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15 May
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Join Andrew Janz and his team for Canvasspalooza

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15 May
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Fight back against false attacks on Tony Thurmond

*** Tony Thurmond has been endorsed for State Superintendent of Public Instruction by the CDP ***

Friend,

We will not stand by while Tony’s record of fighting for kids is undeservedly attacked by billionaires who are using their wealth to advance their own agenda to privatize public schools.

In an open letter to the billionaires, four elected officials who know Tony and who represent public school families in West Contra Costa County set the record straight and demanded the removal of the radio ad making these false attacks against Tony. They said it best:

“Shame on you billionaires who are spending your wealth attacking a man who we should all be proud of.  Instead of being for positive change you have chosen to use your wealth to denigrate a man who has overcome adversity to fight for California’s children.”

Read the full letter from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, San Pablo Mayor Genoveva Garcia Calloway, and West Contra Costa School Board Member Madeline Kronenberg.

You can fight back too.  Tony’s campaign is funded by the people, not the billionaires.  Will you contribute to Tony’s people-powered campaign today?

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Your contribution helps us keep Tony’s positive, truthful campaign commercials up on TV for more time and deliver more campaign literature to volunteers across California before the June 5 election.

Thank you for supporting Tony and spreading the word.  We won’t let the billionaires mislead California’s voters – Tony Thurmond is the best candidate for all of California’s kids.

Thank you,

Team Tony

 

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15 May
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Trump’s tariffs will crush the Central Valley

*** TJ Cox has been endorsed for CD-21 by the CDP ***

TJ Cox for Congress

Input needed: The Fresno Bee reports that Trump’s trade policies and tariff plan could hurt Central Valley farmers. Can you take our one-minute survey and tell us where you stand on Trump’s tariff plan?

I’ve been hearing a lot of concern from farmers and business owners across the Central Valley about the retaliatory tariffs created by Trump’s impulsive trade policies. As someone in the almond business, I can tell you this: These tariffs are going to be bad for our community.

Trump’s tariffs do nothing but get us closer to a trade war and threaten our local businesses, good-paying jobs, and economic growth in the Central Valley. It’s not just disappointing that David Valadao refuses to stand up Trump on this issue — it’s negligent and harmful.

In Congress, I’ll fight for the Central Valley’s hard-working families and support legislation that helps our economy thrive. Right now I need to hear from 1,500 Californians >>

Do you support President Trump’s tariffs?

YES >> NO >>

Thanks for sharing your input,

TJ

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15 May
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How I’m Fighting – and Winning – for All Californians

*** No candidate for Attorney General has been endorsed by the CDP ***

We’ve built this campaign on some fundamental principles: that Californians value fairness and opportunity; that we believe families in the 21st Century should have access to affordable health care, clean air and water, and safe schools and workplaces; and that we shouldn’t turn our back on the people who make California the economic engine of the nation. Last week, we launched several new advertisements that highlight the many ways I’m fighting – and winning – for all Californians.

I hope you’ll help spread the word and encourage your friends and family to vote on June 5th.

I’ve got your back. Thank you for having mine.

Sincerely,

Xavier

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15 May
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A Letter to U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock, 4th Congressional District of California

*** Jessica Morse has been endorsed for CD-4 by the CDP ***

A Letter to U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock, 4th Congressional District of California

May 14, 2018 12:53 pm

Mr. McClintock,

I received the mailer announcing your run for reelection.

I was not surprised by the content of your flyer, stating things as fact, which are far from fact. “Tell a lie enough times and they will believe it.” That’s from Trump’s book, “The Art of the Fraud”, I believe, but of course he stole it from the Hitler regime.

Your claims of Republican accomplishments could be humorous if the reality was not so sad for the poor and the average working person and families.

Your regime of cruelty apparently is making America great for the wealthy and dismantling our democracy piece by piece. As you claim to make America great, you implement incremental destruction of our system, taking away many of the things that actually made us “great.”

Education made us great. Helping the poor. Providing medical care. Taking care of our environment. Ensuring clean air and water. Economic regulations to protect us from the inevitable corporate and individual greed. Developing renewable energy while weaning us off of fossil fuels. Diversity of our citizens and providing a haven for refugees. Maintaining our national treasures.

The republican tax bill which adds to the damage done by Reagan and Bush, further shifting our country’s wealth to those who already have most of it, all in the name of the mythical “trickle down economics” which should be called, “pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.” The only question is how long before the next recession or worse?

