DAN KALBs

Nov. 2022 Voting Recommendations

(For local Ballot Measure and State Propositions recommendations, click here!)

Governor – GAVIN NEWSOM

U.S. Senate – ALEX PADILLA – Strong voice in the U.S. Senate for Democratic values.

 

Lt. Governor – ELENI KOUNALAKIS

Secretary of State – SHIRLEY WEBER – Excellent Sec. of State and all-around strong leader.

Attorney General – ROB BONTA – Rob is doing an excellent job as our A.G., and he will continue to do so when we vote to keep him in office. From reducing gun violence and fighting human trafficking to protecting reproductive rights and holding corporate polluters accountable, Rob is and will be the strong, strategic and progressive law enforcement official we need in our state. His opponent is a staunch conservative who will take us backwards. Rob deserves re-election. See more here

State Controller – MALIA COHEN – I have full confidence that Malia will lead the Controller’s office effectively and with proactive, strategic attention to environmental and economic justice. She has been serving as an elected member of the State Board of Equalization and is well-prepared to become our next State Controller. 

State Treasurer – FIONA MA

CA Insurance CommissionerRICARDO LARA

 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction – TONY THURMOND – Tony holds one of the most challenging jobs in our state. First and foremost, they don’t get sincerer and more genuine than Tony Thurmond. He has a steadfast desire to make our public education system better for all children—particularly those most in need. Check out his website for his list of accomplishments and his plan going forward. 

 

CA State Senate:

          #2 – Mike McGuire                            #4 – Tim Robertson

          #6 – Paula Villescaz                           #8 – Dave Jones*

        #10 – Aisha Wahab                              #14 – Anna Caballero                                   

        #18 – Steve Padilla                              #20 – Caroline Menjivar     

        #24 – Ben Allen                                    #26 – Maria Elena Durazo

        #28 – Lola Smallwood-Cuevas            #34 – Tom Umberg                            

        #36 – Kim Carr                                     #38 – Catherine Blakespear*   

        #40 – Joseph Rocha  

     *Please help these strong environmental candidates with phone-banking and a donation. They are being subjected to negative campaigning from special interests (including oil companies). 

 

CA State Assembly:

       #2 – Jim Wood                     #6 – Kevin McCarty                #10 – Eric Guerra

      #11 – Lori Wilson                  #12 – Damon Connolly*          #14 – Buffy Wicks    

      #15 – Tim Grayson                #16 – Rebecca Bauer-Kahan    #17 – Matt Haney    

      #18 – Mia Bonta                    #19 – Phil Ting                         #20 – Liz Ortega    

      #21 – Diane Papan**             #22 – Jessica Self                  #23 – Marc Berman  

      #24 – Alex Lee                       #25 – Ash Kalra                       #26 – Evan Low       

      #27 – Esmerelda Soria           #28 – Gail Pellerin                 #29 – Robert Rivas   

      #30 – Dawn Addis                  #35 – Leticia Perez                 #36 – Eduardo Garcia

      #37 – Gregg Hart                  #38 – Steve Bennett                #39 – Juan Carrillo                            

      #40 – Pilar Schiavo                #41 – Chris Holden                 #42 – Jacqui Irwin   

      #43 – Luz Rivas                      #44 – Laura Friedman             #45 – James Ramos

      #46 – Jesse Gabriel               #47 – Christy Holstege            #49 – Mike Fong      

      #50 – Eloise Gómez Reyes      #51 – Rick Chavez Zbur       #52 – Wendy Carrillo

     #53 – Freddie Rodriguez         #54 – Miguel Santiago           #55 – Isaac Bryan                  

      #56 – Lisa Calderon               #57 – Reggie Jones-Sawyer      #58 – Sabrina Cervantes

      #60 – Corey Jackson              #61 – Tina Simone McKinnor    #62 – Anthony Rendon      

      #64 – Blanca Pacheco            #66 – Al Muratsuchi                  #67 – Sharon Quirk-Silva          

      #68 – Avelino Valencia           #69 – Al Austin                          #70 – Deidre Nguyen

      #72 – Judie Mancuso              #73 – Cottie Petrie-Norris       #74 – Chris Duncan  

      #77 – Tasha Boerner Horvath   #78 – Chris Ward                    #79 – Akilah Weber  

      #80 – Georgette Gómez 

         *Two strong environmental candidates in this race, I am supporting Damon because of his long-standing history in the district and experience as a local elected official. 

        **Mayor Giselle Harris, who I supported in the Primary and would’ve made a great addition to the Assembly, has withdrawn. Councilmember Papan will be the next Assemblymember here. 

 

State Bd. of Equalization (#2) – SALLY LEIBER – The progressive choice. 

