by acting as a student mentor with various local groups.

    Thai Viet Phan is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district and is, according to our analysis, the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Thai Viet Phan

    Elect Thai Viet Phan to represent Ward 1 to push Santa Ana in the right direction.

    Last updated: 2020-10-30

Orange Unified School District Area 2

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

Orange Unified School District Area 2, Board Member At Large

  • Elect Tiger Kennedy Cosmos to keep Orange Unified School District on the right track.

    About the Position

    Orange Unified School District contains 49 schools, and serves over 29,000 students annually. Members of the Orange Unified Board of Education are elected in an at-large race every even-numbered year. The term limit for this position is four years.

    About the District

    Orange Unified School District is located in Orange County, Southern California. The district oversees a budget of $250.6 million. The district is fairly diverse, with a 36 percent Latinx student population and 13 percent Asian student population.

    About the Candidate

    Tiger Kennedy Cosmos, a senior manager at Hyundai Motor America and community volunteer, is from Orange County. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to improve the safety and quality of education in Orange County, ensure that Measure S funding is spent strategically, and prioritize a STEM curriculum.

    As a first-generation college student, Cosmos is aware of the impact a quality education provides. He is focused on ensuring that students not only possess the resources they need to succeed today, but also a curriculum that prepares them for the modern workforce. He believes that raising the quality of education in the district will attract young families and stimulate economic growth in Orange County. Cosmos is especially focused on supporting students with special needs, as he has personal experience dealing with dyslexia.

    Cosmos is an active member of the Orange Unified School District community. His experience with dyslexia has led him to devote time toward adult literacy programs and tutoring students with special needs. His community work includes leading STEM sessions for at-risk youth through the GRIP program, promoting autism awareness through organizations like Best Buddies, and installing fire alarms for low-income families through Sound the Alarm OC. Cosmos’s additional volunteer work includes with the American Red Cross and Read Across America. Cosmos serves on the board of Friendly Center, a community resource for families to overcome poverty. He has also chaired the selection committee for Autism Society of America’s 2018 and 2019 AutFest Film Festivals. He is the father of two daughters who are currently enrolled in the Orange Unified School District.

    Tiger Kennedy Cosmos is endorsed by multiple progressive groups in the district, including Planned Parenthood Action, Democratic Party of Orange County, and Women for American Values and Ethics. According to our analysis, Cosmos is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Tiger Kennedy Cosmos

    Elect Tiger Kennedy Cosmos to keep Orange Unified School District on the right track.

    About the Position

    Orange Unified School District contains 49 schools, and serves over 29,000 students annually.

    Last updated: 2020-10-23

Santa Ana School Board

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

Santa Ana School Board, Member of the Board of Education

  • Dr. Alfonso Alvarez, the Santa Ana Unified School Board clerk and a Santa Ana native, is a social service worker who has been supporting young students for the past 25 years. He has worked in gang intervention and prevention and served on the board of directors of Santa Ana organizations the Foundation for Survivors of Human Trafficking and SER Jobs for Progress, Inc. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, he has been instrumental in ensuring that students are receiving supplemental services, such as remote-learning technology, food, and mental-health support. Rodriguez has long been an advocate for homeless students and is endorsed by the Santa Ana Teachers Union, California School Employees Association Chapter 41, and the Santa Ana Educators Association.

    Alfonso Alvarez

    Dr. Alfonso Alvarez, the Santa Ana Unified School Board clerk and a Santa Ana native, is a social service worker who has been supporting young students for the past 25 years.

    Last updated: 2020-10-09
  • Carolyn Torres, a middle school teacher, is a lifelong Santa Ana resident whose family has been based in the area since the 1920s. She prioritizes expanding the use of classroom and remote-learning technology, budgeting for consistent and quality teacher training, and ensuring that classified staff can conduct their work in a safe environment. As a community activist, Torres has helped both students and parents understand their rights and navigate often complex government systems. As an educator, she has coordinated and run professional development courses on curriculum development and teaching strategies that create a welcoming and affirming class environment. Her thesis titled “Grassroots in Santa Ana: Conceptualizing Identity and Community,” gives a history of Santa Ana and highlights the role of schools in developing a strong community. The first in her family to graduate high school, college, and earn a master’s degree, Torres is endorsed by the Santa Ana Teachers Union, Planned Parenthood, the California School Employees Association, Chapter 41, and Walter Muneton, the Garden Grove Unified School Board President.

    Carolyn Torres

    Carolyn Torres, a middle school teacher, is a lifelong Santa Ana resident whose family has been based in the area since the 1920s.

    Last updated: 2020-10-13
  • Dr. Rigoberto Rodriguez, president of the Santa Ana Unified School Board, is a professor of Latina/o Public Policy in the Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at Cal State University Long Beach and 30-year community activist. He prioritizes equitable education across class boundaries, ensuring that students are holistically and mentally well, and providing an inclusive curriculum, fighting for ethnic studies to become a regular part of the syllabus. Rodriguez began his career in Santa Ana public service in 1993 at the Delhi Center, a nonprofit agency where he coordinated health, family, and neighborhood programs and participated in a neighborhood movement to construct the largest community center in Santa Ana. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Delhi Center, and has also served on the City of Santa Ana’s Community Redevelopment and Housing Commission and Planning Commission. Rodriguez is endorsed by the Santa Ana Educators Association, Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino, and the California School Employees Association, Chapter 41.

     

    Rigoberto Rodriguez

    Dr. Rigoberto Rodriguez, president of the Santa Ana Unified School Board, is a professor of Latina/o Public Policy in the Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at Cal State University Long Beach and 30-year community activist.

    Last updated: 2020-10-13