I have a few questions for you, Mr. McClintock.

When Trump came out of the chute appointing cabinet heads based on their personal wealth, but with no pertinent skills or experience, where were you? What did you say? How about when he appointed cabinet secretaries who have a track record of insulting and fighting with the department they now head? How about an education secretary who can’t answer basic questions about education? How about appointments who don’t even know what their department was supposed to do?

When Trump began his undocumented immigrant roundup and deportations, where were you? What did you say? Did you tell him that he was repeating the failed “Operation Wetback” from the 1950’s with virtually no changes? Did you explain the harm that will be done to California’s agriculture industry? Did you tell him that we have the most immigrants of any state and the great majority of us Californians don’t have a problem with that?

When Trump presented his Muslim ban, where were you? What did you say? Did you tell him that it was unconstitutional? Did you tell him that there is no data to support it making us safer?

When Trump met with Russian representatives and their press in the oval office and excluded our own press, where were you? What did you say? No big deal?

When Trump called the New York Times a danger to the people, where were you? What did you say? Did you tell him that he was at the very least, disrespecting the 1st amendment and probably violating it? Did you explain that this was the behavior of a tyrant?

When Trump took the oath of office, having business interests all over the world, where were you? What did you say? Did you tell him that he is violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution? His oath of office is very similar to yours. “Defending the Constitution” is apparently meaningless to you both.

When Trump moved his daughter into the White House, where were you? What did you say? Did you explain the problem with hiring family? Did you explain that her continuing to run her business from the White House breaks lots of rules? When the Saudis gave her a $100 million gift, did you tell her to give it back?

When Trump refused to condemn the white supremacists in Charlottesville, even after they murdered a protester, what did you say?

How about his chronic demonstrations of racism in the United States of America in 2018?

When Trump tries to stifle protests here and then praises protesters in Iran, what do you say about that?

When Trump accused President Obama of wiretapping him, where were you? What did you say? When he continues to slander Hillary Clinton with his meaningless tweets, where are you? What do you say?

In less than a year, “WE THE PEOPLE” have been told over 2,000 verifiable inane lies, by the President of the United States.

When the ACA was attacked from day one, with no real plan or intention to replace it with anything viable, where were you? What did you say? When Trump proposed killing funding for parts of the ACA to incapacitate it, where were you? What did you say? Did you explain to him that killing ACA will kill millions of people? That for the president to sabotage a federal program may not be a good look?

When Trump insulted virtually every one of our allies and trading partners while praising Putin and other dictators of countries that are human rights violators, where were you? What did you say?

When it became clear that Trump’s campaign people and probably Trump himself, have entanglements with the Russian government and banks, where were you? When he fired Comey, where were you? Did you explain to him that fighting investigations will not end well for him? Did you tell him that such behavior is a clear sign of guilt?

When Trump shows on a daily basis, his incompetence, ignorance and mental illness, where are you? What do you say? Do you express your concern and discuss it with your colleagues or do you just make inside jokes about this unbalanced man with access to the nuclear launch codes?

I know the answers to these questions, Tom.

Where were you? You were holding an elected office of great responsibility, where you had sworn to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.

What did you say? You and your Republican colleagues said nothing. You have done nothing. Apparently, trying to ride this irresponsible attack on our Democracy as far as you can.

Your own committee is driving legislation to scale back Bears Ears Monument designated by President Obama. Your reason? It’s too big. The monument belongs to “we the people.” Have you heard of us? How about polling ” we the people” about how we feel about giving back to benefit corporate interests? Funny how benefiting the wealthy is behind everything the Republicans have done.

Per capita income in El Dorado County $37,089. 8.7% in poverty. We really appreciate you helping out the needy 1%.

You and your fellow Republicans are cowards who won’t stand up to the lifelong bully and fraud, Trump. There is only right or wrong.

Sincerely,

– Gary Gaffney, Placerville, CA

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15 May
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Thwarted

*** Alex Padilla has been endorsed for Secretary of State by the CDP ***

Democratic Association of Secretaries of State

In a recent survey to DASS supporters like you, Russian interference in our elections was listed as a top threat to the upcoming midterm elections.

Americans deserve to know if President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is pursuing just that, but his investigation is threatened by a potential abuse of power by President Trump.

That’s why Congress must act to protect the integrity of Mueller’s investigation and prevent a constitutional crisis. Democrats nationwide are calling on Congress to act––and we need your voice to send a strong message to Republicans in Congress.

