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To achieve full, lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people, Equality California is committed to endorsing and supporting openly LGBTQ+ and pro-equality candidates — up and down the ballot — who will fight for civil rights and social justice.

Our Endorsements & Results

Current Endorsements

Equality California endorses viable candidates running for local, state and federal offices who have a proven track record of supporting equal rights and legal protections for LGBTQ+ Californians and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

President and Vice President of the United States

  • Joe Biden and Kamala Harris WIN

California Ballot Measures:

  • YES on Proposition 14 – Stem Cell Research, Treatments and Cures InitiativeWIN
  • YES on Proposition 15 – Schools and Communities First Initiative– LOSS
  • YES on Proposition 16 – Opportunity for All Constitutional Amendment – LOSS
  • YES on Proposition 17 – Voting Rights for People on Parole AmendmentWIN
  • YES on Proposition 18 – Primary Voting for 17-Year-Olds Amendment– LOSS
  • NO on Proposition 20 – Prison Spending ScamWIN
  • YES on Proposition 25 – End Money Bail Referendum – LOSS

United States House of Representatives:

  • Congressional District 1: Audrey Denney – LOSS
  • Congressional District 2: Jared HuffmanWIN
  • Congressional District 3: John GaramendiWIN
  • Congressional District 4: Brynne Kennedy– LOSS
  • Congressional District 5: Mike ThompsonWIN
  • Congressional District 6: Doris MatsuiWIN
  • Congressional District 7: Ami BeraWIN
  • Congressional District 8: Chris Bubser – LOSS
  • Congressional District 9: Jerry McNerneyWIN
  • Congressional District 10: Josh HarderWIN
  • Congressional District 11: Mark DeSaulnierWIN
  • Congressional District 12: Nancy PelosiWIN
  • Congressional District 13: Barbara LeeWIN
  • Congressional District 14: Jackie SpeierWIN
  • Congressional District 15: Eric SwalwellWIN
  • Congressional District 16: Jim CostaWIN
  • Congressional District 17: Ro KhannaWIN
  • Congressional District 18: Anna EshooWIN
  • Congressional District 19: Zoe LofgrenWIN
  • Congressional District 20: Jimmy PanettaWIN
  • Congressional District 21: TJ Cox – TOO CLOSE TO CALL
  • Congressional District 22: Phil ArballoWIN
  • Congressional District 24: Salud CarbajalWIN
  • Congressional District 25: Christy Smith – TOO CLOSE TO CALL
  • Congressional District 26: Julia BrownleyWIN
  • Congressional District 27: Judy ChuWIN
  • Congressional District 28: Adam SchiffWIN
  • Congressional District 29: Tony CárdenasWIN
  • Congressional District 30: Brad ShermanWIN
  • Congressional District 31: Pete AguilarWIN
  • Congressional District 32: Grace NapolitanoWIN
  • Congressional District 33: Ted LieuWIN
  • Congressional District 34: Jimmy GomezWIN
  • Congressional District 35: Norma TorresWIN
  • Congressional District 36: Raul RuizWIN
  • Congressional District 37: Karen BassWIN
  • Congressional District 38: Linda SánchezWIN
  • Congressional District 39: Gil Cisneros– LOSS
  • Congressional District 40: Lucille Roybal-AllardWIN
  • Congressional District 41: Mark TakanoWIN
  • Congressional District 43: Maxine WatersWIN
  • Congressional District 44: Nanette BarraganWIN
  • Congressional District 45: Katie PorterWIN
  • Congressional District 46: Lou CorreaWIN
  • Congressional District 47: Alan LowenthalWIN
  • Congressional District 48: Harley Rouda– LOSS
  • Congressional District 49: Mike LevinWIN
  • Congressional District 50: Ammar Campa-Najjar– LOSS
  • Congressional District 51: Juan VargasWIN
  • Congressional District 52: Scott PetersWIN
  • Congressional District 53: Sara JacobsWIN and Georgette Gómez – LOSS and  (dual endorsement)

