CA Primary: Who to vote for
June 9, 2016
Bill Monning: State Senator District 17
Monning is the only Democrat running for this position, and a great candidate. He advocated for and helped write a California’s new End of Life Option Act, ensuring that the sick are able to choose to end their lives in the way that they want to. Monning also advocates for the rights of prisoners, helping to establish safe facilities for prisoners and guards. He is against animal cruelty and also helped the fight against obesity with legislation for children’s’ health.
Hannah-Beth Jackson: State Senator District 19
Jackson is a Democrat who has already served for five years on the senate, but she is still extremely productive and active in the community. In the past year alone, she has managed to pass nine bills in California, including the California Equal Pay Act, the strongest pay act in the country. She also passed a law this year regarding community colleges and off-campus assault, continuing her fight against sexual assault in both high schools and colleges alike. This stellar candidate is a great example of how all senators should focus and function in California.
Ro Khanna: U.S. Representative District 17
Ro Khanna is a Democrat running against incumbent Mike Honda for this position. Honda is currently under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. President Barack Obama has recently withdrawn his support for Honda, something that rarely occurs for a representative who is already in office. Khanna is pro- business and has a strong background in economics, exactly what is needed in a place like the Silicon Valley. Khanna also has a heavy focus on education, hoping to make college debt-free through federal grants as well as online textbooks and introductory courses.
David Chiu: State Assembly Member District 17
Democratic Party assembly member Chiu, the incumbent running for this position, is a hard working candidate who has earned his seat in the State Assembly. Last year was his first full year in office, and he was able to author a multitude of laws that have been beneficial to Californians. He has strong support for LGBT rights, and two of the laws he has written directly concern LGBT health, reproductive services, and social services. He also has helped students by providing affordable college resources. He is currently working to create more affordable housing as well as advocate for gun safety awareness.