Join with Democrats and sign the petition now and tell Congress: Protect Robert Mueller!

Trump hasn’t been shy about his threats against Mueller’s investigation. At any moment he could move to fire Muller and throw our country into a crisis.

And that will open the door for Russia to attack our elections again. Our ability to be ready for the next attack will be greatly diminished if Mueller’s investigation is thwarted by Trump.

We must demand Congress act now to protect Mueller’s investigation. Will you sign the petition and call on Congress to protect Mueller? Add your name here.

Thanks for helping to protect our elections,

Alex Padilla
Chair, Democratic Association of Secretaries of State

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15 May
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See Dave Jones at Tuesday’s BizFed Institute debate!

*** No candidate for Attorney General has been endorsed by the CDP ***

 

Jones, Becerra, Early and Bailey set for BizFed Attorney General debate on Tuesday

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, along with fellow Democratic candidate Xavier Becerra, and Republican candidates Eric Early and Steven Bailey, will participate in the BizFed Institute Attorney General debate on Tuesday.

The BizFed debate – the first of two Attorney General debates on Tuesday – will be held at the Southern California Gas Company Energy Resource Center at 1:30 p.m.

It is open to the public and you can RSVP HERE.

Date: Tuesday, May 15th

Time: Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Where:Southern California Gas Company Energy Resource Center – 9240 Firestone Boulevard, Downey, CA 90241

Who: Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Democrat

Appointed Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Democrat

Steve Bailey, Republican

Eric Early, Republican

The second debate will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts on the campus of UC Riverside. Jones has challenged each of the three other candidates to participate in six different debates, but Tuesday’s two debates are the only ones that they have agreed to so far.

Each candidate will have ample opportunity to share their specific views regarding their immediate priorities should they be elected California’s next Attorney General, as well as point out the differences between themselves and their opponents.

It is important that voters have access to as much information as possible regarding the candidates vying for such a vital position. Never has the Attorney General played as critical a role in protecting our state as it will today, as the Trump administration continues to wage war on California. We must also tackle health care reform, criminal justice reform, the opioid epidemic, and more.

This may be the only opportunity for voters to hear the candidates respond to each other and present their respective views on the critical office of Attorney General.

Lastly, if you cannot attend, you can watch the debate live on Facebook.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Dave Jones for Attorney General

“A Fighter, Not a Follower.”

www.davejones2018.com

 

Sincerely,

Team Dave Jones

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15 May
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First line of defense

*** Alex Padilla has been endorsed for Secretary of State by the CDP ***

Democratic Association of Secretaries of State 

You’ve been with me in my campaign for California Secretary of State and together, we’ve accomplished so much to protect California’s elections and voting rights. But to truly protect our democracy, we need to take our fight nationwide.

I am now Chair of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State (DASS), the leading organization defending voting rights, and our role will be crucial to Democrats’ success in 2018.

Voting rights have been under nonstop attack since day one of the Trump administration. From racial and partisan gerrymandering to obstructive voter ID laws to Trump’s lies about voter fraud designed to undermine the democratic process, the threats against voting rights have been relentless.

Secretaries of State are our first line of defense, and DASS is committed to electing more Democrats to fight back, but we need your help.

We want to know what voting rights issue is most concerning to you ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Take our one-question survey below to share your opinion:

What voting rights issue are you most concerned about?

Voter ID laws Gerrymandering Lies about voter fraud

Thanks in advance for joining our effort to protect voting rights and elect Democrats in November.

Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State
Chair, Democratic Association of Secretaries of State

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15 May
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Why only Delaine

*** No candidate for Governor has been endorsed by the CDP ***

Delaine Eastin for Governor 2018

The election is now just twenty-two days away. Voter handbooks have arrived and many of you have messaged me, thrilled to see Delaine’s ballot statement prominently displayed on the very first page for governor (you can see it here on page 46).

This placement is incredibly helpful to Delaine as many voters sit down with their voter handbooks when they fill out their ballots. But many of you also noticed that while Delaine’s statement shares space with both of the top Republican candidates, the other top Democrats are noticeably absent.

The reason for this is quite simple, even if it is an indictment of our broken election system. MONEY. In order to include a statement in the voter handbook candidates needed to agree to a voluntary expenditure limit for the primary of  “a mere” $8,753,000.

What does it say when the top Republicans, including a self-funding multi-millionaire, agree to expenditure limits but top Democrats, who supposedly represent the party of the people, refuse?

