ADA SoCal June 5th California Primary Endorsements


US Senate - Kevin De León:

  Dianne Feinstein has been as bad a Democratic Senator as our ever more progressive state could have.  She has been the recipient of vast sums of corporate largesse from the Defense Industry, the Pharmaceutical Industry, the Health Insurance Industry among others.  She has voted for every war or military action that the US has considered during her time in the Senate.  She adamantly stands up for Spying on Americans, Incarcerating non-violent criminals as well as children as young as 13 years old.  She opposes Medicare for All and legalized Marijuana.  She ran for office on a pro-Death Penalty, anti-Immigrant platform and in 1995, authored a bill to build the same kind of wall with Mexico that we ridicule Donald Trump for touting.  And she votes with the Trump and Republican agenda almost a third of the time.  If we lived in Arkansas or Alabama, we'd feel lucky enough to have a Democratic Senator at all, even one who except for one or two signature issues, opposes almost everything Progressives stand for.  But we're California and we can do better. 

This year, she has drawn an opponent to the left of her who has a path to victory, albeit a narrow one.  State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León has a very good chance to make the runoff, and though Feinstein is flush with campaign cash, if we Progressives unite, she might get to retire and let someone who is with us on Healthcare, the Environment and Immigration represent us in Washington.  

US Congress

District 25 - Jess Phoenix -   Republican Steve Knight is vulnerable.  Even though he won in 2016, his Northern LA County District went to Hillary Clinton.  There are three Democrats running and they're all okay, but Jess Phoenix is the best of them - she's a scientist, so she brings a perspective to Congress that is sorely missing - a real solid grass-roots progressive who shares our values. She's a Berniecrat and if we can help her get to Congress, she'll be ready to cast a vote for Medicare for All.  
District 29 - Angelica Dueñas: Tony Cardenas is part of a pay to play, corporate Democratic tradition that has left his constituents not as well served as his donors.  And now that allegations of sexual impropriety are swirling around him, we are well served to champion his most progressive primary opponent.  Angelica Dueñas is a Berniecrat who supports Medicare for All, the Fight for 15 and just about every other progressive issue that we differ with the incumbent on.  She represents a powerful statement we can make that we want better representation.  

CD 30 - John Pelzer: Brad Sherman is part of a pay to play, corporate Democratic tradition that has left his constituents not as well served as his donors.  Jon Pelzer represents a powerful statement we can make that we want better representation.  
District 39 - Andy Thorburn - This is another district where Ed Royce, a Republican representative won in 2016, but the district went to Clinton.  Ed Royce, the Republican has read the tea leaves about the possible Blue Wave headed his way and has retired (probably to be a high-priced corporate consultant).  A lot of candidates are running for the seat.  The Democrat who has been leading among the Democrats is a former Republican who has few political stances that would distinguish him from departing Republican rep. The progressive who has the best chance to edge him out and win the runoff is Andy Thorburn, a former classroom teacher who was jailed for striking for better classroom conditions.  
CD 44 - Nanette Barragán: Barragán has been a very effective US Representative.  Now, Isadore Hall, the corporatist who opposed her in 2016, is behind a candidate opposing her who will answer to Hall's political machine.  
District 45- Katie Porter - This is another top priority Red seat that Democrats can flip.  Mimi Walters is vulnerable.  But it's not enough to just elect a Democrat, like the corporatist candidate who narrowly won the state Democratic Party's endorsement.  We can do better. And Consumer Advocate and Domestic Violence SurvivorKatie Porter, who unlike her main Democratic rival supports Medicare for All, is our choice to flip this district with an actual Progressive!
District 48 - Harley Rouda - Republican Dana Rohrbacher is vulnerable.  We want to make sure that the Democrat who makes it through the primary to the runoff is an actual progressive, which is why we're endorsing Harley Rouda, who will bring coastal Orange County communities the kind of representation they deserve!  
CD 49 - Doug Applegate:  Applegate almost beat Republican Darrell Issa in 2016, losing by just 1600 votes.  Issa took the temperature of the district and realized he probably wouldn't win this one, so he bowed out, opening the door to a bought-and-paid for corporate Democrat to challenge Applegate.  We're sticking with the Progressive in this race.  
District 50 - Ammar Campa-Najjar - Republican Duncan Hunter is embroiled in a number of scandals, so though this is northern San Diego district leans Republican, there's an opening for a Democrat to take it.  We're supporting Ammar Campa-Najjar, the progressive in this race.  We believe that a progressive populist message has a better shot at resonating with voters than someone promoting corporate incrementalism.  
California Lieutenant Governor - Gayle McLaughlin - There are two fairly middle-of-the road Democrats duking it out for this seat.  We are delighted to be supporting Gayle McLaughlin instead.  She's an unabashed, unapologetic, full-throated progressive who will bring a refreshing change to what is possible in Sacramento!
Attorney General - Dave Jones:  Jones is an improvement over the current Attorney General in that he opposes the Death Penalty and supports Medicare for All, and isn't beholden to the incumbent's corporate donors.  

Superintendent of Public Instruction - Tony Thurmond:  Thurmond's opponent is Corporate Charter School advocate Marshall Tuck.  Los Angeles already has more Charter Schools than any other city in the country - schools that are draining our public school system.  We can't let the official in charge of California's Public Education follow Betsy De Vos' program of school privatization and evisceration of our public schools.  

California Assembly:

AD 43 - Laura Friedman: Laura Friedman has been doing a excellent job serving her community.  She has distinguished herself on the Healthcare Select Committee, asking the tough questions of the Health Insurance Industry shills that Chair Jim Wood parades before them.  
AD 46 - Adrin Nazarian:  Nazarian is committed to the needs of his constituents and Californians over those of the corporations working to undermine them.  He's almost always on the right side of the issues that matter.
AD 45 - Ankur Patel: We're very proud that ADA SoCal Board member Ankur Patel is running for the seat that Matt Debabneh had to step down from.  Ankur is a brilliant, passionate advocate for progressive values and will make a welcome addition to the California Assembly. Help us replace a member of the "Mod Squad" with a Progressive!  
AD 47 - Eloise Reyes: Reyes replaced a representative who was bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry.  ADA worked hard to elect her in 2016 and we enthusiastically support her reelection.  
AD 54 - Steve Dunwoody: Dunwoody is a strong progressive who dared to enter this race before the corporatist incumbent stepped down.  He doesn't have the support of a political machine to which he'd have to answer.