 

U.S. House of Representatives (Vote all Dems – Keep the House in Democratic hands): 

          #2 – Jared Huffman                 #4 – Mike Thompson                #6 – Ami Bera

          #7 – Doris Matsui                     #8 – John Garamendi               #9 – Josh Harder

         #10 – Mark DeSaulnier             #11 – Nancy Pelosi                  #12 – Barbara Lee

         #14 – Eric Swalwell                    #15 – Kevin Mullin                   #16 – Anna Eshoo        

         #17 – Ro Khanna                       #18 – Zoe Lofgren                     #19 – Jimmy Panetta              

         #20 – Marisa Wood                   #22 – Rudy Salas                       #24 – Salud Carbajal         

         #25 – Raul Ruiz                          #26 – Julia Brownley                  #27 – Christy Smith

         #28 – Judy Chu                           #29 – Tony Cardenes               #30 – Adam Schiff 

         #31 – Grace Napolitano             #32 – Brad Sherman               #33 – Pete Aguilar

         #34 – Jimmy Gomez                  #35 – Norma Torres                  #36 – Ted Lieu

         #37 – Sydney Kamlager              #38 – Linda Sanchez                #39 – Mark Takano

         #40 – Asif Mahmood                  #41 – Will Rollins                     #42 – Robert Garcia      

         #43 – Maxine Waters                  #44 – Nanette Barragan           #45 – Jay Chen                  

         #47 – Katie Porter                     #49 – Mike Levin                     #50 – Scott Peters         #51 – Sara Jacobs

 

Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the CA State Supreme Court – YES to all

            Patricia Guerrero (Chief); Joshua Groban; Martin Jenkins; Goodwin Liu

Alameda County Board of Supervisors: 

       District 3 – REBECCA KAPLAN – This is the open seat that was previously held by the late Wilma Chan for many years. While Wilma is irreplaceable, I strongly recommend electing Kaplan to this seat to infuse helpful new energy into our County Board of Supervisors. Her Endorsements can be found here

Alameda County District Attorneyno recommendation

         https://www.pamelaprice4da.com       https://terrywileyforda.com/

 

Mayor of Oakland  –  SHENG THAO (rank #1) – I’m looking forward to working with Sheng on matters of affordable housing and homelessness, public safety and violence prevention, climate justice and sustainability, wildfire prevention, pedestrian safety and much more. I know she has the proven ability to bring community stakeholders together in a productive fashion building consensus and achieving meaningful progress to move our city forward.

 

            Loren Taylor (rank #2) • Treva Reid (rank #2)

         Honorable Mention: Gregory Hodge

         Caution: Do NOT vote for Ignacio De La Fuente – He supports and is supported by Coal interests, and he would bring back an era of back-room deals—and bad deals at that. 

 

Oakland City Council (1st choice)

       District 2 – Nikki Fortunato Bas – Nikki has been an effective and progressive Council President. She certainly deserves re-election.

       District 4 – Janani Ramachandran – Smart public interest attorney with strong commitment to wildfire prevention, public safety, affordable housing, and good government. 

       District 6 – Kevin Jenkins – Affordable housing expert and current elected member of the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees. 

 

Oakland City AuditorCourtney Ruby

 

OUSD School Board Directors

         #2 – David Kakishiba (rank 1); Jennifer Brouhard (rank 2)

         #6 – Kyra Mungia (rank 1); Valarie Bachelor (rank 2)

 

Peralta Community College District Trustee

       #5 – Cindi Reiss               

       #7 – Seth Steward

 

AC Transit Director

        At-large – Alfred Twu

         #3 – Sarah Syed

         #4 – Barisha Spriggs

 

BART Director

        #2 – Mark Foley          #4 – Robert Raburn

        #6 – Lance Nishihira   #8 – Janice Li

 

East Bay Municipal Utility District Director

         #3 – Marguerite Young – Strong environmental/water expert who deserves re-election. 

         #4 – Andy Katz

         #7 – Corina Lopez

 

East Bay Regional Park District Director

         #3 – Dennis Waespi

         #7 – Colin Coffey

 

 

Mayor of AlamedaMarilyn Ezzy Ashcraft – Marilyn is doing a good job as mayor!