We cannot afford to elect another candidate representing the best government money can buy. To improve our state and move the needle on massive income inequality, we need to elect Delaine.

Not only did Delaine agree to the expenditure limits she is also the only corporate free candidate in the mix. You have heard me say this over and over, and I still firmly believe, that we do not need the most money, we just need enough.

Volunteers are busy texting thousands of voters every day. In order to pay for these texts and to call more voters about Delaine, we need to raise $10,000 today.

Will you make a contribution here today? I promise you we will use it well.

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Thank you,

Jennifer

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14 May
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Another newspaper endorses Dave Jones for Attorney General!

*** No candidate for Attorney General has been endorsed by the CDP ***

  

The Santa Cruz Sentinel Endorses Dave Jones for Attorney General

The Santa Cruz Sentinel became the latest newspaper to endorse Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones for Attorney General.

The Sentinel’s editorial endorsement can be read HERE.

The Sentinel finds both Jones and Democratic opponent Xavier Becerra to be qualified candidates for the office, but in comparing the two, it picks Jones as the best choice:

“Since both [Jones and Becerra] vow to fend off Trumpian overreach into California affairs, the question voters should ask themselves is which one will do this while effectively carrying out, and not politicizing, the many other duties of the office? Based on their records, and qualifications, we believe the choice should be Jones.”

The Sentinel joins the San Jose Mercury News, the East Bay Times, the Sacramento Bee, the Modesto Bee, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian in endorsing Dave Jones.

The Sentinel points to Jones’s time spent as Insurance Commissioner and as a state assemblyman as examples of his leadership and integrity. It also lauds Jones for his commitment to protecting California and the best interests of its residents.

“As insurance commissioner since 2010, the former special assistant to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and state assemblyman has aggressively protected consumers against fraud, while dealing fairly with the industry he was elected to oversee,’ said the Sentinel. “Jones also has successfully pushed needed legislation to protect policyholders reeling from recent natural disasters. He also has declared in his campaign that he will defend the state, and the will of voters, even if he disagrees with their position – which he has vowed to do in upholding voters’ decision to maintain the death penalty, a punishment he personally opposes because of erroneous convictions.”

Although the Sentinel credits Becerra for his resistance to the Trump administration, the editorial makes it a point to note Becerra’s many shortcomings as the state’s current Attorney General, a position he was appointed to – not elected to – in 2016.

In the end, the Sentinel says that Becerra’s willingness to fight the Trump administration does not outweigh his lack of impartiality in other areas and his tendency to “overtly and overly politicize too many other issues.”

“The attorney general is the state’s top law enforcement official, its chief counsel and consumer advocate, as well as overseeing 4,500 employees,” the editorial said. “In that light, Becerra has won a national name for himself in aggressively fighting the Trump administration, but we like how Jones has aggressively and successfully run a state agency.

“And while the office is not nonpartisan, Jones also seems to understand the attorney general needs to stake out a position of political independence, while overseeing the many duties of the job, which include, but are not exclusive to, defending California against federal overreach. And that makes Dave Jones the better choice among two qualified candidates.”

 

Dave Jones for Attorney General

“A Fighter, Not a Follower.”

www.davejones2018.com

 

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14 May
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A photo of my mother I cherish

Like many of you, I’m spending today thinking about my mother. She was all of 5 feet, but she could move mountains, as she proved when she crossed an ocean at age 19 to study in America.

There’s a photo I cherish of her and one of her best friends in life, my Auntie Lenore, standing in front of a sign that says, “Protest Birmingham atrocities. Write the president.”

She and my father met while they were active in the civil rights movement. My sister Maya and I actually joke that we grew up surrounded by a bunch of adults marching and shouting for this thing called justice. We were raised on the stories of the upheaval and activism of the 1960s.

My mother became a pioneering breast cancer researcher. She maintained her lab at Lawrence Berkeley until the day she died; she knew that the search for truth was a lifelong effort.

From her, I learned to ask questions, gather evidence, and test hypotheses. I learned no idea is too precious to be rigorously examined. I learned how to fight for justice and live a life of conscience, and I think of her every day.

Today I am also thinking about how our country can do more to support our mothers. We’re the richest country on the planet, yet our maternal mortality rate is the highest in the developed world, and Black mothers are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications.

That’s unacceptable. We have to do more to solve this crisis.

My mother taught me to speak the truth, be honest, and be clear of purpose. That’s what we have to do, especially in times like these, to create change and advance the cause of justice and equality.