California Senate:

  • Senate District 5: Susan Eggman WIN
  • Senate District 9: Nancy SkinnerWIN
  • Senate District 11: Scott WienerWIN
  • Senate District 13 : Josh BeckerWIN
  • Senate District 15: Ann Ravel– LOSS
  • Senate District 17: John LairdWIN
  • Senate District 19: Monique LimónWIN
  • Senate District 21: Kipp Mueller– LOSS
  • Senate District 23: Abigail Medina – LOSS
  • Senate District 25: Anthony PortantinoWIN
  • Senate District 27: Henry SternWIN
  • Senate District 29: Josh NewmanWIN
  • Senate District 31: Richard RothWIN
  • Senate District 33: Lena GonzalezWIN
  • Senate District 35: Steven BradfordWIN
  • Senate District 37: Dave MinWIN
  • Senate District 39: Toni AtkinsWIN

California Assembly:

  • Assembly District 2: Jim Wood WIN
  • Assembly District 4: Cecilia Aguiar-Curry WIN
  • Assembly District 6: Jackie Smith – LOSS
  • Assembly District 7: Kevin McCarty WIN
  • Assembly District 10: Marc Levine WIN
  • Assembly District 13: Kathy Miller – LOSS
  • Assembly District 15: Buffy Wicks WIN
  • Assembly District 16: Rebecca Bauer-Kahan WIN
  • Assembly District 17: David Chiu WIN
  • Assembly District 18: Rob Bonta WIN
  • Assembly District 19: Phil Ting WIN
  • Assembly District 20: Bill Quirk WIN
  • Assembly District 22: Kevin Mullin WIN
  • Assembly District 24: Marc Berman WIN
  • Assembly District 25: Alex Lee WIN
  • Assembly District 26: Drew Phelps – LOSS
  • Assembly District 27: Ash Kalra WIN
  • Assembly District 28: Evan Low WIN
  • Assembly District 29: Mark Stone WIN
  • Assembly District 30: Robert Rivas WIN
  • Assembly District 31: Joaquin Arambula WIN
  • Assembly District 32: Rudy Salas, Jr. WIN
  • Assembly District 35: Dawn Addis – LOSS
  • Assembly District 37: Steve Bennett WIN
  • Assembly District 39: Luz Rivas WIN
  • Assembly District 40: James Ramos WIN
  • Assembly District 41: Chris Holden WIN
  • Assembly District 42: Chad Mayes WIN
  • Assembly District 43: Laura Friedman WIN
  • Assembly District 44: Jacqui Irwin WIN
  • Assembly District 45: Jesse Gabriel WIN
  • Assembly District 46: Adrin Nazarian WIN
  • Assembly District 47: Eloise Gómez Reyes WIN
  • Assembly District 48: Blanca Rubio WIN
  • Assembly District 49: Ed Chau WIN
  • Assembly District 50: Richard Bloom WIN
  • Assembly District 51: Wendy Carrillo WIN
  • Assembly District 52: Freddie Rodriguez WIN
  • Assembly District 53: Miguel SantiagoWIN
  • Assembly District 54: Sydney Kamlager-Dove WIN
  • Assembly District 55: Andrew Rodriguez – LOSS
  • Assembly District 56: Eduardo Garcia WIN
  • Assembly District 57: Lisa Calderon WIN
  • Assembly District 59: Reggie Jones-Sawyer WIN
  • Assembly District 60: Sabrina Cervantes WIN
  • Assembly District 61: Jose Medina WIN
  • Assembly District 62: Autumn Burke WIN
  • Assembly District 63: Anthony Rendon WIN
  • Assembly District 64: Mike Gipson WIN
  • Assembly District 65: Sharon Quirk-Silva WIN
  • Assembly District 66: Al Muratsuchi WIN
  • Assembly District 68: Melissa Fox – LOSS
  • Assembly District 69: Tom Daly WIN
  • Assembly District 70: Patrick O’Donnell WIN
  • Assembly District 72: Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen– LOSS
  • Assembly District 73: Scott Rhinehart – LOSS
  • Assembly District 74: Cottie Petrie-NorrisWIN
  • Assembly District 76: Tasha Boerner Horvath WIN
  • Assembly District 78: Chris Ward WIN
  • Assembly District 79: Shirley Weber WIN