Alameda City Council - Hannah Groce; Tracy Jensen

 

Albany City Council (rank choice voting)

         Robin López

         Nick Pilch 

         John A. Miki

 

Albany School Board

         Ron Rosenbaum

         Sadia Khan

 

Emeryville City Council (vote for 2)

         Kalimah Priforce

         David Mourra

         Brooke Westling (I’m only endorsing the 2 candidates above, but Brooke deserves an honorable mention)

 

Piedmont City Council

         Jennifer Long

         Betsy Smegal Anderson

         Tom Ramsey

 

Mayor of San Leandro

         Lee Thomas (rank 1); Bryan Azevedo (rank 2)

 

San Leandro City Council

         #3 – Victor Aguilar

 

Berkeley City AuditorJenny Wong

 

Berkeley City Council 

         #1 – Rashi Kaeserwani (rank 1); Elisa Mikiten (rank 2)

         #4 – Kate Harrison

         #7 – Rigel Robinson

 

Berkeley Rent Board

            Ida Martinac; Vanessa Danielle Marrero; Nathan Mizel; Soli Alper; Negeene Mosaed

 

Berkeley School Board

         Jennifer Shanoski; Ka’Dijah Brown

 

Dublin Mayor – Melissa Hernandez

 

Fremont City Council

         #3 – Jenny Kassan

 

Hayward Area Recreation District – Sara Lamnin

 

Pleasanton City Council 

       #1 - Dean Wallace

Union City City Council

         #2 – Jaime Patino

 

 

Contra Costa County Supervisor (#4) – Ken Carlson

 

Antioch City Council

        #4 – Monica Wilson

 

El Cerrito City Council

         Gabe Quinto

         Carolyn Wysinger

       honorable mention: Vanessa Warheit 

 

Hercules City Council

         Dion Bailey

         Chris Kelley

 

Moraga Town Council

         Kerry Hillis

 

Pinole City Council

         Cameron Sasai

         Anthony Tave

         Norma Martinez-Rubin

 

Pittsburg City Council

         Shanelle Scales-Preston

 

Richmond Mayor – Eduardo Martinez

Richmond City Council

         #2 – Cesar Zepeda

         #3 – Doria Robinson

         #4 – Jamin Pursell

 

San Pablo City Council

         Rita Xavier

 

San Ramon Mayor

         Sabina Zafar        

 

San Ramon City Council

         #4 – Marisol Rubio

 

Orinda-Moraga Fire Protection District

         Steven Danziger (#3)

         Michael Donner (#4)

            

West County Wastewater District

         #5 – Cheryl Sudduth

 

Stege Sanitary District

         Juliet Christian Smith

 

Contra Costa Community College District

         #1 – John Márquez

         #3 – Rebecca Barrett

 

Contra Costa Bd. of Education

         #2 – Sarah Butler

 

 

Los Angeles Mayor – KAREN BASS has the relevant public and NGO sector experience to be a strong, progressive mayor of L.A. who can make progress on the challenges facing the city. Unfortunately, a billionaire developer—who supports Republican candidates—is spending tens of millions of dollars trying to buy this election.  

 

Los Angeles County Supervisor 

      #3 – Lindsey Horvath – Lindsey would be an excellent Supervisor. Check out her website and, if your live in L.A. County, please help her campaign.

Los Angeles City Controller Paul Koretz

Los Angeles City Councilmember (#5) – Katy Yaroslavsky 

L.A. Community College District (#7) Nancy Pearlman

Mayor of San Jose Cindy Chavez

 

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) 

         #4 - Derek Cressman

San Diego County Supervisor

         #5 – Tiffany Boyd-Hodgson

 

San Francisco Bd. of Supervisors

         #4 – Gordon Mar

         #6 – Honey Mahogany  

         #8 – Rafael Mandelman

 

San Francisco District Attorney

       Joe Alioto Veronese and John Hamasaki 

 

San Francisco Community College Board of Trustees

         John Rizzo; Thea Selby; Vick Chung

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***One of the most important things you can do for your city and for the entire country is to help keep the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in Democratic hands. Our democracy is under threat. Here are key Senate races that are very tight. Please consider volunteering remotely.

Thank you! 

 

Key U.S. Senate contests:

           Nevada – Catherine Cortez Mastohttps://catherinecortezmasto.com/get-involved/

         Wisconsin – Mandela Barneshttps://www.mobilize.us/mandelabarnesforussenate/ 
         Georgia – Rev. Raphael Warnockhttps://secure.ngpvan.com/okWijBNa7kiWFyngCpBGsQ2

         Arizona – Mark Kellyhttps://markkelly.com/get-involved/

         Ohio – Tim Ryanhttps://act.timforoh.com/signup/volunteer/

         Florida – Val Demingshttps://valdemings.com/get-involved/

         Pennsylvania – John Fettermanhttps://johnfetterman.com/volunteer/

         North Carolina – Cheri Beasleyhttps://cheribeasley.com

 

Here are other avenues to engage in electing and re-electing Democrats in key states/districts throughout the country...

    Activate America – https://www.activateamerica.vote

 

    League of Conservation Voters (LCV) – https://www.lcvvictoryfund.org/climatevote22/

 

 

See Ballot Measure voting recommendations here!

 

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[Disclaimer: These are Dan Kalb’s voting recommendations. No campaign committee, candidate or anyone else paid to be included on this voter guide.]