I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Thanks for everything you do,

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

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14 May
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Happy Mother’s Day

*** No candidate for Governor has been endorsed by the CDP ***

My mom had some idea of the challenges she’d face when she immigrated to the United States. But I doubt she expected to one day have a son who’d beg her to send him to school with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so he could fit in.

I’m sure my siblings and I were a handful, but she always pushed us to do our best. Sometimes that meant watching me at “mathlete” competitions, or suggesting I consider going to medical school while I was already attending law school. But no matter which paths we chose, she always showed us love and support.

My mother’s sacrifices made me the man I am today. And so, I want to thank her for all that she did for me as a child, and all she continues to do for me everyday.

It’s amazing how much our mothers do for us, through all the struggles they face, yet we only have one day dedicated to them. So today, I want to say thank you to my mother and to all the moms who may be reading this.

Happy Mother’s Day,

John

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14 May
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Mothers Need More Than Flowers

*** No candidate for Governor has been endorsed by the CDP ***

Delaine Eastin for Governor 2018

On this Mother’s Day in 2018, California’s mothers need more than flowers, they need an elimination of the working mothers’ tax, fully paid maternity and paternity leave, affordable childcare, universal preschool, good public schools, affordable housing and excellent, affordable public colleges so that mothers can spend less time worrying about how to pay for these things and more time enjoying their children.

Women make up nearly 50 percent of America’s workforce and 40 percent of household breadwinners, but women are actively punished in the workforce for being mothers. According to one study, men’s salaries increased by more than 6 percent when they had children, but women saw their salaries drop by 4 percent for each child they had. We cannot simply pay lip service to celebrating our mothers without understanding that the face of poverty in California is a single mother and her children.

Every other industrialized nation on the planet except the United States grants parents the right to take time off work with pay following the birth or adoption of a child. While California does grant disability pay to new mothers, it is for the short duration of six weeks and only covers approximately 55% of earnings. In European countries, a period of at least 14 to 20 weeks of maternity leave is provided, with 70 to 100% of wages replaced. The total duration of paid leave exceeds nine months in the majority of countries. 

When it comes to childcare, the United States, again, unlike all other industrialized nations, does not systematically offer universal high quality childcare or preschool. Parents who can afford it go to great lengths and expense to provide it, but this creates additional barriers to poor and working class families whose children are being competitively disadvantaged compared to their wealthier peers.

On this Mother’s Day, I commit to ending the “mothers’ tax” that hurts working mothers, investing in fully paid maternity leave for three months and growing that to nine months to match the European average. I will create high-quality, affordable childcare and universal preschool. I will increase our investment in K-12 education. I will help California parents feel the kind of enthusiastic community support for children and their future that brought California the great dividends known as Hollywood, the Silicon Valley, the great agricultural fertile crescent and the amazing research returns on investments that characterize California’s history and should be a hallmark of a glorious future.  

Our mothers need more than rose gardens, they need equal pay and the opportunity for brilliant futures for themselves and their families.

Happy Mother’s Day to mothers and to those who play that role in a child’s life. You are making all the difference.

Delaine

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14 May
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Did you see the Sac Bee?

*** Alex Padilla has been endorsed for Secretary of State by the CDP ***

Alex Padilla

Great news! The Sacramento Bee has endorsed my campaign for reelection!  Read what the editorial board wrote in publishing their endorsement:

Don’t put California’s elections at risk. Vote Alex Padilla for Secretary of State

“More than ever, California needs a secretary of state who will champion objective truth over partisan hyperbole, and will be as committed to enforcing election security as he or she is to expanding the state’s anemic voter rolls. In the crowded field of candidates competing in the June 5 primary, incumbent Alex

Padilla is the only serious choice.”

“A former Democratic senator from Los Angeles, Padilla was elected on promises to modernize the state’s antiquated voting and campaign finance systems, as well as increase voter registration and turnout. He has kept his promises.”

 

Can you chip in $5 to my campaign, so I can spread the word about this endorsement?

 

The Sacramento Bee’s endorsement comes just one week after the San Francisco Chronicle endorsement. Here’s what they had to say:

“In a state that lagged in participation and other measures when he took office, Padilla’s focus on expanding voting and registration is the right one, and his success so far in doing so has earned him another term.”

I’m proud of all our work in my first term as Secretary of State and I’m proud to have earned these two endorsements for my reelection. I hope I’ve earned yours as well.

Thank you in advance for you support.

Sincerely,

 

Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State

 

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