Local:

  • AC Transit Board, Ward 1: Ben Fong– LOSS
  • Alameda County Superior Court Judge: Elena CondesWIN
  • BART Board of Directors, District 9: Bevan DuftyWIN
  • Berkeley City Council, District 2: Terry TaplinWIN
  • Burbank Unified School District Board of Education: Steve FergusonWIN
  • Burbank Unified School District Board of Education: Dr. Roberta Reynolds – LOSS
  • Cathedral City Council, District 1: Alan Carvalho – LOSS
  • Corona City Council, District 3: Meg E’amato – LOSS
  • Culver City Council: Freddy Puza – LOSS
  • Downey City Council, District 5: Mario TrujilloWIN
  • Escondido City Council, District 3: Don Greene – TOO CLOSE TO CALL
  • Fremont Mayor: Justin Sha – LOSS
  • Hart School District Trustee, Area 4: James Webb – TOO CLOSE TO CALL
  • La Habra City Council, At Large: Peter Cruz – TOO CLOSE TO CALL
  • Los Angeles Community College District Board, Seat 3: David Vela WIN
  • Marin County Board of Education, Trustee Area 4: Fel Agrelius – TOO CLOSE TO CALL
  • Mission Viejo City Council, At Large: Pauline Hale – LOSS
  • Monrovia Unified School District Board of Education: Sashary Zaroyan – TOO CLOSE TO CALL
  • Morgan Hill City Council, District C: Rene Spring WIN
  • National City City Council: Marcus BushWIN
  • North Orange County Community College District Board: Miguel Alvarez – TOO CLOSE TO CALL
  • Oakland City Council, At-Large: Rebecca KaplanWIN
  • Palm Springs City Council, District 4: Christy Holstege WIN
  • Palm Springs City Council, District 5: Lisa Middleton WIN
  • Pismo Beach City Council, At Large: Erik Howell – LOSS
  • Roseville City Council, District 3: Neil Pople – LOSS
  • Roseville City School District Board of Education: Gary Miller – TOO CLOSE TO CALL
  • San Diego Mayor: Todd Gloria WIN
  • San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 3: Terra Lawson-RemerWIN
  • San Francisco Community College Board: Shanell WilliamsWIN
  • San Francisco Community College Board: Tom TempranoWIN
  • Tracy Mayor: Dan Arriola – TOO CLOSE TO CALL
  • Tracy City Council, At Large: William Muetzenberg – LOSS
  • Valley County Water District, District Director: Ralph Galvan – TOO CLOSE TO CALL
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education, Area 5: Carolyn Wysinger  – TOO CLOSE TO CALL
  • Yolo County Board of Supervisors, District 4: Linda Deos – TOO CLOSE TO CALL

Bold indicates an openly LGBTQ+ candidate.

Past Endorsements

Click here for a list of our 2020 primary election endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2019 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2018 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2017 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2016 endorsements.

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Vote By Mail
Voting by mail is SAFE and EASY — and you don’t even need a stamp in California! All active registered California voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020 election. If you live in California, click here to check your voter registration status. If you live in another state, click here to check your registration status.

If you are registered to vote in California, your county elections office will begin mailing ballots by Monday, October 5, 2020. It can take a few days for your ballot to arrive in the mail. Click here to track your ballot or click here to contact your county elections office if you think your ballot may have been lost in the mail. If you aren’t registered to vote in California, click here for more information about how to vote in your state.

