Candidate Watch California

Candidate Watch California

CA-45: Katie Porter

Katie Porter for California’s 45th Congressional District!

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katie porterKatie Porter is the Democratic candidate running against incumbent Republican Mimi Walters to represent CA’s 45th District. This Orange County district voted for Clinton over Trump in 2016, and is considered competitive by pundits.

Porter is a consumer protection attorney and UC Irvine law professor who is endorsed by Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, among others. Her top priorities include Medicare for All, woman’s right to choose, an assault weapons ban, and repealing the 2017 tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthy. She has extensive experience in state government, including obtaining relief for Orange County homeowners whose mortgages were underwater after the 2008 financial crisis. She has three young children, and serves as Cubmaster to her son’s scout pack.

Porter’s opponent Walters is not moderate, but rather fully supports Trump’s radical agenda. The Republicans will spend any amount to try to keep the 45th red. As a result, Porter and the DCCC will need our help to flip the 45th.

CA-39: Gil Cisneros

Vietnam Veteran and Naval Officer Tackles California’s 39th District!

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cisnerosGil Cisneros, Democrat, who attended college on an ROTC scholarship and served our country as a naval officer for ten years, is challenging a former Republican Assemblywoman Young Kim. Representative Ed Royce, the Republican incumbent in Orange County’s District 39, decided not to seek re-election and hand-picked Kim to succeed him. According to pollsters Cook, Inside Elections, and Sabato, this race is considered an Open/Toss Up one. The DCCC added this CA race to its “Red to Blue” Campaign. WNDC members, let’s shine a light on this one and take back the House!

Cisneros, an education policy expert, is Presidentand Co-Founder of The Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to strengthening public schools and creating college opportunities for students and veterans. He served on the advisory board of the Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative–an effort to inspire every student to take charge of their future by completing their eduction. His issues encompass: health care, including standing up to insurance and pharmaceutical industries; an economy that works for the Middle Class; Americans with Disabilities programs that broker independence and dignity; among others. His endorsements include: Vote, Moms Demand Action Gun Sense, End Citizens United, Giffords and Brady Campaigns, Dolores Huerta and UAW, United Steel Workers, Latino Fund Victory, and more.

Young Kim with her right wing supporters opposed the minimum wage increase, farmworkers’ overtime pay, and employers providing retirement savings’ funds for their employees, to name a few. Retiring Royce voted for Trump 97.1% of the time, and Kim is expected to follow suit! While the Washington Post says that the 39th is the best potential pick up for 2018, nothing can be taken for granted. Help Cisneros get the job done!

CA-49: Mike Levin

Mike Levin for California’s 49th Congressional District!

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mike levinMike Levin is the Democratic candidate running against Republican Diane Harkey for this open seat, currently held by Republican Darrell Issa, who is not running for re-election. Covering southern Orange County and western San Diego County, the 49th is widely considered to be one of the best opportunities Democrats have to gain a seat: In 2016 the 49th voted solidly for Clinton over Trump, and Issa won re-election that year with only 50.7% of the vote, the slimmest margin of any race in the election. Members, we need WNDC to be all hands on deck to help Levin take this seat and stop Trump’s destructive agenda! Levin, 39, is a Democratic activist and accomplished energy attorney. His top priorities are clean energy and protecting the environment, and his other issues include Medicare for All; protecting choice; affordable higher eduction; gun reform; strengthening Social Security; and a $15 federal minimum wage. He is endorsed by, among others, NOW; the Sierra Club; numerous federal and state officeholders, including California’s Democratic Congressional delegation; and many unions.

A state officeholder, Harkey is endorsed by the NRCC and has earned an “A” rating from the NRA. She will be a reliable vote for the Republicans’ reactionary agenda, and the NRCC and Republican dark money groups are gearing up to spend vast sums on this race in an effort to keep the district red. As a result, Levin’s got a tough fight in front of him, and he’s going to need all the help he can get to flip the district blue.

CA-25: Katie Hill

Katie Hill for California’s 25th Congressional District!

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Katie Hill for Congress1Katie Hill is considered to be in a “strong position going into the general election” in the 25th District in the Los Angeles “soccer-mom” suburbs, called “one of the most flippable Districts” in CA. The District includes large, arid tracts of northern Los Angeles County, and parts of Ventura County. Once dependably conservative, CA-25 has evolved politically and economically over the decades, delivering new prosperity and problems, such as homelessness, unheard of before in the 25th.

Already the Democrats have a four-point advantage in voter registration. Of those registered, 26 percent are Latino. In addition, the District went for Hillary Clinton by sevenpoints in the 2016 election, although the 25th has never elected a woman before. Hill is running against Tea Party incumbent Steve Knight, an extreme Republican who supports Trump strongly arguing to defeat Obamacare, as one example of his positions. Now the District no longer supports Knight, as 54 percent of voters disapprove of his performance. Hill has three key issues on her platform:

1) Supporting Health and Safety, e.g., attention to universal health care, women’s reproductive rights, addiction, mental health, the environment, and gun safety

2) Rebuilding the Middle Class, e.g., fighting income inequality, creating affordable housing, immigration, and working on criminal justice reform

3) Creating Truly Representative Government, e.g., through campaign finance reform

Hill is a lifelong resident of the 25th. She is the daughter of a cop and a nurse. She worked as the Deputy CEO of PATH. She understands the issues of the people in her District and is called a “tireless advocate for the most vulnerable,” well known for her dedication to ending homelessness. She was endorsed by Emily’s List in December 2017. Check her out on her website: Let’s support this impressive candidate who has “out raised and out hustled” Knight! This is a former Red District in a Blue State: Can she change that??


CA-04: Jessica Morse

WNDC Member and Congressional Candidate for California’s 4th District!

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jessica morseJessica Morse will be battling for California’s 4th district against incumbent Tom McClintock, a 61-year-old man in power off and on since 1982. He starts the fall campaign with a 60-40 lead but Morse already is proving formidable. Jessica grew up in Tahoe as a fifth generation Californian from the 4th District, unlike her competitor. The environment is her signature issue, and her professional experience working in the foreign service gives her deep insight into national security. She was backed by the Democratic establishment who like her approach to finding solutions to problems of food insecurity and poverty in her district, which is land rich but cash poor. Although some perceive a November win for Morse to be a long shot, particularly in a Republican-leaning district that Trump won by 54 percent in 2016, she has the will and personality to win. Learn more about her and consider supporting her for this run or in the future: