Congressional Engagement

The mid-term elections are crucial.  In California, there is an opportunity to elect progressive candidates in eight Congressional Districts.   Nationwide, there are many races of interest.  We have highlighted two of them.  SBWPC has not endorsed any of the candidates below but we thought you should have this information.


Do you want to help flipping seven California Congressional Districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016? Phone banking begins this month. Volunteers can make calls from their own homes when they have time.  Debbie Levinson (Santa Barbara leader, Code Blue) invites volunteers interested in phone banking, texting and networking to contact here at or 443-254-3665) to find out how you can participate.

Barbara Boxer’s PAC For a Change (“Resist and Replace”) is also targeting the same seven California Congressional Districts. For more information click here


Central Valley including Modesto and Tracy [details]

Jeff Denham (R, incumbent) and Josh Harder (D)

A native of Turlock, Harder says, “I’ve spent my career helping entrepreneurs and new companies grow their businesses and turn their ideas into engines of economic growth. I want the Central Valley to share in that economic growth. For too long, the Central Valley has been left behind. In fact, if the Central Valley were a state, we would be the poorest in the nation. That’s unacceptable, and I’m running for Congress because we can and must do better.”

His priorities are Medicare for All, fair and humane immigration reform, create more jobs for the Valley, build a sustainable water future for the Central Valley, end Citizen United and institute electoral reform, defend women’s rights and access to healthcare, create quality public school for all Valley kids, protect the environment, reduce gun violence and address housing and homelessness.

For more information on Harder’s priorities, click here.


Kings, parts of Fresno, Kern and Tulare Counties [details]

David Valadao (R, incumbent) and T.J. Cox (D)

TJ Cox is the son of immigrant parents, an engineer, agricultural entrepreneur and small businessman. His website says: “For the families and communities of the 21st Congressional District to realize their fullest potential, TJ knows that we need new leadership and bold action. Congressman David Valadao, who now represents the district, has shown time and again his willingness to put partisan politics above the needs of the Valley. He is part of a broken political system that works for special interests, not us.”

His website does not list his issues or priorities nor his positions on women’s rights including choice. Cox is endorsed by the California Labor Federation, California League of Conservation Voters, Equality California, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, Senator Diane Feinstein and  President Obama.

For more information on Cox click here.


Northern Los Angeles County including Palmdale and Santa Clarita, northeastern Ventura County including Simi Valley [details]

Steve Knight (R, incumbent) and Katie Hill (D)

Katie Hill is Executive Director and Deputy CEO of People Assisting the Homeless or PATH. She openly identifies as bisexual, champions for the most vulnerable of our communities, and is a proven leader who has directly worked with important statewide legislation. Hill is endorsed by Sheila Kuhl, Salud Carbajal, Kamila Harris and many other Democratic leaders; Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Equality California and California NOW; The Feminist Majority, The Women’s Political Committee, and Stonewall Democratic Club; Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains, California Young Democrats, National Organization for Women and LGBTQ Victory Fund. Her issues include universal health care, women’s reproductive rights, mental health treatment, income inequality, universal preschool, public education, affordable housing, homelessness, immigration, childcare, women in government.

For more information on Katie Hill, click here.


Los Angeles–Orange County Counties (Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, and Fullerton) [details]

Kim Young (R) and Gil Cisneros (D). Incumbent Ed Royce (R) is retiring.

Gil Cisneros, a veteran and education advocate, has strong positions on women’s issues, saying he “will defend a women’s right to choose and defend Planned Parenthood funding from Republican attacks in Congress. He is also “committed to closing the gender wage gap” and promises to support paid family leave legislation.

His issues are Americans with disabilities, an economy that works for the middle class, animal rights, comprehensive immigration reform and protecting dreamers, defend our environment, ending gun violence, get corporate money out of politics, health care for all, hold President Trump accountable, honor our veterans, invest in our children’s future and make higher education affordable, LBGTQ rights, national security and terrorism, retirement security and women’s rights.

For more information on Cisneros, click here.


Orange County [details]

Mimi Walters (R) and Katie Porter (D)

Katie Porter ran ahead of three Democratic men in the June primary. Her opponent, Mimi Walters, scores a perfect 100% in how often her votes align with Donald Trump’s positions (according to FiveThirtyEight). Porter is a UC Irvine Professor of Law, middle-class mother of three, and consumer advocate who has spent decades taking on the big banks that hurt middle-class families – and winning. Her website says: “Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have endorsed Porter because they know she’ll hold Donald Trump and powerful special interests accountable, fight for Medicare for All, and always protect a woman’s right to choose.”
Her issues are Medicare for All, women’s health (support for Planned Parenthood), common sense gun reform, immigration reform, environmental protection, and public education. She is endorsed by Emily’s List.

For more information about Porter, click here.


Coastal Orange County (Huntington Beach) [details]

Dana Rohrabacher (R, incumbent) and Harley Rouda (D)

Harley Rouda is running in Orange County’s CA-48 against Dana Rohrabacher, the incumbent Republican who has been called “Putin’s favorite Congressman.” His website says: “It’s time for bold, progressive leadership to take on Trump and Rohrabacher.” He calls Rohrabacher “Trump’s closest ally in Congress.”

A resident of Laguna Beach, Rouda is a successful businessman, philanthropist, attorney, and tech entrepreneur. He has positions on a broad range of issues: gun violence, economy, education, environment, foreign affairs, women’s issues, healthcare, Q, Immigration, holding Donald Trump accountable, end Citizen United. On women’s issues, he says, “We must make sure women are treated equally under the law. As your Congressman, I will fight for equal access, reproductive health freedom, and equal pay.” He supports the Equality Act calling for non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans.

For more information on Rouda, click here.


Southern Orange County (Dana Point and San Clemente); northern San Diego County (Carlsbad and Oceanside) [details]

Diane Harkey (R) and Mike Levin (D). Incumbent Darrell Issa is retiring.

Our first choice, Sara Jacobs, came in third in the Primary in a race with many Democratic candidates. So, the race will be against Republican Diane Harkey and Democrat Mike Levin. Mike is an environmental law attorney. He has been endorsed by Kamala Harris, Sierra Club, National Organization for Women, California League of Conservation Voters, and California Teachers Association. His positions include accelerating sustainable energy and environmental protection, providing affordable healthcare coverage for all, achieving world-class education, women’s rights, defending our seniors, standing for LBGTQ rights, preventing gun violence, treating immigrants with dignity. He will defend Planned Parenthood, fight for federal legislation that specifically bans sexual harassment, domestic violence, military sexual assault.

For more information on Levin, click here.


Portions of Fresno and Tulare Counties, including the cities of Fresno, Clovis, Tulare, and Visalia [details]

Devin Nunes (R, incumbent) and Andrew Janz (D)

The Central Valley’s CA-22, which Devin Nunes represents, is not considered a swing district. But Nunes’ Democratic opponent, Andrew Janz, has raised $2.8 million and would welcome donations! Nunes, the controversial chair of the House Intelligence Committee, got 58% of the primary vote in this district that Trump won by 51% in 2016. Janz, a county prosecutor, got 32%, but has many endorsements who would like to see the Republican eight-term Congressman defeated. Janz’s supporters include Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Dolores Huerta, Cong. Eric Swalwell, Equity California, the California Teachers Association and End Citizens United.

For more information on Janz, click here.


Congress, New Mexico

Deb Haaland

There are also many competitive races around the country. One interesting candidate, endorsed by Emily’s List, is Deb Haaland, a candidate for Congress in New Mexico. She could make history as the first Native American woman to serve in Congress. She is running to fill the seat left by Emily’s List-endorsed New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham. Following her win in the Democratic primary, open Haaland has shown she has what it takes to deliver this must-win seat for Democrats to take back the House. She is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe who lives in Albuquerque and is a single mom of an LGBTQ daughter. To learn more about Haaland, click here.

Governor, Georgia

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams is the candidate for Georgia Governor-vs. Brian Kemp, a self-described “politically incorrect conservative.” Abrams received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. Dedicated to civic engagement, she founded the New Georgia Project, which submitted more than 200,000 registrations for voters of color between 2014 and 2016. Under the pen name Selena Montgomery, Stacey is the award-winning author of eight romantic suspense novels. In 2010, she became the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives.

Her issues are high quality day care; universal pre-k; excellent public schools; post-secondary pathways, economic mobility; advanced energy and green jobs; investment in community businesses; workplace equality; access to affordable health care; criminal justice reform; protect civil rights and fight discrimination based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability or gender identity; protect natural resources; decriminalize poverty and support justice; protect most vulnerable residents; gun safety; voting rights; ethics and public integrity; health; the arts; affordable housing.]

For more information about Abrams, click here or contact her campaign at (678) 210-1495

U.S. Senator, Texas

Beto O’Rouke

Beto O’Rouke is running Against Ted Cruz. He ran for El Paso City Council in 2005 and served for two terms before running for U.S. Congress in 2012, taking on an eight-term incumbent and winning. In Congress, Beto serves on the House Committees for Armed Services and Veterans Affairs. His many issues include supporting measures like the equality act, proposed legislation that would provide the same on discrimination protections to lGBTQIA Americans as any other protected class under federal law; guaranteeing that same-sex couples are entitled to access the same federal benefits as any other Texas family; ensuring that all Americans are paid equally and treated fairly, regardless of their gender; supporting policies that end wage discrimination and close the gender pay gap; ensuring that a woman’s right to choose is not compromised by limited access to safe and legal abortion services or family planning help; supporting policies that guarantee a woman’s access to birth control and emergency contraception; reforming our immigration laws to legalize the status of millions of immigrants already in our country and ensure a fair path to citizenship for those inspired by the opportunity and ideals that we present to the rest of the world.

For more information about O’Rouke, click here.