When you receive your California vote-by-mail ballot, make sure to read and follow the included instructions carefully. After carefully marking your choices on your ballot, simply:

  1. Seal it. Secure your ballot inside the envelope from your county elections office.
  2. Sign it. Make sure the signature on your ballot envelope matches the one on your California driver’s license or state ID, OR the signature you provided when registering. Your county elections office will compare them to protect your vote.
  3. Return it by mail OR in person:
    • By mail: Make sure your ballot is postmarked by November 3, 2020. No stamp required!
    • In person: If you prefer, drop your ballot off at a secure drop box, polling place, vote center or your county elections office by 8:00 PM on November 3, 2020. Click here to find a ballot drop off location near you.
  4. Track it. Click here to track your ballot and sign up for status alerts by text message, email or voice call.

If you lost your ballot or didn’t receive it in the mail, voting locations will offer replacement ballots, voter registration, accessible voting machines and language assistance. Voting locations will be available in all California counties before and on Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Click here to find an early voting location near you.

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Our PACs

Equality California PAC

Equality California PAC works to elect pro-equality candidates running for local, state legislative and statewide offices, who have a proven track record of supporting civil rights and social justice for LGBTQ+ people and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

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Equality California Federal PAC

Equality California Federal PAC works to elect pro-equality candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate or president, who have a proven track record of supporting civil rights and social justice for LGBTQ+ people and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

Equality California Issues PAC

Equality California Issues PAC endorses or opposes select initiative and issue campaigns that come before California’s voters. This PAC endorses or opposes initiatives relevant to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as initiatives that are important to the diverse communities to which LGBTQ+ people belong or that have a substantial impact upon our state.

PAC Committee Members

Equality California’s PACs are overseen by a group of dedicated community leaders and activists:

  • Jerry Bloom, PAC Chair*
  • Richard Poppen*
  • Boe Hayward*
  • Susan McCabe*
  • Sue Burnside*
  • Cecilia Cabello*
  • Hon. James Williamson*
  • Rob Darby
  • Joe Gregorich
  • Alicia Isaacs*
  • Ellen Evans
  • Lloyd Levine
  • Nancy Sutley*
  • Clarissa Filgioun
  • Rick Zbur

* Member of EQCA Board of Directors

Endorsement Process and Guidelines
Equality California endorses viable candidates running for local office, statewide offices, the state legislature and Congress who have a proven track record of supporting equal rights and legal protections for LGBTQ+ Californians and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

Except in rare circumstances, Equality California only endorses openly LGBTQ+ candidates in local races, with the goal of supporting the careers of exceptional leaders in our community to build and develop a bench of strong openly LGBTQ+ leaders and candidates for higher office.

In races for California Assembly and Senate, the United States House of Representatives and Senate and California State Constitutional Offices, Equality California considers endorsement of all candidates — those who are openly LGBTQ+ and pro-equality allies — who meet our screening and endorsement criteria.

Endorsement Process

Equality California conducts field research to determine candidates’ records on LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice and will extend invitations to participate in the endorsement process based on past record, viability and Equality California priority considerations.

Endorsement by Equality California requires completion of a candidate questionnaire and candidate interviews. Candidates who are interested in our endorsement should contact Tony Hoang at tony@eqca.org as early as possible to inform us of your candidacy.

Key Candidate Considerations

  • Candidate must be 100% in support of LGBTQ+ equality to be considered for endorsement.
  • Candidate must be viable and able to run a competitive campaign.
  • Candidate’s prior depth of work in support of full LGBTQ+ equality is a key factor.
  • Is the candidate openly LGBTQ+?
  • Will endorsement diversify and expand support for LGBTQ+ equality and social justice?
  • NOTE: A candidate who is not 100% in support of full LGBTQ+ equality is not eligible for endorsement.

Paid for by Equality California Political Action Committee. Committee major funding from California Association of Realtors, California Building Industry Association, California Dental Association. Not authorized by a candidate or a committee controlled by a candidate.

Paid for by Equality California (eqca.org) and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.